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Q&A: Obama's half brother

President Obama's half brother Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo took questions from Post readers online today.

Posted on November 12, 2009 at 11:04 AM ET | Comments (1)

Somber trip to Fort Hood for president

On the eve of a White House trip to Asia, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will make a somber visit to Texas Tuesday to attend the memorial service for victims of the Fort Hood rampage of Army Major Nidal M. Hasan.

Posted on November 10, 2009 at 07:48 AM ET | Comments (14)

Did Obama Just Convict the Suspected Fort Hood Shooter?

By Scott Butterworth President Obama began his weekly Internet and radio address on Saturday with...

Posted on November 7, 2009 at 05:06 PM ET | Comments (70)

Obama mourns the shootings at Fort Hood

President Obama extended his condolences to families of the Fort Hood victims in his weekly address Saturday -- deploring, on a third day of grieving, that a tragedy of that kind occurred in a place "where our soldiers ought to feel most safe."

Posted on November 7, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (19)

Obama Delays Trip to Hill, Will Pay Visit Friday to Walter Reed

Associated Press President Obama is pushing back a trip to Capitol Hill to discuss the...

Posted on November 5, 2009 at 10:35 PM ET | Comments (6)

Obama in Dover as fallen troops arrive home

President Obama made a solemn pre-dawn visit to this military outpost Thursday to honor 18 Americans killed in Afghanistan earlier this week. Obama is deliberating over how to reshape his war strategy in the face of growing violence and political unrest in Afghanistan and deepening public unease at home.

Posted on October 29, 2009 at 06:06 AM ET | Comments (243)

Mrs. O gets the full icon treatment

Just out in bookstores Wednesday, "Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy" is the carefully curated offspring of the Mrs.-O.org blog maintained by Mary Tomer since shortly after the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

Posted on October 29, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (21)

Woman joins Obama on the links

President Obama headed for the links again Sunday, but this time a woman joined him on the green.

Posted on October 25, 2009 at 05:33 PM ET | Comments (51)

Obama calls on lenders to support small businesses

By Michael D. Shear President Obama capped a week of focusing on small businesses with...

Posted on October 24, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (17)

Obama may have more to say about N.Y. mayoral race

A senior White House official teased that "folks should keep their antennae up to see whether the president weighs in a little further ... on the New York mayor's race."

Posted on October 20, 2009 at 05:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Obama Decries Health-Insurance Industry Effort to "Kill Reform at Any Cost"

By Michael A. Fletcher President Obama hailed the progress Congress is making toward restructuring the...

Posted on October 17, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (86)

Obama Hails Snowe's "Seriousness of Purpose"

By Anne E. Kornblut President Obama appeared in the Rose Garden late Tuesday afternoon to...

Posted on October 13, 2009 at 05:25 PM ET | Comments (43)

Obama: Health Insurance Reform Would Help Small Business

By Scott Wilson President Obama used his weekly radio address Saturday to appeal to...

Posted on October 3, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (19)

Obama Hails Renewal of 'American Leadership'

President Obama declared Saturday that his administration has "renewed American leadership" in the world...

Posted on September 26, 2009 at 07:52 AM ET | Comments (97)

Obamas Will Get Flu Vaccine

By Ceci Connolly The first family plans to queue up for the swine flu vaccine...

Posted on September 21, 2009 at 09:05 AM ET | Comments (6)

Obama's Sunday TV Blitz

President Obama said Sunday he will remain skeptical about the need for more U.S. troops...

Posted on September 20, 2009 at 10:32 AM ET | Comments (39)

Obama Cautiously Takes Credit for Economic Turnaround

President Obama on Saturday continued his administration's careful efforts to take credit for the slowly improving economy, using his radio address to tout the economic turnaround since world leaders met in London in April.

Posted on September 19, 2009 at 06:36 AM ET | Comments (70)

President Obama to Visit Dave After Spate of Sunday Beltway Interviews

One day after setting a presidential record by appearing on five Sunday Beltway shows in a single day, President Barack Obama will make more history when he becomes the first sitting U.S. President ever to visit David Letterman's "Late Show."

Posted on September 15, 2009 at 03:02 PM ET | Comments (11)

Dems Feel Michael Moore's Wrath

By Alec MacGillis PITTSBURGH--Just when it looked like conservatives might be cornering the market on...

Posted on September 15, 2009 at 08:00 AM ET | Comments (17)

On '60 Minutes,' Obama Predicts Health Care Will Succeed

President Obama on Sunday ducked a question about whether Rep. Joe Wilson should be rebuked for his outburst during last week's congressional address -- gently noting simply that the current legislative debate had become "a big circus instead of focusing on health care."

Posted on September 13, 2009 at 07:00 PM ET | Comments (15)

On Katrina Anniversary, Obama Pledges to End "Turf Wars" that Slow Recovery

By Michael A. Fletcher President Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday...

Posted on August 29, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (14)

Obama in Boston in Advance of Kennedy Eulogy

By Michael D. Shear OAK BLUFFS, Mass. -- President Obama and his wife flew on...

Posted on August 29, 2009 at 12:33 AM ET | Comments (9)

Seven Months in, Obama on the Vineyard for First Vacation

By Michael D. Shear MARTHA'S VINEYARD, Aug. 23 -- Seven months after taking the oath...

Posted on August 23, 2009 at 04:17 PM ET | Comments (99)

On Smerconish Show, Obama Seeks to Clear Up Misconceptions

Pressed by a radio host and listeners calling in from around the country, President Barack Obama tried on Thursday afternoon to clear up confusion surrounding his health care proposals -- and insisted a government-run insurance option would be only a small, and optional, part of it.

Posted on August 20, 2009 at 01:49 PM ET | Comments (153)

Bill Clinton Arrives at White House for Obama Meeting

Former president Bill Clinton arrived at the White House late Tuesday afternoon for a meeting with President Obama -- potentially one of their most extensive meetings ever and one that could touch on a range of topics besides North Korea.

Posted on August 18, 2009 at 04:26 PM ET | Comments (22)

Obama Offers Condolences to People of South Korea

President Obama on Tuesday released a statement on the death of former president Kim Dae-jung of the Republic of Korea, mourning his passing.

Posted on August 18, 2009 at 11:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

At VFW Event, Obama Praises Veterans, Defends Afghanistan Strategy

President Obama said Monday that fierce fighting rages on in Afghanistan, but he defended the administration's new approach to the conflict there, calling it a "war of necessity."

Posted on August 17, 2009 at 01:29 PM ET | Comments (5)

On Respite from Health-Care Tour, Obama Visits Yellowstone, Calls Old Faithful 'Cool'

President Obama and his family toured Yellowstone National Park Saturday afternoon, visiting the Old Faithful geyser on a day of majestic blue skies.

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 03:35 PM ET | Comments (22)

For Obama, Blowing Out Candles Over a Working Lunch

By Cheryl W. Thompson President Obama will celebrate his 48th birthday Tuesday by spending at...

Posted on August 3, 2009 at 05:43 PM ET | Comments (30)

As House and Senate Negotiate, Obama Fine-Tunes His Pitch

On a day when he stumps for health-care reform in North Carolina and Virginia, President Obama will unveil a new message highlighting eight ways that consumers would be better protected if his reform efforts pass, a White House aide said.

Posted on July 29, 2009 at 09:03 AM ET | Comments (154)

Obama: Health Care Reform Is Essential to Rebuilding Economy

President Obama continues his push to convince Congress to continue moving on health care reform with a prime-time news conference tonight that is expected to be dominated by the issue, which Obama calls his top legislative priority.

Posted on July 22, 2009 at 10:49 AM ET | Comments (110)

Obama Says Health-Care Reform Essential to Repairing Economy

By Michael A. Fletcher President Obama urged Congress today to push past growing doubts and...

Posted on July 18, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (217)

Obama Statement on Cronkite's Death

The White House has just released President Obama's statement on the death tonight of CBS...

Posted on July 17, 2009 at 09:51 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama to Address NAACP During Centennial Convention

President Barack Obama will talk to the NAACP on Thursday night about the economy, education and health care, and will also seek to quietly inspire thousands of members of the nation's oldest civil rights organization.

Posted on July 16, 2009 at 02:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Paints a New Vision for Nation's Urban Policy

By Robin Shulman Addressing a White House urban affairs summit on Monday, President Obama called...

Posted on July 14, 2009 at 07:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Obama Tours Earthquake Damage with Berlusconi

Obama toured the damage from April's earthquake.

Posted on July 8, 2009 at 02:13 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Summons "Spirit of America," Seeks Support for Initiatives

President Obama today invoked the "spirit of America" to argue for health care, energy and education reform in a July 4 radio address that compared this moment in U.S. history to the turning points of past generations.

Posted on July 4, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (13)

Obama: Indefinitely Holding Detainees 'Gives Me Huge Pause'

By Michael D. Shear President Obama still has reservations about the prospect of indefinitely holding...

Posted on July 2, 2009 at 03:54 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Optimistic on Economy Despite 'Sobering' Job Losses

President Obama called the job figures released today "sobering" but said he is "absolutely confident" that the country will recover from the recession and prosper over the longer term.

Posted on July 2, 2009 at 03:29 PM ET | Comments (49)

Obama Ate Here: The Map

By Garance Franke-Ruta President Obama's dining forays into the District and Northern Virginia have reshaped...

Posted on July 1, 2009 at 04:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Recent Videos from Palin

By Garance Franke-Ruta A spokeswoman for Sarah Palin's political action committee denied a blog report...

Posted on July 1, 2009 at 01:48 PM ET | Comments (8)

Obama Hails Pullback in Iraq, Warns of More Violence

By Michael D. Shear President Obama hailed the transfer of authority in Iraqi cities and...

Posted on June 30, 2009 at 02:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Urges Senators to Back Cap and Trade Bill

President Obama called on senators to disregard what he called the "misinformation" offered by critics of his energy bill, which passed the House of Representatives late Friday night despite GOP predictions that it will damage the economy.

Posted on June 27, 2009 at 06:02 AM ET | Comments (68)

Father of Gitmo Detainee Pleads for His Release

The father of a Somali detainee at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has written a letter to President Obama pleading for his son's release.

Posted on June 26, 2009 at 12:34 PM ET | Comments (19)

Obama To Meet With Merkel at White House

By Michael D. Shear President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss climate change,...

Posted on June 26, 2009 at 08:57 AM ET | Comments (3)

Report: Obama to Meet with Pope

By Scott Wilson President Obama plans to meet with Pope Benedict XVI during a visit...

Posted on June 24, 2009 at 10:44 AM ET | Comments (20)

Obama Condemns Iran Goverment's 'Unjust Actions'

"The United States and the international community have been appalled and outraged by the threats, beatings, and imprisonments of the last few days. I strongly condemn these unjust actions, and I join with the American people in mourning each and every innocent life that is lost," the president says.

Posted on June 23, 2009 at 01:02 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama: U.S. Can't Be Foil For Iran

"This is not an issue of the United States or the West versus Iran, this an issue of the Iranian people," the president said in an interview.

Posted on June 22, 2009 at 04:47 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Signs Bill Regulating Tobacco

President Obama today signed legislation giving the federal government sweeping new power to regulate the manufacturing, advertising and marketing of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Posted on June 22, 2009 at 03:15 PM ET | Comments (18)

Obama to Iran: 'Stop All Violent and Unjust Actions'

Updated 2:51 p.m. By Glenn Kessler President Obama reacted to the unfolding events in Iran...

Posted on June 20, 2009 at 02:37 PM ET | Comments (89)

Obama Defends New Consumer Financial Agency

By Michael A. Fletcher President Obama defended his proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency today, saying...

Posted on June 20, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Reiterates Commitment to Immigration Reform

By Scott Wilson President Obama told a Hispanic prayer breakfast today that he is committed...

Posted on June 19, 2009 at 12:34 PM ET | Comments (18)

Obama Issues New Call to Service

President Obama has asked Americans to dedicate themselves this summer to local community service projects in an extension of his earlier calls sustain the nation's increased interest in public service.

Posted on June 17, 2009 at 02:16 PM ET | Comments (3)

Gibbs: Obama Struggles 'Every Day' Against Smoking

Does President Obama still smoke? White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs won't say, but he acknowledged that the president continues to struggle to control the habit.

Posted on June 12, 2009 at 04:07 PM ET | Comments (28)

Disclosures: Obama and Reid Books Trumped McCain's

Barack Obama not only beat John McCain at the ballot box last year, he also crushed him in the bookstores.

Posted on June 12, 2009 at 02:54 PM ET | Comments (9)

Obama Arrives in Egypt for Speech

Cairo shuts down as Obama is greeted with a high level of pomp, including 21 horses.

Posted on June 4, 2009 at 05:17 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Signs Bill to Create Reagan Centennial Panel

With former first lady Nancy Reagan by his side, President Obama today created a commission to plan events that will honor former president Ronald Reagan on what would have been his 100th birthday.

Posted on June 2, 2009 at 05:27 PM ET | Comments (51)

Leahy Asks Sotomayor to Clarify 'Wise Latina' Remark

In his first meeting this morning with Sonia Sotomayor, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy asked the Supreme Court nominee to clarify her controversial statement that "a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male."

Posted on June 2, 2009 at 01:40 PM ET | Comments (13)

The Obamas' Big Apple Escape: Dinner and a Show

Associated Press President Obama made good Saturday night on a campaign promise to his wife,...

Posted on May 31, 2009 at 01:27 PM ET | Comments (26)

Amid Protests, Obama Calls for 'Open Hearts, Open Minds' at Notre Dame

President Obama called for "open hearts, open minds, fair-minded words" as he accepted an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame amid angry protests over his support for abortion rights.

Posted on May 17, 2009 at 03:21 PM ET | Comments (70)

In ASU Speech, Obama Calls Upon Students to Seek Lasting Achievement

President Obama urged students to reject the old formulas for success and shape a new future for their generation.

Posted on May 13, 2009 at 11:04 PM ET | Comments (50)

Obama Congratulates the Tar Heels

President Obama hosted the 2009 NCAA champion team from the University of North Carolina on the South Lawn of the White House.

Posted on May 11, 2009 at 02:52 PM ET | Comments (11)

Obama Told Staff of Court Short List in December

A month before he was sworn into office, President Obama provided his senior staff with the names of several individuals he would consider to fill a potential Supreme Court vacancy.

Posted on May 1, 2009 at 04:46 PM ET | Comments (12)

Obama Emphasizes Values in Speech to FBI

By Michael D. Shear President Obama squarely confronted critics of his decision to prohibit torture,...

Posted on April 28, 2009 at 12:09 PM ET | Comments (12)

White House: Obama 'Never in Any Danger' from Swine Flu

In the middle of an emerging public health crisis, the White House struggled repeatedly today to convince the world -- and more importantly, the press corps -- that the president was healthy.

Posted on April 27, 2009 at 07:30 PM ET | Comments (12)

At Capitol, Obama Reflects on Lessons of Holocaust

President Obama, speaking at a memorial to the Holocaust at the Capitol today, said that silence is not an option when courageous people confront mass evil.

Posted on April 23, 2009 at 03:24 PM ET | Comments (26)

Obama Appoints Virginian to CTO Post

By Michael D. Shear and Anita Kumar President Obama has named Virginia's Secretary of Technology,...

Posted on April 18, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

Obama and Biden Release Tax Returns

By Michael D. Shear Barack Obama's successful quest for the White House powered the sales...

Posted on April 15, 2009 at 05:24 PM ET | Comments (44)

From the Pirate Menace to a White House Tour

White House officials confirmed on background today that several of the families of the crew members from the U.S. container ship hijacked by pirates were given a tour of the White House today.

Posted on April 15, 2009 at 02:56 PM ET | Comments (27)

Obama Says U.S. Can't Confront Problems Alone

President Obama, speaking days after returning from his first overseas trip since taking office, said the most critical problems confronting the nation and the world could be solved only through international cooperation.

Posted on April 11, 2009 at 09:47 AM ET | Comments (75)

On Economy, Obama Sees Glimmers of Hope and Signs of Progress

By Michael A. Fletcher President Obama said today that the nation's economy is showing signs...

Posted on April 10, 2009 at 02:51 PM ET | Comments (38)

No Honorary Degree For Obama at Arizona State

By Al Kamen Some people might think being elected the country's first African American president...

Posted on April 9, 2009 at 06:45 PM ET | Comments (88)

Judge: Obama's Aunt Can Stay in U.S. Through 2010

By Judy Rakowsky BOSTON -- Barack Obama's Kenyan aunt can legally remain in the United...

Posted on April 1, 2009 at 12:12 PM ET | Comments (15)

Obama Signs Major Land Conservation Law

President Obama signed a massive lands package into law today, protecting more than two million acres as wilderness and creating a new national system to conserve land held by the Bureau of Land Management.

Posted on March 30, 2009 at 05:44 PM ET | Comments (8)

Obama: Bush Administration Lost 'Focus' in Afghanistan

Speaking on CBS's "Face the Nation" on the eve of his first overseas trip, Obama said that the increase in troops he has approved is in service to a newly focused mission.

Posted on March 29, 2009 at 11:35 AM ET | Comments (7)

Obama Town Hall Questioners Were Campaign Backers

President Obama has promised to change the way the government does business, but in at least one respect he is taking a page from the Bush playbook, stocking his town hall Thursday with supporters whose soft -- though far from planted -- questions provided openings to discuss his preferred message of the day.

Posted on March 27, 2009 at 06:38 PM ET | Comments (152)

Holbrooke on Afghanistan and Pakistan

During today's briefing on President Obama's new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, a reporter asked a question that elicited an unusual nonanswer from Richard Holbrooke, the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Posted on March 27, 2009 at 06:16 PM ET | Comments (2)

Lawmakers Hear Obama Afghanistan-Pakistan Strategy

Updated 5:35 p.m. By Karen DeYoung and Michael D. Shear President Obama briefed congressional leaders...

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 05:35 PM ET | Comments (18)

Live from the White House, a Familiar Town Hall Format

President Obama holds a town hall-style meeting to discuss the economy with about 100 invited...

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 01:58 PM ET | Comments (106)

Obama Talks to the Space Station

President Obama placed a congratulatory phone call to the astronauts who just installed new solar wings at the International Space Station.

Posted on March 24, 2009 at 01:05 PM ET | Comments (20)

Obama's NCAA Picks Ruffled Some Feathers

By Garance Franke-Ruta Before today's dustup over bowling, President Obama got into one over his...

Posted on March 20, 2009 at 07:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's Gutter Ball Threatens to Haunt Him

By Scott Wilson The subject has vexed him before, though the offense then was more...

Posted on March 20, 2009 at 06:46 PM ET | Comments (43)

Obama to Deliver Three Commencement Addresses

By Garance Franke-Ruta White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced that President Obama will serve...

