• Iowa Votes: Three Key Points You Should Keep In Mind Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | 1:55 PM ET
    Iowa map

    Here are three things to watch for when Iowans vote tonight: 1) Mobilization: if Democratic turnout is huge, that's a sign that Barack Obama has succeeded in pulling out enough independent voters to win. It would also show the energy and enthusiasm that Democrats hope will give them an edge in the general election.

  • Iowa Countdown: Songs, Jokes And The Redskins Wednesday, 2 Jan 2008 | 2:54 PM ET

    Snapshots from the closing hours of the Iowa caucus: Song choices: At John Edwards rallies, Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising." At Barack Obama's, Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed and Delivered." At Hillary Clinton's, Dolly Parton's "9 to 5." At Mike Huckabee's rally in Des Moines last night, it was "Sweet Home Alabama" --except the candidate himself was on stage strumming guitar with a local band.

  • Lee Wins South Korea's Presidential Elections Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 6:43 PM ET
    Lee Myung-bak, a former Hyundai CEO and Seoul mayor, waves his hand after he was elected a presidential candidate during a national convention of the Grand National Party for a presidential primary at the Olympic Gymnasium in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 20, 2007. A South Korean businessman-turned-politician won the conservative opposition's presidential primary Monday, cementing his front-runner status in the December election to take leadership of the country from liberals aligned with Pre

    South Koreans on Wednesday elected Lee Myung-bak, a conservative former CEO vowing to back business and stand up to the North, as president of the world's 13th largest economy, TV exit polls showed.

  • Ron Paul: Okay, He's Got My Email Address Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 12:35 PM ET

    It's been a while since I've had the chance to go through your emails, but here's a look at what I've gotten lately. It's no surprise that the Ron Paul "faithful" continue to send in lots of comments in regards to their candidate.

  • GOP's Gap: Enthusiasm For Presidential Candidates Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 | 12:53 PM ET
    Iowa map

    Whatever happens in the Iowa caucuses, this year's contests have made plain that Republicans face a general election problem whoever the two parties' nominees are: an enthusiasm gap. Democratic campaigns expect that 125,000 or more Iowans will turn out for their caucuses on Jan 3. Republican campaign expect half that.

  • Putin's Successor Asks Him to Become Prime Minister Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 7:47 AM ET

    Dmitry Medvedev, named by President Vladimir Putin as his preferred successor, said on Tuesday he wanted Putin to become prime minister in a future government to guarantee stability and continuity.

  • Putin Backs Long-Time Ally as Successor Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | 8:50 AM ET

    Russian President Vladimir Putin backed his long-time ally Dmitry Medvedev to succeed him on Monday, preparing the way for Putin to exercise power from behind the scenes after he leaves the presidency next year.

  • Does a Putin discount on Russian stocks exist? You bet. Take a look at Gazprom, an energy giant with demonstrable reserves and it trades on a lower multiple than Petrochina, a company that has to scour the world for its crude replacement.

  • Putin Scores Landslide Win, Opposition Cries Foul Monday, 3 Dec 2007 | 6:53 AM ET

    President Vladimir Putin's party won a landslide victory in a parliamentary election, official results showed on Monday, but international observers said the vote was "not fair."

  • Australia's Rudd Sworn in as PM, Vows to Sign Kyoto Sunday, 2 Dec 2007 | 9:03 PM ET

    Australia's Labor leader Kevin Rudd was sworn in as prime minister on Monday, promising to urgently sign the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.  But Rudd said that the country was likely to miss its Kyoto target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2012.

  • New Presidential Polls Show Race Is Far From Over Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | 2:45 PM ET
    Barack Obama

    A fresh round of polls has underscored the sense of flux in the 2008 presidential race--in both parties. A Washington Post-ABC News poll of Iowa Democrats shows a three-way race for the Jan 3 caucuses--but with Barack Obama, not Hillary Clinton, in the lead.

  • Republican Rivals Trade Barbs in YouTube Debate Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | 2:24 PM ET
    Republican Candidates

    Republican presidential rivals Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney scornfully debated immigration Wednesday in a provocative, no-holds-barred debate.

  • Australia's Rudd Picks New Labor Team Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 10:44 PM ET

    Australia's centre-left Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd named Labor's first cabinet in 11 years on Thursday, appointing former academic Wayne Swan to the key economic management job as treasurer.

  • Candidates, Retailers Vie For Attention on TV Tuesday, 27 Nov 2007 | 7:59 AM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    In early election battlegrounds like Iowa and New Hampshire,  Sen. Hillary Clinton and other presidential candidates are running more television ads during the holiday shopping season, when retailers want to promote sales.

  • Australia Heralds in a New Labor Era Sunday, 25 Nov 2007 | 11:54 PM ET

    There wasn't much doubt by the end of last week that come late Saturday evening, Australia would indeed see a new Prime Minister and a Labor win.  But few suspected the bloodbath, John Howard's ruling Coalition government of 11 solid years would suffer.

  • Australia's Howard Fights for Political Life Friday, 23 Nov 2007 | 4:59 AM ET

    After more than 11 years in power, Australia's Prime Minister John Howard is now fighting for his political life as opinion polls continue to point to a Labor victory.

  • Corporate Tax Cuts May Bring Political Foes Together Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 | 3:58 PM ET

    Journalists in Washington spend most of their time focusing on warfare between Democrats and Republicans. There's a good reason for that: in the dysfunctional capital city of 2007, warfare is what they do best.

  • Hillary Clinton performed strongly at last night's Democratic debate in Nevada. She needed too, after a difficult two weeks in which she harmed her own cause and Barack Obama found his stride. But that doesn't mean that the "Clinton is champ" storyline is any more certain now than the "Obama is surging" was last week.

  • 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.

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