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44: December 23, 2007 - December 29, 2007

Hold the Crumpets

A day after Sen. Barack Obama dismissed her foreign policy experience as little more than sipping tea with potentates, Clinton fired back by portraying herself as a virtual secretary of state during her husband's administration. --Peter baker

By Web Politics Editor  | December 29, 2007; 10:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Romney Accuses Huckabee of Being Soft on Meth

A mailer from the Romney campaign takes a hard line on an opponent.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 29, 2007; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  A_Blog, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, The Hidden Campaign  
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Edwards-Friendly 527 Funding Sparks Controversy

A central tenet of John Edwards' message -- the idea that he is campaigning free from the influence of the powerful forces that control Washington -- is being challenged in light of the most recent federal election filings by one of the outside groups advocating on his behalf. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | December 29, 2007; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Clinton Campaigns with Ohio Governor

Clinton's message: Nominate me and I'll win next fall in Ohio, the state that cost Democrats the 2004 election. --Peter Baker

By Web Politics Editor  | December 29, 2007; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Sen. Conrad Endorses Obama

By Garance Franke-Ruta North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad, who in 2002 was one of the...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 29, 2007; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Bill Clinton Warns of "Unexpected"

Bill Clinton has added a new reason why his wife should be the Democratic nominee for president, what he called "most important of all": she would be best able to "deal with the unexpected," he said here today, with an allusion to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. --Alec MacGillis

By Web Politics Editor  | December 29, 2007; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
 
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From Edwards Campaign, Some Expectations Management

The John Edwards campaign offers a pointed compare-and-contrast. By Garance Franke-Ruta An essential part...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 29, 2007; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Change vs. More of the Same

Shailagh Murray and Anne E. Kornblut report from Iowa on the duel between John Edwards...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 29, 2007; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Still Making Up Their Minds in the Earliest States

The word on the earliest votes from diners in Des Moines and Manchester, N.H.

By washingtonpost.com Editors  | December 29, 2007; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  A_Blog, The Diners  
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Biden on Bhutto

Ed O'Keefe talks with Joe Biden for the Post Talk video program.

By Washington Post editors  | December 28, 2007; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Incomplete Picture in New Obama Health Care Ad

Sen. Barack Obama is touting his health care plan in an Iowa ad unveiled today, six days before the state's caucuses. But the commercial misrepresents some newspaper assessments of the Illinois Democrat's proposal. --Howard Kurtz

By Washington Post editors  | December 28, 2007; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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McCain Outspoken in Defense of Musharraf

John McCain expressed confidence in the government of General Pervez Musharraf.--Alec MacGillis

By Washington Post editors  | December 28, 2007; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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527 Group Supportive of Edwards Backed by Mellon Money

Newly public documents filed with the Federal Election Commission this week show there has also been a hefty infusion of private money behind the efforts of Alliance for a New America, a group that is promoting the candidacy of Democrat John Edwards. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | December 28, 2007; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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For Huckabee, Immigrant Threat Heightened by Events in Pakistan

Mike Huckabee, unlike his GOP rivals, is trying to connect the instability in Pakistan to the biggest issue in the Republican primary, immigration. --By Perry Bacon

By Web Politics Editor  | December 28, 2007; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Huckabee's Unusual Closing Speech

With six days remaining before the Iowa caucuses, conventional candidates are offering their closing arguments to the voters. Mike Huckabee delivers a sermon. --Dan Balz

By Web Politics Editor  | December 28, 2007; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (241)
Categories:  A_Blog, B_Blog, Dan Balz's Take, Mike Huckabee  
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With Clinton in Iowa as She Presses Her Case

Assessing Hillary Clinton's closing argument.

By Washington Post editors  | December 28, 2007; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Richardson Calls for an End to Pakistan Military Aid

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson sharply criticized the Bush administration's Pakistan policy. --Dan Balz

By Web Politics Editor  | December 28, 2007; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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An End to the Polling Truce

And it's in: the first pollsters to brave the uncertain waters of calling folks during the holidays. --Jon Cohen

By Web Politics Editor  | December 28, 2007; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Caucus, the Musical, Set to Open in Des Moines

Caucus the musical opens in Des Moines.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 28, 2007; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Romney Rips McCain on Senate Record

Mitt Romney, who targeted Mike Huckabee in an earlier commercial, is now running the most negative campaign of any presidential candidate in either party. --Howard Kurtz

By Web Politics Editor  | December 28, 2007; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  A_Blog, Ad Watch, John McCain, Mitt Romney  
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From a Fair Tax to Life on the Road

Jonathan Weisman takes a look at former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee's tax policy. He writes:...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 28, 2007; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Romney Heads to Iowa, Noting Uncertainty in GOP Race

Romney bids N.H. supporters farewell as he decamps for final Iowa push.--Alec MacGillis

By Washington Post editors  | December 27, 2007; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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McCain Questions Rivals on National Security

Arizona Sen. John McCain reacted quickly to the assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto Thursday, calling the killing "a great tragedy" that would embolden Islamic extremists throughout the Middle East. --Dan Balz

By Web Politics Editor  | December 27, 2007; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Giuliani Pivots from Bhutto News to Military Funding

GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani cited today's assassination of Benazir Bhutto as yet another example of why the U.S. needs to "go on offense" against Islamic terrorism and expand its military might. --Juliet Eilperin

By Web Politics Editor  | December 27, 2007; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Outside Groups Press Their Case

Independent groups appear to be doing more heavy lifting in New Hampshire for two of the top Democratic candidates for president, with new mailers arriving today that focus on voter concerns about health care. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | December 27, 2007; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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In Final Iowa Push, Obama Stresses Importance of Change

At Iowa speech, Obama draws sharp contrast between himself and Hillary Clinton.--Shailagh Murray

By Washington Post editors  | December 27, 2007; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Candidates React to Bhutto News

Candidates react to Bhutto news.

By Washington Post editors  | December 27, 2007; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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The Bhutto Assassination and Giuliani

Chris Cillizza weighs in: The assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was only...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 27, 2007; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  A_Blog, Rudy Giuliani, Today at The Post  
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Clinton Pauses to Remember Bhutto

Hillary Clinton remembers Benazir Bhutto.--Anne E. Kornblut

By Washington Post editors  | December 27, 2007; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Huckabee's Money From Where His Mouth Is

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is having so much success with his public speaking on the presidential campaign trail, he figured he might as well continue to get paid for the effort.--Matthew Mosk

By Washington Post editors  | December 27, 2007; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Courting the Michael Moore Vote in N.H.

John Edwards, anti-war candidate, admits he's never seen Fahrenheit 9/11.--Alec MacGillis

By Washington Post editors  | December 27, 2007; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Romney Hits a Rough Patch on the Slopes

Romney, skiing in New Hampshire, is greeted by wary Massachusetts residents. --Alec MacGillis

By Web Politics Editor  | December 26, 2007; 7:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Giuliani Seeks Out a Warmer Welcome

Given that it's snowing in Iowa and near freezing in New Hampshire, GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani chose Wednesday to reach out to the voters in a state that falls later in the primary calendar but unquestionably offers better weather for out-of-town guests: Florida. --Juliet Eilperin

By Web Politics Editor  | December 26, 2007; 7:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Giuliani's Doctor Pronounces Him Healthy

By Michael Shear Rudolph Giuliani's personal physician just released a statement pronouncing the former New...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 26, 2007; 7:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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He Shoots -- But Will He Score?

Obama plays basketball. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | December 26, 2007; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
 
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An Admirable Figure

Here's one poll Hillary Clinton has all to herself among presidential hopefuls: she heads the new Gallup list of most admired women in the world. --Jon Cohen

By Web Politics Editor  | December 26, 2007; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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With Early Caucuses, Questions Abound

There is one question every presidential candidate would love to know the answer to this week: Is anybody in Iowa listening? --Dan Balz

By Web Politics Editor  | December 26, 2007; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
Categories:  A_Blog, B_Blog, Barack Obama, Dan Balz's Take, Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Edwards, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney  
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Looking Down the Barrel of Caucus Day

Mike Huckabee's pheasant hunting adventure.--Jose Antonio Vargas

By Washington Post editors  | December 26, 2007; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Going In for the Close

Lawyer-candidates make their final appeal. --Rachel Dry

By Washington Post editors  | December 26, 2007; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pro-Edwards 527 Hits TV Airwaves in Iowa Today

This just in from Chris Cillizza: Over the past three days, Democratic presidential hopefuls John...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 26, 2007; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  A_Blog, Barack Obama, John Edwards, Today at The Post  
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Student Voters and Sharpton's Relevance

Jose Antonio Vargas and Shailagh Murray examine the role that students may play in the...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 26, 2007; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clear Skies Likely on Caucus Night

The 10-day forecast for Des Moines, Iowa, posted today by weather.com, predicts a fine day for caucus going. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | December 25, 2007; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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All Quiet on the Campaign Front

For voters, candidates and campaign aides here in the Hawkeye State, today marks a rare but much-needed break from the accelerated primary calendar. --Jose Antonio Vargas

By Web Politics Editor  | December 25, 2007; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A Look Back at Iowa

An early fall video is again of interest.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 25, 2007; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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From a Voting ID Case to Leisure Sickness

Robert Barnes reports on the voting identification case now before the Supreme Court: The Supreme...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 25, 2007; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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For the Campaign '08 Obsessive Who Has Everything

A campaign 2008 holiday gift guide. --Rachel Dry

By Washington Post editors  | December 24, 2007; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Independent Groups Dole Out Lumps of Coal

Thus far the ads have been aimed at promoting candidates, not tearing them down. That's about to change. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | December 24, 2007; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Last-Minute Candidate Shopping in Iowa

The Trail talks to shoppers at Jordan Creek Town Center, the biggest and newest mall in the Des Moines area. A kiosk selling candidate buttons and T-shirts is one of the busiest spots in the mall. -- Jose Antonio Vargas

By Web Politics Editor  | December 24, 2007; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Unraveling Strategies and Quarrels Over 527s

News of the day.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 24, 2007; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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A Final Pre-Christmas Push by GOP Field

The Republican presidential contest is in flux in New Hampshire, where former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney spent Sunday campaigning in an effort to stay ahead of a surging Arizona Sen. John McCain. --Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  | December 23, 2007; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Christmas Approaching, Clinton Woos Iowa's Minority Voters

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to appeals to one of the state's largest minority populations with just 10 days left until the caucuses. --Anne E. Kornblut

By Post Editor  | December 23, 2007; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A Fractured GOP and the Democrats' Rorschach Test

Michael D. Shear and David S. Broder examine the unusually riven GOP field: For three...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 23, 2007; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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