Posted on March 20, 2009 at 04:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

On 'Tonight Show,' Obama Unscripted

Updated 9:30 a.m. By Scott Wilson LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 19 -- Most of...

Posted on March 20, 2009 at 08:00 AM ET | Comments (11)

Obama Earned Nearly $2.5 Million in Book Royalties in 2008

By Garance Franke-Ruta Disclosure forms filed with the Secretary of the Senate for Barack Obama's...

Posted on March 19, 2009 at 06:45 AM ET | Comments (49)

Pitching His Budget, Obama Makes a California Swing

President Obama begins a visit to southern California today where he plans to use a backdrop of job losses and home foreclosures to argue for a budget proposal he says will begin building a new economy.

Posted on March 18, 2009 at 05:29 PM ET | Comments (8)

Eye on the Irish at the White House

President Obama meets with Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen in the Oval Office of the...

Posted on March 17, 2009 at 12:36 PM ET | Comments (16)

Obama Calls Leaders of Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines

By Scott Wilson President Obama phoned the leaders of Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, and Indonesia...

Posted on March 13, 2009 at 07:04 PM ET | Comments (5)

Obama: 'I Love the South'

By Ed O'Keefe Experience and professional qualifications trump regional considerations in the selection of Cabinet...

Posted on March 13, 2009 at 12:09 PM ET | Comments (5)

The 50-Year Recovery Plan

By Al Kamen The White House is pledging to make sure all taxpayers know exactly...

Posted on March 10, 2009 at 12:17 PM ET | Comments (15)

Document: Obama Memo on Signing Statements

The White House has released President Obama's March 9 "Memorandum for the Heads of Executive...

Posted on March 9, 2009 at 04:57 PM ET | Comments (10)

Obama Pulls Back from Signing Statements

The president has ordered his administration to pull back dramatically from the use of presidential signing statements.

Posted on March 9, 2009 at 03:24 PM ET | Comments (76)

In Ohio, Obama Calls for 'Bold Action' to Revive Economy

By Michael A. Fletcher COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Faced with a deteriorating business climate and dogged...

Posted on March 6, 2009 at 12:32 PM ET | Comments (9)

The Wizards Fan Who Talked Trash to Obama

Miles Rawls taunts the sitting president.

Posted on March 3, 2009 at 04:40 PM ET | Comments (11)

Obama Proclaims March Women's History Month

The White House released a statement by President Obama proclaiming March Women's History Month. March...

Posted on March 3, 2009 at 01:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Restoring Endangered Species Act Provision

President Obama will restore rules requiring U.S. agencies consult with independent federal experts to determine if their actions might harm threatened and endangered species.

Posted on March 3, 2009 at 10:43 AM ET | Comments (37)

Offensive Bookstore Display Leads to Viral Outcry

A bookstore display has outraged Obama supporters online.

Posted on March 2, 2009 at 05:27 PM ET | Comments (45)

As Times Change, So Do Iraq War Statements

President Obama's announcement of a deadline for withdrawing combat troops from Iraq recalled one of the most hotly-debated issues of the presidential campaign: whether a date-certain for withdrawal was tantamount to giving up. It also provided some interesting flip-flops.

Posted on February 27, 2009 at 05:50 PM ET | Comments (8)

Gordon Brown to Meet with Obama

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will discuss the global economic meltdown with President Obama when the two men meet in Washington next week, a senior British official said today.

Posted on February 27, 2009 at 12:53 PM ET | Comments (5)

Obama Makes a Courtesy Call to George W. Bush

Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, said Obama made the call "as a courtesy" to the former president.

Posted on February 27, 2009 at 12:21 PM ET | Comments (43)

Obama Promises End to Combat in Iraq by Aug. 31, 2010

Obama: "Let me say this as plainly as I can: by August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end."

Posted on February 27, 2009 at 12:06 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Administration to Rescind Bush's 'Conscience' Regulation

The Obama administration has begun the process of rescinding sweeping new federal protections that were granted in December to health care workers who refuse to provide care that violates their personal, moral or religious beliefs.

Posted on February 27, 2009 at 11:09 AM ET | Comments (5)

NAACP Launches Campaign Over NY Post Cartoon

Members of the civil rights group, upset about the publication of a cartoon in the New York Post they say depicts President Obama as a murdered chimpanzee, planned small protests at Fox affiliates in 50 cities today.

Posted on February 26, 2009 at 05:05 PM ET | Comments (57)

Obama Tries to Quell Iraq Criticism

The president has invited members of Congress to the White House for a meeting this afternoon to discuss his plans for drawing down troops in Iraq.

Posted on February 26, 2009 at 03:57 PM ET | Comments (20)

Kenneth the Page Responds to Jindal

Last night, "Kenneth the Page" took to NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" show to issue "the Jack McBrayer response to the Internet response to the Republican response to the President's address to Congress."

Posted on February 26, 2009 at 12:29 PM ET | Comments (19)

Crowley to Direct Office of National AIDS Policy

President Obama has named a new director of the Office of National AIDS Policy -- Jeffrey Crowley, who is currently a senior research scholar at Georgetown University.

Posted on February 26, 2009 at 11:33 AM ET | Comments (4)

The Budget Online

The Office of Management and Budget is making the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget available online.

Posted on February 26, 2009 at 11:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Raccoon Captured at the White House

One of the masked mammals that had been prowling the White House grounds has been captured by the National Park Service.

Posted on February 25, 2009 at 04:03 PM ET | Comments (24)

Jindal's Response Takes Fire From the Right

Conservative commentators trash Louisiana governor's performance.

Posted on February 25, 2009 at 01:03 PM ET | Comments (84)

Senator Burris Acts the Part

Lest anyone think Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-Ill.) might go quietly into the night, he announced in none too subtle terms Tuesday night that he is very much a United States Senator.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 11:47 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama and Hillary Bury the Snub Once and For All

President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton greeted each other with open arms and kisses at the president's first formal address to Congress tonight.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 10:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Moves from the Abstract to the Particular

How do the themes President Obama lays out in tonight's speech differ from those in his Inaugural address just over a month ago? The below tag clouds provide some clues.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 09:26 PM ET | Comments (3)

Excerpts: Obama Address to Joint Session of Congress

The White House has released advance excerpts from the speech President Obama will deliver at 9 p.m. before a joint session of Congress.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 07:39 PM ET | Comments (12)

Obama Troop Withdrawal Plan Expected Soon

President Obama could outline his concrete plan for withdrawing troops from Iraq as early as this Friday.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 07:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

At 'Neck of State,' a Tie Isn't Just a Tie

Blog Neck of State obsessively catalogs and analyzes the president's neckwear.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 07:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eclectic Group to Fill the Presidential Box

President Obama has invited an eclectic group of students, business leaders, local government officials and members of the military to sit in his presidential box at tonight's address to a joint session of Congress.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 07:05 PM ET | Comments (7)

Smoke-Filled Hallways Don't Phase Senators

A presidential speech means the highest state of security in the Capitol, but late Tuesday afternoon, the second floor of the Senate side filled with smoke and smelled like a campfire, and the police just shrugged and opened windows and doors.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 06:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama a 'Slumdog Millionaire' Fan

President tells network anchors award-winning movie reminds him of the Indonesia of his youth.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 03:21 PM ET | Comments (7)

Pelosi Announces Guests for Obama Speech

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) just announced she is hosting the heroic pilot and co-pilot of the U.S. Airways flight that landed safely in the Hudson River last month at tonight's presidential address to Congress.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 01:54 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Meets with Japanese Prime Minister

President Obama this morning granted politically embattled Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso the honor of being the first foreign leader to meet with him at the White House.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 12:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

In the Dark, Some Early Morning Expectations Setting from the White House

Gibbs and Axelrod used morning show appearances to explain that President Obama's speech will lay out his overall plans to heal the economy.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 12:03 PM ET | Comments (3)

House Handshakers Already Lined Up for Obama

President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress tonight won't be an official State of the Union address, but everyone is treating it that way. Including the annual handshake hogs.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 11:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Selection of Organic Food Policy Expert at Ag. Hailed by Advocates

President Obama's choice of organics expert Kathleen Merrigan for the No. 2 spot at the Agriculture Department was immediately welcomed by sustainable agriculture and food policy advocates.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 11:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

For Conant, the Spinning Starts Early

The pre-speech spinning began well before the sun came up, helped along by Republican National Committee press secretary Alex Conant.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 11:12 AM ET | Comments (4)

The Summit Breakouts: Social Security

The pool report by Amy Goldstein of The Washington Post on the Fiscal Responsibility Summit's...

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 06:31 PM ET | Comments (4)

The Summit Breakouts: Tax Reform, and a Menu of Options

The pool report by Lori Montgomery of The Washington Post on the Fiscal Responsibility Summit's...

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 06:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Summit Breakouts: Health Care, and Everything on the Table

The pool report by Carrie Budoff Brown of POLITICO on the Fiscal Responsibility Summit's breakout...

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 06:22 PM ET | Comments (5)

The Summit Breakouts: the Budget Process, and the Power of Gin

The pool report by Jonathan Weisman of The Wall Street Journal on the Fiscal Responsibility...

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 06:12 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Summit Breakouts: Procurement

The pool report by Jon Ward of The Washington Times on the Fiscal Responsibility Summit's...

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 06:02 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Warns Govs. Against Playing Politics on Stimulus

President Obama told a group of state executives in a meeting at the White House that they should have an "honest debate" about the $787 package rather than claiming certain small components of the bill are wasteful.

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 10:57 AM ET | Comments (110)

Gibbs: LaHood Comments on Gas Tax Not Administration Policy

The White House press secretary says Obama will not scrap the gas tax for a tax on miles driven.

Posted on February 20, 2009 at 04:04 PM ET | Comments (19)

Gibbs Takes on Santelli

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs unleashed a barrage of criticism at Rick Santelli, a CNBC reporter.

Posted on February 20, 2009 at 03:58 PM ET | Comments (78)

Obama Warns Mayors to Use Stimulus Funds Wisely

Obama warned the nation's mayors today that he will "call them out" if the federal stimulus money is wasted on pork projects that do not generate jobs for the struggling economy.

Posted on February 20, 2009 at 01:36 PM ET | Comments (156)

Obama 'Fiscal Responsibility' Summit Set for Monday

President Obama and Vice President Biden plan to use the summit to launch a national conversation on how to put the nation on sounder financial footing.

Posted on February 20, 2009 at 12:59 PM ET | Comments (14)

In Canada, Obama Warns Against Protectionism

Meeting with Canada's prime minister on his first official trip abroad, President Obama warned against a "strong impulse" toward protectionism.

Posted on February 19, 2009 at 05:05 PM ET | Comments (38)

Obama on the Line: President Reaches Out to Latino and African American Radio

As President Obama has traveled the country talking up his plans to boost the economy, he's also made a point of reaching out to two constituencies that rallied behind his candidacy, calling in to radio programs popular with Latinos and African Americans.

Posted on February 18, 2009 at 07:49 PM ET | Comments (9)

Obama Nixes Fairness Doctine Revival

President Obama does not support reviving the so-called Fairness doctrine, an aide said on Wednesday, knocking down speculation that Obama was open to reinstating the rule requiring broadcasters to air alternate perspectives on controversial issues.

Posted on February 18, 2009 at 05:40 PM ET | Comments (1)

From the White House, a Delay in Publishing Executive Orders

By Michael D. Shear President Obama may have earned the title of great communicator during...

Posted on February 18, 2009 at 02:17 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Hails Stimulus Passage as 'Major Milestone'

President Obama calls congressional passage of his stimulus plan "a major milestone" in efforts to turn around the nation's economy, and he says he will soon sign the massive legislation into law.

Posted on February 14, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (164)

Obama Thanks First Responders, Prays for Families of Buffalo Crash Victims

Continental Airlines Flight 3407 burns after it crashed into a house in Clarence Center, N.Y....

Posted on February 13, 2009 at 09:06 AM ET | Comments (7)

Obama, Honoring Lincoln, Urges Unity

President Obama appeared briefly at the celebration of the Lincoln Bicentennial in the Rotunda, on...

Posted on February 12, 2009 at 01:38 PM ET | Comments (19)

Jindal to Counter Obama Congressional Address

Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) will address the public after Obama speaks to a join session of Congress Feb. 24.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 01:22 PM ET | Comments (30)

Obama Points to Shovel-Ready Transportation Project Close to Home

As Congressional negotiators worked to reconcile competing versions of the economic stimulus package, President Obama today visited Fairfax County to stump for the plan.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 12:57 PM ET | Comments (51)

Fairfax County Parkway to Get Presidential Visit

President Obama and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine will visit the site in an effort to highlight the potential impact of billions of new dollars for infrastructure projects.

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 06:14 PM ET | Comments (10)

Obama Moves the Spotlight to Florida with Speech on Economy

President Obama greets wellwishers upon his arrival at MacDill Air Force Base in Fort Myers,...

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 12:48 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama in Fla.: 'We Simply Can't Afford to Wait'

President Obama traveled today to Fort Myers, Fla., for a town hall on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. His opening remarks, as prepared for delivery.

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 12:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama at Town Hall: 'We Can't Afford to Wait'

President Obama stepped up his campaign for passage of a huge economic stimulus plan, telling people in a town-hall meeting, "We can't afford to wait."

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 01:40 PM ET | Comments (12)

An Elkhart Primer

By Garance Franke-Ruta Population: 53,000 people in 16,000 residential units. Unemployment rate: The unemployment rate...

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 01:05 PM ET | Comments (7)

Gallup: Public Backs Obama in Stimulus Fight

White House officials, frustrated by Republican claims that they have public opinion on their side, distributed a new Gallup poll this morning showing President Obama with "the upper hand in the stimulus fight."

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 11:44 AM ET | Comments (14)

Stem Cell Advocates Encouraged by Obama Statement

Obama said he will sign an executive order withdrawing limitations on the funding.

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 04:39 PM ET | Comments (16)

A 'Raccoon Update' from the White House

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said today that there have been no masked critters caught on the White House lawn today.

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 03:53 PM ET | Comments (35)

Gibbs: Obama a 'Restless Soul'

By Anne E. Kornblut Is President Obama already feeling cooped up in the White House?...

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 03:08 PM ET | Comments (36)

Obama's First Stop on Economic Message Tour: Indiana

By Anne E. Kornblut President Obama will travel next Monday to Elkhart, Ind., before heading...

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 12:43 PM ET | Comments (15)

Alpha Kappa Alpha's White House Entree

When President Obama signed an executive order to create the Economic Recovery Advisory Board today, the president of the country's first sorority founded by black women was in the room.

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 11:31 AM ET | Comments (4)

Alvin Ailey Draws Obamas to Kennedy Center

Tonight, for the first time, President Obama is taking Michelle to sit in the president's box at the Kennedy Center, a White House aide said.

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 11:05 AM ET | Comments (15)

Obama Attacks Stimulus Critics

Nancy Pelosi and President Obama share a dinner table at the House Democratic Issues Conference...

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 10:39 PM ET | Comments (7)

Census Director to Work Directly with White House

By Philip Rucker President Obama has decided to have the director of the U.S. Census...

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 06:08 PM ET | Comments (9)

Obama to Meet with Terrorism Victims and Families

By Michael D. Shear, Peter Finn and Dan Eggen President Obama will gather tomorrow with...

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 05:28 PM ET | Comments (44)

Solis Senate Session Postponed in Wake of Husband's Tax Lien Revelations

A Senate committee canceled a session on Rep. Hilda Solis's nomination to be labor secretary in the wake of a report saying that her husband yesterday paid off about $6,400 in tax liens.

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 02:21 PM ET | Comments (395)

At Prayer Breakfast, Obama Says Faith Shouldn't Be Used to Divide

President Obama addressed the National Prayer Breakfast this morning. His remarks, as prepared for delivery,...

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 09:58 AM ET | Comments (11)

Obama, in The Post, Calls for Action on Stimulus

President Obama today lays out his case for the stimulus bill in The Washington Post,...

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 08:50 AM ET | Comments (4)

Gen. Zinni Says He Was Offered Iraq Post, Then Dropped

Gen. Anthony Zinni, formerly a Middle East envoy, said he was offered and accepted the job of ambassador to Iraq, only to be told on the eve of the announcement Monday that the job was going to Christopher Hill.

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 06:59 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Signs S-CHIP Legislation

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Posted on February 4, 2009 at 05:30 PM ET | Comments (50)

Obama to Address Congress

By Michael D. Shear President Obama will address a joint session of Congress on Feb....

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 05:20 PM ET | Comments (12)

Obama to Lawmakers: Remember Which Ideas Won the Election

By Anne E. Kornblut Stepping up his pressure on Congress to pass his economic stimulus...

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 11:39 AM ET | Comments (22)

Obama Grants Five Network Interviews

By Anne E. Kornblut President Obama might have wished he had picked a different...

Posted on February 3, 2009 at 05:22 PM ET | Comments (13)

Obama Makes Surprise Trip to Read to Children

Updated 3:44 p.m. By Michael D. Shear and Hamil Harris As a sense of crisis...

Posted on February 3, 2009 at 02:34 PM ET | Comments (75)

Stepping Down, Daschle Sends Shockwaves Through Health Policy Arena

Updated 3:18 p.m. By Ceci Connolly Proponents of overhauling America's health care system expressed shock...

Posted on February 3, 2009 at 02:28 PM ET | Comments (69)

Activist Group Calls for Deportation of Obama's Aunt

An anti-immigration group yesterday called on President Obama to arrest and deport his aunt, an immigrant who is living legally in the United States pending an April hearing.

Posted on February 3, 2009 at 11:54 AM ET | Comments (28)

Gregg Nominated for Commerce Job

President Obama nominates Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) as commerce secretary.

Posted on February 3, 2009 at 11:35 AM ET | Comments (157)

Gibbs Continues Obama Defense of Daschle

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs defended embattled HHS secretary-designate Tom Daschle Monday, casting the controversy as nothing more than another innocent mistake by a Cabinet nominee.

Posted on February 2, 2009 at 03:50 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Plans Visit to Illinois for Lincoln's 200th

By Michael D. Shear President Obama plans to make his first official trip next week,...

Posted on February 2, 2009 at 03:45 PM ET | Comments (7)

President Plans a Superbowl Party

Continuing his sociable new administration, President Obama invited members of the Pennsylvania and Arizona delegations over to the White House to watch the 43rd Superbowl featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Arizona Cardinals.

Posted on January 30, 2009 at 07:21 PM ET | Comments (17)

Biden to Helm Task Force on Middle Class

The vice president will run the new White House task force on the middle class and his chief economic adviser, Jared Bernstein, will be its executive director.

