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44: March 30, 2008 - April 5, 2008

Obama Steers Clear of 'Warmonger' Talk

BUTTE, Mont. -- Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) declined twice Saturday to personally repudiate a liberal radio host's declaration that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is a "warmonger." --Alec MacGillis

By Post Editor  | April 5, 2008; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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A Silver-Haired Superdelegate in Copper Country

BUTTE, Mont. -- Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton rolled into this legendary copper-mining town Saturday for that night's big state Democratic Party dinner, where they were to address some 4,000 Montanans electrified by the state's suddenly-relevant June 3 primary. --Alec MacGillis

By Post Editor  | April 5, 2008; 9:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton  
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A Tragic Tale - But is it True?

Is Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton repeating an anecdote on the campaign trail that turns out not to be true? --Anne E. Kornblut

By Web Politics Editor  | April 5, 2008; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Dan Taylor Lands a Big One

A Montana cook is overwhelmed after Barack Obama signs his hand-drawn sign. --Alec MacGillis

By Web Politics Editor  | April 5, 2008; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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Colombian Government Cancels Penn's Contract

In another international incident on the campaign trail, the Colombian government has canceled its contract with the public relations firm run by chief Clinton strategist Mark Penn after he tried to distance himself from a meeting he held with the country's ambassador to the United States. --Anne E. Kornblut

By Web Politics Editor  | April 5, 2008; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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No Re-Vote in Michigan a Blow to Clinton

By Chris Cillizza The decision Friday by the Michigan Democratic Party executive committee not to...

By Web Politics Editor  | April 5, 2008; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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A North Dakota Evening to Remember, Thanks to Candidate Star Power

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- As proof of how hard-fought and drawn-out the Democratic primary has become, it's hard to top this: the two remaining candidates both detoured from the campaign trail Friday evening to address the state Democratic convention in North Dakota. --Alec MacGillis

By Web Politics Editor  | April 5, 2008; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Clintons Release Tax Returns

Bill and Hillary Clinton earned a combined $109 million between 2000 and 2007, with the former president and first lady parlaying their White House years into hefty publishing paydays, and with his oratorical gifts bringing in more than $51 million from paid speaking engagements. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | April 4, 2008; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (374)
 
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McCain Returns Donor Cash

Sen. John McCain's campaign returned $3 million to donors this week, a campaign spokesman said, but not because he didn't want their money. The accounting move was aimed at preserving his ability to accept public financing for the general election. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | April 4, 2008; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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McCain to Take Secret Service Protection

Sen. John McCain has decided to request Secret Service protection and will meet with officials from the agency in the next several days, a senior aide said today. --Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  | April 4, 2008; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Clinton Reflects on an Early Meeting of King

MEMPHIS -- Sen. Hillary Clinton recalled being taken to meet the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by a church youth leader in Chicago as a teenager, and choked up today as she spoke of the day she learned of his death. --Krissah Williams

By Web Politics Editor  | April 4, 2008; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Obama Recalls a Fuller History

On the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, Barack Obama evokes the spirit of Bobby Kennedy in Indiana. --Alec MacGillis

By Web Politics Editor  | April 4, 2008; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Mark Penn Apologizes for Colombian Trade Meeting

Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton's top political strategist, apologized today for meeting with officials of the Colombian government to advocated a trade agreement that Clinton opposes. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 4, 2008; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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McCain Apologizes for Opposing MLK Holiday

Sen. John McCain apologized Friday for opposing a federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. as he honored the slain civil rights leader at the hotel where he was assassinated 40 years ago. --Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  | April 4, 2008; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
 
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The Clinton (Campaign) Gift Registry

Hillary Clinton's latest effort is a fundraising page that lets donors choose where their money will be spent.--Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | April 4, 2008; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Obama to Address King's Legacy in Indiana

Today is the 40th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, and both Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain will commemorate the day with appearances in Memphis. Sen. Barack Obama, however, couldn't make it to Memphis. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | April 4, 2008; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Clinton Mocks Herself, Bill on Tonight Show

BURBANK, Ca. -- Appearing on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," Hillary Clinton poked fun at a recent controversy where she incorrectly said that on a trip to Bosnia as First Lady she had been the target of snipe fire. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 3, 2008; 8:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
 
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A Flush Obama Campaign Pulls Out All the Stops

Sen. Barack Obama's copious cash flow means he can compete as aggressively in the final Democratic contests as he did in the early days of the primary campaign. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | April 3, 2008; 7:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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In Balmy Calif., Clinton Shows Her Softer Side

By Perry Bacon Jr. BURBANK, Calif. -- Fernando Suarez asked Hillary Clinton about her upcoming...

