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Trail Mix | Candidates swoop into N.C.

A presidential trifecta is in North Carolina today and tomorrow: John McCain, Barack Obama and libertarian candidate Bob Barr. Here's the rundown:

McCain returns to Fayetteville today for a rally at the Crown Center, 1960 Coliseum Drive. Doors open at 2 p.m. Free tickets at 201 S. McPherson Church Road, Suite 204, Fayetteville.

Obama will be at a rally in Raleigh on Wednesday at the Halifax Mall in the state government complex. Gates open at 10 a.m. with pre-program events at 11:15.

Barr, former congressman from Georgia, will be at Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill today. He is scheduled to speak at 5 p.m. at Duke and 8 p.m. in Chapel Hill.

STEVE GUNN

If Barack Obama and John McCain agree on nothing else, they agree that one of the nation's most urgent challenges is curbing its dependence on foreign oil and addressing the energy-related problem of global warming.

Indeed, when it comes to energy, the two major party candidates are embracing so many of the same points that it can be hard to tell whether there's any real difference between them. Yet beneath the talking points and sound bites, there are significant differences in how Obama and McCain probably would approach a problem that has haunted the nation for more than three decades – differences that boil down to priorities.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

President Bush ended his political fundraising season last week with a closed-door, $1 million event for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

His final tally for the year is just over $80 million raised for the Republican candidates.

ASSOCIATED PRESS
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