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44: September 7, 2008 - September 13, 2008

In Anchorage, an Anti-Palin Protest

By Karl Vick ANCHORAGE -- A couple of hours after Gov. Sarah Palin returned to...

By Web Politics Editor  | September 13, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (512)
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Palin Says Good-Bye to a Land of Many Mocha Stands

Palin gets ready to leave Alaska and head south for the remainder of the campaign.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 13, 2008; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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Palin Camp Provides Conflicting Accounts of Iraq Visit

While in Kuwait, Palin made a stop at a border crossing with Iraq, but did not actually visit the country, according to the Boston Globe.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 13, 2008; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1197)
Categories:  B_Blog, Barack Obama, John McCain, National Security, Sarah Palin, The Courts  
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A Big Rally and Talk of Economy as Obama Visits N.H.

By Jonathan Weisman MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Sen. Barack Obama took his newly aggressive campaign against...

By Web Politics Editor  | September 13, 2008; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (207)
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Woodward: McCain Privately Pessimistic About Iraq in 2007

A new book by The Post's Bob Woodward suggests that John McCain has not always been forthcoming with the public about his views on the Iraq War.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 13, 2008; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  B_Blog, John McCain, National Security, Security  
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Palin Leaves Entitlement Reform Position Unclear

By Anne E. Kornblut WASILLA, Alaska -- Gov. Sarah Palin brushed aside a question about...

By Web Politics Editor  | September 13, 2008; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (347)
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Palin Admits Backing Earmarks

Palin admits she supported what in Washington is called an infrastructure earmark.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 12, 2008; 7:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (205)
Categories:  Earmarks, Sarah Palin  
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McCain Attacks Obama Over Venezuela

By Glenn Kessler Sen. John McCain today blasted the expulsion of the U.S. ambassador from...

By Web Politics Editor  | September 12, 2008; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (192)
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McCain Radio Spot Trumpets Stem Cell Policy Palin Opposed

By Robert Barnes Republican presidential candidate John McCain's campaign today released a radio ad that...

By Web Politics Editor  | September 12, 2008; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Palin Talks Up Clinton on ABC

Palin said on Friday that she thinks Obama regrets not picking Hillary Clinton as his running mate.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 12, 2008; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (160)
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Palin Denies Denying Human Role in Global Warming

Palin say she hasn't denied humans' role in global warming, despite previous remarks.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 12, 2008; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (360)
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Candidate Reaction: Hurricane Ike Threatens Gulf Coast

Reaction to the hurricane whose leading edge is already battering Galveston, Tex.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 12, 2008; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Primary Source  
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McCain Gets an Earful on 'The View'

McCain says Palin never sought earmarks from Congress as governor of Alaska, even though she asked for about $200 million for projects in her state.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 12, 2008; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (599)
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Obama Camp Presses McCain on 'Divorced' Remarks

Obama lays into McCain as an out-of-touch Washington politician in New Hampshire.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 12, 2008; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (351)
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McCain Paints Obama as Disrespectful

This John McCain commercial, which contains two significant distortions, is part of a larger effort to rule criticism of his running mate out of bounds and paint her as the victim of unfair attacks from both Democrats and the media.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 12, 2008; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (474)
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Obama Paints McCain as a Man of the Past

This Barack Obama commercial, without quite saying so, screams one message: John McCain is old.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 12, 2008; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (135)
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The Return of Jane Swift

The former acting Mass. governor returns to the political scene as a defender of Sarah Palin.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 12, 2008; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Cast of Characters, Sarah Palin  
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Rendell Touts Obama's Tax Cuts in Pa.

The Pennsylvania governor is sending a memo on Obama's tax plan to every elected Democrat in the Keystone State.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 12, 2008; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Biden Releases His Tax Returns

Sen. Joseph Biden released 10 years of his tax returns this morning.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 12, 2008; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  B_Blog, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Sarah Palin, The Green Zone  
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Durbin: McCain 'Completely Out of Touch'

The Obama campaign rolled out two outspoken Illinois allies to undermine the veteran Arizona senator's credibility as a change agent.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 12, 2008; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (169)
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Change vs. Experience on the NY Tarmac

By Jonathan Weisman NEW YORK -- It was "Change You Can Believe In" versus the...

