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McCain discovers the economy, vows to stop talking, circulate petition

This e-mail to supporters just in from Sen. John McCain, who appears to have hit the books since his historic drubbing at the polls. Just a year ago, the Arizona Republican admitted to the Wall Street Journal he "doesn't really understand economics," so was deferring to his former Senate colleague, Phil "Nation of Whiners" Gramm, as his expert on the topic. That's right, Phil "Mental Recession" Gramm, who would likely be treasury secretary if McCain had won the election.

Obama’s Colorado speech: Golden moments and lumps of coal

Barack Obama's speech in Golden on Tuesday — live-blogged by The Colorado Independent's Naomi Zeveloff — is already getting notice in the national press as signaling a prominent shift from Palin-era distractions to a bare-knuckle fight over the economy.