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  • Jack Welch Grills Obama, Romney on Policy Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 3:33 PM ET

    Jack Welch, former chairman and chief executive of General Electric, grilled presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney about their economic and business policies. The author of "Winning" and "Straight from the Gut," also offered his own "checklist" for America's next chief executive.

  • Mitt Romney: His Stimulus Package For The Economy Friday, 18 Jan 2008 | 4:50 PM ET
    Mitt Romney (R)

    Bidding to seize control of the accelerating debate over economic stimulus, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is proposing a package with something for everyone. In an interview this afternoon, Mr. Romney said he will propose:

  • Dems And GOP: What Both Have In Common This Year Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | 2:02 PM ET

    Mitt Romney's big win in Michigan last night signals that both parties have wide-open 2008 nomination races--but for much different reasons. Republicans are dispirited and divided, about the merits of their candidates and also about hot-button issues such as immigration and abortion.

  • Republican Romney Wins Michigan Primary Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 9:12 PM ET
    Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney scored a breakthrough win in the Michigan primary on Tuesday, reviving his struggling campaign, halting rival John McCain's momentum and further scrambling a chaotic Republican presidential race with no clear front-runner.

  • Economic Reality "Bites" The Presidential Candidates Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 4:26 PM ET

    Received political wisdom is running smack into economic reality. It’s not yet clear which force will prove more powerful. For presidential contenders, the collision takes place in Michigan, Nevada and South Carolina.

  • Mitt Romney: Here's Why He's Failed To Catch Fire Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 9:52 AM ET
    Mitt Romney

    Given the results of the New Hampshire primary, all of us who cover politics need to be humble about our ability to diagnose the reasons for one outcome or the other. But here's a theory for why Republican Mitt Romney--notwithstanding his obvious intelligence, managerial competence, speaking ability, deep pockets and movie-star looks--has failed to take off so far in the places where it counts.

  • US Consumer Confidence Sinks to Record Low Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | 5:16 AM ET

    Consumer confidence fell to an all-time low as worries about jobs, energy bills and home foreclosures darkened people's feelings about the country's economic health and their own financial well-being.

  • Like nearly everyone else who works in or around politics, I was stunned by Hillary Clinton's victory over Barack Obama in New Hampshire. My expectation of events turned out to be wholly wrong. I am less embarrassed by that, than thrilled that the electorate we dissect so constantly remains capable of delivering such a surprise.

  • Bloomberg to Assess Support for Presidential Run Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | 7:08 PM ET

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has begun detailed polling and highly sophisticated voter analysis in all 50 U.S. states as he considers an independent bid for president, associates said Wednesday. 

  • Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

    Hillary Clinton stands behind no Democratic presidential candidate in her scorn for George W. Bush, but that isn’t stopping her from implementing Mr. Bush’s 2000 political strategy against John McCain. In one notable consequence of the front-loaded 2008 political calendar, she used it before the New Hampshire primary, not after.

  • Clinton Scores Big Win in New Hampshire Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | 7:27 AM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    Democrat Hillary Clinton defied the polls and narrowly upset Barack Obama in New Hampshire on Tuesday, breathing new life into her U.S. presidential campaign after finishing third in Iowa.

  • Is Crying Good or Bad for Clinton's Chances? Tuesday, 8 Jan 2008 | 12:12 PM ET

    Voting in New Hampshire ends at 8 p.m. EST on Tuesday, with results expected to begin rolling in quickly.

  • Heard at Mitt Romney's rally in Bedford, N.H. last night: "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond, the semi-official sound track of the Boston Red Sox. Will it bring him "Red Sox luck" tonight in New Hampshire?

  • Teary-Eyed Hillary Clinton Vows to Fight On Tuesday, 8 Jan 2008 | 10:24 AM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (AP Photo/The Meridian Star, Kyle Carter)

    A teary-eyed Hillary Clinton pushed for support on Monday as polls showed her poised for a huge New Hampshire loss to Democratic rival Barack Obama, but the former front-runner vowed to carry on with her presidential quest even if she loses.

  • Hillary's "New" Song And McCain's Retro Sound Tuesday, 8 Jan 2008 | 10:13 AM ET

    Hillary Clinton, fighting for a comeback showing in New Hampshire, has begun playing Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising," which also happens also to be the anthem of John Edwards' populist campaign.

  • Obama Jumps Into the Lead In New Hampshire Race Monday, 7 Jan 2008 | 5:37 PM ET
    Barack Obama

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton battled to keep crucial New Hampshire from swinging to rival Barack Obama, but new polls showed him jumping into the lead.

  • This is the time of the presidential race when the convergence of politicians and press is nearly complete. The Radisson, in downtown Manchester, is the closest thing there is to ground zero of the New Hampshire campaign. All the networks of NBC are broadcasting from this spot and thus all the candidates are coming here.

  • This week, New Hampshire becomes the gateway to a new political world--engaging multiple constituencies, playing out over a vast terrain, shifting the psychology of competition. But as the 2008 campaign moves toward contests in Michigan, Nevada, South Carolina, Florida, then half the country on Feb. 5, the simplicity and careful planning of Iowa and New Hampshire phase give way to a complex, high-velocity game of survivor.

  • Obama, Huckabee Win First 2008 US Vote Friday, 4 Jan 2008 | 1:14 AM ET

    Barack Obama took a big step on Thursday toward becoming the first black U.S. president as his campaign for change caught fire in Iowa and swept him past Hillary Clinton in the opening Democratic nominating contest.

  • Has Wall Street Priced In a Presidential Winner? Thursday, 3 Jan 2008 | 5:46 PM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange gather around a Bank of America trading post just prior to the announcement by the Federal Reserve that it had raised a key interest rate for the twelfth consecutive time, Tuesday, November 1, 2005. The Federal Reserve, still concerned about inflation, raised the interest rate to the highest level in more than four years and signaled more increases are likely.  (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

    Stocks typically do well in a presidential election year, and some on Wall Street have already placed bets on the winner in '08.

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