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44: April 13, 2008 - April 19, 2008

From Scripted to Spontaneous on the Obama Train

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Barack Obama wrapped up his whistle-stop train tour with a final rally here tonight, ending a day of striking visuals and stark rhetoric in advance of Tuesday's primary. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | April 19, 2008; 9:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama's GOP Shadow

PAOLI, Pa. -- Sen. Barack Obama's whistle-stop train tour is being covered live -- by the Republican National Committee and Sen. John McCain's campaign. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | April 19, 2008; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (187)
 
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Obama Express Heading for Harrisburg

WYNNEWOOD, Pa. -- Sen. Barack Obama sounded the horn and called out across the platform, "Everybody get on board now." And the "On Track for Change" express rolled out of Philadelphia's 30th St. station for a whistlestop tour across southeastern Pennsylvania. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | April 19, 2008; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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On the Gay Bar Circuit with Chelsea and the Gov.

PHILADELPHIA -- In her family's non-stop campaigning in Pennsylvania, Chelsea Clinton got the post-midnight duty on Friday night: stumping in Philadelphia's gay bars. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 19, 2008; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Clinton Blames MoveOn for Caucus Losses

Hillary Clinton blamed her defeats by Barack Obama in caucuses around the country in part on MoveOn.org, the liberal activist group that was founded in 1998 to tell Congress to "move on" from its push to impeach Clinton's husband. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 19, 2008; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (168)
 
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At Clinton Rally, Talk of Breaking Barriers - and Those Awkward White House Years

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Appearing with African American author Maya Angelou, Hillary Clinton not only praised Barack Obama, but said the pair's candidacies helped break barriers for any American seeking the Oval Office. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 19, 2008; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Crowd Breaks Obama Record in Philly

By Shailagh Murray PHILADELPHIA -- Sen. Barack Obama drew 35,000 people at a downtown rally tonight in Independence Park, local security officials told the campaign, making the crowd at this evening's event his largest ever.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 18, 2008; 10:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (180)
 
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Debate Probed Policy, Too

A review of the issues covered at the 21st -- and likely final -- Democratic presidential primary debate. --Perry bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 18, 2008; 8:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  On the Issues  
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Obama: "We Like Beer"

Obama visits the Erie Bolt Co. and the Erie Beer Co. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | April 18, 2008; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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The Springsteen Vision for America

Is "The Boss" an elitist?

By Web Politics Editor  | April 18, 2008; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Making the Rounds  
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Obama Picks Up Support from Nunn and Boren

Former Sens. Sam Nunn (Ga.) and David Boren (Okla.) also will serve as national security advisers to Obama, lending their expertise as well as their considerable establishment credentials. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | April 18, 2008; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Obama Debate Complaints Greeted by Clinton Mockery

RADNOR TOWNSHIP, Pa.-- A day after Barack Obama complained about the questions he was asked at a Democratic presidential primary debate this week, Hillary Clinton mocked him. By Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 18, 2008; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (274)
 
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A Shakeup in the Electability Argument

These days, neither Clinton nor Obama can make the more compelling case as to who is more electable against John McCain.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 18, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (159)
Categories:  A_Blog, Dan Balz's Take  
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Pin Question Sticks It to Obama

Nash McCabe, the woman who asked Sen. Barack Obama why he does not wear a flag pin at Wednesday's ABC debate, had doubts about the candidate previously revealed in the New York Times. --Howard Kurtz

By Web Politics Editor  | April 18, 2008; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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John McCain Releases Tax Returns

Sen. John McCain this morning released tax returns showing that he took in $420,000 in income last year and $320,000 in 2006.--Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | April 18, 2008; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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DNC Chair Wants Superdelegates to Make Up Their Minds - 'Now'

"We've got to know who our nominee is," Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said on CNN. "I need them to say who they're for, starting now." --Anne E. Kornblut

By Web Politics Editor  | April 18, 2008; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Primaries  
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McCain Campaign Shifts into General Election Mode

Sen. John McCain raised $15 million in March and has $10 million in the bank, his top advisers said this morning. Rick Davis, McCain's campaign manager, shared the figures during a wide-ranging briefing at the campaign's Virginia headquarters. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | April 18, 2008; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Bill Ayers Has a Blog -- and Regrets

Former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers takes to his blog in self-defense. --Garance Franke-Ruta

By Web Politics Editor  | April 17, 2008; 8:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Categories:  Barack Obama  
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McCain Introduces 'Gas Tax Holiday' Legislation