Posted on January 30, 2009 at 11:35 AM ET | Comments (130)

Obama Invites Congressional Leaders for Cocktails at the White House

Obama invited the bipartisan leadership of Congress to the White House for a 7:30 p.m. gathering in the Red, Blue and Green rooms on Wednesday.

Posted on January 28, 2009 at 03:41 PM ET | Comments (16)

Obama Plans Canadian Visit for February

By Michael D. Shear President Obama will travel to Canada on Feb. 19, officials announced...

Posted on January 28, 2009 at 03:02 PM ET | Comments (4)

Gore to Senate: Pass Stimulus Bill

Former vice president Al Gore testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on global...

Posted on January 28, 2009 at 10:33 AM ET | Comments (10)

Obama to Visit Pentagon on Wednesday

President Obama is scheduled to visit the Pentagon tomorrow afternoon, where he is to meet with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other military leaders about his plans to withdraw combat troops from Iraq while beefing up the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.

Posted on January 27, 2009 at 05:37 PM ET | Comments (11)

Obama Meets with Republicans on the Hill

President Obama declared himself optimistic after meeting with Republican House leaders Tuesday afternoon and called for a suspension of partisan politics as he and lawmakers try to craft a rescue of the nation's economy.

Posted on January 27, 2009 at 03:30 PM ET | Comments (140)

E-Mail System Running Again at the White House

After leaving frustrated White House staffers without e-mail for nearly 24 hours, the West Wing servers came back to life early this morning.

Posted on January 27, 2009 at 08:54 AM ET | Comments (5)

Obama's 1st TV Interview Is With Arab Network

President Obama conducted his first extended TV interview since moving into the Oval Office with the Al-Arabiya network, based in the Middle East.

Posted on January 26, 2009 at 07:34 PM ET | Comments (15)

Limbaugh Bristles at Obama Remark

Among the many accomplishments of President Obama's first week in office, add this: starting a war of words with the king of conservative talk.

Posted on January 26, 2009 at 04:44 PM ET | Comments (142)

The Song of Obama, and Other Inaugural Outtakes

By Garance Franke-Ruta One of the more extraordinary aspects of a mass spectacle in...

Posted on January 26, 2009 at 09:21 AM ET | Comments (4)

Obama's BlackBerry: The Ultimate A-List

In Washington, D.C., nothing will be harder to win a spot on than the list of e-mail addresses allowed to arrive, unimpeded, to President Obama's BlackBerry.

Posted on January 22, 2009 at 08:32 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Tours the White House Press Room

President Obama took a surprise tour of the White House press room late this afternoon, startling journalists as he explored the cramped work area.

Posted on January 22, 2009 at 07:03 PM ET | Comments (7)

Oaths, Bibles and Presidents

President Obama may be a historic figure, but his awkward swearing-in ceremony and subsequent do-over of the oath of office don't make him unique in the American historical record.

Posted on January 22, 2009 at 06:37 PM ET | Comments (79)

Obama Takes His Oath of Office Again

President Obama took the oath of office -- again -- on Wednesday, out of an abundance of caution, a White House official said.

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 07:56 PM ET | Comments (81)

Obama Calls Abbas and Other Middle Eastern Leaders

President Obama plunged into Middle East diplomacy on his first day on the job, calling the leaders of Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority this morning.

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 12:55 PM ET | Comments (42)

The President Begins His Morning

Obama gets a letter from 43.

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 11:33 AM ET | Comments (40)

On Day One, Glitches at the White House

Reporters turned away as Obama era opens.

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 10:32 AM ET | Comments (11)

WhiteHouse.gov Turns the Page

For the second time in history, the Internet portal to the White House has changed.

Posted on January 20, 2009 at 12:24 PM ET | Comments (5)

Inaugural Committee Inviting Citizen Photo Submissions

By Garance Franke-Ruta The official Presidential Inaugural Committee is soliciting photos of Barack Obama's swearing...

Posted on January 20, 2009 at 08:37 AM ET | Comments (2)

Mitchell Under Consideration for Middle East Envoy

By Anne E. Kornblut George Mitchell, the former Senate Democratic Majority Leader, is under serious...

Posted on January 19, 2009 at 03:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama: 'It's a Day to Act'

President-elect Barack Obama issued a statement honoring Martin Luther King Day today, and calling Americans to service.

Posted on January 19, 2009 at 11:14 AM ET | Comments (26)

Obama Delivers Address to Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial

Below are President-elect Barack Obama's remarks, as prepared for delivery, to "We Are One: The...

Posted on January 18, 2009 at 04:19 PM ET | Comments (12)

President-Elect Obama Calls Capt. Sullenberger

President-elect Barack Obama called Capt. Chesley Sullenberger III, the pilot of US Airways flight 1549, last night, according to incoming White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Posted on January 17, 2009 at 09:49 AM ET | Comments (4)

Dopplr Issues 'Annual Report' on Obama

Updated By Garance Franke-Ruta Here's a new company to add to the annals of Obama-based...

Posted on January 16, 2009 at 05:47 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Returns to Ohio to Pitch Stimulus Plan

Obama asked a small audience at Cardinal Fastener & Specialty Company to help support his economic stimulus proposal, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.

Posted on January 16, 2009 at 01:26 PM ET | Comments (16)

Obama Leaves D.C. for Ohio

By Eli Saslow President-elect Barack Obama arrived in an 11-car motorcade at Reagan National Airport...

Posted on January 16, 2009 at 10:37 AM ET | Comments (4)

Obama Juvenilia Popping Up All Over

By Robin Shulman Few people want to be judged in later life by what they...

Posted on January 15, 2009 at 04:23 PM ET | Comments (4)

Obama To Hold Fiscal Responsibility Summit

By Chris Cillizza President-elect Barack Obama will convene a "fiscal responsibility summit" in February designed...

Posted on January 15, 2009 at 04:17 PM ET | Comments (4)

Obama Visits Washington Post

Obama shares a laugh at The Washington Post with Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli and White...

Posted on January 15, 2009 at 02:23 PM ET | Comments (6)

Obama Meets Some Liberals, Too

By Anne E. Kornblut President-elect Barack Obama, fresh off his dinner with conservative journalists on...

Posted on January 14, 2009 at 03:01 PM ET | Comments (4)

The Obamas, Back at the Very Beginning

Paris' Le Monde newspaper publishes an interview with Barack and Michelle Obama in which the two discuss their marriage, the attraction of politics and the value of personal loyalty. Oh, and did we mention, the interview was conducted in 1996.

Posted on January 11, 2009 at 07:16 PM ET | Comments (9)

Obama Appoints Performance Officer

President-elect Barack Obama has selected a top management consultant to serve as the country's chief performance officer, a post he said would help oversee reform of the federal government and its budget.

Posted on January 7, 2009 at 09:32 AM ET | Comments (21)

Obama Heads to Capitol Hill

Late Monday morning, President-elect Barack Obama left the Hay Adams Hotel and headed to Capitol Hill. Tess Skinner, a veteran federal worker, was excited while Brenda Williams praised Jesus as the motorcade passed by. (Video by Hamil Harris.)

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 01:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Girls Start School at Sidwell

The Obama girls began school today.

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 08:05 AM ET | Comments (61)

Obama's Return to Washington

By Philip Rucker CHICAGO -- President-elect Barack Obama will fly to Washington this afternoon, where...

Posted on January 4, 2009 at 09:29 AM ET | Comments (11)

Obama Arrives in Chicago

His batteries recharged after a two-week pre-inaugural vacation in Hawaii, President-elect Barack Obama is enjoying his last 48 hours in his home town here before moving to Washington, where he immediately will press congressional leaders on his economic stimulus plan and grapple with continuing strife in the Middle East.

Posted on January 2, 2009 at 12:04 PM ET | Comments (9)

Obama Heads Home to Chicago

By Philip Rucker and Dan Eggen KAILUA, Hawaii -- President-elect Barack Obama bid adieu to...

Posted on January 1, 2009 at 04:12 PM ET | Comments (6)

Finally, Obama Is a Man About Town

On the 11th day of his Hawaii vacation, President-elect Barack Obama plays pick-up basketball at his alma mater, visits the Honolulu Zoo with his daughters and stops by his late grandmother's apartment.

Posted on December 30, 2008 at 09:27 PM ET | Comments (16)

Obama's Vacation: Power Returns to Oahu

President-elect turns down extra protection as blackout covered island.

Posted on December 27, 2008 at 12:36 PM ET | Comments (5)

Obama Takes In a Show and a Shave Ice

President-elect Barack Obama ditches his "press pool" of reporters, photographers and cameramen to take his daughters and a caravan of family friends to a marine amusement park and a mobbed shopping center.

Posted on December 26, 2008 at 09:39 PM ET | Comments (8)

President-Elect's Holiday Address Offers Prayers and Praise for America's Troops

Barack Obama today offered a holiday YouTube address, which will air on the radio on Saturday.

Posted on December 24, 2008 at 11:00 AM ET | Comments (12)

Obama Attends Memorial for Grandmother

President-elect Barack Obama and his family paid tribute Tuesday to the woman he called his "rock," the maternal grandmother who provided stability in his young life and made possible his rise to the American presidency.

Posted on December 23, 2008 at 08:32 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Fills More Key National Security Slots

President-elect Barack Obama began filling out the rest of his national security team today, naming long-standing Democratic foreign policy figures -- plus a former White House budget director -- to key posts at the State Department and National Security Council.

Posted on December 23, 2008 at 05:22 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Report on Blagojevich Contacts Set for Release Tues.

President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday will release a internal report detailing his staff's contacts with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who stands accused of trying to sell Obama's U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder.

Posted on December 22, 2008 at 06:53 PM ET | Comments (22)

Obama Announces Science and Technology Team

By Garance Franke-Ruta President-elect Barack Obama used his weekly YouTube and radio address to...

Posted on December 20, 2008 at 09:52 AM ET | Comments (5)

Genachowski May be in Line for FCC Post

Area venture capitalist on short list for chairmanship.

Posted on December 18, 2008 at 08:40 PM ET | Comments (2)

Democrats Will Try to Pass Stimulus in Early Jan.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that Democrats would look to pass a economic stimulus package of around $600 billion in the first two weeks that Congress meets next month.

Posted on December 15, 2008 at 03:52 PM ET | Comments (21)

In Obama Train Trip, Echoes of Lincoln

Following in Abraham Lincoln's steps once more, President-elect Barack Obama is planning to travel by train to Washington ahead of his inaugural next month.

Posted on December 15, 2008 at 10:32 AM ET | Comments (50)

Obama Disappointed by Auto Bailout Impasse

President-elect Barack Obama today issued a statement expressing disappointment with the Senate's failure to reach...

Posted on December 12, 2008 at 11:17 AM ET | Comments (45)

Obama Marks Human Rights Day

President-elect Barack Obama marked international Human Rights Day today by issuing a statement reaffirming America's...

Posted on December 10, 2008 at 06:24 PM ET | Comments (7)

Jackson Denies Involvement in Ill. Senate Seat Scheme

"I am not accused of any misconduct," Jackson said, denying any "involvement whatsoever" in a scheme to buy appointment to Obama's Senate seat.

Posted on December 10, 2008 at 04:56 PM ET | Comments (12)

Obama: Blagojevich Should Resign

President-elect Barack Obama believes that Gov. Rod Blagojevich should resign, his advisers said on Wednesday.

Posted on December 10, 2008 at 12:20 PM ET | Comments (71)

Obama and Gore to Talk Climate Change in Chicago

By Philip Rucker and Al Kamen Former Vice President Al Gore will meet in Chicago tomorrow with President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden to discuss the new administration's environmental agenda.

Posted on December 8, 2008 at 04:25 PM ET | Comments (23)

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Obama Nationality Case

The Supreme Court this morning unceremoniously declined to hear an emergency appeal from a man who claimed President-elect Barack Obama is not qualified for the presidency because he is not a "natural-born" citizen.

Posted on December 8, 2008 at 10:39 AM ET | Comments (522)

Bill Gates Says He's Open to a Role Helping Obama Admin

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who is in Washington this week to press his foundation's education and global health agenda, said he is keeping an open mind about taking a role aiding the incoming Obama administration.

Posted on December 4, 2008 at 12:41 PM ET | Comments (21)

Obama or an Obama-Impersonator? Ros-Lehtinen Flubs the Call

Twice on Wednesday, President-elect Barack Obama tried to reach across the partisan divide with a phone call to Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican from Florida. And twice, according to her office, she hung up on him.

Posted on December 3, 2008 at 06:53 PM ET | Comments (20)

Obama Reaches Out to Governors

Updated 1:49 p.m. By Michael D. Shear and William Branigin PHILADELPHIA -- President-elect Barack Obama...

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 01:49 PM ET | Comments (45)

Obama Names Transition Donors

President-elect Barack Obama's transition team announced today that it had raised $1,170,937.44 from 1,776 donors to pay for transition costs.

Posted on December 1, 2008 at 02:30 PM ET | Comments (3)

Bush: Obama's High Profile Is No 'Intrusion'

By Dan Eggen President Bush says Barack Obama is not overstepping any boundaries by assuming...

Posted on December 1, 2008 at 01:04 PM ET | Comments (5)

Obama Addresses World AIDS Day

President-elect Barack Obama honored World AIDS Day today, releasing online his video remarks to the...

Posted on December 1, 2008 at 12:09 PM ET | Comments (12)

Obama Transition Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Mumbai

Onlookers stand at the site of a bomb blast in Mumbai Nov. 26, 2008. (Reuters)...

Posted on November 26, 2008 at 05:29 PM ET | Comments (32)

Obama Volunteers at a Chicago Food Bank

The Obama family hands out turkeys at a South Side Catholic church.

Posted on November 26, 2008 at 04:58 PM ET | Comments (5)

Obama Names Volcker to Head New Economic Advisory Board

President-elect Barack Obama today named former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker to head a new advisory panel designed to help guide the administration's efforts to stabilize the nation's struggling financial system and create millions of new jobs.

Posted on November 26, 2008 at 11:39 AM ET | Comments (7)

Gates Expected to Remain at Defense

President-elect plans to announce members of his national security team early next week

Posted on November 25, 2008 at 07:59 PM ET | Comments (7)

Obama Announces OMB Chiefs

President-elect Barack Obama announced his director of the Office of Management and Budget today in Chicago, as well as deputy director.

Posted on November 25, 2008 at 12:10 PM ET | Comments (3)

Ohio IG Report: Joe the Plumber's Records Were Improperly Searched

The director of an Ohio human services agency has been suspended for a month without pay and faces review by a county prosecutor for using confidential state databases to find personal information on "Joe the Plumber." She will also face review for using her state e-mail address to help Barack Obama's fundraising by identifying potential contributors and offering her own $2,500 donation.

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 08:33 PM ET | Comments (16)

Obama Raised Half a Billion Online

Barack Obama raised half a billion dollars online in his 21-month campaign for the White House, dramatically ushering in a new digital era in presidential fundraising.

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 08:00 PM ET | Comments (37)

U.N. Relationship Should Be a Priority, Say Foreign Policy Figures

A high-powered group of foreign policy figures from both parties are urging President-elect Barack Obama to revitalize the U.S. relationship with the United Nations as one of his early priorities on the international front.

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 02:05 PM ET | Comments (9)

Al-Qaida No. 2 Insults Obama with Racial Epithet

Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader used a racial epithet to insult Barack Obama in a message posted Wednesday, describing the president-elect in demeaning terms that imply he does the bidding of whites.

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 11:28 AM ET | Comments (12)

Obama's Grandmother Honored at Tribute Friday

About 200 people turned out Friday in Honolulu for a public tribute to Barack Obama's grandmother Madelyn Dunham, who passed away at the age of 86 on the eve of his election as elected president.

Posted on November 18, 2008 at 04:09 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama and McCain Hold Photo Op and Issue Joint Statement on Meeting

President-elect Barack Obama and Sen John McCain (R-Ariz.) smile during their meeting at Obama's transition...

Posted on November 17, 2008 at 02:41 PM ET | Comments (20)

Stepping Down as Senator, Obama Sends the People of Illinois His Thanks

The Chicago Sun-Times and other newspapers across Illinois today published a letter from Barack Obama...

Posted on November 16, 2008 at 09:23 AM ET | Comments (2)

'Team of Rivals' an Amazon.com Bestseller

The buzz about President-elect Barack Obama potentially selecting former rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to be his Secretary of State appears to have heightened interest in Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography of Abraham Lincoln, "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln."

Posted on November 15, 2008 at 11:41 AM ET | Comments (2)

President-Elect Obama's First YouTube Address

Billed on YouTube and Change.gov as "Your Weekly Address from the President-Elect," the video went online at 6 a.m.; the radio version airs later in the morning.

Posted on November 15, 2008 at 06:31 AM ET | Comments (12)

Ayers Elaborates

In an interview on Good Morning America this morning, the radical activist turned college professor slammed the "dishonest narrative" that tried to turn his "civic" relationship with Obama into something nefarious.

Posted on November 14, 2008 at 08:18 AM ET | Comments (59)

Obama Will Resign from Senate Sunday

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a fellow Democrat, now has to appoint a replacement for Obama.

Posted on November 13, 2008 at 03:17 PM ET | Comments (14)

Obama Supports Keeping Lieberman in Democratic Caucus

President-elect Barack Obama has endorsed keeping Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) in the Democratic caucus, suggesting to leadership that the two sides reach a compromise in the conflict over the former Democratic vice presidential nominee's future, sources said today.

Posted on November 11, 2008 at 12:54 PM ET | Comments (37)

Podesta to Outline New Rules for Lobbyists at Briefing

John Podesta, chief of President-elect Barack Obama's transition, is holding a briefing for reporters this afternoon at the newly opened transition offices in Washington. Obama will lay a wreath in Chicago to honor the nation's fallen veterans.

Posted on November 11, 2008 at 12:30 PM ET | Comments (10)

Obama Marks Veterans Day

President-elect Barack Obama issued a statement honoring America's veterans today, the 90th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.

Posted on November 11, 2008 at 12:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

President Bush Greets Obama at White House

President Bush rolled out the red carpet today for his successor, meeting with President-elect Barack Obama in the Oval Office for a talk so private that no one else was in the room.

Posted on November 10, 2008 at 05:38 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Agenda Temporarily Off Change.gov

By Philip Rucker President-elect Barack Obama's transition team deleted from its www.change.gov Web site lengthy...

Posted on November 10, 2008 at 05:32 PM ET | Comments (8)

Make That 365: Obama on Track to Pick Up Nebraska Electoral Vote

Obama appears likely to add one more electoral vote to his already decisive total, thanks to a passel of outstanding ballots that were counted today in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District.

