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44: May 18, 2008 - May 24, 2008

Obama Says Clinton's RFK Comment Was Merely 'Careless'

Barack Obama says he takes Hillary Clinton's word that she meant no harm.

By Washington Post Editor  | May 24, 2008; 9:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Takes San Juan

On visit to Puerto Rico, candidate leads his supporters on traditional "caminata" in advance of June 1 primary.

By Post Editor  | May 24, 2008; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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For Obama, a Bright, Sunshiny Day

Barack Obama gets confused about whether he is in Sunshine or Sunrise, Fla. --Alec MacGillis

By Web Politics Editor  | May 23, 2008; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Doctor Explains McCain's Appearance

John McCain's 2000 cancer surgeon sought to address what he delicately described as "what appear to be numerous questions about the prominence of the Senator's left jaw." --Garance Franke-Ruta

By Web Politics Editor  | May 23, 2008; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cindy McCain Releases 2006 Tax Returns

Sen. John McCain's wife earned about $6 million in income in 2006 and paid taxes of about $1.7 million. --Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  | May 23, 2008; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clinton Invokes RFK Assassination

In interview with South Dakota paper, she says efforts to force her from the race make "no sense" because of uncertainties of politics. --Anne E. Kornblut

By Post Editor  | May 23, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hagee and Parsley, the Videos

A video supplement to the story in today's Post.

By Web Politics Editor  | May 23, 2008; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bush Plans Fundraisers for McCain

President Bush is finally hitting the campaign trail for presumptive GOP presidential nominee John McCain. --Michael Abramowitz

By Web Politics Editor  | May 23, 2008; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  B_Blog, John McCain, The Green Zone  
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Obama Delivers Latin America Policy Address Before Cuban Group

Sen. Barack Obama outlined a comprehensive Latin America policy aimed at bolstering diplomacy, security and investment in the region. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | May 23, 2008; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A Leadership Opportunity for Obama

The upcoming meeting of the Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee over what to do about Michigan and Florida offers Barack Obama a unique opportunity. The question is whether he will seize it.

By Web Politics Editor  | May 23, 2008; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Balz's Take  
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John McCain's Medical Records

Presumptive presidential nominee John McCain released his medical records today.

By Web Politics Editor  | May 23, 2008; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McCain Attacks Obama as Inexperienced

"I have the knowledge, the background and the judgment to lead this nation. My opponent does not," John McCain said of Barack Obama. --Juliet Eilperin

By Washington Post Editor  | May 22, 2008; 10:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Talks Up Jewish Ties in Boca

Barack Obama, under questioning at a synagogue, catalogs some of his Jewish friends. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | May 22, 2008; 7:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sen. Kennedy Speaks After Hospital Release

Sen. Edward Kennedy made his first public comments following his release from the hospital after being diagnosed with brain cancer. He spoke to reporters before going sailing with his wife, Victoria. (AP)

By Web Politics Editor  | May 22, 2008; 7:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McCain Denounces Hagee

John McCain renounces controversial Christian pastor John Hagee after learning that Hagee had said Nazism constituted an expression of God's will.--Juliet Eilperin and Michelle Boorstein

By Washington Post Editors  | May 22, 2008; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McCain Resumes Talk of Comprehesive Immigration Reform

Senator endorses more visas for high-tech workers during visit to California. --Juliet Eilperin

By Post Editor  | May 22, 2008; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama to Sub for Kennedy at Wesleyan Commencement

Sen. Barack Obama will deliver the commencement address Sunday at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, filling in for his ailing friend Ted Kennedy. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | May 22, 2008; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama, McCain Tussle Over Veterans Issues

Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) waves upon his arrival on Capitol Hill in...

By Web Politics Editor  | May 22, 2008; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (190)
 
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FEC Nominations Start to Move in the Senate

The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration this morning approved the nomination of three new members to the Federal Election Commission.

By Web Politics Editor  | May 22, 2008; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Pelosi Deflects VP Question

"Being speaker of the House is the best job in the world. Why would I want to be number two?" says Pelosi. --Ben Pershing

By Web Politics Editor  | May 22, 2008; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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The Debt Piles Up

The staggering cost of the 2008 presidential campaign has left behind a trail of candidates who are shouldering massive debts. --Matthew Mosk

By Washington Post Editors  | May 21, 2008; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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A Retreat, Not an Interview

John McCain and his wife, Cindy, are entertaining a group of prominent Republicans -- including Governors Charlie Crist (Fla.) and Bobby Jindal (La.) and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney -- for social, rather than political, reasons, aides say. --Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and Juliet Eilperin

By Washington Post Editors  | May 21, 2008; 8:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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McEntee Doubts Obama

The president of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees is continuing to questions doubts about Barack Obama's electability. --Dan Balz

By Web Politics Editor  | May 21, 2008; 6:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
 
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All the Way to the Convention?