By Web Politics Editor  | April 3, 2008; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Clinton, in Calif. for Fundraisers, 'Getting Used to Being Outspent'

BURBANK, Calif. -- Despite raising only half the money Barack Obama did last month, Sen. Hillary Clinton said "we're doing fine." --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 3, 2008; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Katie Couric Inches Closer to Moderating a Debate

CBS, the only major network that hasn't sponsored a presidential debate this season, would very much like to host one in North Carolina on April 27. The Clinton camp has agreed to it; the Obama team has yet to respond. --Howard Kurtz

By Web Politics Editor  | April 3, 2008; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Secret Service Says McCain Has No Protection

Arizona Sen. John McCain is not currently protected by the Secret Service, despite having locked up the GOP nomination for president and spending most of his time campaigning before large crowds, the director of the agency testified today. --Christopher Lee and Michael D. Shear

By Washington Post Editor  | April 3, 2008; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
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Elizabeth Edwards to Give Harvard Speech

After sticking her toe into the water earlier this week with a blog item blasting John McCain's health care plan , Elizabeth Edwards plans to jump back into public life next week with three days of public speaking and mingling at Harvard University's Institute of Politics. --Krissah Williams

By Web Politics Editor  | April 3, 2008; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Obama Nets $40 Million in March

The March numbers mean that Sen. Barack Obama has raised nearly $130 million so far this year and $240 million over the duration of his presidential campaign. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | April 3, 2008; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Clinton Unveils New 3 a.m. Ad

Updated 5:27 p.m. By Chris Cillizza Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) this afternoon released the...

By Web Politics Editor  | April 2, 2008; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Clinton Keeps Her Pa. Lead

Hillary Clinton holds a 9-point lead in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. But it is the survey's general election numbers from three key swing states that may do more to bolster the New York senator's campaign. --Jon Cohen

By Web Politics Editor  | April 2, 2008; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Persistent Picture-Seeker Irks Obama

PHILADELPHIA -- During Sen. Barack Obama's visit to the Italian Market here this morning, he was harassed repeatedly by a middle-aged man trying to get a photo with the Illinois senator. The extended contact was unusual, given the heavy security surrounding the candidate, and Obama was sufficiently frazzled that he lost his cool. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | April 2, 2008; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (181)
 
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Obama Savors Some Very Special Pork

PHILADELPHIA -- One thing about Sen. Barack Obama: the guy doesn't eat much. He's skinny, as he often describes himself. He's actually lost weight on the campaign trail (now that's a strategy for winning the female vote). But during a walking tour this morning of the Italian Market here, Obama ate, and ate, and ate some more. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | April 2, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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A McCain Skeptic, Dobson Still Not Won Over

In the weeks since he became the presumptive Republican nominee, polls show that Arizona Sen. John McCain has been steadily winning over rank and file evangelicals and conservatives. But when it comes to conservative Christian leaders, McCain is still largely in a stand-off. Chief among his critics is long-time evangelical leader James Dobson. --Krissah Williams

By Web Politics Editor  | April 2, 2008; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  John McCain, The Debate Rages On...  
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McCain Assembling Veep List

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Sen. John McCain told a radio talk show host that he is "getting together a list" of names to be his vice presidential running mate, but he said the process is still in its early stages. --Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  | April 2, 2008; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
 
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Floridians Now Booked to Return to the Fold

After months of animus and finger-pointing, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean offered Florida's Democratic House delegation an olive branch this morning: He booked them hotel rooms in Denver. --Jonathan Weisman

By Web Politics Editor  | April 2, 2008; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Obama Casts Himself as the True Underdog in Pa.

PHILADELPHIA -- Sen. Barack Obama offered a riposte to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's Rocky reference during a speech to the AFL-CIO here in the fictional prizefighter's hometown. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | April 2, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Former Indiana Rep. Hamilton Endorses Obama

Barack Obama welcomes the support of the longtime Indiana congressman Lee Hamilton, co-chairman of the 9/11 Commission, who announced his endorsement of Obama this morning. --Alec MacGillis

By Web Politics Editor  | April 2, 2008; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
 
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A New Tone to the Long Primary Season

By Perry Bacon Jr. and Shailagh Murray HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Hillary Clinton, stumping in Pennsylvania...

By Web Politics Editor  | April 1, 2008; 8:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Elizabeth Edwards Issues a Challenge to McCain on Health Care

Elizabeth Edwards steps back into the fray with an attack on Sen. John McCain's health care plan. --Krissah Williams

By Web Politics Editor  | April 1, 2008; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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To the Cheers of Her Supporters, Clinton Vows, 'I Never Quit'

As Hillary Clinton campaigns across Pennsylvania, nothing gets louder applause than her pledges to keep campaigning, which seems to have galvanized her crowds, which are full of women over 40. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 1, 2008; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hoyer's Breakfast Table Solution for Superdelegates

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) right, talks with Calvert County commisioner Wilson Parran at a...

