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Good News, Bad News, No News

Obama's Cash Campaign, TV Hurls

Bill Radke

Suzie Lechtenberg

1. Last year, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) said he would accept public financing in a general election. This week, Obama says: "Nah." Instead, Obama will be the first nominee in 30 years to fund his presidential campaign privately. Good News, Bad News or No News?

2. Thirty-six years after Saddam Hussein kicked Western oil companies out of Iraq, those companies are back in. Exxon Mobil, Shell, BP, Chevron -- they're all about to announce that they "beat out" foreign competitors to land no-bid contracts to work the Iraqi oil fields. But is that Good News, Bad News or No News?

3. New reality TV shows are putting the "low" in low-concept. The forthcoming show "Hurl" involves contestants gorging themselves on food, getting spun around and trying not to vomit. There's an obstacle course show called "Wipeout" in which people try not to -- you guessed it -- wipe out. And at least all those contestants care whether they win or not, unlike the combatants in the upcoming show "Greatest American Dog." Some TV critics are wondering whether reality TV has finally hit bottom. Are these shows Good News, Bad News or No News?

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