Posted on November 7, 2008 at 07:02 PM ET | Comments (11)

Black and Urban Groups Ponder an Obama Presidency

For one group of policy advocates, the election of the first black president has turned politicking on its head. How do black advocacy groups push a black agenda to a black president?

Posted on November 7, 2008 at 05:45 PM ET | Comments (11)

Obama's First Press Conference: Mission Accomplished?

Barack Obama used his first press conference since winning the presidential election earlier this week to sound a reassuring note on the economy even while acknowledging that he has limited tools at his disposal to turn things around before he formally takes office in January.

Posted on November 7, 2008 at 04:28 PM ET | Comments (4)

On the Web, Change You Can Change Into

Change.com takes readers to a very different site than Change.gov.

Posted on November 7, 2008 at 04:11 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama to Hold News Conference Friday

Barack Obama is expected to make his debut as president-elect at a news conference tomorrow.

Posted on November 6, 2008 at 12:53 PM ET | Comments (4)

Murray Reflects on Obama Campaign

The Post's Shailagh Murray describes her experience covering Barack Obama's presidential campaign over the last two years. (Video by Ed O'Keefe / washingtonpost.com)

Posted on November 6, 2008 at 08:26 AM ET | Comments (2)

In Pa., Pockets of Doubt About an Obama Presidency

Some voters still harbor doubts and reservations about Obama -- and aren't afraid to say so.

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 04:54 PM ET | Comments (14)

Rice Calls Obama Win 'Important Step Forward'

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the highest-ranking African American in the Bush administration, today promised to do all she could to ensure a smooth transition for President-elect Barack Obama.

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 11:54 AM ET | Comments (3)

Washington Sketch: Reality Suspended, Until It Prevailed

Dana Milbank sketches election night with John McCain in Phoenix.

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 08:34 AM ET | Comments (1)

Video: D.C. Celebrates Obama Victory

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Posted on November 5, 2008 at 02:17 AM ET | Comments (2)

In City of Brotherly Love, Festive Obama Backers Take to the Streets

By Libby Copeland PHILADELPHIA --The city tonight is -- wow. Words can barely describe it....

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 01:46 AM ET | Comments (2)

'Everything is Different'

Chicago residents react with joy and overwhelming emotion as Obama wins.

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 01:39 AM ET | Comments (5)

Chicago Gets the Celebratory Party Started

By Kari Lydersen CHICAGO -- The party in downtown Chicago started long before the announcement...

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 01:22 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Next President's First Text Message

By Peter Slevin CHICAGO -- Two minutes before he began speaking, the president-elect's first text...

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 01:13 AM ET | Comments (3)

Election Night Remarks of President-Elect Barack Obama

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Posted on November 5, 2008 at 12:05 AM ET | Comments (10)

Ecstatic Chicago Crowd Awaits Man of the Hour

By Shailagh Murray CHICAGO -- An ecstatic sea of Barack Obama supporters danced, cried and...

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 12:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

Hillary Clinton Calls Obama to Offer Congratulations

By Anne E. Kornblut Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton called Sen. Barack Obama at around 11:30...

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 11:55 PM ET | Comments (6)

Obama Plays it Cool

The "no drama" campaign can barely suppress a collective grin, but the candidate is playing it cool -- as usual.

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 10:29 PM ET | Comments (5)

Even Chicago's Skyline Ready to Celebrate

In Chicago's Grant Park, Obama supporters begin gathering for the evening's events.

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 09:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rahm Emanuel Emerges as a Front-runner for Obama Chief of Staff Spot

Even before returns rolled in, speculation was mounting that Rahm Emanuel might be selected as White House chief of staff, should Sen. Barack Obama be elected president.

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 09:14 PM ET | Comments (5)

Did Young Voters Show in Real Life?

Young voters are turning out in droves on college campuses.

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 06:55 PM ET | Comments (2)

Bill Ayers Speaks

William Ayers, the former Weather Underground leader who became an issue in the 2008 campaign, said yesterday that he is not close to president-elect Barack Obama and that Obama's opponents had turned him into "a cartoon character."

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 06:42 PM ET | Comments (50)

Chicago Gets Ready for Obama Rally

News organizations that have ponied up hundreds, potentially thousands, of dollars for full access to tonight's election night rally in Grant Park have access to a fully catered breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night snacks, as well.

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 04:41 PM ET | Comments (5)

Obama Visits Indiana, Hoping for a Win

Obama flew Tuesday morning to Indianapolis for a last-minute trip that his campaign kept secret until near departure.

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 12:59 PM ET | Comments (2)

Other Familiar Faces at Obama's Polling Place

Even as Obama cast his vote this morning to symbolize the end of his presidential campaign, some of the old ghosts of the last year continued to stalk him.

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 12:20 PM ET | Comments (9)

Obama Boosting Gators and Nittany Lions?

Could Obama's playoff answer put swing states in play?

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 11:59 AM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Casts Ballot in Chicago

Barack Obama arrived at Chicaco's Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School to cast a vote for himself at 7:36 a.m. this morning. He walked into his neighborhood polling location with his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters, Sasha and Malia.

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 09:52 AM ET | Comments (13)

In Manassas, Obama's Last Hurrah

Like human landscaping -- an artificial lake of humanity -- the Obama supporters filled a vast swale at the Prince William County Fairgrounds on Monday night for a final Barack Obama presidential campaign rally.

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 09:02 AM ET | Comments (14)

For Both Candidates, Life Lessons From High School Sports

By Scott Butterworth In prime-time appearances tonight on "Monday Night Football," Sens. John McCain and...

Posted on November 3, 2008 at 10:39 PM ET | Comments (6)

In Chicago, Laying Ground Work for a Potential Celebration

Barack Obama will hold his Election Night rally in Grant Park, a historic patch of downtown green space famous for 19th-century political conventions, 16-inch softball games and the legendary 1968 clashes between antiwar protesters and Chicago police outside the Democratic National Convention.

Posted on November 3, 2008 at 08:29 PM ET | Comments (17)

Karl Rove Predicts Obama Blowout

Karl Rove predicts that Democratic nominee Barack Obama will win Tuesday's election with 338 electoral votes.

Posted on November 3, 2008 at 08:11 PM ET | Comments (44)

Obama's Final Swing: North Carolina

Dispatches from Obama's final day on the road.

Posted on November 3, 2008 at 07:16 PM ET | Comments (20)

Palin Energized Ohio and New Hampshire Voters, Both For and Against

Talking to voters in Ohio and New Hampshire over the past two weeks, it was hard not to concluded that a race that for most of its duration was about Barack Obama, John McCain and Hillary Clinton wound up, during its final leg, being to a great degree about Sarah Palin.

Posted on November 3, 2008 at 07:12 PM ET | Comments (5)

In Past Two Weeks, Large Donors Gave Obama $11 Million

Over the past two weeks, the campaign has raised $11 million in large donations of $1,000 or greater.

Posted on November 3, 2008 at 05:15 PM ET | Comments (17)

California GOP Files FEC Complaint Over Obama Visit to Grandmother

The California Republican Party complaint objected to the visit Sen. Barack Obama recently made to see his dying grandmother, calling it a personal rather than campaign expense.

Posted on November 3, 2008 at 05:10 PM ET | Comments (105)

Obama's Grandmother Dies

Obama recently took time off the campaign trail to see her one last time at her residence in Hawaii.

Posted on November 3, 2008 at 04:36 PM ET | Comments (299)

Obama and McCain Pursuing Different Paths on Changed Map

A confident Obama and dogged McCain criss-cross the country on the final full day of campaigning, targeting the battleground states of 2008's shifting political playing field.

Posted on November 3, 2008 at 12:43 PM ET | Comments (148)

Obama Votes No on Droopy Pants

Obama tells an MTV interviewer that "brothers should pull up their pants."

Posted on November 3, 2008 at 11:44 AM ET | Comments (33)

About That Wednesday Press Conference...

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Posted on November 2, 2008 at 05:03 PM ET | Comments (14)

Obama Shoots for an Ohio Win with a Final Day in the State

Seeking to lock down a big electoral prize, Obama is spending the full day in Ohio, a state that has taunted Democrats for the past two election cycles.

Posted on November 2, 2008 at 03:24 PM ET | Comments (36)

Cheney and Palin Star in New Obama Ad

By Garance Franke-Ruta Jumping on Vice President Cheney's remarks in support of the Republican...

Posted on November 2, 2008 at 12:50 PM ET | Comments (18)

Cheney Endorsement of McCain Sets Off Round of Campaign Fire

After months of trying to tie Sen. John McCain to the Bush administration and paint him as portending a retread of the current presidency, Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden today jumped on footage of Vice President Cheney endorsing the McCain-Palin ticket at a Wyoming Republican event.

Posted on November 1, 2008 at 08:45 PM ET | Comments (40)

McCain Mocks Obama for Feeling 'Vindicated' in Iowa

"My country has never had anything to prove to me, my friends," said McCain. "I have always had faith in it, and I have been humbled and honored to serve it."

Posted on November 1, 2008 at 03:03 PM ET | Comments (102)

Obama Campaign to Return Aunt's Donations

The Obama campaign will return the low-dollar donations made by Obama's aunt, who has been living in the United States illegally, according to a published report.

Posted on November 1, 2008 at 12:16 PM ET | Comments (557)

Obama Says 'Boo' to Reporters

Barack Obama spent Halloween with his family in Chicago, and he wasn't happy to see reporters among the trick-or-treaters.

Posted on October 31, 2008 at 09:43 PM ET | Comments (115)

Duberstein Abandons McCain

Former White House chief of Staff Kenneth Duberstein said today he was abandoning his support of John McCain and instead would back Barack Obama for president.

Posted on October 31, 2008 at 04:52 PM ET | Comments (19)

Obama Back on Iowa's Hallowed Ground

"People of Iowa, I will always be grateful to you," Obama told 25,000 in Des Moines. "Think about the journey we've made."

Posted on October 31, 2008 at 02:59 PM ET | Comments (40)

Obama Extends Fight to Three New States

Buoyed by a huge turnout of early voters, Obama's campaign is buying advertisements in Georgia, North Dakota and McCain's home state of Arizona.

Posted on October 31, 2008 at 11:09 AM ET | Comments (27)

Washington Times Loses Seat on Obama Plane

Reporters for the New York Post and Dallas Morning News also lost their spots.

Posted on October 31, 2008 at 10:51 AM ET | Comments (142)

For Obama Aunt, a Quiet South Boston Life

By Keith B. Richburg and Judy Rakowsky NEW YORK -- A Kenyan aunt of Sen....

Posted on October 31, 2008 at 09:53 AM ET | Comments (27)

RNC Hits Alleged Obama Presumption on White House Staff

RNC rips suggestion that Emanuel is being eyed for Obama's White House Chief of Staff.

Posted on October 30, 2008 at 08:58 PM ET | Comments (12)

The Ad War Continues in Ohio

With just five days until Election Day, independent political groups continue to spend money on advertising in battleground states. This time it's the Service Employees International Union, spending $425,000 to air a 30-second spot, called "Meghan," statewide on cable and broadcast stations.

Posted on October 30, 2008 at 05:42 PM ET | Comments (13)

Palin Takes on Obama Over Will to Win Wars

By Juliet Eilperin CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin loves making...

Posted on October 30, 2008 at 03:46 PM ET | Comments (49)

McCain Gaining Ground in Va. Polls

Two new polls out today show Sen. Barack Obama with a four-point lead over Republican John McCain in Virginia.

Posted on October 30, 2008 at 01:26 PM ET | Comments (45)

Gore to Campaign for Obama in Florida

Al Gore will headline a pair of rallies for Barack Obama on Friday in the land of the butterfly ballot and the hanging chad.

Posted on October 30, 2008 at 01:07 PM ET | Comments (11)

Obama's Early Vote Push

Throughout the country, Americans appear to be casting early votes at a pace that far eclipses past performance.

Posted on October 30, 2008 at 12:46 PM ET | Comments (113)

Bill Clinton Campaigning With Obama in Fla.

Former President Bill Clinton joined Sen. Barack Obama at a rally in Florida last night, just days before the presidential election. The appearance coincided with a 30-minute Obama campaign commercial that aired on several networks.

Posted on October 30, 2008 at 12:25 PM ET | Comments (5)

Study: Campaign Financing Not an Issue for Voters

A new USA Today/Gallup poll reports the majority of Americans aren't even sure which candidate is taking public -- and which private -- money.

Posted on October 30, 2008 at 11:58 AM ET | Comments (5)

Candidate Reaction: GDP Decline

Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain this morning rapidly issued statements responding to news that...

Posted on October 30, 2008 at 09:55 AM ET | Comments (27)

ObamaVision: An Appeal to the Masses

By Tom Shales Barack Obama fired the final salvo in the great battle of images...

Posted on October 30, 2008 at 08:00 AM ET | Comments (31)

RNC Pushes Obama Experience Argument

The latest ad from the Republican National Committee's independent expenditure unit continues the GOP's harsh attacks on Barack Obama's experience.

Posted on October 29, 2008 at 09:59 PM ET | Comments (30)

Obama Airs 30-Minute Program

The Obama campaign tonight also released its much-anticipated television program on YouTube, for online viewing.

Posted on October 29, 2008 at 08:20 PM ET | Comments (31)

Study: Some Networks Tougher on One Candidate than the Other

Researchers have now confirmed what press critics have been saying all along, that Fox News is much harder on Barack Obama and MSNBC much tougher on John McCain than the media in general.

Posted on October 29, 2008 at 02:20 PM ET | Comments (49)

Obama Talks Socialism, Communism and PB&J

On a day when he aims to reach into millions of living rooms with his final pitch for the presidency, Barack Obama dismissed John McCain's economic ideas as "the same old politics and the same old policies."

Posted on October 29, 2008 at 01:48 PM ET | Comments (189)

Bush Jokes About a Drape-Measurer

President Bush suggested today that one of the candidates -- he didn't say which one -- was sizing up the White House for new drapes.

Posted on October 29, 2008 at 01:38 PM ET | Comments (13)

Poll: Arizona Race Tightens

In the latest Cronkite/Eight survey, McCain leads Obama by just two points -- well within the poll's margin of error.

Posted on October 29, 2008 at 01:35 PM ET | Comments (4)

Palin Stumps with Joe the Plumber, Mocks the LA Times

Joe Wurzelbacher -- the plumber whose question prompted Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to talk about the need to "spread the wealth" -- suddenly appeared onstage with GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin this morning at Bowling Green State University's Anderson Arena.

Posted on October 29, 2008 at 12:49 PM ET | Comments (98)

Obama Spot Raises Palin Questions, with a Wink

By Howard Kurtz The Ad: TEXT: "I'm going to be honest: I know a...

Posted on October 29, 2008 at 09:12 AM ET | Comments (77)

After 148 Years, a Democrat Returns to Harrisonburg

By Robert Barnes NORFOLK -- Barack Obama is making such an aggressive play to win...

Posted on October 28, 2008 at 11:08 PM ET | Comments (16)

Palin Takes Issue, Liberally, With '01 Obama Remarks

By Juliet Eilperin and Alice Crites STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Sarah Palin delivered tonight a...

Posted on October 28, 2008 at 10:22 PM ET | Comments (58)

Axelrod: Obama TV Show to Focus on 'Where He Wants to Lead'

By Robert Barnes NORFOLK -- Barack Obama's 30-minute informercial airing Wednesday night will feature vignettes...

Posted on October 28, 2008 at 09:54 PM ET | Comments (21)

French Embassy Denies Sarkozy Critical of Obama Views on Iran

The French embassy in Washington today denied a report in Haaretz that French president Nicolas Sarkozy was critical of Barack Obama's positions on Iran.

Posted on October 28, 2008 at 05:33 PM ET | Comments (14)

Obama Makes Hay of McCain Adviser's Health Care Comment

Obama seized on remarks made by McCain's top economic adviser today to call McCain's health care plan "radical" and "unaffordable."

Posted on October 28, 2008 at 04:49 PM ET | Comments (36)

Undeterred by Driving Rain, Obama Rallies Pa.

After a string of huge rallies in idyllic fall tableaus and under crystal skies, Obama spoke today to thousands in a driving, cold rain on a muddy field at Widener University. His Republican rival canceled a rally in Quakerstown, Pa., because of similar conditions.

Posted on October 28, 2008 at 12:08 PM ET | Comments (43)

McCain Mocks Obama 'Infomercial' for Delaying World Series Game

McCain made a direct appeal to baseball lovers Tuesday morning while mocking his rival's decision to buy 30 minutes of television time Wednesday night for an address to the nation.

Posted on October 28, 2008 at 11:59 AM ET | Comments (65)

The Volunteers Gear Up for One Last Push

In this final week of the presidential campaign, the lights burn late in small offices dotted across the country -- in Virginia and Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida.

Posted on October 28, 2008 at 11:49 AM ET | Comments (106)

McCain Slams Obama as a 'Redistributor'

McCain slammed his Democratic rival for a 2001 radio interview in which Obama discussed the political science concept of "redistributive change."

Posted on October 27, 2008 at 03:50 PM ET | Comments (75)

Obama's 30-Minute Program Will Also Air on Univision

The Obama campaign will air a Spanish-language version of its 30-minute infomercial on Wednesday night on Univision, the highest-rated Spanish language television network.

Posted on October 27, 2008 at 03:03 PM ET | Comments (17)

Pessimistic and Subdued, Ohio Independents Weigh Their Choices

A focus group with Ohio independent voters was a reality check for those who see the campaign only through the window of the candidates and their most committed supporters.

Posted on October 27, 2008 at 02:10 PM ET | Comments (54)

McCain Gives Economy Speech in Ohio, Warning Against 'Dangerous Threesome' of Democratic Leaders

McCain gave a surprise economic speech this morning, delivering a forceful restatement of his economic proposals and hammering Obama as a tax-raising liberal.

Posted on October 27, 2008 at 10:49 AM ET | Comments (348)

Obama Offers Closing Argument

Obama today delivered what his campaign is calling his "closing argument" to the American people in a speech in Canton, Ohio.

Posted on October 27, 2008 at 10:25 AM ET | Comments (196)

Obama Draws Massive Crowd in Denver

Estimates from the police department released by the Obama campaign first put the crowd in Civic Center Park in the heart of Denver at 75,000. They then revised the figure to 100,000.

Posted on October 26, 2008 at 04:45 PM ET | Comments (117)

Obama Ad Attacks McCain's Attacks

The Obama campaign will air the political commercial "New Subject" on national cable stations starting Monday.

Posted on October 26, 2008 at 11:30 AM ET | Comments (101)

Obama Courts Trio of Southwestern States

As he traveled this weekend to Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado, Obama sharpened his appeal to Hispanic voters influential in all three states.