Clinton's campaign says she's prepared to go all the way to the convention if there's no nominee decided before then. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | May 21, 2008; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
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Douglass Joins Obama Campaign

National Journal's Linda Douglass signs up to be a spokesperson for Barack Obama. --Howard Kurtz

By Web Politics Editor  | May 21, 2008; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Lieberman Op-Ed Raises Eyebrows

The Connecticut independent's latest attack on Barack Obama has some Democrats wondering how long their party's uncomfortable alignment with him will last. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | May 21, 2008; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Clinton Invokes 2000 in Quest for Florida Support

Hillary Clinton is campaigning in areas where Democrats felt their votes were not counted fairly then and demanding that this year's results of primaries both in the Sunshine State and Michigan be counted, even though they violated Democratic Party rules. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | May 21, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (196)
 
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Obama Homes in on McCain in Florida

Spending the day in vote-rich central Florida, Obama credited Clinton as a worthy opponent who had blazed a trail for female candidates, but his focus was all McCain. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | May 21, 2008; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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All's Well That Ends Well, if the Truce Holds

If Tuesday's primary night speeches were any indication, it would take a monumental blunder on the part of Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton for the Democratic primary nominating contest now to end badly.

By Web Politics Editor  | May 21, 2008; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (235)
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And Now, a Live Parrot for Obama

A YouTube video makes the rounds. --Garance Franke-Ruta

By Web Politics Editor  | May 21, 2008; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Making the Rounds  
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United Mine Workers Union Backs Obama

The largest representative of coal miners in the world endorses Illinois senator. --Garance Franke-Ruta

By Web Politics Editor  | May 21, 2008; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Obama Wins Oregon

And Clinton romps in Kentucky. --Chris Cillizza

By Web Politics Editor  | May 20, 2008; 11:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
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Obama's Triumphant Iowa Return

DES MOINES -- Sen. Barack Obama returned here Tuesday night to give full credit to Iowa for the dividends he has reaped from his improbable win in the Jan. 3 caucuses. --Shailagh Murray

By Web Politics Editor  | May 20, 2008; 11:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Obama Claims Pledged Delegate Majority

Not waiting for the results from Oregon to come in, Sen. Barack Obama sent supporters a thank-you letter celebrating winning a majority of pledged delegates in the Democratic primary contest and setting course for "the epic challenge ahead." --Garance Franke-Ruta

By Web Politics Editor  | May 20, 2008; 10:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
 
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Hagel Suggests McCain Will Change Tune If Elected

Sen. John McCain may be blasting Sen. Barack Obama now for his willingness to meet with Iran's leaders, but Sen. Chuck Hagel -- a close friend of McCain's -- suggested tonight that McCain's rhetoric stems from presidential politics, not conviction. --Glenn Kessler

By Web Politics Editor  | May 20, 2008; 10:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Hillary Clinton Addresses Her Supporters

HRC, post-Kentucky victory.

By Web Politics Editor  | May 20, 2008; 9:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Touting Clinton's Electability, Using Every Available Source

Bill Clinton touts his wife's electability. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | May 20, 2008; 9:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (131)
 
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Obama Raises $31 Million in April, Clinton Reports $22 Million

Obama and Clinton continued to raise vast sums. --Garance Franke-Ruta and Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | May 20, 2008; 8:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Obama's Coal Stance, in Kentucky and Beyond

The Four Corners Power Plant near Fruitland, N.M., is seen on March 10, 2008. Four...

By Web Politics Editor  | May 20, 2008; 8:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Keep the Race Going, Says McAuliffe

LOUISVILLE -- As the networks declared Hillary Clinton the winner of Kentucky by a wide margin, her campaign chairman said the meaning of the vote was clear: "Let's wait till the end of this process." --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | May 20, 2008; 7:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Clinton Wins Kentucky

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) claimed an easy and expected victory tonight in Kentucky's Democratic presidential primary, while voters continued to cast ballots in Oregon where Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) was leading in the polls.

By Web Politics Editor  | May 20, 2008; 7:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Reacting to Baker Video, McCain Slams Obama's Judgment

In an interview with reporters aboard his campaign bus today, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) again harshly criticized Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for his approach to handling hostile leaders. --Juliet Eilperin

By Web Politics Editor  | May 20, 2008; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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All About Kentucky and Oregon

Graphic portrayals of voter habits in Kentucky and Oregon.

By Web Politics Editor  | May 20, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Candidates and Party Leaders React to News of Kennedy Brain Tumor

Sen. Kennedy has a malignant brain tumor, the AP reports.