By Web Politics Editor  | September 12, 2008; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Obama Doubles Down on Change Message

With Democratic jitters mounting over the Obama campaign, the presidential candidate's campaign manager released a memo trying to calm frayed nerves.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 12, 2008; 7:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (157)
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Campaign Cease-Fire at an End

With the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks over, the campaigns of Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama went back to war this morning.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 12, 2008; 7:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Ad Watch, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain, Primary Source, Sarah Palin  
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Palin Endorses Idea McCain Called "Naive"

Comments on cross-border raids come in ABC interview.

By Post Editor  | September 11, 2008; 10:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (216)
Categories:  A_Blog, Barack Obama, John McCain, Sarah Palin  
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Northern Virginia Voter's Voices

Ed O'Keefe reports on what Northern Virginia Democrats and Republicans think of this week's political developments.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 11, 2008; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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War with Russia? Palin Talks Foreign Policy with ABC

The Ukraine and Georgia should join NATO, even at the risk of antagonizing Russia and forcing the United States into a war with the nuclear-armed nation, said Palin.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 11, 2008; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1190)
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McCain and Obama Visit Ground Zero

McCain and Obama put aside their increasingly testy campaign for a day to lay roses in the reflecting pool commemorating the terrorist attacks seven years ago.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 11, 2008; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
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Obama and Bill Clinton Do Lunch

Barack Obama and Bill Clinton shared a lunch in Clinton's Harlem New York office September...

By Web Politics Editor  | September 11, 2008; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
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Misunderestimating McCain

Has Barack Obama underestimated John McCain?

By Web Politics Editor  | September 11, 2008; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (500)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Dan Balz's Take, Joe Biden, John McCain, Sarah Palin  
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McCain Marks Sept. 11 in Pa.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) listens to speakers before placing a wreath at the memorial site...

By Web Politics Editor  | September 11, 2008; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Candidates React: Remembering 9/11

Candidates makes statements on the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 11, 2008; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Huckabee Calls on McCain-Palin to Return to Issues-Based Campaigning

"Let's shift back to the issues," writes the former Arkansas governor in a letter to supporters.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 11, 2008; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
Categories:  Barack Obama, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin  
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A Warm Welcome for Palin in Alaska

Nearly two weeks after being whisked away as John McCain's surprise running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin stepped off the plane in Fairbanks on Wednesday night to a hero's welcome.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 11, 2008; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
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Obama on Letterman Talks Lipstick & Pigs

In defense of his critique, Obama said, "It's a common expression in at least Illinois."

By Web Politics Editor  | September 10, 2008; 8:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (336)
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Palin Code Name: 'Denali'

Palin's Secret Service code name is the same as an Alaskan wildlife preserve.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 10, 2008; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
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Thanks to McCain-Palin 'Click,' Joint Travel Ahead

Campaign strategists are "seriously considering" the unusual move of keeping Palin and McCain together on the road going forward.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 10, 2008; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (156)
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Biden: Clinton 'Might Have Been a Better Pick' for Veep

Biden praised Clinton at a New Hampshire event today.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 10, 2008; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (176)
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Obama: 'Believe in Yourself'

Obama gives Virginia high school students some advice from his own life experiences.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 10, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Poll: Palin 'Gets' It

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By Web Politics Editor  | September 10, 2008; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (253)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain, Sarah Palin, The Pollster  
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McCain-Palin Campaign in Fairfax

The Republican presidential ticket holds its largest campaign rally ever at Van Dyck Park in Fairfax. The Post's Michael D. Shear reports. Video by Ed O'Keefe / washingtonpost.com

By Web Politics Editor  | September 10, 2008; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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The Politics of Polarization

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) listens as his running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah...

By Web Politics Editor  | September 10, 2008; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (544)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Dan Balz's Take, John McCain, Sarah Palin, analysis  
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Palin Weighed Down by Baggage

By Anne E. Kornblut She may have traveled to Dulles International Airport in style --...