Sen. John McCain introduced legislation that would create a "gas tax holiday" this summer in which the federal government would suspend imposition of the 18-cent per gallon gas tax. --Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  | April 17, 2008; 7:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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The Candidates as Media Critics

In recent years, Republicans have made an industry of bashing the media for what they describe as its liberal bias. But in 2008, the picture has flipped: John McCain has invited reporters to his Arizona home and proposed a media shield law, while Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have frequently acted as sharp critics of the press. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 17, 2008; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Say 'She's Really Nice,' Clinton Tells Supporters

Campaigning in the Philadelphia suburbs, Sen. Hillary Clinton took a less aggressive approach on the stump today, choosing to emphasize work-life balance issues rather than attacking rival Sen. Barack Obama. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 17, 2008; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Obama, Post-Debate, Decries "Gotcha Games"

Barack Obama mocks and criticizes the tenor of the Philadelphia debate. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | April 17, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (187)
 
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A Debate About the Future

Between now and November, the most important question the Democratic front-runner will be forced to answer is: Who is Barack Obama? --Dan Balz

By Web Politics Editor  | April 17, 2008; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (370)
Categories:  Dan Balz's Take  
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SEIU Joins the Pa. Fray

SEIU releases a new pro-Obama spot in Pa.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 17, 2008; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Recapping the Philadelphia Debate

Chris Cillizza and Anne Kornblut recap the Clinton-Obama debate at the National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 17, 2008; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Obama Releases 2007 Tax Returns

The tax returns show Obama made $4,238,165 last year, most of it ($3.9 million) a result of profits from book sales. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | April 16, 2008; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Teamsters for Obama: Truckin' but not Registerin'

Could Barack Obama and the Teamsters have done a better job in goading Pennsylvanian supporters to register as Democrats by the March 24 deadline? --Alec MacGillis

By Web Politics Editor  | April 16, 2008; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McCain Pitches Tax Cuts at Meeting with CEOs

SOUTH MILWAUKEE -- A day after John McCain offered an economic vision that included breaks for business and corporate America, he traveled to a mine equipment plant here for a round-table discussion with titans of industry. --Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  | April 16, 2008; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Bruce Springsteen Backs Obama

This time around Bruce Springsteen hopes he can deliver the Democratic presidential nominee to the "Promised Land." --Paul Kane

By Web Politics Editor  | April 16, 2008; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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David Broder Talks to Pa. Voters

Sitting on the bench outside the Upper Dublin Public Library, Broder speaks with several Democrats and a few Republicans as they drop off and pick up books and tax forms.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 16, 2008; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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British Prime Minister to Meet with McCain, Clinton, and Obama

The British prime minister is visiting Washington this week, and for the first time in seven years his most important meeting may not occur in the Oval Office: Gordon Brown is planning to meet Thursday with each of the three U.S. presidential candidates, an effort to obtain a first-hand judgment of how U.S. policies -- and the relationship between Britain and the United States -- may change come January. --Michael Abramowitz and Kevin Sullivan

By Web Politics Editor  | April 15, 2008; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama Counters Tough Clinton Spot With Mocking Pa. Ad

Sen. Barack Obama has answered Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's Pennsylvania ad about his "bitter" remarks with a spot that mocks her relentless jabbing. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | April 15, 2008; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clinton Avoids 'Bitter' Talk at Newspaper Conference

"Bitter" got a breather when Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed a newspaper conference this afternoon. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | April 15, 2008; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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On Cable, Obama Deluges Pa. with Ads

As the Democratic candidates for president close in on Pennsylvania primary day, Sen. Barack Obama continues to vastly outspend Sen. Hillary Clinton on television advertising in the state, an imbalance that is allowing him to pursue voters on such specialty channels as ESPN and MTV, where Clinton has no presence. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | April 15, 2008; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, The Elements of Advertising  
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McCain Offers Populist Message, Corporate Tax Cuts

Sen. John McCain today offered sweeping rhetoric about the economic plight of working-class America, even as he spelled out a tax and spending agenda whose benefits are aimed squarely at spurring business and corporate growth. --Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  | April 15, 2008; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (163)
 
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When It Comes to Controversy, Obama Tries to Power Through

Obama tries to turn bitter remarks into broader argument. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 15, 2008; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sally Quinn on the Compassion Forum

On Faith's Sally Quinn gives her analysis of Hillary Rodham Clinton's and Barack Obama's performances at Sunday night's Compassion Forum at Messiah College.

