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  • 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.

  • In a Democratic Debate, Rivals Assail Clinton Thursday, 27 Sep 2007 | 1:07 AM ET

    Democratic presidential candidates pounced on rival Hillary Clinton for her positions on Iraq and Iran in a debate on Thursday as they sought to undercut her status as the campaign front-runner.

  • How Democrats Compare On Universal Healthcare Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | 3:36 PM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton issued a call for universal health care on Monday, plunging back into a political battle she memorably waged and lost as first lady more than a decade ago.

  • 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. .

  • Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton's new health plan is a sign of how the debate has shifted since 1993. It's universal -- the individual mandate she's called for would see to that--but less ambitious in design than the version that crashed and burned during her husband's presidency...

  • 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...

  • Clinton Returns Donations: Does She Have Clean Slate? Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 | 4:47 PM ET

    The decision by Hillary Clinton's campaign to return $850,000 in donations tied to scandal-plagued donor Norman Hsu represents an attempt to stop a damaging story line--and raise the stakes on rivals seeking to capitalize. The refunds, among the largest in political history, set a precedent that will create pressure in future situations involved tainted donors.

  • Clinton/Hsu Donations: Can She Stop The Bleeding? Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 4:38 PM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    After initially dismissed questions surrounding donor Norman Hsu, Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential race has moved to limit the fallout. The campaign has said it will give away Hsu's donations, and Hsu himself has said he will no longer give money to candidates now that reports have surfaced that he's a fugitive from California authorities in a 1990s grand theft case.

  • Taxes And 2008 Politics: Devil In Details To Come Wednesday, 29 Aug 2007 | 5:17 PM ET

    The 2008 presidential race will produce a sharp debate over tax policy–-on individuals, estates, investments and corporations. But voters will have to wait for the general election to hear it. That’s because there’s substantial agreement on the biggest policy questions within each party’s field of primary candidates. And for now, those broad areas of consensus have left primary rivals to bicker at the margins.

  • Clinton/Hsu Connection: Opening For Opponents? Wednesday, 29 Aug 2007 | 12:57 PM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    I blogged yesterday about the possibility that the campaign finance questions kindled by the Wall Street Journal yesterday--which involved a top fund-raiser named Norman Hsu--could get any worse for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. That is precisely what happened today.

  • Craig And Clinton: Will Buzz On Both Effect 2008? Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 3:14 PM ET
    Sen. Larry Craig

    The political world is buzzing over the salacious news surrounding Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho, the conservative Republican caught up in a police sting that targeted sexual activity in a men's restroom. The news endangers Craig's career, at minimum, and might conceivably threaten the GOP's grip on his Senate seat should he be ultimately be forced aside. At a time when Republican social conservatives are already dispirited by the woes of President Bush...

  • Presidential Race: About To Hit Attack Mode? Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 10:48 AM ET
    Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama

    We are creeping closer to the point of full engagement in the 2008 presidential race--but not there yet. On the Democratic side, John Edwards and Barack Obama are gingerly ramping up their criticism of front-runner Hilllary Rodham Clinton. With the Iowa caucuses just four months away--and Clinton leading polls nationally and in early states alike--they need to.

  • 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.