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Good News, Bad News, No News

Debate Sparring, Gas Prices, and Chihuahua Fever

John Moe

Angela Kim

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Rusco and Angel of "Beverly Hills Chihuahua"
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Our panel of non-experts weigh in on this week's news events in a parlor game to gauge what kind of week America had. Joining us on this week's panel are: Kerry Howley, contributing editor to Reason Magazine; Ken Silverstein, Washington Editor for Harper's Magazine and author of "Turkmeniscam"; and Luke Burbank, Seattle host of the radio show "Too Beautiful To Live."

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The third and final debate of the presidential campaign took place on Oct. 15 in New York. John McCain and Barack Obama sparred over tax policy, negative campaigning and health care plans. In terms of helping the American people make up their minds about who to vote for on November 4th, was this good news, bad news or no news?

Gas prices continued to drop around the country this week. A gallon of unleaded was at $3.04 on Friday, down more than 80 cents from a month ago and over a dollar from July. Meanwhile a barrel of oil was at around $71. Decreased demand is given some credit, probably brought on by the worldwide economic struggles. Lower fuel prices -- good news, bad news or no news?

We are in the midst of an economic crisis, the likes of which hasn't been seen since the Depression, we are fighting two wars, we are trying to decide on a president, and the number one movie in America for two weeks in a row was "Beverly Hills Chihuahua." It's received terrible reviews. It's about talking dogs. Is this movie's status good news, bad news or no news?

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