Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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Calm on Capitol Hill

Campaign 2008 | While there's no hint of voting activity here on Election Day, the outcome soon will determine the future of many political appointments.
by Emily Belz
Posted 11/04/08, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-At polling places in the Washington, D.C., area, hundreds of voters lined up in the early hours of the morning, some in bathrobes, some with coffee in hand. At one location minstrels-yes, the medieval kind-came out to perform.

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First things first

Campaign 2008 | What would John McCain or Barack Obama do as his first official act in the White House?
by Emily Belz
Posted 11/03/08, 12:00 am

George W. Bush's first executive order when he took the mantle of president of the United States in 2001 was to create the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Bill Clinton signed an executive order undoing restrictions on abortion advocacy funding when he came into office in 1993. Presidents issue executive orders to direct federal agencies, and these orders have the force of law in some cases.

When either Barack Obama or John McCain takes office in January, he can put his own priorities into action.

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Presidential price tag

Campaign 2008 | As consumers tighten their purse strings, the presidential candidates continue to spend freely, making this the most expensive campaign ever
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/31/08, 12:00 am

One billion dollars.

That's how much Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain have raised collectively during the most expensive presidential campaign in history, according to numbers released this week by the Federal Elections Commission.

To put it in perspective, that's the equivalent of someone purchasing over 125 million paperback copies of McCain's autobiography Faith of My Fathers or Obama's The Audacity of Hope.

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