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Obama's Kenyan aunt in U.S. illegally; campaign contribution refunded.

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PUEBLO, Colo. -- Vice President Dick Cheney, Barack Obama's politically unpopular distant cousin, handed Obama a gift Saturday by affirming his support for John McCain, while a Kenyan aunt of Obama's turned up in a Boston public housing apartment, living illegally in the U.S.

And foreshadowing what an Obama administration may look like, Obama urged public officials to boycott cable television shows that he contends only foment dissent and look back, not ahead.

"Don't spend all your time bickering, stay off the cable news shows," Obama said.

With only hours left to the campaign, Obama skipped from Las Vegas (hotel: Caesar's Palace) to this heavily Hispanic part of Colorado to Springfield, Mo., all battleground states. Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia caught up with the campaign here, dining at a Mexican restaurant after the rally where Michelle introduced her husband.

Now, what's new from the trail:

• • A central strategy of the Obama campaign is to argue that electing McCain is handing the unpopular Bush-Cheney White House a third term. During the primary, Obama often joked about Cheney being his distant kin on his mothers side. Cheney, speaking in his home state of Wyoming on Saturday, urged a vote for the McCain-Palin ticket.

In Pueblo, Obama verbally danced through the door Cheney opened. "Now here is my question to you, Colorado: Do you think Dick Cheney is delighted to support John McCain because he thinks John McCain is going to bring change to Washington? Do you think Dick Cheney and John McCain have been talking about how to really shake things up?"

• • A member of Obama's far-flung family on his father's side surfaced in Boston; the Associated Press found that Kenyan Zeituni Onyango was ordered by an immigration judge to leave the U.S. four years ago after she her request for asylum was denied. She is Obama's late father's half sister.

Obama "has no knowledge of her status but obviously believes that any and all appropriate laws be followed," the campaign said in a statement.

The $265 in donations she gave to the Obama campaign in small chunks will be returned, the campaign said. Only U.S. citizens are allowed to donate to federal campaigns.

Onyango did attend Obama's swearing in as a U.S. senator in Washington in 2004. Obama, the campaign said, has not had contact with her and was not aware she lived in public housing.

The story about Onyango first surfaced in the Times of London. In Henderson, Nev., Obama chief strategist David Axelrod suggested that it was a result of a smear job.

"I think people are suspicious about stories that surface in the last 72 hours of a national campaign. And I think that they're going to take that -- they're going to put it in that context," he said.

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Obama and crew, including Pelosi, Feinstein, Boxer, Craig, Reid, McKnerney, and Menendez, support and encourage illegal immigration with their attempts to award amnesty. We need to ask ourselves how much we know about this man who is about to be elected to the office of President of the United States.

In 1996 Obama was a registered member of the New Party in Chicago, which was established by the Democratic Socialists of America.

Kahlid Al-Monsour, a Black Muslim and Black Nationalist, raised money for Obama’s Harvard education.

Obama was inspired by Saul Alinsky and his book Rules for Radicals.

Bill Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn hosted an Obama campaign kickoff party in their home.

Louis Farrakahn, leader of the Nation of Islam, is a friend.

Tony Rezko, convicted of illegal fund raising, raised money for Obama’s campaign.

Rashid Kahlidil, who worked on behalf of the PLO, held a fund raiser for Obama.

Frank Marshall Davis was Obama’s mentor in high school and a member of the Communist Party USA.

Obama helped Raila Odinga, Kenya’s Prime Minister thug, raise money in the United States for his Presidential campaign in Kenya.

Marilyn Katz, head of security for the SDS from where Bill Ayers also originated, serves on Obama’s national finance committee.

The Obama campaign gave ACORN $838,000 in 2008.

Kenny Gamble, who is buying large parcels of land in Philadelphia for a Muslim only community, cut the ribbon on Obama’s campaign headquarters in Philadelphia, which Kenny also owns.

Mazen Asbahi and Minha Husaini, Obama Muslim outreach coordinators, have ties to CAIR, Muslim Alliance in North America, North American Islamic Trust, HAMAS, and others.

Franklin Raines, ex-CEO of Fannie Mae who walked away with a $90 million parachute, is an Obama advisor.

The Obama campaign has received $700,000 from Fannie Mae.

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to all who would read.dont count the chickens! and make obama the winner,history has a way of back-firing,remember when kerry had a 12-14 point advantage over bush? well guess i dont need tosay more, polls have allways been wrong.when they say obama is leading by 6 points they are wrong,it more likely to be real tight.and dont forget mthat obamas and his staff made hilliarys surpporters angry over comments,they made about women.what was it? 30 mill you say! most of that will go the other way! and a big chunk of the military vote will go the other way,plus 42% undecided,plus all of the evangelicals votes,those will go the other way,plus a big chunk of the latino vote will go the other way,this race is real tight.endorsements dont matter now,it who will not raise taxes,that counts and we all know who that is.democrats are notorius for raising taxes.

THEY THREW EVERYTHING BUT THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE AT
OBAMA AND HE IS STILL STANDING, HOPEFULLY HIS
AUNT'S SITUATION WILL WORK ITS WAY OUT!
AND THE NEXT PRESIDENT AIN'T MCCAIN!

VOTE McCAIN and PALIN on NOVEMBER 4th. PLEASE SAVE OUR COUNTRY AND KEEP US SAFE. THERE IS ONLY ONE MAN WITH THE EXPERIENCE AND THAT IS THE MACK!!

VOTE McCAIN!!

YOUR COUNTRY WILL BE MORE SAFER WITH OBAMA!
WE DON'T NEED MARGINAL PEOPLE IN THE WHITE HOUSE,
AND THAT IS WHAT PALIN AND MCCAIN ARE!

Web Smith is spouting outright lies. It was BUSH who basically opened the borders to try to fuel intolerance---it's been amazing what they've done. Don't blame ACORN for this. I love ACORN. They do a GREAT job of empowering the poor to live lives of meaning and to take advantage of their rights.
Corrine--is confused. How does a corrupt grifter protect us as vice president? Why can't we recognize real bimbos anymore? Palin is a bimbo.

MCCAIN COULDN'T RUN A SEVEN-ELEVEN, LET ALONE A
COUNTRY!
VOTE FOR THE SMART ONE, BARACK OBAMA!
HARVARD LAW REVUE!
HARVARD GRADUATE!
LAW DEGREE!
FAMILY MAN!
WANTS TO HELP PEOPLE!
WORKS EXTREMELY HARD!
LOVES AMERICA!
LOVES YOU AND ME, WANTS US TO IMPROVE OUR LIVES!
WILL MAKE A GREAT PRESIDENT!

It is not what is said and done that will win the election, I know it from the onset it is only the will of God that will be done. I know most of you don't believe in divine prophesy, but you can never rule out the divine hand taking control. who is Obama to beat Edward and Clinton (the most powerful, most popular politicians? who is he to beat MaCain? In every genegration God raises men for his own purpose.
Obama is president elect today because God has destined it to be so. He became the president the day he declared his intention to run not on Nov 2nd. Obama is not making any history, it is God who is making history only that we don't understand.

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