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Politics John McCain

  • John McCain and Barack Obama

    Republican candidate John McCain has pulled closer to Democrat Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

  • 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?

  • National party conventions are known as much for their nonstop partying as they are for their politics — a time for lobbyists, politicians and corporate executives to gather at lavish receptions and elegant dinners.

  • 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.

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    Television networks are assigning reporters to a new beat this election year: people who don’t watch the evening news. With polls showing a surge in primary-season ballots cast by voters under 30, media outlets are out to convert the newly energized voters into viewers.

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    After a handshake and the briefest of embraces in a church full of evangelical Christians, Democrat Barack Obama quickly took off the gloves and was again battering John McCain as little different from President George W. Bush.

  • John McCain and Barack Obama

    They are both viewed as positives for generics because they endorse getting their drugs to market faster and also would favor including them as part of trade agreements in developing countries.

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    John McCain raised $27 million in July, his largest one-month fundraising haul since clinching the Republican presidential nomination, while the Republican National Committee brought in nearly $26 million.

  • Will John McCain turn Tsar Putin’s invasion of Georgia into a drill, drill, drill issue? He should. It will throw Democrats even more on the defensive--especially Sen. Obama whose weak response to Putin’s neo-Soviet actions have already put him way behind the eight ball on Russia.

  • Boeing Headquarters

    The chances are "pretty good" that Boeing is truly considering the threat, because the new Pentagon request from bidders contains two things--a tanker ready next year, and a larger aircraft--which are both "bad for Boeing."

  • Nearly two-thirds of Americans (64 percent) support offshore oil drilling, according to a new Rasmussen poll. And 42 percent say offshore oil drilling would have the biggest impact in terms of reducing oil prices. Only 20 percent of Americans now oppose offshore drilling.

  • John McCain and his political advisor John Weaver (left).

    John McCain's efforts to define Barack Obama have been well cataloged in recent days, from the substantive (calling Obama a tax raiser slow to offer an energy plan) to the silly (comparing the Illinois senator to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton).

  • Tony Crescenzi

    The dollar rally is reversing a major negative for the U.S. economy, which will benefit more from the increased purchasing power than will result from any loss of U.S. exports.

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    Dylan Ratigan appeared Tuesday on MSNBC's Morning Joe and tells what he thinks of the presidential candidates' economic plans for a "windfall profits" tax, using ethanol as fuel, "gas tax holidays" and more.

  • As Sen. John McCain and the GOP leadership nationalize the drill, drill, drill message, the Republican party might conceivably be riding a summer political rally. The question of offshore drilling has suddenly become the biggest political and economic wedge issue of this election.

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    At times this spring, it appeared Barack Obama's fight with Hillary Clinton would never end. In important ways, it hasn't. Instead, Obama has watched John McCain pick up central strands of Clinton's approach – and amplify them.

  • Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has exactly the high energy, political toughness, and conservative reform message that would boost Sen. John McCain’s presidential run if Big Mac were to put her on the ticket. In an interview last evening on CNBC, Palin was very clear on her drill, drill, drill message for Alaska and the rest of the U.S.

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    For Obama, I'd expect the vice presidential announcement to come within about 10 days of the August Democratic convention that begins Aug 25. I'd rank his potential VP choices in this order of likelihood:

  • There will be no more business as usual for housing lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac if John McCain is elected president. That’s McCain’s clear message in a recent hard-hitting op-ed in the St. Petersburg Times and in various straight-talk media interviews.

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    Barack Obama's audience inside the Capitol this week will number about 200, not the 200,000 who gathered last week in Berlin. Yet all signs point toward a closed-door session with similar enthusiasm for the Illinois senator.