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Politics John McCain

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    Barack Obama faced a difficult choice for the fall campaign. He could follow through on his commitment to strike a deal with John McCain on remaining within the public financing system for the general election, or he could opt out of the system and cash in on the huge financial advantage he has displayed over John McCain.

  • Warts and all, John McCain’s flip-flop on offshore drilling is a very welcome development. When circumstances change, political leaders should change their policies. And $4 at the pump and $140 in the open market is certainly enough changing circumstances to warrant McCain’s constructive shift on offshore drilling.

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    As the American media's leading political analyst, he played a role far beyond the viewership of NBC's "Meet the Press." Grilling candidates respectfully, moderating debates fairly, interpreting election results with the insight of a former political operative...

  • In recent days the Republican standard bearer gave a really strong supply-side taxpayer-friendly speech, hitting all the right notes. Undoubtedly his best economic statement of the campaign to date.

  • Democrat Barack Obama leads Republican John McCain by 47%-41% in the 2008 race for the White House, according to the first NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted after Mr. Obama wrapped up the Democratic presidential nomination.

  • Democrat Barack Obama leads Republican John McCain by 47 percent to 41 percent in the 2008 race for the White House, according to the first NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted after Mr. Obama wrapped up the Democratic presidential nomination.

  • Sen. John McCain delivered a nearly pluperfect supply-side tax-cut plan yesterday, one that is worthy of conservative support, and frankly a real eye-opener showing just how good he can be. I wrote about it in my latest column.

  • The Republican candidate for president embraced low-tax-rate incentives to grow the economy, promising a combination of pro-growth tax reform and simplification along with significant spending restraint.

  • Tuesday night on Larry Kudlow's show was interesting as always but a couple of issues stood out. Sean Tully of Fortune Magazine opined that oil could fall back to a range of $50-70 before too long.

  • Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain called for a EU-U.S. trade pact, saying exports were a bright spot in the U.S. economy Tuesday.

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    It's been a year since I started reporting on "the biggest defense contract of 2007," except now it'll be "the biggest defense contract of 2008." Or maybe 2009. The $35 tanker deal has taken more odd turns than a lost UAV, including...

  • Public worry number one is now oil, jobs, and the economy, with the inflationary woes of the U.S. dollar right underneath. The candidate who can connect with these issues will win in November. But so far neither Obama nor McCain are dealing with the new political reality.

  • Skyrocketing oil and gas pump prices have become public enemy number one on the economics front, and politically priority number one out on the campaign trail. (Though neither Obama nor McCain have really connected with the public’s desire to drill and produce more oil as a way of getting gas prices down.)

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    As he campaigned against racial integration in the 1960s, George Wallace complained "there's not a dime's worth of difference" between the Democratic and Republican parties. But nowadays that's only true in primary elections.

  • He hit all the right notes. Overtax. Overspend. Over-regulate. Central planning. Command-and-control of the U.S. economy. All in the name of a dubious global-warming theory.

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    Some Democratic strategists had earlier speculated that she wouldn’t want the vice presidential slot, since as First Lady during the 1990s she had already been as close to the Oval Office as someone can get without being chief executive.

  • I’ve even taken to calling the weak dollar the U.S. peso. There’s also Paul Gigot and Steve Moore over at the Wall Street Journal editorial page, both prominent leaders in the movement to resurrect King Dollar. And today we received some great news on this front.

  • This is one of those times when you have to be very discriminating when you talk about the “economy.” Because the “economy” includes things that are in outright depression like housing, and it includes things that are in an outright boom like technology

  • Year-over-year real GDP is 2.5 percent. Incidentally, brand new numbers on profits show a much-stronger-than-expected gain. Profits are the mother’s milk of stocks and the economy. So this is very positive.

  • by Scott McClellan

    I know Scott McClellan a little from covering the Bush White House. But like many who interacted with him far more closely than I did, I am quite surprised at the tone of his memoir. His indictment of the administration's "deception" in promoting the Iraq War echoes and validates commonplace criticisms from the political left.