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Campaign Mashup, Day 33

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Keeping track of your linguisticals

From colleague Paul Hunter: Jim Flaherty took a break from campaigning Thursday for meetings at the International Monetary Fund in Washington. What better chance for reporters there to ask big, important, worldly questions than at a post-meeting scrum with him.

With one of our CBC Washington reporters currently in Libya and the other (yours truly) working on another story, we sent a young intern to ask Flaherty a specific question about international finance. The intern happens to be from New Jersey and has been happily learning about all things Canadian here in our bureau the past few weeks.

We'd prepped him on the fact Flaherty is a senior minister and so he may have been a little nervous heading out. But when the scrum began his courage won the day and he bravely asked the question. Flaherty replied, in English of course.

But we'd also prepped our intern on the importance of ensuring Flaherty also answer the question in Canada's other official language, to in turn ensure it can be used by our friends at Radio-Canada.

The result, after the jump....

Student at centre of rally screening furor wants to escape the 'craziness'

From my colleague Allie Elwell:

Awish Aslam's life has changed dramatically since last Sunday.

Aslam, 19, left her adopted town of London, Ont., to spend the weekend with her parents in Hamilton.

"I just want to get away from all the craziness," she told CBC News. "And study for my exams, too."

The second-year political science student at the University of Western Ontario has been in the spotlight of the federal election campaign.

Her 15 minutes of Canadian political fame began when she and a friend were removed from a Stephen Harper rally in London.

Their offence? According to Aslam, smiling in a photo with Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, taken at a rally a few days before in London, on their Facebook profiles pages.

Fast forward to Friday, and new allegations surface in the Twitterverse that Aslam was involved with the NDP in the last federal election and, is an NDP insider.

The proof? Her email found is a list serve with other NDP folk related to the 2008 coalition.

Video: Campaign Mashup, Day 14

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Tory caucus talking points: How many times can you say 'job creator tax' in a soundbite?

Below is an internal Tory caucus memo obtained by CBC news that was apparently sent out to Conservative MPs across the country to aid their defence of the corporate tax cuts opposition parties want rolled back. Be prepared to hear these talking points a lot, and then some more:
Jan. 23 Conservative memo on corporate tax cuts.doc

The PM's late nights: Time to make the donuts jobs...

 Ok, I know the whole Twitterverse has weighed in on the Conservative ads, including the PM's Hard Day's Night spot, but something about it, maybe just the pacing or lighting, struck me as eerily familiar:

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I watched it over and over again and couldn't help thinking about poor old Fred the Baker, the Dunkin Donuts manager who works tirelessly to ensure his customers don't have plain, tasteless "supermarket donuts," which we all know "just aren't enough..." What can I say? Television was my surrogate parent in the '80s: