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44: April 20, 2008 - April 26, 2008

Obama Stumps in Indiana

ANDERSON, Ind. -- When Barack Obama headed to Indiana and North Carolina after his loss in Pennsylvania, the question loomed: would he continue to ramp up the tough tone against Hillary Clinton that he flashed in the final days before the April 22 vote? Judging from several days on the trail in Indiana, the answer so far appears to be no. --Alec MacGillis

By Washington Post Editors  | April 26, 2008; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
 
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Clinton Tries a Different Debate Debate

Clinton challenges Obama to a Lincoln-Douglas-style debate with no moderators. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Washington Post Editors  | April 26, 2008; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (699)
 
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Obama's Hoops Victory in Indiana

Obama plays basketball in Indiana. --Alec MacGillis

By Web Politics Editor  | April 26, 2008; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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Clinton Sidesteps Questions About Staying in the Race

GARY, Ind. -- Hillary Clinton, who vowed earlier this month to stay in the race until Democratic officials figured out a way to seat the delegations of Michigan and Florida at the party's national convention in August, hinted yesterday that she might reconsider the state of her campaign if she loses in Indiana. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 25, 2008; 8:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (274)
 
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Clyburn Warns Democratic Party: African Americans Matter

South Carolina Democratic Rep. James Clyburn warned today that if the heated Clinton-Obama contest continues on its present course it could have dire consequences on African American support for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, should she win the Democratic nomination, and on African American faith in the Democratic Party, even if she does not. --Jonathan Weisman

By Web Politics Editor  | April 25, 2008; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (639)
 
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Obama's Five Suit Strategy

INDIANAPOLIS -- Every armchair political strategist and his sister have been telling Barack Obama that he needs to find a way to connect more with middle Americans who, even if they are open to voting for the first viable black presidential candidate, may be left cool by Obama's oratorical flair and urbane look. Today, Obama offered on of his most expansive riff in that direction, even as he noted dryly that it seemed ironic for him to have to prove his "street cred." --Alec MacGillis

By Web Politics Editor  | April 25, 2008; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Obama Plans May General Election Organizing Launch

Pivoting to general election mode, Sen. Barack Obama's campaign announced a 50-state voter registration drive that will kick off four days after the May 6 primaries in North Carolina and Indiana. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | April 25, 2008; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (373)
 
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Obama Takes Questions on Sean Bell, Clyburn and Wright

Sen. Barack Obama weighed in today on the acquittals of New York City police detectives charged in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black Queens man, Sean Bell, as well as recent remarks by Rep. James Clyburn and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. --Alec MacGillis

By Web Politics Editor  | April 25, 2008; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
 
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A Hillary Fundraiser Jumps Ship

A major Hillary Clinton fundraiser has joined Barack Obama's finance committee. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | April 25, 2008; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (335)
Categories:  The Green Zone  
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Fiscal Discipline Not on Agenda for Democrats

The Post adds up the costs of the Democrats' programs and finds they'd blow a hole in the budget. --Dan Balz

By Web Politics Editor  | April 25, 2008; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
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'China Cheats' Ad Targets Candidates

A nonprofit group seeking to energize manufacturing and steel workers has also gotten into the act, waging an unorthodox campaign that appears in subtle ways to be helping Sen. Hillary Clinton. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | April 25, 2008; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  The Hidden Campaign  
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Rev. Wright, in PBS Interview, Defends Sermons and Calls Coverage 'Unfair'

Sen. Barack Obama's former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, told PBS host Bill Moyers that inflammatory statements from his sermons were taken out of context, but he said he didn't begrudge the Democratic candidate for denouncing them. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | April 24, 2008; 7:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama and the Critical Indiana Primary

Is Indiana a must-win state for Barack Obama? --Dan Balz

By Web Politics Editor  | April 24, 2008; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (352)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Dan Balz's Take  
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Fox & Friends

