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  • Obama Takes Off Gloves to Attack McCain Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 8:49 AM ET

    After a handshake and the briefest of embraces in a church full of evangelical Christians, Democrat Barack Obama quickly took off the gloves and was again battering John McCain as little different from President George W. Bush.

  • Obama: My Kind of Flip-Flop Friday, 15 Aug 2008 | 1:33 PM ET

    The McCain folks are now slamming Obama’s credibility on tax hikes and other issues. They infer that the young Illinois senator is a flip-flopper. Well, that’s true

  • Obama, McCain: Which Stocks Win (Or Lose) If They Do? Friday, 15 Aug 2008 | 11:11 AM ET
    John McCain and Barack Obama

    They are both viewed as positives for generics because they endorse getting their drugs to market faster and also would favor including them as part of trade agreements in developing countries.

  • McCain Raises $27 Million in July Friday, 15 Aug 2008 | 10:44 AM ET

    John McCain raised $27 million in July, his largest one-month fundraising haul since clinching the Republican presidential nomination, while the Republican National Committee brought in nearly $26 million.

  • McCain Should Link Tsar Putin with Drill, Drill, Drill Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | 4:00 PM ET

    Will John McCain turn Tsar Putin’s invasion of Georgia into a drill, drill, drill issue? He should. It will throw Democrats even more on the defensive--especially Sen. Obama whose weak response to Putin’s neo-Soviet actions have already put him way behind the eight ball on Russia.

  • Boeing Headquarters

    The chances are "pretty good" that Boeing is truly considering the threat, because the new Pentagon request from bidders contains two things--a tanker ready next year, and a larger aircraft--which are both "bad for Boeing."

  • Drill, Drill, Drill Is On A Roll, Roll, Roll Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 2:01 PM ET

    Nearly two-thirds of Americans (64 percent) support offshore oil drilling, according to a new Rasmussen poll. And 42 percent say offshore oil drilling would have the biggest impact in terms of reducing oil prices. Only 20 percent of Americans now oppose offshore drilling.

  • McCain Seeks To Define Himself and Obama Friday, 8 Aug 2008 | 10:41 AM ET
    John McCain and his political advisor John Weaver (left).

    John McCain's efforts to define Barack Obama have been well cataloged in recent days, from the substantive (calling Obama a tax raiser slow to offer an energy plan) to the silly (comparing the Illinois senator to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton).

  • Crescenzi: Nine Reasons For Dollar's Rally Friday, 8 Aug 2008 | 10:28 AM ET
    Tony Crescenzi

    The dollar rally is reversing a major negative for the U.S. economy, which will benefit more from the increased purchasing power than will result from any loss of U.S. exports.

  • Ratiganomics Comes To Morning Joe Wednesday, 6 Aug 2008 | 12:21 PM ET

    Dylan Ratigan appeared Tuesday on MSNBC's Morning Joe and tells what he thinks of the presidential candidates' economic plans for a "windfall profits" tax, using ethanol as fuel, "gas tax holidays" and more.

  • US Retail Gasoline Prices Hit 11-Week Low Monday, 4 Aug 2008 | 5:35 PM ET
    Gas Pump

    U.S. drivers found more relief at the pump as the national price for gasoline dropped to its lowest level in 11 weeks, the government said on Monday.

  • Drill, Drill, Drill Is Working Monday, 4 Aug 2008 | 4:55 PM ET

    As Sen. John McCain and the GOP leadership nationalize the drill, drill, drill message, the Republican party might conceivably be riding a summer political rally. The question of offshore drilling has suddenly become the biggest political and economic wedge issue of this election.

  • Crescenzi: Obama Effect on Oil Monday, 4 Aug 2008 | 1:06 PM ET
    Barack Obama

    In early July I published a note discussing how expectations of an Obama win could knock $40 off the oil price. The note is below. One piece of the puzzle was put in place today with Obama mentioning that he might tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).

  • McCain Amplifies Clinton's Approach Against Obama Monday, 4 Aug 2008 | 12:09 PM ET

    At times this spring, it appeared Barack Obama's fight with Hillary Clinton would never end. In important ways, it hasn't. Instead, Obama has watched John McCain pick up central strands of Clinton's approach – and amplify them.

  • Presidential VP Selections: Who I Think Will Make The Cut Wednesday, 30 Jul 2008 | 1:25 PM ET

    For Obama, I'd expect the vice presidential announcement to come within about 10 days of the August Democratic convention that begins Aug 25. I'd rank his potential VP choices in this order of likelihood:

  • Barack Obama's audience inside the Capitol this week will number about 200, not the 200,000 who gathered last week in Berlin. Yet all signs point toward a closed-door session with similar enthusiasm for the Illinois senator.

  • Is Obama Freedom and Democracy Deficient? Monday, 28 Jul 2008 | 11:35 AM ET

    Why is it that in all his statements in his recent foreign-policy trip to the Mideast and Europe, Sen. Obama never mentions the importance of spreading freedom and democracy around the world, and most especially in the very troublemaking nations that are so tied to terrorism that he has been discussing?

  • Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., waves as he arrives at the Victory Column in Berlin, Thursday, July 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Barack Obama calls on Warren Buffett, among others, as he turns his attention to the troubled U.S. economy now that he's returned from his international tour that featured a well-attended speech in Berlin.

  • McCain Struggles to be Heard in Face of Obama Trip Friday, 25 Jul 2008 | 3:16 PM ET
    John McCain

    In the face of Barack Obama's overseas tour de force, rival presidential candidate John McCain struggled to be heard. Yet amid the awkward moments, he managed to campaign busily in key battleground states and to raise millions of dollars at fundraisers.

  • Obama Says his Foreign Tour Will Reassure Americans Friday, 25 Jul 2008 | 4:07 AM ET
    Barack Obama

    U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama hopes his visit to Europe and the Middle East will show U.S. voters that he is a safe pair of hands, the Democrat said in an interview on Friday.