By washingtonpost.com Editors  | April 15, 2008; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Video Report  
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McCain Proposes Medicare Drug Benefit Changes

Sen. John McCain will propose that affluent seniors pay more for government provided drug benefits as a way to control health care spending, aides said during a preview of a major economic speech the senator will deliver Tuesday in Pittsburgh. --Michael D. Shear and Jonathan Weisman

By Web Politics Editor  | April 14, 2008; 8:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clinton Releases Tough New Anti-Obama Ad in Pa.

Hillary Clinton launches a new ad in Pennsylvania, in which voters accuse her rival Barack Obama of having insulted them. --Anne E. Kornblut

By Web Politics Editor  | April 14, 2008; 7:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ad Watch, Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton  
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Bloomberg Uses Candidates to Argue for Tighter Gun Laws

A coalition of big-city mayors is using the words of the three presidential candidates as backing for their mission to enforce stricter gun control. The group, called Mayors Against Illegal Guns, has released a television ad that shows Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain each calling for legislation to close the loophole that allows guns to be sold at gun shows without the same checks as in a store. --Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  | April 14, 2008; 7:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama Counters 'Elitism' Charge With Tale of Hard Times

Bristling from charges that he is an out-of-touch elitist, Sen. Barack Obama offered an unusually detailed biographical sketch today in a speech to newspaper editors and executives. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | April 14, 2008; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama Called 'Obama bin Laden'

Play Video VIDEO | Obama Called 'Obama bin Laden' Dean Singleton, chairman of the...

By Web Politics Editor  | April 14, 2008; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McCain Backs Newspaper Shield Law

Sen. John McCain told newspaper executives that he supports a "shield law" to protect reporters who don't reveal their anonymous sources, putting him at odds with the Bush administration, which has threatened to veto the bipartisan legislation. --Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  | April 14, 2008; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Clinton Met With Cries of 'No!' in Latest Bitter Speech

PITTSBURGH -- Criticizing Barack Obama for the fourth straight day over comments he made about Americans who live in small towns, Hillary Clinton finally encountered some resistance in person. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 14, 2008; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (210)
 
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Faith Forum an Occasion for Obama-Clinton Sparring

PITTSBURGH -- For Democrats who have been pushing the party's candidates to talk about faith and values since the 2004 election, in order to better compete with the GOP, the forum last night at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., was a success: the two leading Democrats repeatedly invoked the Almighty only days before a crucial primary, while Republican Sen. John McCain declined to attend the event. Whether this will make any difference in November is a different question. --Perry Bacon, Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 14, 2008; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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McCain Calls Obama's Comments 'Elitist'

Sen. John McCain said Sen. Barack Obama's comments about "bitter" Americans suffering economic distress were "elitist" and he called them a "contradiction from what I believe America is all about." --Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  | April 14, 2008; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (429)
 
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"They'll Promise You Anything," Says Obama of Rivals

At a manufacturing forum in Pittsburgh, Barack Obama takes a shot at Hillary Clinton's positions on trade and called her honesty into question. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 14, 2008; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Sen. Casey Defends Obama in New Ad

Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) cuts and ad for Barack Obama. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | April 14, 2008; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Barack Obama, The Elements of Advertising  
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Clinton Hammers Obama Over 'Bitter' Comments During Scranton Walking Tour

SCRANTON, Pa. -- For the third straight day, Sen. Hillary Clinton hammered Sen. Barack Obama over his comments about the frustrations of Americans who live in small towns, this time saying he reinforced negative stereotypes people have about Democrats. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 13, 2008; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dems., Seeking to Hamstring McCain, to File Public Financing Suit

The Democratic National Committee announced today it will file a lawsuit in U.S. District Court Monday to force Sen. John McCain to stay in the public financing system until he formally accepts the Republican presidential nomination in September. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | April 13, 2008; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (110)
 
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U.S. Is Out of the Fight in Half of Iraq, Gates Says

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the steps necessary in Iraq before Washington can begin to withdraw troops are "already happening."--By Zachary A. Goldfarb

By Post Editor  | April 13, 2008; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Sat. Night With Clinton: A Beer, a Slice and a Charge Against Obama

Hillary Clinton downs a beer, has a slice and accuses Barack Obama of dividing America into one that is enlightened and one that is not. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 13, 2008; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
 
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