Posted on October 26, 2008 at 11:18 AM ET | Comments (13)

McCain Makes Hay of Obama Inaugural Address Report

McCain seized on a newspaper report that Obama's staff has already written a draft of an inaugural address for the Democrat.

Posted on October 25, 2008 at 07:08 PM ET | Comments (161)

New Ad Asks, 'Will The Country Be Better Off Four Years From Now?'

A new ad, scheduled to start airing Sunday in "key states," lays out over two minutes Obama's economic "rescue plan for the middle class."

Posted on October 25, 2008 at 05:33 PM ET | Comments (20)

Obama Bashes Bush in Reno

Says McCain "decided to really stick it to George Bush -- 10 percent of the time."

Posted on October 25, 2008 at 04:01 PM ET | Comments (34)

McCain Volunteer's Claim of Attack Unravelled, Online and Off

Bloggers pounced on Ashley Todd's story of being mugged by an Obama supporter, which quickly came apart under police questioning.

Posted on October 24, 2008 at 06:03 PM ET | Comments (136)

Obama Campaign Offers Bullish Field Report

Senior Obama aides described an electoral map that heavily favors their candidate and an organizational juggernaut aimed at sweeping the battleground states.

Posted on October 24, 2008 at 04:12 PM ET | Comments (30)

Obama Outspent McCain 4 to 1 in First Half of Oct.

Obama and the Democratic Party spent more than $100 million during the first two weeks of this month -- four times more than rival McCain and the Republican Party.

Posted on October 24, 2008 at 12:24 PM ET | Comments (25)

Early Look at Obama Speaking Spanish in New Ad

Someone has leaked an early version of a new Barack Obama campaign commercial during which the senator speaks only in Spanish, in an appeal to the nation's Latino voters.

Posted on October 24, 2008 at 11:26 AM ET | Comments (17)

Obama Arrives in Hawaii

Obama broke from the campaign trail to attend to his gravely ill grandmother.

Posted on October 24, 2008 at 06:01 AM ET | Comments (128)

McCain's Double-Barreled NoVa Radio Spot

By Matthew Mosk Sen. John McCain has come up with a novel way to make...

Posted on October 23, 2008 at 07:32 PM ET | Comments (30)

McClellan Endorses Obama

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan said today that he will vote for Obama.

Posted on October 23, 2008 at 07:03 PM ET | Comments (52)

Obama Denouces McCain's 'Strange' Economic Policies

By Robert Barnes INDIANAPOLIS -- As the presidential candidates continued to battle over taxes, Democrat...

Posted on October 23, 2008 at 04:52 PM ET | Comments (26)

Polls Show McCain Leaning Into a Headwind

A big batch of battleground polls came out early Thursday and brought almost universally bad news for John McCain.

Posted on October 23, 2008 at 01:15 PM ET | Comments (380)

Washington Sketch: Looking for the Real America

The Washington Post's Dana Milbank sketches Barack Obama's rally in Richmond.

Posted on October 23, 2008 at 01:03 PM ET | Comments (3)

Small Donations Create Big Obama Donors

The Obama campaign's United Way approach transforms donors who give in small increments into larger donors before they know it.

Posted on October 23, 2008 at 12:44 PM ET | Comments (7)

Obama Talks to Joe the Plumber -- and About Him

For the second straight day, Obama brought up the Ohio plumber, a.k.a. Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, who was made famous by Republican John McCain during the last presidential debate.

Posted on October 22, 2008 at 03:53 PM ET | Comments (25)

Study: Coverage of McCain Much More Negative Than That of Obama

Media coverage of McCain has been heavily unfavorable since the political conventions, a new study says.

Posted on October 22, 2008 at 02:05 PM ET | Comments (276)

Obama: Biden Prone to 'Rhetorical Flourishes'

Obama said today there is no reason to believe he would be more likely to be tested by an international crisis than McCain would be, despite comments by Biden over the weekend.

Posted on October 22, 2008 at 01:42 PM ET | Comments (142)

Obama Continues On-Air Latino Outreach

By Ed O'Keefe The Obama campaign continues its recent radio and television ad campaigns...

Posted on October 22, 2008 at 09:40 AM ET | Comments (4)

McCain Ad: We Are All 'Joe the Plumber'

The ordinary folks in this ad would get a tax cut under Obama, not a hike, if they earned what Joe the Plumber does.

Posted on October 22, 2008 at 09:21 AM ET | Comments (32)

Obama: McCain Making Up Attacks on Joe the Plumber

Both candidates return in their stump speeches to a discussion of Joe Wurzelbacher.

Posted on October 21, 2008 at 09:30 PM ET | Comments (27)

Obama's $175,000 Donor?

Missouri woman says she's "a liberal knee-jerk yellow dog Democrat," but she doesn't love Obama THAT much....

Posted on October 21, 2008 at 08:42 PM ET | Comments (11)

Obama Holds 'Jobs Summit' in Florida

Democratic presidential nominee Sen.Barack Obama speaks at an economic summit with former Chairman of the...

Posted on October 21, 2008 at 05:34 PM ET | Comments (17)

Obama Election Night Fees Set Some Journos Grumbling

Any reporter can cover Barack Obama in Chicago on Election Night -- if he or she takes out the checkbook.

Posted on October 21, 2008 at 03:38 PM ET | Comments (22)

Labor's Boots on the Ground

The AFL-CIO unleashes its get out the vote effort.

Posted on October 21, 2008 at 03:12 PM ET | Comments (2)

Palin Lists Five Crises to Come Under Obama

Palin mocked Obama and Biden as likely teeing up a number of international crises, should they take office.

Posted on October 21, 2008 at 02:17 PM ET | Comments (90)

McCain Tweaks Obama on Baseball and Politics in Pa.

John McCain has been looking for every opportunity to try to sow doubts about Barack Obama. Today, he seized on Obama's effort this week to show some love to the Tampa Bay Rays, a hated group here in Phillies country just before the World Series.

Posted on October 21, 2008 at 01:54 PM ET | Comments (8)

The Republican Party's Identity Crisis

The Republican Party is in the midst of an identity crisis, but it is nothing compared to what could happen if McCain loses and the party suffers a shellacking in House and Senate races.

Posted on October 21, 2008 at 12:36 PM ET | Comments (231)

At the Red Arrow, a Journey from the GOP to Obama

Elaine Boule, a Republican diner manager who backed Clinton in the N.H. primary, is now supporting Obama for president.

Posted on October 21, 2008 at 11:54 AM ET | Comments (8)

The Daily Double: Obama and Palin's Time on the Job

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is mocking Sen. Barack Obama's short tenure in the Senate, but her campaign's method of calculating service time doesn't do Palin many favors either.

Posted on October 20, 2008 at 09:42 PM ET | Comments (98)

Obama Leaving Trail Thursday to See Ailing Grandmother

Madelyn Dunham's deteriorating condition prompts the Democratic nominee to cancel events in Iowa and Wisconsin so he can travel to Hawaii.

Posted on October 20, 2008 at 09:07 PM ET | Comments (145)

Ken Adelman Backing Obama

Adelman is the latest Republican foreign-policy heavyweight to endorse Sen. Barack Obama.

Posted on October 20, 2008 at 07:17 PM ET | Comments (30)

Obama Goes Inside Baseball

Can you root for one team in the World Series while "showing some love" for the other?

Posted on October 20, 2008 at 03:30 PM ET | Comments (8)

Obama Barnstorms Fla. as Early Voting Begins

By Robert Barnes TAMPA -- Barack Obama is barnstorming early-voting Florida this week, trying to...

Posted on October 20, 2008 at 03:14 PM ET | Comments (12)

Obama Talks Black Voter Turnout

The candidate made an appearance today on Black America Web, the site affiliated with Radio Host's Tom Joyner's nationally syndicated radio show.

Posted on October 20, 2008 at 02:48 PM ET | Comments (14)

Biden Warns World Will 'Test' Obama, Prompting McCain Response

John McCain has not been talking too much about international affairs in recent days, but the suggestion by Democratic running mate Joe Biden that the world may try to test a President Obama early in his administration prompted him to dive back in.

Posted on October 20, 2008 at 02:17 PM ET | Comments (32)

When It Comes to Obama, Palin Counts the Days

GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has a new way of attacking Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama for his lack of experience: She now provides a tally of how many days he served in the Senate before launching his presidential bid.

Posted on October 20, 2008 at 12:23 PM ET | Comments (52)

Three Undecideds in a Diner

Here they are, three undecideds in one of the swingiest of swing states, just sittin' here, stewing in their undecidedness.

Posted on October 19, 2008 at 04:15 PM ET | Comments (44)

Obama Aired Ad Targeting Women During Palin's SNL Performance

A new television spot from the Obama campaign relies on a group of everyday female supporters to sum up several of its arguments against a John McCain presidency.

Posted on October 19, 2008 at 04:04 PM ET | Comments (38)

Hope Theme Makes a Comeback as Obama Tours N.C.

Obama returned to his rhetorical roots today, reprising core campaign themes of hope, change and unity.

Posted on October 19, 2008 at 03:10 PM ET | Comments (52)

Powell Endorses Obama

The former secretary of State crossed party lines this morning to endorse Obama for president, the most prominent GOP defection yet of the 2008 campaign.

Posted on October 19, 2008 at 09:44 AM ET | Comments (412)

Obama Shatters Fundraising Record

"In the month of September, we raised over $150 million and added 632,000 new donors for a total 3.1 million donors to date," the campaign announced.

Posted on October 19, 2008 at 08:41 AM ET | Comments (202)

Obama Draws 100,000 in Missouri

A record-breaking 100,000 people cheered Sen. Barack Obama under the Gateway Arch on the Mississippi River, by far the biggest stateside crowd drawn by the Democratic nominee.

Posted on October 18, 2008 at 04:11 PM ET | Comments (68)

Obama Leads McCain in Newspaper Endorsements

Obama has secured support from 55 editorial boards, including from 10 newspapers that backed President Bush in 2004.

Posted on October 18, 2008 at 01:32 PM ET | Comments (40)

Webb Tells Virginians: 'Trust Barack Obama'

Democratic Sen. Jim Webb, a favorite son of western Virginia, offered a rousing introduction to Sen. Barack Obama and a few choice words about Sarah Palin at an event here today.

Posted on October 17, 2008 at 04:23 PM ET | Comments (53)

Candidates Trade Jabs for Jokes at Al Smith Dinner

The dinner is a big-time fundraiser for Catholic Charities and, every four years, an opportunity for the major-party presidential nominees to take a few hours off from the combat and sniping of the campaign trail and poke fun at themselves and each other.

Posted on October 17, 2008 at 11:28 AM ET | Comments (43)

McCain Calls Obama 'Risky' in Spanish

As an RNC unit questions Barack Obama's ability to handle a crisis, the McCain campaign will call the Democratic candidate "risky" in a new Spanish-language television commercial.

Posted on October 16, 2008 at 03:50 PM ET | Comments (17)

Post-Debate, McCain Steps Away from Bush as Obama Seeks to Tie Him to President

By Howard Kurtz The McCain Ad: (McCain:) The last eight years haven't worked very...

Posted on October 16, 2008 at 03:01 PM ET | Comments (12)

Oval Office Stars in New GOP Independent Expenditure Ad

By Ed O'Keefe The RNC's independent expenditure unit will spend $18 million in the...

Posted on October 16, 2008 at 02:06 PM ET | Comments (9)

McCain's Conundrum: What More Can He Do?

After Wednesday's debate at Hofstra University, the question for McCain is what more -- or how much more -- he can do to affect the race.

Posted on October 16, 2008 at 01:36 PM ET | Comments (586)

Joe the Plumber: Not a Licensed Plumber

Joe the Plumber is not exactly a plumber and he's "not even close" to making the kind of money that would result in higher taxes from Democrat Barack Obama's proposals.

Posted on October 16, 2008 at 12:34 PM ET | Comments (435)

Palin Rips Obama Over ACORN in Maine

By Juliet Eilperin BANGOR, Me. -- Speaking before a crowd of a few thousand supporters...

Posted on October 16, 2008 at 11:06 AM ET | Comments (167)

Obama Warns Supporters Against Overconfidence

Obama urged supporters at a New York fundraiser this morning not to grow complacent in the final days of the campaign.

Posted on October 16, 2008 at 09:49 AM ET | Comments (31)

Obama Lawyer Critical of McCain Cell Phone Tower

"This is John McCain's display of his maverick ethics: He believes he is entitled to free cell service while other Americans have to pay for theirs," said Bob Bauer, general counsel of the Democratic presidential candidate's campaign.

Posted on October 16, 2008 at 09:39 AM ET | Comments (46)

Snap Polls: Obama Wins and Two-Thirds Want No More Debates

Barack Obama completed a three-debate sweep on Wednesday night, according to snap polls by CBS News and CNN.

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 11:53 PM ET | Comments (47)

Joe the Plumber: the Video

Updated 11:32 p.m. By Garance Franke-Ruta Joe Wurzelbacher, an Ohio plumber, confronted Sen. Barack...

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 10:51 PM ET | Comments (25)

Live Fact Checking the Final Presidential Debate

Please join the Fact Checker and Friends for live truth squadding of the second presidential...

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 08:27 PM ET | Comments (8)

Obama Plans to Stick to Domestic Policy at Debate

Obama arrived in N.Y. this afternoon for the final presidential debate prepared to stick to the official topic: domestic policy.

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 04:59 PM ET | Comments (12)

CNN Turns Virginia Blue

At 4:01 Eastern Daylight Time today, CNN moved Virginia from the tossup category on its map to an Obama state.

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 04:36 PM ET | Comments (28)

Conservative PAC Targets Michigan with Inflammatory Obama Ad

By Ed O'Keefe A California-based conservative political action committee called Our Country Deserves Better...

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 04:33 PM ET | Comments (14)

Michelle Obama: We're Underdogs to the End

By Peter Slevin FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Sen. Barack Obama may be pulling away in...

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 03:28 PM ET | Comments (9)

Debate Reformers Disappointed -- for Now

The Open Debate Coalition asked McCain and Obama to adopt the principles of "open debate" but will have to wait for the next cycle to see their reforms enacted.

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 03:07 PM ET | Comments (61)

Obama Responds to Report on Jackson Comments

By Glenn Kessler The Obama campaign responded quickly today to an instant flap over...

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 12:56 PM ET | Comments (30)

More Ayers on Wednesday Night?

Obama is pushing back anew against the "palling around with terrorists" charge -- running two television advertisements and a radio spot in states where the Republican Party has ads noting his association with 1960s radical Bill Ayers.

Posted on October 14, 2008 at 07:15 PM ET | Comments (51)

McCain Plays Down Va. GOP Leader's Remark Linking Obama and bin Laden

Republican presidential nominee John McCain responded this morning to the comments Virginia Republican Party Chairman Jeffrey M. Frederick made over the weekend comparing Democratic nominee Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden.

Posted on October 14, 2008 at 05:50 PM ET | Comments (22)

Obama Weighs in on McCain Economic Proposals

Sen. Barack Obama gave a mixed review to Sen. John McCain's new economic plan.

Posted on October 14, 2008 at 05:00 PM ET | Comments (16)

Obama Comments on ACORN Controversy

Obama distanced himself from the voter registration group ACORN but also downplayed the fraud controversy that has embroiled the organization in recent days.

Posted on October 14, 2008 at 04:33 PM ET | Comments (112)

Outside Groups Step Up Expenditures

Outside groups have not been a huge factor in the presidential campaign to date, but they are still out there making noise.

Posted on October 14, 2008 at 01:25 PM ET | Comments (7)

Cautious Support From Obama for Banking Plan

Obama offered lukewarm support, along with multiple caveats, to the Bush administration's decision to partially nationalize the U.S. banking industry.

Posted on October 14, 2008 at 12:24 PM ET | Comments (8)

'Gossip Girl' Stars Featured in New MoveOn Ad

Spoofing antidrug public service announcements that target teens and their risky behavior, the latest commercial from MoveOn.org Political Action stars two actors from the hit CW teen soap opera "Gossip Girl" encouraging parents to just say no to a behavior common to their age group: Voting for John McCain.

Posted on October 14, 2008 at 12:14 PM ET | Comments (7)

Plouffe's Latest Televised Morale-Boosting Session

Obama campaign manager sends a video message to donors.

Posted on October 14, 2008 at 10:04 AM ET | Comments (10)

Obama Proposes New Economic Measures

Obama outlined a proposed $60 billion in new tax breaks and other benefits and urged Congress to act quickly after the election to provide middle-class relief.

Posted on October 13, 2008 at 01:50 PM ET | Comments (102)

Questioning Obama

Sen. Barack Obama canvasses a neighborhood Oct. 12, 2008, in Holland, Ohio. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)...

Posted on October 13, 2008 at 12:53 PM ET | Comments (490)

John Lewis Condemns GOP Campaign Tactics

The Civil Rights-era icon said McCain and Palin's tactics are "sowing the seeds of hatred and division."

Posted on October 11, 2008 at 03:19 PM ET | Comments (532)

Candidate Reaction: North Korea Removed from Terrorism Blacklist

Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama issued statements last night and this morning, respectively, on...

Posted on October 11, 2008 at 01:52 PM ET | Comments (10)

Obama Thanks McCain for Call to Tone Down Rhetoric

By Robert Barnes PHILADELPHIA -- Democrat Barack Obama said today that he appreciated John McCain's...

Posted on October 11, 2008 at 11:18 AM ET | Comments (140)

A Cheesesteak Diet for Obama, from the City of Brotherly Love

By Robert Barnes PHILADELPHIA -- All is sweetness and light these days between Barack Obama...

Posted on October 11, 2008 at 09:55 AM ET | Comments (9)

Questions About Online Controls Follow News of Fake Obama Donors

The number of fake names attached to Sen. Barack Obama's campaign contributions continues to inch up as news outlets and political researchers page through thousands of pages of donor listings.

Posted on October 10, 2008 at 06:58 PM ET | Comments (68)

Obama Encourages Early Voting in Ohio

Ohio is one of several states across the country where anyone is allowed to vote early, and everywhere Obama and his supporters campaigned over the last two days, they urged their partisans to vote before Nov. 4.

Posted on October 10, 2008 at 05:29 PM ET | Comments (27)

McCain Campaign Calls for Investigation of ACORN-Obama Ties

By Michael D. Shear MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Sen. John McCain on Friday accused his rival...

Posted on October 10, 2008 at 05:23 PM ET | Comments (151)

A Buckley for Obama

"It's a good thing my dear old mum and pup are no longer alive. They'd cut off my allowance," Christopher Buckley writes, endorsing Barack Obama.

Posted on October 10, 2008 at 04:43 PM ET | Comments (16)

Obama's Primetime Buy Comes at Bargain Price

Obama is not getting a price break; the campaign will be charged what's called the "lowest unit cost," in compliance with federal law.

