The first part of this story is about what I've come to expect from the AP when it comes to their coverage of John McCain. It's all about how he's spending as much or more than he takes in as he approaches the Republican convention.

So what's missing? Any discussion of McCain's violation of campaign-finance laws, or of the controversy surrounding his attempt to pull out of the public financing system. The AP is acting like there's no question surrounding McCain's situation, when there is. The FEC has yet to rule on McCain's request to withdraw from the system--at least, I haven't seen any news reports to suggest they have--which means that McCain is potentially in violation of federal law. Now, I don't expect that the FEC would actually arrest McCain and charge him in the middle of an election campaign, but it would be nice if the AP would at least acknowledge that McCain does have a problem here.

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