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    I am sitting in my hotel room in downtown Des Moines, looking out the windows at the reasons why no one can count out the chances of Mitt Romney or John Edwards in the Iowa caucuses next month: Snow and ice--lots of it.

  • Washington "Scuffles" Providing Political "Shuffles" Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | 12:14 PM ET

    I can't help noticing the dramatic difference between the political and government parts of my beat these days--complete gridlock in Washington and turbulent action on the 2008 campaign trail. In the capital, Democrats and Republicans are fighting over literally everything--the budget, energy legislation, a fix for the out of control Alternative Minimum Tax.

  • U.N. Bali Talks Turn to Finance to Aid Climate Sunday, 9 Dec 2007 | 11:02 PM ET

    Forty nations held unprecedented talks about ways to slow global warming without derailing world economic growth on the margins of U.N. climate talks in Bali on Monday.

  • Bali Talks Fail to Reach Pact on 'Green' Trade Sunday, 9 Dec 2007 | 4:28 PM ET

    Rich and poor countries failed on Sunday to agree on a plan to open up trade in green goods, with Brazil fearing a major U.S.-EU proposal raised on the fringes of climate talks in Bali was a protectionist ruse.

  • What does gridlock in Washington mean, to business and to everyone else? It means avoiding the sacred cows of both parties even if that waters down whatever action government takes. It means least-common-denominator solutions--or half-solutions--to whatever problem is on the table at the time.

  • No Recession, But Housing Risky: Bush Advisor Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | 11:37 AM ET

    A senior White House economist said on Friday he believes the U.S. economy is still strong and not headed for recession, though it remains at risk from the slumping housing market.

  • Today we saw a fine display of presidential leadership on an economic problem--the kind we would have expected from President Bill Clinton, not President George W. Bush. Yes, the administration is avoiding the "b" word, as in "bailout." And yes, in theory the new mortgage terms for homeowners facing upward resets represent a "voluntary" agreement by their creditors.

  • Clinton Calls for 90-Day Halt to Subprime Foreclosures Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007 | 4:36 PM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    "Wall Street helped create the foreclosure crisis, and Wall Street needs to help solve it," presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said Wednesday.

  • US Treasury Near Deal to Aid Struggling Homeowners Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | 4:34 PM ET
    United States Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson

    The U.S. Treasury Department and mortgage industry leaders are putting the final touches on a plan that could save struggling homeowners from foreclosure by freezing interest rates before they reset sharply higher.

  • While political reporters like me are largely focused on the 2008 presidential race, our dysfunctional governmental apparatus in Washington continues laboring, however haltingly, in search of some tangible accomplishments. And some of them would have significant impact on Wall Street and the business community more broadly.

  • 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.

  • GOP Debate Already Under Way? Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | 2:43 PM ET

    You know it's going to be a good debate when...the leading candidates start to accuse one another of lying BEFORE the debate. That's precisely what's happened in advance of tonight's Republican debate on CNN, featuring questions submitted via YouTube.

  • GOP Debate: Who Won, Who Lost Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | 2:41 PM ET

    GOP debate results: Winner #1: former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. He displayed his trademark humor but also some grit, facing down Mitt Romney in defending his record on immigration. Huckabee is head and shoulders above the rest of the Republican field in communications skills, as he manages to convey a combination of conservative principles.

  • 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.

  • White House to Name Hennessey As Economic Advisor Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 1:07 PM ET

    Top White House economic adviser Allan Hubbard plans to the leave the Bush administration by the end of this year, a U.S. official said.

  • Gov. Richardson Tells Fellow Democrats to Play Nice Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 11:01 AM ET

    The heat is on for presidential hopefuls with only 37 days until the Iowa caucus.  But while some Democrats and Republicans are baring their fangs, one candidate asks why everyone can’t just get along.

  • Campaign 2008: What To Watch For In The "Negative" Tuesday, 27 Nov 2007 | 1:42 PM ET

    It's getting hot out there on the presidential 2008 trail as voting time draws closer. Here are a few things to remember as you watch the rhetorical and advertising bullets fly: 1. There's NOTHING wrong with drawing contrasts with an opponent--aka "going negative"--if there's a solid basis for it.

  • 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.

  • Cheney Examined for Irregular Heartbeat Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | 4:00 PM ET

    Vice President Dick Cheney experienced an irregular heartbeat Monday and will be evaluated at George Washington University Hospital.

  • 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.

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