Posted on October 10, 2008 at 03:08 PM ET | Comments (101)

McCain's Risky Turn

McCain's tactics are heading over the line, with no restraint in sight, and threaten to provoke reactions among partisans on both sides that will continue to escalate.

Posted on October 10, 2008 at 02:07 PM ET | Comments (611)

Obama Proposes Small Business Rescue Plan

Obama unveiled a package of tax cuts and loans for small businesses hurt by the credit crisis.

Posted on October 10, 2008 at 11:46 AM ET | Comments (55)

FEC Complaint Filed Against Group That Ran Ayers Ad

Democracy 21 is alleging that the American Issues Project initiated an attack in violation of McCain-Feingold restrictions.

Posted on October 10, 2008 at 11:36 AM ET | Comments (7)

McCain Pushes Guilt-by-Association Tie Between Ayers and Obama

This John McCain ad employs guilt-by-association tactics on two fronts, trying to tie Barack Obama to both the mortgage meltdown and an unsavory character. To say that Obama "lied" about his contacts with Ayers, whose Weathermen group conducted bombings when the senator from Illinois was 8 years old, is simply untrue.

Posted on October 10, 2008 at 11:13 AM ET | Comments (191)

Thursday Night's SNL Special

--> The Post's Tom Shales reviews the special. Above, the 10-minute presidential debate spoof featuring...

Posted on October 10, 2008 at 09:03 AM ET | Comments (4)

At Cafe, Obama Campaigns One-on-One

En route to a large rally in Ohio, Democrat Barack Obama stops at a small restaurant for a double cheeseburger and pie and to urge a handful of potential voters to cast their ballots for him.

Posted on October 10, 2008 at 06:31 AM ET | Comments (12)

Obama Buys Primetime Slots on CBS and NBC

Obama's campaign said it has purchased a half-hour of airtime on CBS and NBC for a primetime political infomercial on Oct. 29.

Posted on October 9, 2008 at 07:19 PM ET | Comments (99)

McCain Campaign Co-Chair: 'Guy of the Street' Obama Should 'Come Clean' About Past Drug Use

A co-chair of McCain's campaign called Obama "very extreme" on a radio show Thursday and raised the issue of Obama's drug use.

Posted on October 9, 2008 at 07:03 PM ET | Comments (70)

A Gambling Man, But No Winnings to Declare

By Paul Kane and Glenn Kessler Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is on a losing streak....

Posted on October 9, 2008 at 06:57 PM ET | Comments (31)

Obama Reaches Out to Smaller Latino Communities

By Ed O'Keefe The Obama campaign launched new Spanish-language advertising today, shifting from immigration,...

Posted on October 9, 2008 at 06:31 PM ET | Comments (5)

Obama Ad Questions McCain Mortgage Plan

By Howard Kurtz The Ad: (Narrator:) In a time of crisis, our leaders' judgment...

Posted on October 9, 2008 at 05:13 PM ET | Comments (11)

The Legacy of Character Attacks

At a time when the nation needs inspiration and confidence-building, the two candidates running for president are trying to ensure that whoever ends up winning next month will be seen as unfit by a sizable portion of the population.

Posted on October 9, 2008 at 01:56 PM ET | Comments (339)

The Problems with the Ayers Attack

There are several reasons to believe that it is not the silver bullet that some within the Republican Party believe it to be.

Posted on October 9, 2008 at 01:16 PM ET | Comments (317)

McCain Keeps Up the Attack in Ohio

By Michael D. Shear STRONGSVILLE, Ohio -- Sen. John McCain mocked his rival as a...

Posted on October 8, 2008 at 06:55 PM ET | Comments (159)

Cindy McCain Warms Up the Crowd at McCain-Palin Anti-Obama Rally

At the first joint rally held by Palin and McCain in several days, it was Cindy McCain and others who introduced them who delivered the sharpest attacks.

Posted on October 8, 2008 at 05:35 PM ET | Comments (133)

Survey: Culture War Truce on the Horizon

Attitudes about hot-button issues such as abortion, legal recognition of same-sex relationships and the size of government are changing among young people.

Posted on October 8, 2008 at 05:22 PM ET | Comments (54)

Obama Asks Supporters to 'Believe'

By Robert Barnes INDIANAPOLIS -- Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama followed last night's debate with...

Posted on October 8, 2008 at 04:26 PM ET | Comments (90)

For McCain, It's Back to the Ayers Attack

After a brief respite from attacks during the second presidential debate, Sen. John McCain and his Republican allies returned Wednesday to the subject of Bill Ayers.

Posted on October 8, 2008 at 02:01 PM ET | Comments (78)

Facing Stiff Odds, McCain Looks to Rise Again

By Dan Balz NASHVILLE -- It was a late night for John McCain's campaign --...

Posted on October 8, 2008 at 01:53 PM ET | Comments (253)

Obama Commends Taiwan Arms Sale

Sen. Barack Obama today welcomed the Bush administration's decision to sell $6 billion of military equipment to Taiwan, but unlike his presidential campaign rival, Sen. John McCain, he did not call for the administration to also add submarines and F-16 aircraft.

Posted on October 8, 2008 at 10:49 AM ET | Comments (10)

Candidate Reaction: Emergency Federal Reserve Rate Cut

Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama issued statements on the emergency Federal Reserve interest rate...

Posted on October 8, 2008 at 09:41 AM ET | Comments (23)

Obama Follows Debate with Fundraiser at Gore's

By Robert Barnes NASHVILLE -- Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama followed his debate at Belmont...

Posted on October 7, 2008 at 11:22 PM ET | Comments (18)

Can McCain Change the Game?

The political oddsmakers have come to a near unanimous view that, barring unforeseen developments, McCain is on course to lose the election. McCain, therefore, needs an unforeseen development.

Posted on October 7, 2008 at 06:42 PM ET | Comments (131)

Brokaw's Private Obama Interview

Tom Brokaw, the moderator of tonight's presidential debate, has interviewed Barack Obama before.

Posted on October 7, 2008 at 05:47 PM ET | Comments (14)

Obama Team Ready for Mud

Barack Obama's advisers are usually cautious about managing expectations -- never predicting a landslide, always downplaying how well their candidate will do in the debates. But with just a few hours until the second presidential debate here on Tuesday night, some of them let a little confidence slip.

Posted on October 7, 2008 at 04:10 PM ET | Comments (14)

ACORN Nevada Office Raided

Nevada state officials on Tuesday morning raided the Las Vegas office of ACORN as part of an investigation into alleged voter fraud by the organization.

Posted on October 7, 2008 at 03:59 PM ET | Comments (51)

Immigration Ad War Continues in Spanish

McCain and Barack Obama continue to fight over the issue of immigration in only their Spanish language ads.

Posted on October 7, 2008 at 03:05 PM ET | Comments (4)

A Debate About McCain

McCain on the hot seat in tonight's debate.

Posted on October 7, 2008 at 12:42 PM ET | Comments (365)

Ads Point Fingers Over False Advertising

Both presidential candidates are using news organizations and fact-checking groups to accuse each other of airing false advertising, though only John McCain goes so far as to call Barack Obama a liar.

Posted on October 7, 2008 at 10:52 AM ET | Comments (25)

Mrs. Hagel to Endorse Obama

Lilibet Hagel, the wife of GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel, endorses Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama this morning.

Posted on October 7, 2008 at 10:27 AM ET | Comments (40)

Obama Campaign Urges Last Minute Voter Registration

By Jose Antonio Vargas Talk about a digital campaign assault. By 2 p.m., Sen. Barack...

Posted on October 6, 2008 at 07:30 PM ET | Comments (79)

McCain Previews Debate Line of Attack

On the eve of the second presidential debate, John McCain offered some of his sharpest rhetoric about Barack Obama, saying there are "essential things we don't know about Senator Obama" or his record.

Posted on October 6, 2008 at 05:22 PM ET | Comments (115)

SEIU Launches New Ad Critical of McCain Health Care Plan

The Service Employees International Union is targeting John McCain's health care plan in a new ad airing in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, suggesting the Republican's plan will mean tax increases for middle income Americans.

Posted on October 6, 2008 at 04:54 PM ET | Comments (37)

In Fla., Palin Goes for the Rough Stuff as Audience Boos Obama

Palin continues to press Obama on past Ayers association.

Posted on October 6, 2008 at 11:57 AM ET | Comments (824)

McCain Spot Asks: 'Who Is Barack Obama?'

This John McCain ad blatantly distorts Barack Obama's words in an effort to paint him as callous about the role of the U.S. military.

Posted on October 6, 2008 at 11:51 AM ET | Comments (51)

Palin: Obama 'Less Than Truthful' About Ayers Association

The McCain campaign is signaling this morning that it is perfectly willing to up the ante in a brawl with Barack Obama over the two candidates' past associations.

Posted on October 6, 2008 at 11:37 AM ET | Comments (121)

Before Character Attacks, a Policy War on the TV

New ads released over the weekend by Barack Obama continued a focus on health care, while John McCain's criticized Obama's record on taxes in perhaps the last gasp of the policy-related ad war that has dominated the airwaves in recent weeks.

Posted on October 6, 2008 at 08:46 AM ET | Comments (47)

Dems: Forget Ayers, Remember Keating

Obama's campaign reminds voters of McCain's connections to the Keating Five savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s, after GOP attacks linking Obama to '60s radical William Ayers.

Posted on October 6, 2008 at 06:10 AM ET | Comments (274)

Ahead of Debate, Carolina Is On Obama's Mind

By Perry Bacon Jr. ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Barack Obama is feeling a little vindicated as...

Posted on October 5, 2008 at 06:00 PM ET | Comments (38)

RNC to File FEC Complaint on Obama Fundraising Practices

A lawyer for the Republican National Committee today said the party will ask the Federal Election Commission to look into the source of thousands of small-dollar contributions to the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama.

Posted on October 5, 2008 at 02:14 PM ET | Comments (345)

Palin Turns to NYT, Citing Article on Ayers

It turns out GOP vice presidential nominee does like the mainstream media after all -- at least, when it's publishing unflattering stories about Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Posted on October 4, 2008 at 04:10 PM ET | Comments (739)

Decrying McCain's 'Radical' Plan, Obama Returns Focus to Health Care Coverage

Obama blasted his opponent for having a weak plan on the key pocketbook issue of health insurance.

Posted on October 4, 2008 at 02:50 PM ET | Comments (77)

Obama 'Glad' Financial Package Passed House

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) buys flowers for his wife for their anniversary at Penny's Flowers...

Posted on October 3, 2008 at 03:08 PM ET | Comments (52)

Obama, in Pa., Rips McCain on Economy

By Perry Bacon Jr. ABINGTON, Pa. -- Barack Obama highlighted a new report showing the...

Posted on October 3, 2008 at 02:57 PM ET | Comments (11)

Attention -- and Scrutiny -- Shifts Back to McCain

Thanks to Sarah Palin's performance, Thursday's vice presidential debate likely shifted the political focus back to John McCain and Barack Obama. That's good and bad news for McCain.

Posted on October 3, 2008 at 12:47 PM ET | Comments (225)

Candidate Reaction: September Jobs Report

Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain, reacting rapidly to continued negative economic news, released statements...

Posted on October 3, 2008 at 09:38 AM ET | Comments (3)

From Bingo to Spin, Debate Night Looms

It's the night of the vice presidential debate and that can only mean one thing: Bingo!

Posted on October 2, 2008 at 08:42 PM ET | Comments (5)

Obama Will Watch Biden from a Michigan Sheraton

Sen. Barack Obama planned to watch the Palin-Biden debate from a Sheraton hotel in Lansing with aides.

Posted on October 2, 2008 at 07:54 PM ET | Comments (9)

Obama Campaign Clears its Va. Voter Registration Goal

Barack Obama's campaign ahead its goal of making sure 150,000 Virginians got added to the voter rolls in the months since the primaries ended.

Posted on October 2, 2008 at 05:36 PM ET | Comments (36)

Matthew 25 Network Expands Advertising

It announced that next week it will make its largest radio ad buy to date as it continues its efforts to woo Christian voter support for Barack Obama.

Posted on October 2, 2008 at 02:00 PM ET | Comments (31)

Conservative Activists Launch Ad Questioning Obama Judicial Appointments

A new ad attempts to tie Obama's least savory associates to his approach to Supreme Court nominations.

Posted on October 2, 2008 at 01:23 PM ET | Comments (30)

Obama in Mich.: McCain 'Doesn't Get It'

"Over the past few days, he's talked a lot about getting tough on Wall Street, but over the past few decades, he's fought against the very rules of the road that could've stopped this mess," Obama said.

Posted on October 2, 2008 at 11:46 AM ET | Comments (36)

Obama Differs With McCain on Steroids

Sen. Barack Obama took an apparent swipe at Sen. John McCain's activism on the subject of steroids in sports this morning, suggesting that the topic should not be a high priority for Congress or the federal government.

Posted on October 2, 2008 at 11:12 AM ET | Comments (21)

Obama Urges Senate to Pass Rescue Plan and 'Put Out That Fire'

Obama implored members from both parties leery of the plan to "step up to the plate" and "do what's right for the country."

Posted on October 1, 2008 at 05:49 PM ET | Comments (19)

Obama Casts McCain as a Big Spender

This Barack Obama ad is an attempt to capitalize on the public's anger and unease about the current financial crisis and deflect attention from John McCain's charges that the Illinois senator would boost taxes and federal spending.

Posted on October 1, 2008 at 02:42 PM ET | Comments (23)

Obama Calls for Greater Fiscal Responsibility

"It's time to put an end to the run-away spending and the record deficits," the Democratic nominee told a crowd of thousands at a Wisconsin rally.

Posted on October 1, 2008 at 01:13 PM ET | Comments (20)

Veterans Group Hits Obama on Afghanistan and Iraq

Having targeted Sen. Barack Obama's stance on the Iraq war before, the pro-McCain group Vets for Freedom this week begins airing a hard-hitting message accusing the Democratic presidential candidate of focusing more on his campaign than on his Senatorial oversight duties of military operations in Afghanistan.

Posted on September 30, 2008 at 09:28 PM ET | Comments (30)

Obama Spending Plans Little Changed by Wall Street Crisis

Barack Obama essentially ruled out any reductions in his major proposals, even as he touted a $700 billion financial sector rescue plan and urged Congress to support it to help avert an economic crisis.

Posted on September 30, 2008 at 03:24 PM ET | Comments (37)

Obama's Two-Minute Ad on Taxes

By Ed O'Keefe Amid continued claims by the McCain campaign that he would raise...

Posted on September 30, 2008 at 02:31 PM ET | Comments (61)

Obama Pushes Passage of Wall Steet Rescue Bill

Obama becomes an aggressive advocate for a financial sector rescue plan.

Posted on September 30, 2008 at 02:13 PM ET | Comments (32)

A Political Meltdown

The meltdown in Washington was no less dramatic than the meltdown on Wall Street -- and it spread across the political spectrum.

Posted on September 30, 2008 at 12:10 PM ET | Comments (109)

McCain Takes to Radio Over Coal and Stem Cells

McCain is running ads challenging Obama's stance on coal plants and ads about stem cell research.

Posted on September 30, 2008 at 11:19 AM ET | Comments (19)

Obama Notes 'Remarkable' Resemblance of Palin and Fey

Sen. Barack Obama finally had something to say about the other break-out star of the 2008 campaign, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, after spending the past several weeks trying to ignore her.

Posted on September 30, 2008 at 11:15 AM ET | Comments (28)

Obama and McCain Call for Increase in Deposit Insurance

Obama proposes raising the cap on federally insured bank deposits to $250,000 from $100,000 in an effort to broaden support for the financial rescue package.

Posted on September 30, 2008 at 09:13 AM ET | Comments (82)

Obama Urges Calm

Obama said that "it's important for the American public and the markets to stay calm" in the wake of a failed vote on a bailout bill this afternoon.

Posted on September 29, 2008 at 02:54 PM ET | Comments (105)

Obama Marvels at the 'Crazy' 2008 Campaign

By Perry Bacon Jr. DETROIT, Mich -- Barack Obama sounded a bit wistful about his...

Posted on September 28, 2008 at 04:41 PM ET | Comments (64)

Bill Clinton Talks Obama, McCain and Greatness

By Perry Bacon Jr. Former president Clinton continued his complicated embrace of Sen. Barack Obama...

Posted on September 28, 2008 at 04:27 PM ET | Comments (54)

Candidate Reaction: Wall Street Bailout Agreement

Both presidential candidates said they were likely to support a Wall Street bailout agreement.

Posted on September 28, 2008 at 11:30 AM ET | Comments (27)

Debate Over, Obama Takes Off the Gloves

The two presidential campaigns launched a war of ads and press releases as each side claimed victory in last night's debate.

Posted on September 27, 2008 at 03:55 PM ET | Comments (51)

Complete Footage: The First Presidential Debate

McCain and Obama debate on the economy and foreign policy in Oxford, Miss.

Posted on September 27, 2008 at 09:28 AM ET | Comments (32)

Obama Heads to Mississippi

Obama said that he was "optimistic" about a bailout deal, but that he would get out of the way of negotiators and head down for the now-confirmed debate.

Posted on September 26, 2008 at 12:14 PM ET | Comments (13)

Questions Linger Over McCain's Role in Stalled Bailout Talks

The objective evidence is that things got worse, not better, in Washington after McCain arrived.

Posted on September 26, 2008 at 11:52 AM ET | Comments (282)

Obama Answers Critical Question -- About Music

Obama prefers the Rolling Stones over the Beatles.

Posted on September 25, 2008 at 04:45 PM ET | Comments (20)

McCain Stops at Senate en Route to White House

Sen. John McCain returned to Washington on Thursday after declaring that he has suspended his campaign, but he appeared largely detached from the flurry of negotiations on a $700 billion economic rescue package that appeared to be headed to a successful conclusion.

Posted on September 25, 2008 at 03:53 PM ET | Comments (335)

Jewish Democrats Asked to 'Schlep' Home for Obama

Sarah Silverman makes a funny.

Posted on September 25, 2008 at 02:58 PM ET | Comments (12)

Financial Crisis Offers a Study in Leadership Styles

Over the course of the past week, it's become clear that there is a significant difference between McCain and Obama in their leadership styles.

Posted on September 25, 2008 at 11:19 AM ET | Comments (308)

Obama and McCain Issue Joint Statement on the Economy

As agreed upon and promised earlier in the day, rival Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and...

Posted on September 24, 2008 at 08:37 PM ET | Comments (120)

President Bush Calls Obama and McCain

White House spokesman says Bush called Obama and McCain to attend a meeting in Washington on the bailout.

Posted on September 24, 2008 at 08:29 PM ET | Comments (304)

Polls Show Obama Edge on Economy

McCain trails Obama on economic questions across a range of polls.

