The Upshot
  • whitman moneyAfter spending more than $141 million of her own cash on the California governor's race, GOP nominee Meg Whitman is pointedly refusing to say whether she'll write another check to her campaign.

    Polls show Whitman trailing her Democratic opponent, Jerry Brown, with just seven days to go before Election Day. In an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, Whitman insisted she's still competitive. And when Sawyer asked Whitman whether she regrets spending so much of her own money, the GOP contender said no.

    "Is it possible that at some point, it's just too much money?" Sawyer asked Whitman.

    "Well, I think that people need to understand the unions … pour money into politics in this state. They run Sacramento," Whitman replied. "Because I have invested my own money, I don't owe anyone anything. I only owe the voters of California."

    Asked whether she'll spend more, Whitman was noncommittal. "We'll see how it goes," she told ABC.

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  • Green products may not be what they seem

    EnergystarA lot of products make some impressive claims about their environmental benefits.  But don't believe the hype: According to a new study, many of those boasts are little more than hot air, reports the Wall Street Journal.

    The study by TerraChoice, an environmental marketing firm, looked at 500 consumer products in the U.S. and Canada.  More than 95 percent of the items made at least one green "claim" that wasn't backed up by evidence. At times, the firm reported, that meant outright lies about a product's environmental attributes. Other times, product campaigns employed vague or poorly defined language, like "all-natural."  The study also found some cases of fake labels that falsely suggested a third party had vouched for a product's environmental qualities.

    The most common form of "greenwashing": products like washing machines that falsely claimed to be compliant with the federal Energy Star program. The government has said it plans to monitor such claims more closely.

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  • angle media

    A week before Election Day, Sharron Angle is still dodging the press in Nevada.

    The GOP Senate nominee hasn't held one public event since her Oct. 15 debate with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In response to Angle's latest media lockdown, reporters have started to stake out her closed-press events in hopes of getting the candidate to talk to them on the record. On Monday, local reporters got word of an Angle event at a Microsoft licensing office in Reno. While the press wasn't allowed inside, several TV crews and reporters still showed up hoping to get Angle on camera.

    But as the Las Vegas Sun's Anjeanette Damon reports, Angle ditched the media. Just before she departed, reporters heard a campaign staffer in a nearby car say loudly into his cell phone, "She's ready? She's coming out now?"

    Unbeknownst to the media, Angle had already escaped through a side door. Thinking she was still inside the building, reporters and producers waited outside for another half an hour, until one reporter asked a Microsoft employee if she could use the bathroom. Inside, she confirmed that Angle was no longer there.

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