After repeatedly trying to book Barack Obama, "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace last month started running an "Obama Watch" clock on his show. Last Sunday the clock read 765 days, 13 hours and 54 minutes -- the time elapsed since Obama, at a Gridiron dinner, promised Wallace an interview. The clock will stop with the Illinois senator's appearance this Sunday. --Howard Kurtz

By Web Politics Editor  | April 24, 2008; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
 
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McCain Opposes Equal Pay Law

NEW ORLEANS -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who skipped a Senate vote seeking equal pay for women last night in order to campaign for president, said he opposed the measure because it would prompt a flood of lawsuits. --Juliet Eilperin

By Web Politics Editor  | April 24, 2008; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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McCain, in Lower Ninth Ward, Blasts Bush Katrina Response

NEW ORLEANS --Touring the Lower Ninth Ward this morning, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasted the Bush administration's handling of Hurricane Katrina and vowed to respond differently if elected president. --Juliet Eilperin

By Web Politics Editor  | April 24, 2008; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
 
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Why Endorse? Bayh Asks Hoosier Reps

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., tours Allison Transmission, Inc., in Indianapolis on...

By Web Politics Editor  | April 23, 2008; 7:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (368)
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And Now, Indiana

NEW ALBANY, Ind. - It's all about Indiana. Even Barack Obama says as much. "Now it's up to you, Indiana," Obama told a crowd in Evansville. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | April 23, 2008; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Down-Ticket GOP Candidates Find a Foil in Obama

Republican party committees and candidates have launched a series of ads this week linking Democratic candidates for lower offices to controversies surrounding Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, signaling that a racially tinged campaign may lie ahead should the senator from Illinois secure the Democratic nomination. --Paul Kane

By Web Politics Editor  | April 23, 2008; 7:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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No Novelty to Obama's Weakness with Blue-Collar Pa. Dems

Will Barack Obama be able to win back the blue-collar Democrats that Hillary Clinton has won by wide margins in key Rust Belt states? --Alec MacGillis

By Web Politics Editor  | April 23, 2008; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pa. Results Renew Debate About Democrats & Red States

Barack Obama's campaign team moved quickly Wednesday to keep driving the narrative that their candidate remains the inevitable Democratic nominee, despite Hillary Clinton's victory in Pennsylvania, and the strongest candidate in November. What they are arguing is that Obama's unconventional appeal is actually the safest choice for the Democrats in 2008. --Dan Balz

By Web Politics Editor  | April 23, 2008; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (223)
Categories:  Dan Balz's Take  
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Washington Sketch: The Neverending Primary

Dana Milbank.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 23, 2008; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hillary's Post-Pa. Money Haul

Clinton's campaign is reporting that it has collected a flood of new contributions overnight that now totals more than $10 million. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | April 23, 2008; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (160)
 
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Obama Reaches Out to Female Voters in Indiana

A day after his loss in Pennsylvania, Sen. Barack Obama appealed to female voters in Indiana. A majority of women sided with Sen. Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 23, 2008; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In Johnson's Footsteps, McCain Finds Republicans

INEZ, Ky. -- Greeted with whoops and cheers by a crowd in a packed courthouse here this morning, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) pledged to help small rural communities that have been largely overlooked by national politicians. --Juliet Eilperin

By Web Politics Editor  | April 23, 2008; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Aides Deny They Will Use
White House Controversies Against Clinton

Barack Obama's campaign pushed back hard against suggestions from a Democratic strategist, made in today's Washington Post, that the Illinois senator's campaign may dredge up controversies from the Clinton White House years in the run-up to the May 6 Indiana and North Carolina primaries. --Jonathan Weisman

By Post Editor  | April 23, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama Supporters Boo Clinton Win

In Evansville, Ind., Obama's supporters boo when he mentions Clinton's name. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | April 22, 2008; 11:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Primaries  
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Clinton Savors Victory

PHILADELPHIA -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton won the Pennsylvania primary decisively on Tuesday night, pulling in a victory flirting with double-digits that bolstered her case for staying in the nominating contest. --Anne E. Kornblut and Alec MacGillis

