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  • Hillary, Rudy Facing Toughest Times Of All? Wednesday, 14 Nov 2007 | 5:41 PM ET

    Those of who follow political campaigns often can't discern turning points until the campaigns are over. The 2008 contest may be no different. But just now there's a sense of ferment in both parties' presidential contests--and it's happening awfully close to the Jan 3 kickoff of the nomination process in Iowa.

  • Ron Paul Will Have A Hard Time Winning Anything Monday, 12 Nov 2007 | 2:01 PM ET
    Republican Candidate Ron Paul

    Our new NBC News-Wall Street Journal Poll provides one more occasion for supporters of Ron Paul to face the music. Yes, he raised an impressive $5-million in the third quarter, matching John McCain. Yes, he recently hauled in an eye-popping $4-million in 24 hours using the Internet.

  • Ron Paul Dominates News On Off Year Election Day? Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 4:02 PM ET
    Ron Paul

    As a confirmed political reporting junkie, I ought to be prepared to describe for you the grave significance of tonight's odd-year election results. But alas my respect for the truth forbids it. This is an Election Day that doesn't mean much.

  • Democrats

    There are a couple ways to tell that we’ve hit the critical competitive phase of the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination fight. One is the way that all major campaigns are now spending a large chunk of the millions they’ve raised on television ads in Iowa. The state’s Jan. 3 caucuses have traditionally turned on contest may once have turned overwhelmingly on organizational prowess.

  • Poland's Kaczynskis Loses Parliamentary Election Sunday, 21 Oct 2007 | 11:31 PM ET
    AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski

    Poland's conservative Kaczynski twins were beaten in a parliamentary election on Sunday by a center-right opposition party ready to mend relations with EU allies, speed economic reforms and pull troops from Iraq.

  • Australia Govt Tax Cut Promise Carries Rate Risks Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | 3:25 AM ET

    Australia's government, desperately seeking re-election in a November poll, on Monday promised A$34 billion ($30 billion) in sweeping tax cuts if returned by voters.

  • A Hairy Moment Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 11:20 AM ET

    On stage just before our debate yesterday, we had one of those classic moments that mocked the egos and pretentions of those of us in the world of politicians and television. Those of us questioning the candidates -- my CNBC colleague Maria Bartiromo, MSNBC's Chris Matthews, my longtime Wall Street Journal colleague Jerry Seib, and me -- had been introduced to the crowd at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. Then the Republican candidates strode onto the stage.

  • Take Our Poll: the Candidates, Economy and You Tuesday, 9 Oct 2007 | 10:52 AM ET

    Tonight the GOP hopefuls talk about economic issues. What do you think they should concentrate on?

  • GOP/Dems: Is Presidential Hopeful List Shrinking? Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007 | 9:13 AM ET
    Newt Gingrich

    The decision by Newt Gingrich to bypass the 2008 presidential race means the fields in both parties are set--at least for now. I wasn't surprised by Gingrich's decision; since talking with him at a press breakfast a couple of weeks ago, I didn't expect his exploratory effort to result in a "Go", though I did expect it to last longer than just a few days.

  • Republicans: Hard For Things To Get Any Worse Friday, 28 Sep 2007 | 3:35 PM ET
    Republican Candidate Duncan Hunter

    Nearly a year after their 2006 wipeout, these are still tough times for the GOP. President Bush and his aides have argued the party must expand beyond white voters. But last night African-American TV personality Tavis Smiley moderated a debate--and the leading republican candidates didn't show up.

  • Clinton/Obama At Dems Debate: Missed Opportunities Thursday, 27 Sep 2007 | 10:36 AM ET

    The single signature moment of last night's debate was what first appeared to be Hillary Clinton's declaration of independence from her ex-president husband. "He's not the one standing here"--her line after Tim Russert pressed on differences between her position and Bill Clinton's on torture--was a dramatic and effective moment of self-assertion.

  • Clinton's Attackers: Giving Her The Fight She Loves? Tuesday, 18 Sep 2007 | 12:48 PM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    John Edwards is attacking Hillary Clinton on health care. He argues that her approach isn't sufficiently confrontational, that she'd be too friendly to the insurance industry and thus couldn't deliver on the priority Democratic primary voters care about most: universal health coverage. .

  • Highlights from NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | 1:52 PM ET

    Public discontent with the Iraq war has slightly eased, increasing President Bush’s political maneuvering room at a critical point in debates over war costs and troop levels. Those shifts in public opinion remain modest. Yet only one in four Americans say troops should leave now regardless of conditions on the ground...

  • GOP Taking A Negative Approach On Economy? Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 | 5:07 PM ET

    Facing intense pressures from the 2008 campaign, Senate Republican leaders are planning to ignore White House talking points about the strength of the economy under President Bush and press a more forward looking agenda.

  • Fed 'Bail Out' A Right Thing To Do? Friday, 31 Aug 2007 | 12:09 PM ET

    All these philosophical discussions on our air this morning about whether it is appropriate for the Congress, or the President, or the Fed to step in and "bail out" homeowners or risk takers misses the point. In theory, of course they should not bail out anyone.

  • And a Moment for White House Wannabes as Well Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | 5:21 PM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    One question about market turbulence that I'll be watching is its effect on the 2008 presidential race. It's not clear the disruptions will prove long lasting, much less lead to an economic recession. If it proves a short-term blip, the effects will be negligible.

  • Lack of Online Privacy can be a Good Thing Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 4:13 PM ET

    Everyone gripes about the fact that there's no privacy online and Web surfers' personal information is exploited. But sometimes our actions online should be transparent -- there needs to be some accountability in this world of Wikis, where users are counted on to police inaccuracies and update news.

  • In an exclusive interview on CNBC, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton outlined her plan to toughen standards for mortgage brokers and to set up a $1  billion federal fund to help homeowners avoid foreclosure.“I think a lot of the lenders have really taken advantage of what is a really tough economic situation for many Americans," Clinton told CNBC's Dylan Ratigan during the live interview.

  • Healing Healthcare: The Politics Of Reform Wednesday, 1 Aug 2007 | 9:03 AM ET

    Health care reform has evolved into a major item on the national agenda as the concerns of Main Street and Corporate America force their way into the political consciousness of lawmakers in Washington as well as candidates on the Presidential campaign trail.

  • Japan's Scandal-Hit Agriculture Minister Resigns Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007 | 11:32 PM ET

    Japan's scandal-embroiled agriculture minister stepped down Wednesday to take responsibility for a shattering election defeat for the ruling party.

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