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  • When the 2008 presidential race began in earnest last year, no one could have imagined the Iraq war as a change of subject. But that’s what it was when Congressional testimony took John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama away from the top campaign issue--the slumping economy.

  • Hillary Clinton's New Strategist: Meet Geoff Garin Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 12:20 PM ET

    Can a new strategist change the course of Hillary Clinton's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination at this stage in the race? Geoff Garin is about to find out. Garin, a veteran Democratic pollster, stands in some ways as the antithesis of his ousted predecessor Mark Penn.

  • Dems + Free Trade = Death Penalty Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | 3:35 PM ET

    My pal Jerry Bowyer e-mailed me this morning with the following thought on Clinton bigwig Mark Penn: Free trade among Democrats is so completely dead in the water that any Democratic advisor favoring free trade is subject to the death penalty

  • Hillary's Hill Just Keeps Getting Steeper To Climb Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | 11:26 AM ET

    Mark Penn’s meeting with Colombian diplomats on passing a new trade deal embarrassed Hillary Clinton at a time she can’t afford to lose any blue collar votes. And his ouster as her chief strategist adds turmoil she doesn’t need as she struggles to catch up with Barack Obama.

  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, a rising Democratic star in the House of Representatives, has been a stalwart supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton throughout the presidential primary campaign.

  • Hillary Clinton: Should She Stay Or Should She Go? Tuesday, 1 Apr 2008 | 3:50 PM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

    OK, for a while I thought my little peace-making idea (see my last pre-vacation post) was working. I'd look from time to time at my blackberry, and found NOT A SINGLE MESSAGE from Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton trash-talking each other. Maybe I HAD helped turned down the volume on the Democratic primary noise machine.

  • When I heard a soundbite with Sen. Hillary Clinton on CNBC's "Kudlow & Company" last night, it reminded me to check and see if the Center for Responsive Politics had updated its monthly campaign contribution data.

  • Clinton Details Premium Cap in Health Plan Friday, 28 Mar 2008 | 11:04 AM ET

    Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton said in an interview on Wednesday that if elected president she would push for a universal health care plan that would limit what Americans pay for health insurance to no more than 10 percent of their income, a significant reduction for some families.

  • Obama: Financial System Needs New Regulations Thursday, 27 Mar 2008 | 4:30 PM ET
    Barack Obama

    Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama told CNBC that financial regulations need to be revamped to deal with the credit crisis and threat of recession.

  • Transcript: Barack Obama Interview Thursday, 27 Mar 2008 | 4:15 PM ET

    The unofficial transcript of a March 27, 2008 interview with Senator Barack Obama on CNBC's "Closing Bell."

  • Presidential Candidates and the Economy Thursday, 27 Mar 2008 | 12:30 PM ET

    Senators Obama and Clinton are all about the economy today.  The battle between the two Democratic candidates has heated up in the last weeks with issues on race and Obama's former pastor and Clinton's incorrect recollection of Bosnia sniper fire, but today the candidates focus on our sweet spot, the economy.

  • Obama Calls for More Regulation of Financial System Thursday, 27 Mar 2008 | 12:16 PM ET
    Barack Obama

    Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama called for greater government regulation of the U.S. financial system Thursday and proposed a new $30 billion economic stimulus plan to help homeowners.

  • White House Short Course Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | 2:23 PM ET
    Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., stands on stage prior to speaking about her health care policy, Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    The steadily rising costs of higher education – roughly twice the inflation rate – makes it  a permanent part of the iron cross of American worries,  joining concerns about retirement, health care and jobs.

  • Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen

    Gov. Phil Bredesen of Tennessee has proposed a fascinating exit strategy for the Democrats' nomination-race dilemma. He wants a special "primary" for the uncommitted "super-delegates" to settle the choice between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

  • Hillary’s Delusion Is Mac’s Gain Tuesday, 25 Mar 2008 | 3:05 PM ET

    Hillary’s fictitious tale of sniper fire in Bosnia might help Obama, but the real winner here is John McCain. The CBS footage making the rounds clearly refutes the former first lady’s claim that she had to run for cover from sniper fire when she got off the plane in Bosnia.

  • John McCain's "Gift" From Democrats Monday, 24 Mar 2008 | 1:14 PM ET

    The bitter fight between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is a gift to the presumptive Republican nominee, John McCain. It's the gift of time to strengthen his campaign this spring. But McCain needs to use that time well, because even though he has moved ahead in some national polls, the Iraq war, the slumping economy and the unpopularity of President Bush...

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.