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Buckley Resigns National Review Column Over Obama Endorsement

Writer Christopher Buckley has resigned from National Review, the conservative magazine founded by his father, William F. Buckley, Jr., after announcing that he planned to vote for Barack Obama.

After writing in the web startup "The Daily Beast" that he would vote for Obama, scores of letters poured into National Review, where Buckley writes a pack-page column, criticizing the libertarian writer for his endorsement, prompting his resignation offer to the magazine's editors.

"Within hours of my endorsement appearing in The Daily Beast it became clear that National Review had a serious problem on its hands," Buckley wrote in a followup post for the site. He said he offered his resignation the following morning, which was accepted "rather briskly" by the magazine's editor and publisher.

"I retain the fondest feelings for the magazine that my father founded, but I will admit to a certain sadness that an act of publishing a reasoned argument for the opposition should result in acrimony and disavowal," Buckley wrote. "So, to paraphrase a real conservative, Ronald Reagan: I haven

Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain Differ Widely on Impact of Race on the Election

Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain differ widely on their views as to how race has impacted this year's presidential election, according to interviews with both in the new issue of Good Housekeeping.Obama said race has absolutely impacted the race, while McCain downplayed the effect, and said race does not enter into the election at all.

"I think absolutely it has," Obama said about the impact of race. "We are talking about issues that we have never talked about before out in the open. The good and the bad." The potential First Lady stressed that for children to see Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton represented as serious contenders in the presidential race, it changes their impression of available possibilities.

"I think it

Nearly Half Concerned About McCain's Health if Elected

Nearly half of Americans fear that, if elected, John McCain would not be able to finish his first term in good health, a new poll released Thursday showed.

47 percent of respondents in a CNN/Opinion Research study said they were concerned about McCain's ability to finish a first term, including 29 percent of all respondents saying they are "very concerned" about McCain.

The poll, conducted in late September, found only 19 percent of voters were similarly concerned about Obama.

Each candidate has a health history that includes an elevated health risk: McCain is a skin cancer survivor, and Obama is a former smoker.

-Michael O'Brien

Craigslist's Founder Talks Voter Participation, Support for Obama

Craig Newmark, founder of the popular online classifieds site, Craigslist met with the National Press Club Friday afternoon to discuss his role as technology policy surrogate for the Democratic presidential campaign and a host of other issues like the future of online voting, neutral internet, and expanded online transparency of government information.

Newmark, who has invoked an Obama-esque title of

The New Yorker Endorses Obama

Months after its infamous cover depiction of Barack and Michelle Obama, The New Yorker magazine endorsed the Illinois senator in an editorial in its forthcoming issue.

Calling the Bush administration the worst since Reconstruction, the magazine praised Obama's temperament and intellect.

"At a moment of economic calamity, international perplexity, political failure, and battered morale, America needs both uplift and realism, both change and steadiness," the editors wrote. "That leader

McCain Willing to put Campaign on 'Back Burner' Again

John McCain said he will put his campaign "on the back burner" again if he thinks it would be necessary to further assist a successful agreement in bailout negotiations.

On a spate of early morning news shows, McCain said he would "do whatever is necessary" to build a consensus on a bailout package among members of Congress.

McCain said he would focus on doing what it right for the country, drawing parallels between the current situation and his willingness to support the "surge" strategy in Iraq, though it was unpopular at the time.

"Time after time, I