Posted on September 24, 2008 at 07:03 PM ET | Comments (61)

Virginians Complain of Obama Lawn Sign Shortage

Obama has apparently overlooked one important element of a successful campaign in Virginia: stocking up on those venerable lawn signs.

Posted on September 24, 2008 at 06:43 PM ET | Comments (12)

Obama: Debate Should Go On

Speaking to reporters at a hastily called news conference here, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama said he would press for the Friday debate to go forward.

Posted on September 24, 2008 at 06:16 PM ET | Comments (548)

McCain Calls for Debate Delay to Focus on Financial Crisis

McCain said he would suspend his presidential campaign tomorrow to return to Washington and help reach agreement on a plan to solve the financial crisis on Wall Street.

Posted on September 24, 2008 at 02:58 PM ET | Comments (2165)

Obama Needles McCain Over Wall Street Ties

Obama took a break to swipe at Sen. John McCain over his cozy ties to corporate executives.

Posted on September 24, 2008 at 02:34 PM ET | Comments (46)

Candidate Reaction: Iranian President Ahmadinejad's Remarks

Sen. Barack Obama condemned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's remarks to the United Nations today in a statement released by the campaign.

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 08:48 PM ET | Comments (52)

Obama Outlines Principles for Bailout

Obama outlined four principles he said a bailout package must address, saying it would be "wholly unreasonable" for taxpayers to accept the White House's call for legislation with no strings attached.

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 04:15 PM ET | Comments (74)

Obama Talks About the 'Economia' in New Spanish Ads

Barack Obama today started airing new Spanish-language television and radio ads in Colorado, Florida, Nevada and New Mexico.

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 12:14 PM ET | Comments (34)

Obama Ad Mocks McCain Bermuda Trip -- and Donors

This Barack Obama ad uses Caribbean music and a Bermuda newspaper to paint John McCain as a supporter of companies that benefit from offshore tax havens. But it reaches beyond the available facts.

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 11:50 AM ET | Comments (46)

Obama Talks Latin America -- and Spain -- on Miami Radio

Obama discussed American policy toward Venezuela, Cuba and Spain in the interview.

Posted on September 22, 2008 at 05:05 PM ET | Comments (24)

New Realities Will Scuttle Campaigns' Best-Laid Plans

The next president will take the oath of office Jan. 20 with hands tied.

Posted on September 22, 2008 at 01:08 PM ET | Comments (225)

Obama Announces Sweeping Washington Reform Plan

Obama this morning will outline proposals to tighten federal ethics and contracting rules and bring unprecedented scrutiny to the legislative process.

Posted on September 22, 2008 at 12:49 PM ET | Comments (100)

McCain Homes in on Obama's Chicago Roots

This John McCain ad is mostly accurate and largely pointless.

Posted on September 22, 2008 at 12:23 PM ET | Comments (169)

Obama Takes On McCain's Health-Care Prescription

Obama takes McCain to task for saying he wants to do to health care what has been done to banking.

Posted on September 22, 2008 at 12:01 PM ET | Comments (46)

Candidate Reaction: Bombing in Islamabad

Reaction to the hotel blast in Pakistan.

Posted on September 20, 2008 at 03:38 PM ET | Comments (25)

Women's Group Condemns NOW Endorsement of Obama

A group of Hillary Clinton supporters condemned the National Organization for Women's endorsement of Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden earlier this week.

Posted on September 20, 2008 at 12:12 PM ET | Comments (821)

Obama Attacks McCain on Regulation, Lobby Ties

Barack Obama unloaded on John McCain this morning at a rally in Daytona Beach.

Posted on September 20, 2008 at 12:08 PM ET | Comments (160)

Obama Pushes Domestic Agenda to Boost Economy

The seizure in the financial system that put the markets in turmoil did not begin suddenly, he said: "It grew out of quiet storms you've been feeling in your own lives for years."

Posted on September 20, 2008 at 11:06 AM ET | Comments (144)

For Obama, Little Progress with Evangelicals

A new poll shows Obama doing about as well with white evangelicals as Kerry did in 2004, despite a more aggressive outreach push.

Posted on September 19, 2008 at 07:25 PM ET | Comments (58)

McCain Invokes Chavez in Latest Spanish Attack Ad

By Ed O'Keefe John McCain's newest Spanish-language television commercial calls out Barack Obama for his...

Posted on September 19, 2008 at 04:24 PM ET | Comments (18)

Obama Calls for Rescue and Stimulus

Obama today endorsed moves in Washington to give the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve broad authority to stabilize the credit markets, but said those actions should be accompanied by a second stimulus package.

Posted on September 19, 2008 at 01:29 PM ET | Comments (169)

Obama and the Economic Rescue Plan

Obama offers a qualified endorsement of the efforts by Bush, the Federal Reserve and Congress to deal with the financial market crisis.

Posted on September 19, 2008 at 09:39 AM ET | Comments (60)

Christian Group Airing Pro-Obama Ad in Ohio

A new radio ad that begins airing in Ohio on Friday employs some key biblical phrases in an attempt to gain support for Barack Obama among the state's Evangelical Christians.

Posted on September 18, 2008 at 06:48 PM ET | Comments (71)

Obama: McCain Flits Between Goldwater and Kucinich

Obama escalated his criticism of McCain over the economy, saying McCain can't decide what he believes.

Posted on September 18, 2008 at 06:31 PM ET | Comments (410)

Obama Zings McCain's 'Old Boy Network'

"The old boy network? In the McCain campaign, that's called a staff meeting," said Obama today in Elko, Nev.

Posted on September 17, 2008 at 08:53 PM ET | Comments (106)

Obama Ad: McCain Helps Ship Jobs Overseas

New Obama ad airing in Pennsylvania and other battleground states blames McCain for the loss of hundreds of jobs at a Corning plant in State College, Penn.

Posted on September 17, 2008 at 07:45 PM ET | Comments (37)

Palin Camp Points Fingers After Clinton Cancels Appearance at Iran Protest with Her

Clinton advisers said that the senator did not want to turn the rally, intended to protest Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's appearance at the United Nations, into a political circus by having the two women share the stage.

Posted on September 17, 2008 at 04:46 PM ET | Comments (188)

Aristocrat Who Favored Clinton Endorses McCain

By Matthew Mosk John McCain's election strategy has for weeks involved an aggressive push for...

Posted on September 17, 2008 at 04:15 PM ET | Comments (233)

Obama Lakes Plan Could Help Woo Michigan

The Obama campaign is hoping his proposal Tuesday for a $5 billion Great Lakes restoration program will help some votes flow his way.

Posted on September 17, 2008 at 02:29 PM ET | Comments (19)

Obama Invokes Rush Limbaugh in New Spanish-Language Ads

The Obama campaign has released new radio and TV ads in Spanish that seek to tie McCain to anti-immigrant comments made by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh

Posted on September 17, 2008 at 01:22 PM ET | Comments (542)

Obama Aired More Negative Ads Last Week

Despite perceptions that McCain has spent more time on the attack, Obama aired more negative advertising last week, says a new study.

Posted on September 17, 2008 at 10:12 AM ET | Comments (241)

Obama, McCain Pivot to Economy in New Ads

John McCain and Barack Obama moved quickly to try to frame the debate over the country's economic crisis, releasing new commercials in which the candidates speak directly to voters.

Posted on September 17, 2008 at 09:05 AM ET | Comments (37)

Biden Back on Track with Amtrak

By Perry Bacon, Jr. MEDIA, Penn. -- Perhaps America's most enthusiastic Amtrak rider missed riding...

Posted on September 16, 2008 at 08:04 PM ET | Comments (24)

McCain Ad Has a Familiar Ring

McCain's latest ad picks up an Obama turn of phrase.

Posted on September 16, 2008 at 05:44 PM ET | Comments (69)

Immigration Again Focus of McCain -- in Spanish

John McCain continues to pound Obama in Hispanic media, launching a new radio ad in Nevada that the Obama campaign says is full of "lies."

Posted on September 16, 2008 at 05:13 PM ET | Comments (25)

Obama Ridicules McCain's Economic Response

Sen. Barack Obama aves to supporters at a campaign rally at the Colorado School of...

Posted on September 16, 2008 at 03:30 PM ET | Comments (397)

Obama Looks to Regain Momentum

Obama presses McCain on the economy and deregulation while painting him as out of touch.

Posted on September 16, 2008 at 02:30 PM ET | Comments (476)

McCain Blasts Wall Street's 'Reckless Conduct, Corruption, and Unbridled Greed'

McCain responded to the crisis on Wall Street today with a fiery populist speech.

Posted on September 16, 2008 at 01:49 PM ET | Comments (42)

McCain Proposes Commission to Study Economy

Sen. John McCain on Tuesday proposed a commission to study the economic crisis along the lines of the one that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks.

Posted on September 16, 2008 at 10:25 AM ET | Comments (44)

Strong Economic Fundamentals? Not in New Obama Ad

By Howard Kurtz The Ad: (Graphics:) Sept. 15, 2008. Lehman Bros. Collapses. Markets in...

Posted on September 16, 2008 at 10:20 AM ET | Comments (492)

For Obamas, It's Life Behind Barricades

Since late August, concrete and steel barricades have cordoned off Obama's block and a sizable stretch of the perpendicular streets on either side of it.

Posted on September 15, 2008 at 07:16 PM ET | Comments (34)

Another Swift Boat Vet Bows Out of Obama Attacks

By Matthew Mosk Another veteran of the Swift Boat campaign against John Kerry has indicated...

Posted on September 15, 2008 at 05:37 PM ET | Comments (74)

McCain Revives Immigration Debate -- in Spanish Only

The McCain campaign has started airing a new Spanish-language television commercial in the battleground states of Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico that lays the failure of comprehensive immigration reform at the feet of Barack Obama and his Democratic colleagues -- despite the fact that Obama supported the bipartisan John McCain-Edward Kennedy efforts to enact such reforms and voted for their final proposal last year.

Posted on September 15, 2008 at 04:07 PM ET | Comments (60)

Biden Steps Up Criticism of McCain

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) speaks at South Lake High School in...

Posted on September 15, 2008 at 02:50 PM ET | Comments (222)

Wall Street Shocks Return Focus to Economy

Financial health of the nation roars back to center stage.

Posted on September 15, 2008 at 01:47 PM ET | Comments (470)

Obama: McCain Not Running an Honorable Campaign

This Barack Obama commercial relies almost entirely on harsh media criticism of John McCain's ads.

Posted on September 15, 2008 at 12:19 PM ET | Comments (315)

McCain: Fundamentals of Economy are 'Strong' but 'Threatened'

Wall Street's economic meltdown prompted sharp exchanges between the presidential campaigns on Monday, as Barack Obama and John McCain sought to appear both tough and empathetic.

Posted on September 15, 2008 at 12:00 PM ET | Comments (237)

Candidate Reaction: Wall Street Falters

Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain issued statements on the situation in the financial markets this morning.

Posted on September 15, 2008 at 09:41 AM ET | Comments (74)

Clinton Campaigns for Obama in Ohio

In Ohio, Hillary Clinton stumps for her former rival, Barack Obama.

Posted on September 14, 2008 at 06:37 PM ET | Comments (260)

Rove: McCain Has Gone 'One Step Too Far'

The Obama campaign seized on Rove's comments on Fox News Sunday today to bolster its case that McCain has been lying about Obama's record.

Posted on September 14, 2008 at 02:42 PM ET | Comments (434)

Obama Raised $66 Million in August

Democrat Barack Obama again shattered the monthly record for presidential fundraising, bringing in $66 million in August.

Posted on September 14, 2008 at 11:50 AM ET | Comments (206)

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.

Posted on September 13, 2008 at 01:11 PM ET | Comments (1197)

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...

Posted on September 13, 2008 at 12:46 PM ET | Comments (207)

McCain Attacks Obama Over Venezuela

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

Posted on September 12, 2008 at 06:16 PM ET | Comments (192)

Candidate Reaction: Hurricane Ike Threatens Gulf Coast

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

Posted on September 12, 2008 at 03:38 PM ET | Comments (56)

Obama Camp Presses McCain on 'Divorced' Remarks

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

Posted on September 12, 2008 at 01:41 PM ET | Comments (351)

Obama Paints McCain as a Man of the Past

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

Posted on September 12, 2008 at 01:23 PM ET | Comments (135)

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.

Posted on September 12, 2008 at 12:16 PM ET | Comments (20)

Biden Releases His Tax Returns

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

Posted on September 12, 2008 at 11:35 AM ET | Comments (29)

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.

Posted on September 12, 2008 at 09:53 AM ET | Comments (169)

Change vs. Experience on the NY Tarmac

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

Posted on September 12, 2008 at 09:38 AM ET | Comments (9)

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.

Posted on September 12, 2008 at 07:33 AM ET | Comments (157)

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.

Posted on September 12, 2008 at 07:26 AM ET | Comments (22)

Palin Endorses Idea McCain Called "Naive"

Comments on cross-border raids come in ABC interview.

Posted on September 11, 2008 at 10:11 PM ET | Comments (216)

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.

Posted on September 11, 2008 at 04:54 PM ET | Comments (86)

Obama and Bill Clinton Do Lunch

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

Posted on September 11, 2008 at 03:51 PM ET | Comments (111)

Misunderestimating McCain

Has Barack Obama underestimated John McCain?

Posted on September 11, 2008 at 02:28 PM ET | Comments (500)

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.

Posted on September 11, 2008 at 09:19 AM ET | Comments (94)

Obama on Letterman Talks Lipstick & Pigs

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

Posted on September 10, 2008 at 08:04 PM ET | Comments (336)

Obama: 'Believe in Yourself'

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

Posted on September 10, 2008 at 05:00 PM ET | Comments (45)

Poll: Palin 'Gets' It

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Posted on September 10, 2008 at 03:45 PM ET | Comments (253)

The Politics of Polarization

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

Posted on September 10, 2008 at 02:52 PM ET | Comments (544)

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.

Posted on September 10, 2008 at 11:23 AM ET | Comments (868)

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."

Posted on September 9, 2008 at 08:24 PM ET | Comments (874)

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.

Posted on September 9, 2008 at 05:47 PM ET | Comments (86)

Koch: Palin 'Scares the Hell Out of Me'

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

Posted on September 9, 2008 at 03:42 PM ET | Comments (221)

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.

Posted on September 9, 2008 at 01:21 PM ET | Comments (89)

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.

Posted on September 9, 2008 at 12:51 PM ET | Comments (13)

Schooling McCain? Obama Goes to Bat Over Education Record

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

Posted on September 9, 2008 at 11:47 AM ET | Comments (63)

Ohio Crowd Says 'No Pit Bull!'

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

Posted on September 9, 2008 at 11:15 AM ET | Comments (147)

Obama to Palin: 'Don't Mock the Constitution'

Obama defends the Constitution in impassioned discussion of terrorism.

Posted on September 8, 2008 at 10:09 PM ET | Comments (891)

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.

Posted on September 8, 2008 at 06:41 PM ET | Comments (327)

Virginia Adds 49K New Voters in August

The August gain puts the Obama campaign on track toward its goal of signing up 150,000 new voters by early October.

Posted on September 6, 2008 at 03:50 PM ET | Comments (175)

Obama and McCain to Make Joint Sept. 11 Visit to Ground Zero

They will visit lower Manhattan on Thursday to mark the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Posted on September 6, 2008 at 12:32 PM ET | Comments (143)

McCain Ad for Florida

The new Republican National Committee-McCain campaign ad signals a renewed battlefield: Florida.

Posted on September 5, 2008 at 05:26 PM ET | Comments (62)

Congress and New Political Minefields

Lawmakers return to the Capitol next week for a quick session in which they and presidential nominees Barack Obama and John McCain will face political traps and minefields.

Posted on September 5, 2008 at 03:55 PM ET | Comments (13)

No Direct Attack from Clinton on Palin -- Yet

Clinton has been exceptionally quiet since the selection of just the second female vice presidential nominee in history.

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 11:10 PM ET | Comments (212)

Obama Appears on O'Reilly's Show

Sen. Barack Obama made his first appearance on Fox News's conservative talk show "The O'Reilly Factor."

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 08:18 PM ET | Comments (139)

Obama Raises Record $10 Million Since Palin Speech

Updated 8:27 p.m. By Matthew Mosk For a week, Sen. John McCain's campaign has been...

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 05:15 PM ET | Comments (157)

Georgia GOP Congressman Calls Obama 'Uppity'

When a reporter sought clarification on the racially loaded word, Rep. Westmoreland replied, "Uppity, yeah."

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 05:13 PM ET | Comments (209)

Obama Brushes Back Convention Attacks

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) speaks to the media at the Voith Siemens Hydro Power Plant...

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 04:27 PM ET | Comments (172)

About Those Community Organizing Years...

Palin seeks to paint a biographical equivalence where there is none.

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 04:04 PM ET | Comments (369)

Obama Dismisses Palin Criticism

"At some point we've got to stop that and get serious," he said this afternoon in Pennsylvania.

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 03:24 PM ET | Comments (361)

Obama Adviser: Palin a 'Skilled Politician'

David Axelrod says Sarah Palin would fit in very well in Washington.

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 11:38 AM ET | Comments (187)

Obama Camp Responds to Palin Attacks

By Matthew Mosk For a moment, the response to Gov. Sarah Palin's speech coming from...

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 01:16 AM ET | Comments (108)

Biden's Vote Total? Higher Than Palin's

By Juliet Eilperin ST. PAUL -- Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee got a big laugh...

Posted on September 3, 2008 at 10:54 PM ET | Comments (145)

McCain Ad Contrasts Palin and Obama

By Ed O'Keefe ST. PAUL -- In a conversation with Washington Post reporters, editors...

Posted on September 3, 2008 at 02:32 PM ET | Comments (51)

Biden Takes On 'Red October' Thompson

Biden takes on Fred Thompson, the day after his speech to the Republican National Convention.

Posted on September 3, 2008 at 02:00 PM ET | Comments (66)

Joe Biden, Yiddishe Veep

Biden reaches out to elderly Jewish voters in Florida.

Posted on September 2, 2008 at 03:30 PM ET | Comments (45)

Donna Brazile Hit by Pepper Spray

Incident occurred as she walked to the Xcel Center at the start of the Republican Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

Posted on September 1, 2008 at 08:13 PM ET | Comments (118)

Palin Emphasizes Reform While Quiet on Obama

McCain and Palin are campaigning as mavericks on a change platform.

Posted on September 1, 2008 at 07:46 PM ET | Comments (85)

Biden Visits Scranton, Pa., Childhood Home

Vice presidential contender touts Obama in old home town.

