Will Hillary Face A Cash Crunch?

30 June 2007 |permalink | email article

The second fund-raising quarter for presidential candidates ends tonight amid a general expectation that on the Democratic side Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton combined may set a near campaign record.

In the first quarter Clinton raised slightly more over… read full story

Clinton, Obama Sharpen Differences

29 June 2007 |permalink | email article

Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate at Howard University was the most passionate so far before an energized African-American audience – less confrontational, more mini-stump speech and an assault on the Supreme Court decision partially banning affirmative action in public… read full story

The Fund-Raising Game

28 June 2007 |permalink | email article

Bill Clinton is very focused before Saturday’ second quarter presidential fundraising deadline with a tough email solicitation asking donors to maximize Hillary Clinton’s war chest.

(Early AM update: The Associated Press is reporting Hillary’s advisers are saying she will… read full story

Air Obama

27 June 2007 |permalink | email article

Taking a clue from Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential frontrunner in Iowa, Democrat Barack Obama this week launches two biographical television ads to focus on early voting in the Hawkeye state.

Since February, Romney has spent about $4 million… read full story

Ralph Nader Keeps On Dreaming

24 June 2007 |permalink | email article

The one-time champion of consumer rights and environmental causes lost his political groove near the end of the last century.

He remains seemingly obsessed with becoming a progressive version of what perpetual Republican loser Harold Stassen once was to… read full story

Creepy 2008 Candidates

22 June 2007 |permalink | email article

Forbes ’08 Tracker is one of the most unconventional polls in this year’s presidential sweepstakes in terms of evaluating the creepiest candidates or potential candidates.

In its June edition, 19% of the population polled call former Republican House Speaker… read full story

The Long Hello

21 June 2007 |permalink | email article

In no apparent hurry to announce his candidacy, Fred Thompson dashed off to London this week to speak on international issues, meet with Conservative opposition leader David Cameron and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Since FredHeads have dubbed him… read full story

Bloomberg/Schwarzenneger 2008?

20 June 2007 |permalink | email article

As long expected, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has left the Republican Party and now identifies himself as unaffiliated, a move widely seen as laying the groundwork for an independent presidential candidacy next year.

Once a Democrat before… read full story

Has Hillary Already Won?

19 June 2007 |permalink | email article

Chris Matthews, the fast-talking and cocksure host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” flatly announced Monday that the race for the Democratic presidential nomination is over and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has won.

It’s presumptuous to draw such a conclusion now,… read full story

Abu Ghraib: Buck Stops with W.

18 June 2007 |permalink | email article

Seymour M. Hersh, in The New Yorker’s June 25 issue (now online), profiles an Army major general who investigated and reported in 2004 on Abu Ghraib prison abuse in Iraq.

It details how Antonio M. Taguba became one… read full story

Obama on Father’s Day

17 June 2007 |permalink | email article

“It’s about to be Father’s Day. Let’s admit to ourselves that there are a lot of men out there that need to stop acting like boys, who need to realize that responsibility does not end at conception, who need… read full story

FredHeads in L.A.

16 June 2007 |permalink | email article

Fred Thompson was asked by Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” this week if he wants to be president. But the host didn’t exactly get the answer he wanted.

“I’ve never craved the job of president, but I… read full story

So They Said . . .

14 June 2007 |permalink | email article

“We reporters in Iraq were the running backs. David went first, a long time ago, and cleared the way.” Dexter Filkins, who covered the Iraq war for the New York Times, at a memorial service for the late David… read full story

Colin Powell Speaks Out

13 June 2007 |permalink | email article

The former secretary of state says he became a Republican in 1995 with a mission to move the party away from the far right and back to the moderate center. Mission not accomplished.

But Sunday on “Meet the Press”… read full story

Clinton Ahead, Obama Best Vs. GOP

12 June 2007 |permalink | email article

With the Iowa caucuses still 215 days away, a new national Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll offers new insight even though over 80% of all voters will not make their minds until very early winter.

** Fred Thompson, yet to… read full story

L.A. Celebrity Justice, 1948

11 June 2007 |permalink | email article

Los Angeles in the late 1940s was a great newspaper town. Angelenos read about crime, corruption, sports and juicy gossip on Hollywood and celebrities tangling with the law in the Examiner, Times, Herald-Express and Daily News.

Switch reels. Cable… read full story

DefSec Gates’s Bold Play

10 June 2007 |permalink | email article

The firing of Marine General Peter Pace as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by Defense Secretary Robert Gates could have significant military and political consequences for the future of the war in Iraq.

Is it a first… read full story

Libby Pardon, Conservative Hypocrisy

08 June 2007 |permalink | email article

What is there about the conviction of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby for perjury and obstruction of justice in the CIA leak case that Republican presidential candidates and the hypocritical conservative media fail to understand?

After Libby’s conviction the… read full story

Obama: Finding His Grove

07 June 2007 |permalink | email article

Is Barack Obama tough enough to lead? It’s a question media cognoscenti ask with increasing frequency about the senator’s campaign for the Democratic nomination.

He’s passionate enough in speeches to targeted audiences and draws crowds in cities and campuses… read full story

Cheney’s Fall Guy

06 June 2007 |permalink | email article

Amid conservative cries for an immediate presidential pardon, Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald finally got what he asked for yesterday in the CIA leak case after his federal court filing a week ago Friday.

I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby,… read full story

Illegals Hot GOP Debate Issue

05 June 2007 |permalink | email article

Peggy Noonan, a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan who coined the “Thousand Points of Light” sound bite for former Vice President George H.W. Bush, issued a rallying cry to Republican presidential hopefuls before tonight’s CNN debate in New Hampshire.

Noon… read full story

Democrats: More Iraq, More Sparks

05 June 2007 |permalink | email article

Iraq and war-funding dominated Sunday’s Democratic debate in New Hampshire. The almost unanimous consensus among assembled CNN pundits, some with close ties to the former president, was that Hillary Rodham Clinton emerged as a clear winner. I have doubts.

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How Valid Are Early National Polls?

04 June 2007 |permalink | email article

In advance of CNN televised debates Sunday and tomorrow in New Hampshire, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll (May 29-June 1) offers a fresh snapshot of the 2008 presidential race.

Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a solid lead over her… read full story

Libby, Cheney and Fitzgerald

03 June 2007 |permalink | email article

Intense public interest shadows the fate of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in federal court for perjury and obstruction of justice about the leak of covert CIA… read full story

Poll: Rudy Losing N.Y.

01 June 2007 |permalink | email article

Just how fearsome would Rudy Giuliani, the self-styled 9/11 hero, be in a general election against either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama in New York?

In a just released Siena College poll, courtesy of electioncentral.tpmcafe.com, “America’s Mayor” strikes… read full story

Democrats Hunt for Superdelegates

01 June 2007 |permalink | email article

Eight months before voters begin choosing delegates in the presidential primary process, the Democratic candidates have begun courting highly prized superdelegates either personally or through colleagues.

Only a tiny fraction of the party’s top echelon of elected officials, who… read full story

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