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  • Paulson's Plan: Will GOP Take Up Homeowner's Cause? Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007 | 5:18 PM ET

    While many of you were reading the morning blogs, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson was up on Capitol Hill, trying to sell his “teaser freezer” plan to House Republicans. He didn’t give a lot more details than we already know, but the common leakage out there is that it will be a five year freeze on subprime mortgages only for those who can currently pay their mortgages but can’t when the rate resets.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Hillary, Rudy Facing Toughest Times Of All? Wednesday, 14 Nov 2007 | 5:41 PM ET

    Those of who follow political campaigns often can't discern turning points until the campaigns are over. The 2008 contest may be no different. But just now there's a sense of ferment in both parties' presidential contests--and it's happening awfully close to the Jan 3 kickoff of the nomination process in Iowa.

  • Democrats enter the 2008 presidential race with powerful political advantages. But they face a tough and unpredictable battle because of the vulnerabilities of front-runner Hillary Clinton. A new Wall Street Journal-NBC poll shows that Americans have turned sharply away from President Bush and toward domestic issues favoring his partisan adversaries

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    There are a couple ways to tell that we’ve hit the critical competitive phase of the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination fight. One is the way that all major campaigns are now spending a large chunk of the millions they’ve raised on television ads in Iowa. The state’s Jan. 3 caucuses have traditionally turned on contest may once have turned overwhelmingly on organizational prowess.

  • FEC Campaign Questions, Oil Market Crisis And More Friday, 26 Oct 2007 | 9:28 AM ET

    The FEC is questioning 2008 contenders about contributions that “appear to exceed” legal limits. Hundreds of donors wrote checks for more than the $2,300 per election cap. Some failed to attribute parts of donations from joint bank accounts to their spouses.

  • GOP/Dems "Rangel" Over "Who's Best On Taxes" In 2008 Thursday, 25 Oct 2007 | 4:24 PM ET
    Charles Rangel

    Charlie Rangel’s tax reform bill isn't likely to become law anytime soon. Yet its already an active part of the presidential campaign, as Republicans try to reclaim control of the tax issue in advance of the 2008 elections.

  • Rudy Giuliani's Still A Heavy Hitter Even As Boston Fan Wednesday, 24 Oct 2007 | 4:39 PM ET

    Presidential rivals are having lots of fun with Rudy Giuliani's statement that he's rooting for the Red Sox in the World Series, casting it as a John Kerry-style, "against-'em-before-I-was-for-'em," made-for-New Hampshire flip-flop for a candidate who has been so staunchly identified with the Yankees. 

  • GOP "Happy Hour" Is Democrats' Opportunity? Wednesday, 24 Oct 2007 | 2:39 PM ET

    In their interview this morning with my colleague Dylan Ratigan, President Bush's economic advisers emphasized all that was going right with the American economy: low inflation, a strong job market, continued growth and booming exports, whether those exports are driven by a weaker dollar or not.

  • Mitt Romney Exposes His "Follicle" Cleavage Monday, 22 Oct 2007 | 10:31 AM ET

    I took some grief a few months back for convicting Hillary Clinton, in this space and elsewhere, of calculation in the public display of cleavage that prompted a Washington Post fashion review and lots of talk in the blogosphere. I still think I was right.

  • Democrat Rangel Tries A Tax Reform "Squeeze" Play Thursday, 18 Oct 2007 | 4:25 PM ET

    House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel has adopted an unorthodox strategy for his attempt to achieve tax reform. Forget polarization--Rangel is trying to hug the Bush administration as tightly as possible.

  • House Fails to Override SCHIP Healthcare Veto Thursday, 18 Oct 2007 | 1:31 PM ET

    The U.S. House Thursday failed to overturn President Bush's veto of a plan to expand a popular children's health care program and pay for it by raising tobacco taxes.

  • George Bush: Lame Duck Or Political Eagle? Wednesday, 17 Oct 2007 | 2:12 PM ET

    Presidential power ebbs and flows and George W. Bush is holding very weak cards just now. But as he likes to point out, sometimes with more than flattering zeal, he is still the president and everyone also just kibitzes. `

  • Rove, Schumer, Levin, Blakeman: My Conspiracy Theory? Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007 | 1:43 PM ET

    Those of us who cover politics in Washington are constantly trying to figure out what we DON'T know. Seeing a huddle of strange bedfellows instantly sets off our alarms that something remarkable could be happening.