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Senate Debate on Iraq Fizzles For Now

10:03 pm Feb. 28, 2008

After several days of at times snippy back and forth on the Senate floor, Democrats pulled a bill that would have ended combat operations in Iraq within 120 days of being signed into law. The bill – backed by among others, Sen. Barack Obama – wasn’t going anywhere in the Senate, just …

A Super Delegate Switch and Big Money for Hillary

10:01 pm Feb. 28, 2008

A day after watching one of her early supporters in the Congress switch to Team Obama, Hillary Clinton got some good super delegate news of her own and a big financial report as well. After being soundly beaten by Barack Obama in fundraising in January, Hillary Clinton raised eyebrows by …

President Bush Jabs at Obama and Clinton

9:57 pm Feb. 28, 2008

While President Bush isn’t quite ready to get fully involved in the 2008 Campaign to replace him, (“Not yet,” he said to laughter at a White House news conference,) he did take a few jabs at the two leading Democrats Thursday. While he didn’t mention their names, it was clear …

Obama Goes Over The One Million Mark

7:26 pm Feb. 27, 2008

When the headline says that “Obama Goes Over The One Million Mark,” what comes to mind immediately?  The answer is that’s how many people have now contributed to his campaign. The average donation according to campaign manager David Plouffe is just over $100. What that really means is that Obama …

The John Lewis-Barack Obama Switch

2:10 pm Feb. 27, 2008

The gyrations over the future of superdelegate Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) made some more twists and turns on Wednesday as the Congressman finally made clear that he would be backing Barack Obama for President. The move came a week after the civil rights leader drew a primary opponent, 30 year …

The GOP Wonders About The Obama Effect

8:27 am Feb. 27, 2008

As I was walking into the US Capitol on Wednesday, I ran into a GOP Senator and our five minute chit-chat exposed some of the electoral worries amongst Republicans right now, especially if the November election is between Barack Obama and John McCain. While convinced that McCain is a solid …

The Clinton Camp Lays Out A Final Strategy

9:52 pm Feb. 26, 2008

It arrived in an email before last night’s debate, MEMO: Countdown to March 4th Proposed Schedule, the basics of how Hillary Clinton will try to stay in the Democratic Presidential race. In the last run to the March 4th primaries, Clinton strategist Howard Wolfson laid out for reporters the basics …

The Democrats Again Stay Calm In a Final Debate

9:37 pm Feb. 26, 2008

While Hillary Clinton has been lobbing all kinds of broadsides at Barack Obama in recent days on the campaign trail, she once again last night decided not to go overtly negative in the final debate before the March 4th primaries. The two candidates aggressively defended their plans on health care …

Both Parties See Political Advantages on the Iraq War

9:20 pm Feb. 26, 2008

A day after John McCain’s Straight Talk answer that Americans might judge his candidacy for President on the course of the war in Iraq, the Senate plunged back into yet another debate over Democratic plans to end the war. It had been expected that Republicans would block consideration of the …

McCain v The New York Times, Round 3

7:57 pm Feb. 25, 2008

Since I was off on Monday, I didn’t get the chance to write anything about the continuing assault on the New York Times for its article last week about John McCain.  The News Flash is this: the story is still getting acidic reviews. It was one thing to have Pat …