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The positive side of presidential politics

Welcome to Red Mom Blue Mom, ParentDish's special coverage of the 2008 Presidential election. Each Tuesday through November 4, columnists Rachel Campos-Duffy (Red Mom) and Ada Calhoun (Blue Mom) will take on issues relevant to parents on both sid...

Hockey mom sings out against Sarah Palin

We've all heard the "hockey mom" pitch and references to lipstick and pit bulls and you'd think that every hockey mom in the country would be backing Sarah Palin for president vice-president, with their darling stars of the ice by their side -- and y...

Barack Obama visits his grandmother

If your beloved grandmother got very sick, surely you would rearrange your schedule to go and visit her, yes? You might even cancel some meetings or skip the kids' swim lessons. Maybe, depending on the timing, you might have to cancel a vacation. But...

Presidential pirates

They disagree on the economy. They disagree about foreign policy. They even disagree on how to pronounce "Pakistan". But whatever their philosophical, economic, military or social differences, there is one thing the two presidential candidates, Barac...

Barack Obama offers mail-order baby kisses

Okay, so maybe the Sarah Palin Baby Name Generator wasn't of interest to you. Maybe your politics make you more interested in her opponent, the charismatic senator from Illinois. So how do you support Obama and get your fledgling democrat involved in...

Halloween to predict the next president?

There's more to Halloween than costumes and candy. Coming, as it does, just a few days before one of the most important elections we've had in a long time, it's also a potential predictor of the outcome of that election. You see, one of the perennial...

Political onesies all the rage

If you can't get political enough this season, then perhaps you can share even more of your opinions via your baby's tummy. That's right, world, just when we thought we'd said "ENOUGH!" to all the witty slogan T-shirts out there (no longer midriff-b...

Sarah Palin cut funding for teen mothers

It's a good thing seventeen-year-old Bristol Palin has her family's support during her pregnancy because it turns out that one of the things her mother did as governor of Alaska was to use her line-item veto to cut funding for a program that includes...

Carla Bruni wants kids

Former model Carla Bruni has announced she wants kids. The new wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy is keen to begin a family soon. Bruni, who is 40, has a seven year old son from another relationship and wants to provide Aurelian with a sibli...

PD*Poll: Are families off-limits during elections?

Barack Obama is upset because the Republicans and the media have cast aspersions on his wife's character, questioning her patriotism and calling her his "baby mama". He told one network that "I've said publicly before, and I'll say it again - I think...

Obama's sleepover

Running a successful campaign to be the Democratic nominee for the President of the United States of America. Choosing a running mate from a host of capable candidates. Navigating the waters of political controversy. All these are nothing compared to...

Obama says cut down on video games

I'd say he's got at least a one-in-three chance at being our next president. Actually, since I plan on voting for him, maybe a smidge more than that. Whether or not he ends up in the White House, Barack Obama has some advice for parents: turn off the...

Farewell to reading

As a kid, I read voraciously. Rarely was I without a book in hand. I was, it seems, unusual in that respect, however. Not every family valued books as highly as mine did and many kids did not have easy access to lots of books early on. I do remember,...

Taking kids to the polls

Last night, Rachel and I took the kids to go vote. When we walked in to the polling place, a neighbors's garage, the first thing the poll worker did was to hand Jared and Sara each a demonstration ballot. She showed the kids how to mark their choice ...

Abraham Lincoln's new rear end

In 1909, the United States Mint introduced a new design for the one cent coin to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the birth of one of our nation's greatest presidents. The front -- the obverse -- featured an image of Lincoln while the reverse...

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