By Web Politics Editor  | May 20, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Bill Clinton, Inching Toward the Exit

Former president Bill Clinton takes questions as his wife's staff tries to shut down an impromptu news conference. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | May 20, 2008; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (242)
 
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McKinnon To Step Aside From McCain Effort

Mark McKinnon, the lead media consultant for Sen. John McCain's (Ariz.) presidential bid, is stepping down from that role -- making good on a pledge he made last year not to work against Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) in the fall campaign. --Chris Cillizza

By Web Politics Editor  | May 20, 2008; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Baker Says Talking With Enemies Is Not Appeasement

A 2006 video clip of former secretary of state James A. Baker is making the rounds of the Internet. On it, he says talking to enemies is not appeasement. --Glenn Kessler

By Web Politics Editor  | May 20, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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McCain, Wooing Florida, Hits Obama on Cuba Policy

MIAMI -- Using a Cuban folklorico band as a warm-up act, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) highlighted his opposition to the Cuban government this morning and questioned Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) willingness to talk to its current president, Raul Castro. --Juliet Eilperin

By Web Politics Editor  | May 20, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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AP: Iowa Democratic Chair to Endorse Obama

Iowa Democratic Party chair to endorse Obama.

By Web Politics Editor  | May 19, 2008; 11:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
 
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Clinton Disappears From Obama's Script

Barack Obama tells the story of the debate over the gas tax as if it were just a debate between himself and John McCain and did not also include Hillary Clinton. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | May 19, 2008; 11:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Obama Adopted Into Crow Nation

Sen. Barack Obama became the first American presidential candidate to visit the reservation of the Crow Nation and in doing so was adopted into the nation under the Crow name "One Who Helps People Throughout the Land." --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | May 19, 2008; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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Clinton Plans Florida Trip Weds.

Hillary Rodham Clinton will campaign in South Florida on Wednesday, her aides announced. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | May 19, 2008; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Obama, Clinton Treading Gently on the Stump

As the Democratic nominating contest winds down, Barack Obama plans to return to Iowa and Hillary Clinton seemingly declares a ceasefire so long as Obama doesn't move to push her out of the race. --Dan Balz

By Web Politics Editor  | May 19, 2008; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (275)
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Oregon's Post Office Primary

Oregon holds the nation's only 100 percent mail-in primary vote. --Alec MacGillis

By Web Politics Editor  | May 19, 2008; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Clinton: It's Not Over

Hillary Clinton says Barack Obama hasn't won the race yet. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | May 19, 2008; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
 
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Obama Faults McCain on Lobbyist Influence

In the escalating war of words between Barack Obama and John McCain, Obama skewers McCain for his campaign's ties to lobbyists. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | May 19, 2008; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
 
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McCain Blasts Obama Over Iran Talks

John McCain criticized his likely Democratic opponent on Monday for being willing to talk with Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, calling Barack Obama reckless and inexperienced. --Peter Slevin

By Web Politics Editor  | May 19, 2008; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (427)
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Australia Diary: The Inescapable Presidential Race

Australians seem as taken with the Democratic presidential nominating contest as their American counterparts. --Joel Achenbach

By Web Politics Editor  | May 19, 2008; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Joel's Two Cents  
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The Limits and Promise of Interactive Politics Online

By Jose Antonio Vargas Everything moves so fast in the world of online politics --...

By Web Politics Editor  | May 19, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Record Obama Crowd, the Size of a City

Portland Fire & Rescue battalion chief Duane Bray gives a crowd estimate of 75,000. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | May 18, 2008; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama's Tuesday Iowa Return

Sen. Barack Obama explained today why he will spend election night on Tuesday in Iowa, a state whose caucuses took place in January, and in doing so continued to flirt with a declaration of victory in the presidential nominating process. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | May 18, 2008; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clinton Looks for a Kentucky Triumph

Hillary Clinton, who leads overwhelmingly in Kentucky polls, is looking for a strong finish in the state. --Perry Bacon Jr.

By Web Politics Editor  | May 18, 2008; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McCain's Finance Co-Chair Resigns in Ongoing Lobbyist Purge

Tom Loeffler becomes the fifth person to resign from John McCain's campaign because of lobbying ties. --Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  | May 18, 2008; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Knocks McCain on Social Security

GRESHAM, Ore. -- Sen. Barack Obama came to a senior citizens center here to discuss the squeeze faced by middle-class retirees and reiterate his longstanding proposal to eliminate income taxes for any senior making less than $50,000 per year. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | May 18, 2008; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama: 'Be Nice to Clinton Supporters.'

Confident of winning the Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama tells supporters to be generous with those who supported his opponent. --Matthew Mosk

By Web Politics Editor  | May 18, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Barack Obama, The Green Zone  
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McCain Touts 'Oldness' to be President

Sen. John McCain mocked his age by declaring he has the "oldness" to be president and urged Democrats to continue fighting over the nomination even beyond their convention, as he made his second appearance on Saturday Night Live. --Michael D. Shear

By Web Politics Editor  | May 18, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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