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  • McCain Surges Ahead Thursday, 20 Mar 2008 | 12:59 PM ET

    Has anyone noticed that John McCain is surging in the polls? According to the latest print from Rasmussen and Zogby, McCain now holds a 6 to 8 point lead against Hill-Bama. And I doubt that Senator Obama’s speech Tuesday will change anything. It was nothing more than a non-denial denial of his fidelity to Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Wright’s hard-left anti-American agenda.

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    The public phase of the Democratic presidential race will now pause, briefly, for a back-to-the-future experiment in backroom deal-making. It's an unusual turn for the self-styled party of the people, which began four decades ago to throw open the doors of its nomination process to rank-and-file voters.

  • Time once again to share your mail, and answer some of yours messages. Thanks for writing, and keep 'em coming. From Patty: "Geraldine Ferraro basically called Senator Obama Senator Edwards. Is that such an insult? I hasten to add that I believe that if Senator Clinton's preacher of 20 plus years was advocating singing "God Damn America,"

  • Memo To Candidates: Stop All The Whining About The Press Thursday, 13 Mar 2008 | 12:05 PM ET
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    One of the familiar themes of modern day politics is whining about the role of the press. Losing candidates often resort to this as an explanation for their lagging performance. We've heard it plenty from Hillary Clinton's campaign, which says the press has been too hard on her and too easy on Barack Obama.

  • Economy Keeps Clinton in Democratic Favor Wednesday, 12 Mar 2008 | 6:38 PM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton retains a narrow lead over Barack Obama among Democratic voters nationwide, helped in part by her advantage on economic issues, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows.

  • Obama Beats Clinton in Mississippi Race Tuesday, 11 Mar 2008 | 8:35 PM ET
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    Barack Obama beat rival Hillary Clinton in Mississippi on Tuesday, giving him new momentum in their increasingly nasty presidential fight as they head into the next critical showdown in Pennsylvania in six weeks.

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    Suddenly the Democratic presidential primary race is teetering on the edge--not just between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, but between boon or disaster for the party’s 2008 hopes. So far, the clash between two history-making candidacies has only helped. In state after state, Democrats displayed their enthusiasm through robust primary turnouts that drew in many new voters.

  • So the Democrats are just determined to deny any down time at all for those of us who've been running around the country covering the 2008 campaign. Not only will to process go on until at least April 22 and the Pennsylvania primary, it may well go a lot longer.

  • How Wall Street Views the Presidential Candidates Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 12:59 PM ET

    CNBC asked several people what impact the three remaining candidates would have on the economy--and markets--if they land in the White House.

  • Clinton Stays Alive, McCain Wins Nomination Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 5:53 AM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton defeated Senator Barack Obama in the Ohio and Texas primaries on Tuesday, ending a string of defeats and allowing her to soldier on in a Democratic presidential nomination race that now seems unlikely to end any time soon.

  • The "new" Super Tuesday is here with 370 national convention delegates at stake for the Democrats, a pivoal day for Senators Obama and Clinton.  The Intrade markets show Clinton in the lead in Ohio, but with Obama still clearly in the lead for the nomination.  (www.intrade.com)

  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton refused to count herself out of the U.S. presidential race on Tuesday as her hard-fought duel with Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination rested with voters in Ohio and Texas.

  • "Junior Tuesday" And Keys To the Democratic Race Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | 12:00 PM ET
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    When 22 states selected Democratic delegates on a single day last month, the sheer scale and complexity of "Super Tuesday" made election night returns difficult to follow. Today’s "Junior Tuesday" election could have a decisive impact on the nomination race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

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    This week, more than any other of the 2008 Democratic campaign, has acquired an air of decisiveness. That’s because four primary contests on Tuesday could extinguish Hillary Clinton’s hope for overtaking Barack Obama.

  • Drug Money Still A "Healthy Flow" To Democrats Monday, 3 Mar 2008 | 9:29 AM ET
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    On the eve of the make-or-break Texas-Ohio primaries for Sen. Hillary Clinton, she remains in first place in at least one "poll." The Center for Responsive Politics has updated its list of top pharmaceuticals/health products-industry money recipients based on the most recent campaign finance reports and the former First Lady edges out Sen. Barack Obama...

  • Presidential Politics: Your Emails And My Replies Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | 4:41 PM ET

    We’re starting something new on Political Capital: periodically I will post and answer some of your emails. Here’s a selection of what I’ve received in recent days. Keep those notes coming.

  • Obama & McCain: The Battle Begins Friday, 29 Feb 2008 | 3:58 PM ET

    Some interesting insights from Peter Wehner on last night’s Kudlow & Company. Mr. Wehner worked in the Reagan and both Bush administrations. He is now senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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    It's clear from our non-scientific survey that you readers, do not believe the MSNBC debate in Cleveland on Tuesday did much to help Hillary Clinton reverse her slide in the race against Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination.

  • Dems Debate: Both Did Well But Is That Good For Hillary? Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 2:39 PM ET
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    As you'll see from my interview with Ohio Gov Ted Strickland, a Hillary Clinton supporter, he believes that both candidates did well in Tuesday night's debate in Cleveland. That doesn't sound like what Mrs. Clinton needed at a time when Barack Obama is surging nationally, pulling even with her in Texas, and drawing close in Ohio.

  • A Protectionist Lie Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 12:34 PM ET

    One of the great, unchallenged, political assertions out there right now is that NAFTA costs American jobs. Hill-Bama busied themselves with this protectionist canard during their debate last night. It happens to be nonsense.