By Web Politics Editor  | April 1, 2008; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Ready to Bowl for Day One?

Hillary Clinton challenges Barack Obama to a bowl-off. --Perry Bacon Jr.

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McCain's 'Unruly Passions'

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Sen. John McCain today declared that he had once been "captive to the unruly passions of youth" as he recalled his "usual immature ways" while attending Episcopal High School. --Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  | April 1, 2008; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McCain Derides Obama's National Security Thinking

JACKSON, Miss. -- Sen. John McCain derided rival Democrat Barack Obama as having no experience with the history of warfare, saying the lack of knowledge explains Obama's attacks on McCain's Iraq positions. --Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  | March 31, 2008; 11:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama at the Pump: Subprime Loans, Trucking Taxes, the War and Gas

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- It's the economy, stupid. Or is it Iraq? Both issues are burning bright these days on the campaign trail. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | March 31, 2008; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clinton Lagging in TV Ad Spending

Democrat Barack Obama out-spent Clinton 5-to-1 on the Pennsylvania airwaves, spending roughly $2 million to Clinton's $400,000, according to Evan Tracey of the Campaign Media Analysis Group. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | March 31, 2008; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Tuzla Tarmac Girl Has Her Say

NEW YORK -- For Sen. Hillary Clinton, that 1996 corkscrew landing into the sniper-infested Tuzla airport must seem like the tall tale that simply won't go away. --Keith B. Richburg

By Web Politics Editor  | March 31, 2008; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tears and Talk of War's Cost as McCain Bus Rolls Through Mississippi

MERIDIAN, Miss. -- If Sen. John McCain needed another reminder of the tragedy of the Iraq war he supports, he got it as he rode in his Straight Talk bus here. For almost 20 minutes, McCain sat on the bus with Rachel Lee, a fourth grade teacher whose Marine son was killed by an IED in Iraq last year, while serving in al-Anbar province. --Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  | March 31, 2008; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Three Turning Points on the Road to Denver

Democratic politicians should have three dates circled on their calendars: April 22, May 6 and July 1. Each represents a potential turning point in the nomination battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. --Dan Balz

By Web Politics Editor  | March 31, 2008; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Michigan Pol Proposes Solution to State's Delegate Stalemate

Eight-term Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) proposed today a new system to parcel out Michigan's 156 Democratic convention delegates, granting most of them according to the results of the state's nullified Jan. 15 primary, with the remainder awarded according the nationwide popular vote. --Jonathan Weisman

By Web Politics Editor  | March 31, 2008; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McCain Expresses Surprise at Iraq Developments

MERIDIAN, Miss. -- Sen. John McCain expressed surprise that Iraqi leader Nouri al-Maliki instigated a battle in the southern Iraqi city of Basra in recent days without, according to McCain, notifying the U.S. first. --Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  | March 31, 2008; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McCain Talks About His Father

MERIDIAN, Miss. -- Sen. John McCain returned to his ancestral home state to kick of a week-long biographical tour aimed at reintroducing himself to the American people and to highlight his military background. --Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  | March 31, 2008; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Klobuchar Endorses Obama

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota announced this morning that she was endorsing Sen. Barack Obama, the latest prominent superdelegate to climb off the fence for the Illinois senator. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | March 31, 2008; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Excerpts From Saturday's Clinton Interview

By Perry Bacon Jr. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton interrupted her weekend of campaigning in Indiana...

By Post Editor  | March 30, 2008; 10:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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At Last, a Caucus Result (of Sorts) From Texas

In district conventions held across the state last weekend, Obama appears to have secured about 60 percent of the state's 67 caucus delegates. If that total holds, he might actually end up with more pledged delegates from Texas than Hillary Clinton, who won the March 4 primary by four delegates, 65 to 61, and has trumpeted that win ever since.--By Eli Saslow

By Post Editor  | March 30, 2008; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama and Casey's Mutually Helpful Friendship

By Shailagh Murray STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Hopefully Ted Kennedy isn't the jealous type, because...

By Post Editor  | March 30, 2008; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rendell Says Unifying the Country Is Not Enough

Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell (D), whose state holds the next Democratic primary, on April 22, implicitly criticized a key rationale of Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign, saying today that it is not enough to be a unifying figure. --Zachary A. Goldfarb

By Post Editor  | March 30, 2008; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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