By Web Politics Editor  | April 22, 2008; 11:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pa. County-by-County Results

County-by-county results.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 22, 2008; 10:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Primaries  
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The Spin from Obamaland

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Sen. Barack Obama was en route from Philadelphia to Evansville, Ind., when the race was called, but the candidate and his advisers were all smiles when they boarded the plane, relieved that the dreaded blow out had not occurred. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | April 22, 2008; 9:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clinton Projected to Win Pa.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) appears to have claimed a much-needed victory over Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) today in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary as several television networks have called the race in her favor.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 22, 2008; 9:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Young Voters Psyched to Cast First Votes

At the fire station here in Glenside, young people were outright giddy at their chance to vote in the historic Democratic primary. --Krissah Williams

By Web Politics Editor  | April 22, 2008; 8:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Live Pennsylvania Primary Video Webcast

Washingtonpost.com and Newsweek.com are hosting a live video webcast tonight, anchored by Newsweek's Jon Meacham.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 22, 2008; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama to Head to Indiana

Obama calls a loss a loss, then heads to Indiana ahead of tonight's Pa. results. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | April 22, 2008; 7:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Early Exit Polls Reflect Negative Campaign

Early exit polls reveal the most voters saying the candidates are unjustly attacking one another since the Florida primary in late January. --Jennifer Agiesta and Jon Cohen

By Web Politics Editor  | April 22, 2008; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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High Turnout in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of State says it is getting anecdotal reports of high turnout across the state. --Krissah Williams

By Web Politics Editor  | April 22, 2008; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Suburban Party-Switchers at the Polls

Debbie McCarter, right, Ward 1 democratic leader, sips on her coffee as folks walk by...

By Web Politics Editor  | April 22, 2008; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, John McCain, Primaries  
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Is McCain a Different Kind of Republican?

McCain is a different kind of Republican. But he will carry the burden of a damaged GOP brand all the way through to November. --Dan Balz

By Web Politics Editor  | April 22, 2008; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Dan Balz's Take, Hillary Rodham Clinton, John McCain  
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Bill Clinton: Obama Campaign 'Played the Race Card on Me'

Bill Clinton accuses the Obama campaign of "playing the race card." --Anne E. Kornblut

By Web Politics Editor  | April 22, 2008; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Predicts a Race Through June

PITTSBURGH -- Girding for defeat in the Keystone State today, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) predicted the primary campaign would last through June and suggested that no knockout blow of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) would be forthcoming. --Paul Kane

By Web Politics Editor  | April 22, 2008; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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At Polling Station, Voters Torn Between Two Candidates

A 20-minute drive outside of Philadelphia in vote rich Montgomery County, the town of Glenside (population 8,000) is a window into the critical battleground of Philadelphia's suburbs today. --Krissah Williams

By Web Politics Editor  | April 22, 2008; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Primaries  
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The Pa. Expectations Game

It is zero hour in Pennsylvania, and another opportunity to test the mettle of pollsters taking last minute reads of Democratic primary voters. --Jon Cohen

By Web Politics Editor  | April 22, 2008; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  B_Blog, Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, The Pollster  
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Obama Rallies Voters on Eve of Pa. Primary

Sen. Barack Obama crossed Pennsylvania Monday in a final attempt to reach voters before the state's primary election Tuesday.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 22, 2008; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clinton's Final Pennsylvania Push

On her final full day of campaigning in Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton delivers a simple message: you know me, and I can lead. The Post's Anne Kornblut reports.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 22, 2008; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Responds to Clinton Spot with Own Ad

Barack Obama's response to a late-breaking Hillary Clinton spot tries to refocus the debate. --Howard Kurtz

By Web Politics Editor  | April 21, 2008; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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North Carolina Democratic Debate a No Go

Hillary Clinton had accepted a CBS offer to debate in North Carolina this Sunday, after "60 Minutes," but Barack Obama has turned down the offer and the session was officially called off today. --Howard Kurtz

