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  • Comedy is one of the toughest businesses there is. It is hard to make people laugh for a living. You could argue it's even harder getting laughs during an election year where so much history is being made.

  • Sarah Palin

    Sarah Palin touted her small-town roots and lashed out at Democrat Barack Obama during a highly anticipated speech to the Republican convention on Wednesday, ridiculing her critics as out-of-touch elitists who do not understand everyday life in America.

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    Sarah Palin prepared for the speech of her life Wednesday as John McCain's campaign called for an end to questions about its review of her background and derided a "faux media scandal designed to destroy the first female Republican nominee" for vice president.

  • Sarah Palin

    John McCain touts Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a force in the his battle against earmarks and entrenched power brokers, but under her leadership the state this year asked for almost $300 per person in requests for pet projects from one of McCain's top adversaries: indicted Sen. Ted Stevens.

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    Republican John McCain, whose running mate disclosed that her unmarried 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, has opposed spending federal money on teen-pregnancy prevention programs.

  • Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Democrats open their national convention Monday to formally nominate Barack Obama for president, but the party's unity theme faces a dangerous challenge from a key constituency — the one-quarter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's backers still angry she lost and who vow not to vote for the party standard-bearer in November.

  • Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, and Joe Biden

    Barack Obama's choice of Joe Biden as a running mate sets the bar for his Republican rival John McCain, who could use his own pugnacious No. 2 to deliver attack lines and a solid debate performance.

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  • With VP nominations imminent as the Presidential race heats up, how are the Intrade Political Futures markets (www.intrade.com) reacting to the candidates' short list?

  • Barack Obama

    American voters should know this week who will join Barack Obama as No. 2 on the Democratic presidential ballot, a critical decision for the first-term senator who is fighting off Republican John McCain's bid to paint him as untested and unready for the White House.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    We have a new Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll that's shaking up the Republican presidential race, since Rudy Giuliani has lost his national lead. But it's also shaking up Ron Paul's legions of Internet supporters--because he fared so poorly at just 4 percent of the vote. Because his numbers were so low I didn't mention Paul in my Wall Street Journal story on the poll.

  • 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.