Joe BidenAlthough U.S. Senator Joe Biden appears to be a "safe" choice as a running mate for presidential candidate Barack Obama, he may prove to be controversial on many fronts.

Obama at PodiumDemocratic presidential candidate Barack Obama sells himself as being the one who will "change" the country's direction and improve our lives. But does reality match rhetoric?

Golden Gate BridgeA federal appeals court recently upheld a San Francisco ruling requiring employers to either offer healthcare coverage to their employees or fund a citywide healthcare program. The stipulation applies to private businesses that employ 20 or more workers and nonprofit organizations with 50 or more. Of the yearly $200 million cost of the city's two-year-old program, 80 percent is drawn from state and local taxes, and a patient fee based on income. The ruling requires San Francisco businesses to help pay the remainder of the bill for the city's uninsured.

Alan KeyesAlan may have the Keyes to victory, but it may be a while before he finds a way to unlock the door to the White House. The gifted orator and former diplomat has been running for president since the 1996 campaign and has yet to break into the “top tier” of candidates, despite his impassioned eloquence and compelling message. This presidential race, he failed to get traction running as a Republican, was later defeated in his attempt to win the nomination of the Constitution Party, and is now running as an Independent. He will be on the ballot in California and in a couple other states.

FDICThe two major-party presidential candidates sent the same message on September 30: both John McCain and Barack Obama advocated raising the FDIC deposit insurance limit from $100,000 to $250,000.

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