By Web Politics Editor  | April 21, 2008; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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Bill Clinton Defends Hillary's Campaign

PITTSBURGH -- Following a rally for his wife's campaign at Market Square in Pittsburgh, former president Bill Clinton suggested his wife would already be the nominee -- if she were running under Republican party rules. --Ed O'Keefe

By Web Politics Editor  | April 21, 2008; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (161)
 
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McCain Responds to Post Story on Temperament

John McCain's campaign calls a Washington Post story about his temper a "smear job." --Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  | April 21, 2008; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Voter Views on McCain's Temperament

Cross-posted from Behind the Numbers.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 21, 2008; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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Clinton Challenges Obama's Readiness

Osama bin Laden has made his first appearance in a Democratic primary ad, released today by the Hillary Clinton campaign. --Howard Kurtz

By Web Politics Editor  | April 21, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
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Clinton Team Exudes Confidence About Pa. Outcome

SCRANTON, Pa. -- Clinton campaign advisers, exuding confidence on the eve of the Pennsylvania primary, said a defeat here on Tuesday for Sen. Barack Obama will raise new doubts about his ability to win the general election. --Anne E. Kornblut

By Web Politics Editor  | April 21, 2008; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Beyond Pa., a Weakened Clinton

On the eve of the Pennsylvania primary, Hillary Clinton is a more weakened candidate than she was on the eve of the Ohio and Texas primaries. --Dan Balz

By Web Politics Editor  | April 21, 2008; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (670)
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Obama Comments an Issue in Pa. House Race

PHILADELPHIA -- In a sign of the fall campaign they hope to run against Democrats, a Republican candidate today unveiled a web advertisement linking an undeclared House freshman to Sen. Barack Obama's comment that many small town Americans "cling" to gun rights and religion. --Paul Kane

By Web Politics Editor  | April 21, 2008; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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McCain Launches Tour of 'Forgotten Places'

Sen. John McCain began an effort to reach out to minorities and the poor this morning, saying in Selma, Alabama, that he will spend the week visiting people who have been ignored by politicians in both parties. --Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  | April 21, 2008; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Obama Has $42 Million in Bank; Clinton Has $8 Million

Updated 11:29 p.m. By Matthew Mosk Sen. Barack Obama's final push towards Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary...

By Post Editor  | April 20, 2008; 10:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (144)
 
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Obama Makes 'Closing Argument' in Clinton Country

SCRANTON, Pa. -- Sen. Barack Obama campaigned through the heart of Clinton country Sunday, courting the working-class voters of Reading and Scranton in an effort to close the gap with his Democratic opponent in the Pennsylvania primary on Tuesday. --Shailagh Murray

By Post Editor  | April 20, 2008; 9:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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Clinton Says McCain No Better Than Bush

Keeping up her end of their long-distance dialogue, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized Sen. Barack Obama on Sunday for praising Sen. John McCain on the campaign trail.--By Anne E. Kornblut

By Post Editor  | April 20, 2008; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clinton Chides Obama for Going 'So Negative'

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton hit Sen. Barack Obama for being "so negative" on the campaign trail on Sunday -- and accused him of acting like a Republican in his criticism of her universal health care proposal. --Anne E. Kornblut

By Web Politics Editor  | April 20, 2008; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (282)
 
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McCain Blasts Obama Over William Ayers

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) questioned Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) affiliation with a sixties radical today, foreshadowing the kind of cultural divide that will likely dominate any contest between the two parties during the general election. --Juliet Eilperin

By Web Politics Editor  | April 20, 2008; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (129)
 
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McCain Vows to Slash Pentagon, Federal Spending

By Zachary A. Goldfarb Presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) pledged Sunday to cut...

By Post Editor  | April 20, 2008; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Clinton Critical of Attacks on Her Health Care Plan

Hillary Clinton is critical of Barack Obama's attacks on her health care policies and her character. The Post's Perry Bacon reports.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 20, 2008; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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