By Web Politics Editor  | September 10, 2008; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
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Palin Questioned Legislators' Per Diems

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin charged taxpayers a per diem for her meals and incidental expenses as governor but opposed a similar perk for state legislators.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 10, 2008; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Biden's Debate Prep Partner: Gov. Granholm

Jennifer Granholm will help Joseph Biden prepare for the Oct. 2 vice presidential debate.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 10, 2008; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  B_Blog, Joe Biden, Sarah Palin, The Debates  
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Obama Talks Lipstick and McCain

Obama says the McCain campaign's assault on his "lipstick on a pig" comments amount to a "phony and foolish" diversion.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 10, 2008; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (868)
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Third Party Candidates to Converge on Press Club Weds.

The National Press Club will be awash in third-party and movement presidential candidates tomorrow for a 10 a.m. press conference.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 9, 2008; 8:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Palin Camp Takes Umbrage at 'Lipstick on a Pig' Comment

Cries of sexism after Obama says McCain campaign isn't change but "putting lipstick on a pig."

By Web Politics Editor  | September 9, 2008; 8:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (874)
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Obama Broke Money Record

Sen. Barack Obama broke his monthly fundraising record of $55 million in August, sources said today, but the campaign remains tight lipped about its total haul.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 9, 2008; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
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McCain Ads Are Hybrid Vehicles

A loophole in the public financing laws allows McCain to evenly split the cost of his ads with the Republican Party.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 9, 2008; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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'Independent' Lieberman to Eat Lunch Alone

Lieberman, who had previously agreed not to attend party meetings where Iraq War strategy was discussed, will now not attend any of the Democrats' weekly caucus lunches or the biweekly lunches of committee chairmen.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 9, 2008; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Koch: Palin 'Scares the Hell Out of Me'

By Keith B. Richburg NEW YORK -- This city's infamously independent-minded former mayor, Edward I....

By Web Politics Editor  | September 9, 2008; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (221)
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Obama: Bush "Tinkering Around the Edges" in Iraq

Obama says the president is leaving too many troops in Iraq and sending too few to Afghanistan.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 9, 2008; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
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Palin Defends 'Bridge to Nowhere' Claims

Her contention that she opposed the bridge -- a central part of her claim to be a political maverick -- is under withering fire from Democrats.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 9, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (368)
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GOP Fundraisers Turn to Fear of a Filibuster-Proof Senate

Republicans are using that goal as a way to try to invoke fear among conservative donors and raise money of their own.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 9, 2008; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Schooling McCain? Obama Goes to Bat Over Education Record

This Obama ad attempts to open a new domestic front against McCain.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 9, 2008; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Ohio Crowd Says 'No Pit Bull!'

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) poses for a picture during a campaign stop in Dayton, Ohio,...

By Web Politics Editor  | September 9, 2008; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (147)
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Palin Pop Quiz

Patty Smith, left, and Helen Martin listen as Republican presidential candidate Sen., John McCain, R-Ariz.,...

By Web Politics Editor  | September 9, 2008; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (331)
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Obama to Palin: 'Don't Mock the Constitution'

Obama defends the Constitution in impassioned discussion of terrorism.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 8, 2008; 10:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (891)
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Stevens: No 'Bridge to Nowhere' Advocacy by Palin

Stevens told reporters today that Palin was never a supporter of the project.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 8, 2008; 7:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (259)
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Obama Response Ad: Palin is 'Lying' About her Record

This mocking response ad from Barack Obama tries to tie the Republican ticket to old, conventional politics.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 8, 2008; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (327)
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Bush Praises Palin Selection on Fox

By Michael Abramowitz Count President Bush as yet another Republican who thinks John McCain made...

By Web Politics Editor  | September 8, 2008; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (138)
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Claiming the 'Maverick' Brand

John McCain tried to reclaim the "maverick" label, but his record is not as clear as the ad suggests.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 8, 2008; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (153)
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Cheney Supports McCain-Palin Ticket

Vice President Cheney loved Sarah Palin's convention speech and says she's up to the job.

By Washington Post Editor  | September 8, 2008; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (172)
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Palin Plans Interview With ABC Next Week

By Anne E. Kornblut Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has agreed to her first interview since...

By Post Editor  | September 7, 2008; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (387)
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