Presidential candidates trade harsher barbs

Presidential campaigns take on harsher rhetoric; GM asks ad agencies to slash fees; Census shows a changing US population; and more.

Barack Obama is calling into question John McCain's claims to be "maverick" in a new ad and messaging campaign.

According to the Seattle Times, Obama recently told a crowd: "The price [McCain] paid for his party's nomination has been to reverse himself on position after position," echoing the "flip flop" messaging strategy from the 2004 election.

Obama's new rhetoric comes after McCain accused his rival of willing to lose a war to win an election and visiting the gym more than he visits wounded troops.

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On the eve of the Beijing Games, the Olympic Torch makes a symbolic stop at the Great Wall of China.

Pakistan's once defiant ruler who has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with President George Bush in the US leader's war against terrorism is reportedly facing a vote of no-confidence by Islamabad's ruling party.

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