This tip requires OSX "Leopard" 10.5 on your Mac or PC. (Update: Stageninja has instructions for Windows)
1. Go to Google News with Safari.
2. Right click on its little electoral map, then select "Open in Dashboard."
3. The bounding box will appear. Click on the map, then click "Add."
Voila! No more compulsive, productivity-destroying trawls around CNN.com or Pollster.com!