Bill: In From The Cold?

30 June 2008 |permalink | email article

Is an angry Bill Clinton about to stop sulking and join new political allies Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in a Democratic unity campaign for president?

Terry McAuliffe, W42’s courtier and fundraiser, told CNN he thinks so. “We… read full story

Assessing Obama

29 June 2008 |permalink | email article

Washington Post conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer used Barack Obama’s grandmother to take a very cheap shot at the candidate Friday.

Andrew Sullivan, a more respected conservative columnist, responded on his The Daily Dish blog:

Obama’s reference to his own… read full story

McCain Revisited

27 June 2008 |permalink | email article

‘Maverick’ has in the past always been the cliché of choice in describing John McCain’s independent streak. No more.

But the Pew Research Center found that term didn’t make the list this year when voters were asked to sum… read full story

Nader Flames Out

26 June 2008 |permalink | email article

The perennial presidential candidate made his reputation as a consumer advocate with a 1965 book, “Unsafe At Any Speed,“ a famous attack on the automobile industry for resisting safety standards.

The 74-year-old gadfly is running again this year… read full story

Obama Bump Real

25 June 2008 |permalink | email article

Dismiss skepticism by the chattering media class that a recent Newsweek poll showing Obama with a 15-point lead over McCain is an outlier.

A new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll shows that Obama has opened up a 12-point lead over… read full story

Terror Card Again?

24 June 2008 |permalink | email article

John McCain thought he was on message in Fresno yesterday when he focused on energy issues before his chief Republican strategist dropped a bombshell into the simmering presidential campaign.

Charlie Black, already in the spotlight for his past lobbying… read full story

Veep: Who Needs One? - I

23 June 2008 |permalink | email article

A 1974 rant against the vice presidency by Arthur Schlesinger Jr, the late and admired historian:

“It is a doomed office. No President or Vice President have trusted each other since Jackson and Van Buren. Mistrust is inherent in… read full story


22 June 2008 |permalink | email article

NBC News announced today that Tom Brokaw will serve as moderator of “Meet the Press” through the presidential election in November.

Brokaw, the retired and acclaimed anchor of NBC’s Nightly News, said “I’ve been appearing on ‘Meet the… read full story

McCain and Obama on Torture

22 June 2008 |permalink | email article

President Bush has said repeatedly that the United States doesn’t condone torture. But the issue is certain to be argued, as in the case of waterboarding, in the fall presidential campaign.

L.A. Times columnist Timothy Rutten succinctly framed… read full story

‘Meet the Press’

20 June 2008 |permalink | email article

Over a week after Tim Russert’s death, Brian Williams, the NBC anchor and his longtime friend, will fill the moderator’s chair Sunday with guest Senators Joe Biden and Lindsey Graham.

While no attention has yet been given to finding… read full story

All Politics Is Local

19 June 2008 |permalink | email article

Barack Obama gets a slight bump in two of the first major national polls since the presidential primary season ended, Washington Post-ABC News and Gallup surveys indicate.

But such polls are not as meaningful as state polls in assessing… read full story

Senator Flip-Flop

18 June 2008 |permalink | email article

Which John McCain are we supposed to believe – the 2000 presidential candidate who supported the moratorium on offshore oil drilling, or the presumptive Republican nominee who proposes lifting the ban on such drilling?

Hours after McCain blamed his… read full story

Gore Speaks

17 June 2008 |permalink | email article

Former vice president Al Gore finally made his debut in the presidential campaign Monday night. In a rousing endorsement of Barack Obama in Detroit he hailed him as a problem solver and urged all Democrats to rally behind the… read full story

Obama vs. McCain Online

16 June 2008 |permalink | email article

Little has been written about it but the race between John McCain, 71, and Barack Obama, 46, may be decided, in part, by age and their starkly different approaches to online technology.

When McCain wanted Obama to join him… read full story

Father’s Day

15 June 2008 |permalink | email article

“I stand on my dad’s shoulders and my son stands on mine. And the only way we can do that is by accepting each other, from generation to generation, these lasting lessons of life.” – Tim Russert to MSNBC’s… read full story

Tim Russert

15 June 2008 |permalink | email article

The longtime host of “Meet the Press” loved politics and especially covering this year’s historic presidential campaign. But a heart attack at 58 while recording voice-overs for this Sunday’s program cut short his life as an affable journalist with… read full story

Courting Evangelicals

13 June 2008 |permalink | email article

Among evangelical voters John McCain is no George Bush, giving
Barack Obama a rare opportunity as a Democrat to make his own pitch.

David Brody of CBN wrote that Obama is planning to unveil his own
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Obama Leads, Race Competitive

12 June 2008 |permalink | email article

A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows Barack Obama with a post-election bump and leading John McCain by six points – three percentage more than in April.

For the presumptive Democratic nominee it’s initial good news in terms… read full story

O’s Veep List

11 June 2008 |permalink | email article

A surprise name has been added by Democratic vetters to the list of possible Obama running mates – Ret. Gen. James Jones, the former Marine-turned-NATO Supreme Allied Commander. He’s been critical of the number of troops currently in Afghanistan.

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Truman’s Famous Epithet

10 June 2008 |permalink | email article

With the average national cost for gasoline crossing the $4-mark for the first time, House Republicans are trying to lay the blame squarely on congressional Democrats.

House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio told The Hill,  “Today marks another… read full story

New Campaign, New Questions

08 June 2008 |permalink | email article

The two presumptive presidential candidates—Barack Obama and John McCain—are remarkably different in their visions of the future.

One embraces a 21st century mantra of change and a new direction; the other invokes the mantra of change, but imagines… read full story

Veep Search

06 June 2008 |permalink | email article

Obama’s selection of a vice presidential search committee will offer some clues about what his campaign is thinking in terms of a running mate – and its composition suggests that Hillary Clinton may not be a slam dunk.

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The Last Hurrah

05 June 2008 |permalink | email article

Clinton’s badly received election-night speech in not immediately endorsing Barack Obama after he got enough superdelegates has suddenly been reversed. She will suspend her bid and publicly endorse the nominee Saturday in Washington after a private campaign staff event… read full story

Quo Vadis?

04 June 2008 |permalink | email article

Hillary Clinton, not conceding defeat to Barack Obama last night but pretending to win, obliquely raised the central question for her fans: “Where do we go from here?”

Answering the question herself, Clinton said she would figure that out… read full story

Obama to Claim Victory

03 June 2008 |permalink | email article

In a moment of history, the tumultuous and often bitter five-month marathon between the first black and woman Democratic candidates for president ends after today’s two primaries in South Dakota and Montana.

Barack Obama is poised to wrap up… read full story

Delegates, Not Popular Votes, Decide

02 June 2008 |permalink | email article

Clinton claimed “another great victory” in a big win over Obama in Puerto Rico Sunday but it may be her last in the historic battle for the Democratic presidential nomination.

But math matters and the DNC’s Rules and… read full story

Playing by the Rules

01 June 2008 |permalink | email article

The Democratic Party’s Rules Committee agreed late yesterday to end a long festering dispute over seating the rogue Florida and Michigan delegations by awarding each state half-votes at the August convention. But it was not a happy ending for… read full story

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