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Obama campaign launches new Fight the Smears website dedicated to knocking down sundry lies (about the pledge of allegiance, about Obama being a Muslim, etc.) floating around in chain emails slash Fox News broadcasts.

Karen Tumulty has the story. Will this work? I dunno. But it seems smart to get out in front of these things rather than pretending that they'll go away if decent people ignore them.

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