Posted on September 1, 2008 at 04:34 PM ET | Comments (19)

Obama Tells Press to "Back Off" on Palin

"I think people's families are off limits," Obama declared.

Posted on September 1, 2008 at 02:57 PM ET | Comments (268)

As Hurricane Looms, Obama Suspends Political Talk for the Day

By Shailagh Murray and Perry Bacon Jr. DETROIT -- Sen. Barack Obama shelved his stump...

Posted on September 1, 2008 at 12:40 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama to Deploy E-Mail List for Gustav Aid

Campaign will mobilize supporters from its enormous e-mail list to send money or enlist as volunteers.

Posted on August 31, 2008 at 12:51 PM ET | Comments (95)

Palin's Sojourn as a Sportscaster

Online freelancers dig up video and facts about Sarah Palin.

Posted on August 31, 2008 at 11:21 AM ET | Comments (111)

Obama on Gustav and Palin

By Shailagh Murray DUBLIN, Ohio -- Barack Obama appeared before reporters tonight to urge Gulf...

Posted on August 31, 2008 at 02:10 AM ET | Comments (55)

Unity on Display at Tubbs Jones Memorial

Late congresswoman who backed Clinton, then Obama, is honored by both.

Posted on August 30, 2008 at 06:39 PM ET | Comments (52)

Obama and Biden Heart the Steelers

Obama and Biden's NFL loyalties are revealed.

Posted on August 29, 2008 at 08:18 PM ET | Comments (25)

Obama Calls Palin

Barack Obama calls to wish Palin good luck.

Posted on August 29, 2008 at 06:10 PM ET | Comments (97)

Live from Inside Invesco Field

Dispatches from the inside.

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 10:39 PM ET | Comments (44)

Outside the Stadium, Looking in

By Alec MacGillis DENVER -- There are a lot of people inside the Invesco Field...

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 10:32 PM ET | Comments (5)

Watching the Speech from a Watch Party

By Jose Antonio Vargas DENVER -- It might be hard to find anyone who traveled...

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 10:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Advance Excerpts: Obama's Speech

The Obama campaign has released advance excerpts of his remarks, "The Promise of America," set for delivery later tonight.

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 06:56 PM ET | Comments (21)

Democrats Becoming Obama's Party

But what kind of party will it be?

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 05:09 PM ET | Comments (124)

McCain Congratulates Obama in Ad

Updated 5:11 p.m. By Juliet Eilperin Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) campaign has unveiled the...

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 04:48 PM ET | Comments (54)

Recalling the "Dream" Speech, 45 Years On

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 1963. By Alec MacGillis DENVER --...

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 04:14 PM ET | Comments (22)

Beyond the Pillars, a Speech

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Posted on August 28, 2008 at 04:08 PM ET | Comments (122)

Invesco Field Stadium Begins to Fill

Workers make final preparations on stage at Invesco Field, the site of the Democratic National...

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 03:59 PM ET | Comments (8)

Obama Surfaces Briefly

Barack Obama in Denver, Colo., August 28, 2008. By Matthew Mosk DENVER -- Barack Obama...

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 03:43 PM ET | Comments (4)

Obama Campaign Manager Rallies Finance Team

"The mood was fantastic," said one attendee.

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 02:52 PM ET | Comments (9)

Biden Sick of the Age Talk

Biden says he'll smack the next person who brings up Obama's age in comparison to his own.

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 01:18 PM ET | Comments (31)

Napolitano's Big Day Jitters

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano said this morning that there's no way not to be nervous about the Democratic nominee's performance tonight at Invesco Field.

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 01:07 PM ET | Comments (10)

Jesse Jackson, with No Role

His string of six straight political conventions in which he was given a coveted speaking slot has come to an end.

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 11:15 PM ET | Comments (24)

Obama Joins Biden on Stage, Visits Invesco Field

Obama visits Invesco Field at Mile High to practice the staging for his speech.

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 10:39 PM ET | Comments (15)

Obama's Speech Day Forecast: Flawless Weather

By Garance Franke-Ruta DENVER -- The weather out here in Denver is a welcome...

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 09:21 PM ET | Comments (9)

Video: Clinton Ends Roll Call

Clinton moves to nominate Obama by acclamation.

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 07:55 PM ET | Comments (6)

No Boring Speech Ahead from Obama

By Anne E. Kornblut DENVER -- Is Sen. Barack Obama trying to make his convention...

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 06:16 PM ET | Comments (71)

Did Daddy Yankee Offer To Endorse Obama?

Democratic Party sources say yes. Daddy Yankee's camp says no.

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 06:02 PM ET | Comments (15)

Biden Speech a Family Affair

The speech will mix Biden's biography with sharply taking on Sen. John McCain's record, particularly on foreign policy issues.

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 05:54 PM ET | Comments (5)

Giuliani Steps Up the "Not Ready" Talk

Standing in front of a huge banner that read "A Mile High, An Inch Deep" and "Not Ready '08," Giuliani questioned Obama's credentials.

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 05:52 PM ET | Comments (6)

A First Look Inside Invesco Field

Obama will accept the nomination there Thursday night in front of 75,000 people.

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 05:29 PM ET | Comments (8)

Clinton Releases Her Delegates

By Perry Bacon, Jr. DENVER -- Hillary Rodham Clinton cast her vote for Barack Obama,...

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 05:24 PM ET | Comments (27)

Obama Arrives in Denver

By Anne E. Kornblut DENVER -- Renegade has landed. Sen. Barack Obama touched down in...

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 05:17 PM ET | Comments (7)

Michelle Obama: Electing Barack No "Easy" Job

"There's nothing about electing Barack Obama to be the next president of the United States that could ever be easy," she says.

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 05:15 PM ET | Comments (5)

Obama's Thursday Night Task

Obama needs, in the estimation of many Democrats at this convention, to say to the millions of voters still making up their minds that his presidential campaign "is not about me."

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 05:00 PM ET | Comments (70)

Turning Bush-McCain Hug into an Icon

Democrats to fund billboards showing McCain and Bush in a hearty embrace.

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 03:22 PM ET | Comments (106)

Obama Previews Goals for Speech

Says his speech will be quite different from 2004 convention address.

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 03:02 PM ET | Comments (9)

McCain Attack Ad Makes an Issue of Iran

The ad continues McCain's assault on Obama's foreign policy credentials.

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 01:27 PM ET | Comments (29)

Casey Speaks to a Changed Party

By Shailagh Murray DENVER -- It was two lines in a speech. But Sen. Robert...

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 10:00 PM ET | Comments (11)

McCain, at American Legion, Questions Obama's View of America

McCain said Obama has failed to challenge world criticism which sows doubts about America's greatness.

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 04:43 PM ET | Comments (72)

Rendell Compares Obama to Adlai Stevenson

"With people who have a lot of gifts, it's hard for people to identify with them," the governor said.

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 02:19 PM ET | Comments (174)

Clinton Bundler Joins Obama Camp

Weldon Latham raised nearly half a million dollars for Clinton and is now preparing to do the same for Obama.

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 02:11 PM ET | Comments (6)

Kennedy Passes the Torch

Ted Kennedy speaking during day one of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Aug....

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 01:35 PM ET | Comments (138)

Washington Sketch: Recycling the Way to Party Unity

The first day of the Democratic National Convention.

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 10:36 AM ET | Comments (3)

Sorry, Conventioneers: No Bruce For You

"He's definitely not performing," says a source privy to The Boss's schedule.

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 10:22 AM ET | Comments (11)

Convention Tribute to Kennedy

This film tribute to Mass. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was screened tonight at the Democratic National Convention.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 11:38 PM ET | Comments (8)

Police Investigate Possible Plot Against Obama

Denver-area authorities are investigating a possible assassination plot against Sen. Barack Obama that was first revealed with a routine traffic stop early Sunday morning.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 09:53 PM ET | Comments (28)

For Money Men, a Convention with a Different Goal

For many of Obama's finance committee members, catering to donor -- and potential donor -- needs is a key part of having a successful convention.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 05:32 PM ET | Comments (25)

Obama Downplays Speech Expectations

He said he expects it to be a more "workmanlike" speech than the one he gave in 2004.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 04:22 PM ET | Comments (19)

With a Smaller Crowd, Obama Takes a More Populist Tone

As the convention gets closer, Sen. Barack Obama's crowds are getting smaller -- by design -- and his rhetoric more Clinton-like.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 03:56 PM ET | Comments (21)

Van Hollen: Obama Campaign Needs "Second Wave"

Democratic Congressional Campaign Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) acknowledged today that John McCain's "low road" attacks on Barack Obama had taken a toll on the presumptive Democratic nominee's popularity.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 03:27 PM ET | Comments (16)

Ohio Gov. Bashes Press for pro-Obama Bias

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is the latest supporter of Hillary Clinton to accuse the media of bias in its coverage of the Democratic nomination battle.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 03:05 PM ET | Comments (53)

Clinton Advisers Skipping Obama Speech

A number of Sen. Hillary Clinton's top advisers will not be staying in Denver long enough to hear Barack Obama accept the nomination for president.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 01:38 PM ET | Comments (592)

Rice Praises Biden as a "True Patriot"

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today lavishly praised presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee Joseph Biden.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 01:02 PM ET | Comments (21)

Obama and What it Takes

Will the Democratic convention in Denver be remembered as the moment Barack Obama became conventional?

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 10:54 AM ET | Comments (197)

No Red Meat from Warner Speech

Former Va. governor Mark Warner says his convention keynote speech will forgo aggressive attacks on Republicans.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 10:40 AM ET | Comments (8)

Obama, Gearing Up for the Convention, Talks to Clintons

Obama talks to the press on a tarmac and aides describe his conversations with the senator and former president.

Posted on August 24, 2008 at 04:54 PM ET | Comments (20)

Biden's Web Video Debut as No. 2

Sen. Joe Biden makes his Obama campaign video debut today in a message directed at the ticket's volunteers and donors.

Posted on August 24, 2008 at 04:02 PM ET | Comments (6)

In Wis., Obama Offers Tough Words for McCain

One day after appearing with his new vice presidential running mate, Sen. Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail solo -- and acting as his own attack dog.

Posted on August 24, 2008 at 01:49 PM ET | Comments (89)

Obama's Text: Message Received, With a Few Garbles

By Jose Antonio Vargas It was the text message read 'round the country. But many...

Posted on August 23, 2008 at 06:05 PM ET | Comments (18)

Joe Biden, D-Amtrak

By Perry Bacon, Jr. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Have you heard Joe Biden takes the Amtrak...

Posted on August 23, 2008 at 05:43 PM ET | Comments (50)

Obama Loyalists Turn Out for Springfield Rally with Biden

Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama appears with his selection for VP, Sen. Joe Biden...

Posted on August 23, 2008 at 05:31 PM ET | Comments (14)

Tale of the Obama Text Message

By Anne E. Kornblut and Ed O'Keefe CHICAGO -- Obama campaign advisers are pleased with...

Posted on August 23, 2008 at 11:58 AM ET | Comments (32)

McCain Campaign Takes Aim at Obama-Biden

By Michael D. Shear SEDONA, Ariz. -- Sen. John McCain immediately began using Joe Biden's...

Posted on August 23, 2008 at 07:45 AM ET | Comments (507)

McCain Tries to Raise Expectations for Obama

Sen. John McCain is predicting that the Democratic convention will produce a huge bump for his rival, Sen. Barack Obama.

Posted on August 22, 2008 at 03:13 PM ET | Comments (142)

And Waiting...

Sen. Barack Obama, having chosen his running mate, is still torturing almost everyone else.

Posted on August 22, 2008 at 01:03 PM ET | Comments (40)

Waiting for Obama

Obama has orchestrated the vice presidential roll out deftly.

Posted on August 22, 2008 at 12:42 PM ET | Comments (317)

Maraniss on His Obama Biography

David Maraniss takes an in-depth look at Obama.

Posted on August 22, 2008 at 12:28 PM ET | Comments (12)

And How Many Houses Do You Have?

DNC pounds McCain for forgetting how many houses he has.

Posted on August 22, 2008 at 06:49 AM ET | Comments (78)

Independent Group Ad Plays Ayers Card

Officials with the American Issues Project, a nonprofit that describes itself as a champion of conservative values, say they will spend $2.8 million to air a stinging television ad.

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 11:03 PM ET | Comments (70)

McCain Targets Obama's Glass House

John McCain ad attempts to drag back into the news Obama's dealings with a corrupt fundraiser.

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 07:55 PM ET | Comments (114)

Obama Strong with Major Donors, Too

Obama took in at least $12 million of his $51 million July haul from major donors.

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 05:54 PM ET | Comments (5)

Pastor Who Opposes Abortion to Deliver DNC's Closing Prayer

Joel C. Hunter, a Florida megachurch pastor who will deliver the convention's closing prayer following Obama's speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination.

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 05:39 PM ET | Comments (31)

Obama Has Made His VP Decision

"I've made the selection, and that's all you're going to get," Obama said during a Virginia campaign stop.

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 04:47 PM ET | Comments (85)

About Those Clinton Primary Voters

Many of Clinton's primary-season supporters are not necessarily loyal Democratic presidential election voters.

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 03:56 PM ET | Comments (208)

For Obama, Roundabout Path to Convention

Obama will head out on the road to several battleground states on the way into Denver.

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 03:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

Convention Spotlights Battle for the Intermountain West

Rapid growth and demographic upheaval have put a region once considered reliably Republican in presidential races in play.

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 02:06 PM ET | Comments (16)

McCain Spokesman's Retort: Obama Lives in "a Frickin' Mansion"

Pressed on growing controversy over McCain's comment on not knowing how many houses he has, McCain's spokesman loses his cool.

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 01:15 PM ET | Comments (881)

Obama Paints McCain as Wealthy and Clueless

New Obama spot slams the Arizona senator for not knowing how many houses he owns.

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 12:24 PM ET | Comments (147)

Obama Jumps on McCain House Comment

"If you don't know how many houses you have, then it's not surprising that you might think the economy is fundamentally strong," says Obama.

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 11:37 AM ET | Comments (655)

Obama and Kaine Hold a Brief Meeting

No word on what it might mean for Kaine's vice presidential prospects.

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 11:09 AM ET | Comments (3)

Dems Pounce on McCain Admission He Doesn't Know How Many Houses He Owns

Democrats immediately seized on his comments as evidence that the Republican nominee is out of touch with the economic plight of most Americans.

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 10:10 AM ET | Comments (339)

Clinton's Virginia HQ a Costly Burden

The Clinton campaign lease on its former Ballston headquarters won't expire until March 2009.

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 07:42 AM ET | Comments (16)

Obama Speaks on Economy in Va.

Obama says the country cannot afford four more years of George W. Bush's policies.

Posted on August 20, 2008 at 07:13 PM ET | Comments (27)

Biden's Son Off to Iraq

By Shailagh Murray As Sen. Barack Obama closes in on his running mate pick, one...

Posted on August 20, 2008 at 05:47 PM ET | Comments (32)

EMILY's List Argues Obama's Case

Group says that Obama is doing just fine with women voters, thank you very much, despite earlier critiques.

Posted on August 20, 2008 at 05:45 PM ET | Comments (18)

In N.M., McCain Again Slams "Testy" Obama on the War

McCain continued to blast the senator from Illinois's judgment on the war.

Posted on August 20, 2008 at 02:54 PM ET | Comments (79)

Tea Leaf Reading on the Way to the Vice Presidency

Contrary to one published report, Obama has no plans to go to Indiana on Saturday.

Posted on August 20, 2008 at 02:39 PM ET | Comments (4)

Obama Looking to Diminish Superdelegates

Barack Obama's campaign will call next week for the creation of a new commission to revise the rules for selecting a presidential nominee in 2012 with a goal of reducing the power of superdelegates.

Posted on August 20, 2008 at 01:27 PM ET | Comments (112)

Taxes and Spending at Issue in Clash of Negative Ads

Obama and McCain trade accusations over who would increase the deficit more and be better on tax relief.

Posted on August 20, 2008 at 12:53 PM ET | Comments (46)

Lieberman to Speak at GOP Convention

The speech will cap Lieberman's political transformation over the past eight years.

Posted on August 20, 2008 at 12:20 PM ET | Comments (146)

Conservative Group Finds Networks Positive on Obama

The Media Research Center says more than six times as many positive as negative stories about Obama ran during the primaries on network evening newscasts.

Posted on August 20, 2008 at 10:07 AM ET | Comments (61)

VP Madness Begets "Ridiculous" Questions

With vice presidential speculation reaching the level of insanity, senior Obama adviser Robert Gibbs answered a few urgent questions here on Monday night.

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 09:08 PM ET | Comments (13)

Obama Touts Party Unity, but Details Escape

By Anne E. Kornblut RALEIGH, N.C. -- As he works to win over Sen. Hillary...

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 08:08 PM ET | Comments (22)

Gore to Speak at Invesco Thursday Night

Former Vice President to appear with Obama.

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 04:02 PM ET | Comments (24)

Virginia GOPers Hit Kaine Ahead of Appearance with Obama

Virginia Republicans say Kaine could cost Obama nationally.

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 03:53 PM ET | Comments (57)

Report: Obama to Campaign with Running Mate Saturday in Springfield

By Shailagh Murray RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sen. Barack Obama's campaign has confirmed that the presumptive...

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 02:29 PM ET | Comments (48)

A Clash of Seismic Proportions

Obama and McCain clash over the war in Iraq at VFW forum highlights conflict to come.

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 01:57 PM ET | Comments (232)

At VFW Event, Obama Hits Back at McCain

Tells convention, "The times are too serious for this kind of politics."

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 10:22 AM ET | Comments (165)

Biden, Back from Georgia, Speaks Out Against Russian Invasion

By Jonathan Weisman With his name still buzzing among the vice presidential prognosticators, Sen. Joseph...

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 10:14 PM ET | Comments (21)

McCain Will Share "Tonight Show" Stage with Torres

NBC announced today that McCain would be a guest on Jay Leno's show on Monday night, the first night of Obama's big show.

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 04:46 PM ET | Comments (24)

Candidates React to Musharraf Resignation

Obama, McCain react to change in Pakistan's leadership.

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 02:11 PM ET | Comments (2)

Veep Week Speculation Hits Fever Pitch

All that anyone knows for certain is that sometime over the next seven days, Barack Obama will announce his choice of a running mate.

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 01:36 PM ET | Comments (209)

McCain VFW Speech Hits Obama's Iraq War Judgment

"The surge has succeeded and yet Senator Obama still cannot quite bring himself to admit his own failure in judgment," McCain a crowd of several thousand attending the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 11:24 AM ET | Comments (42)

Obama to Donors: Stay Cool

Sen. Barack Obama raised $7.8 million at a fundraiser here Sunday night, his largest-ever haul at a single event. He repaid the 1,300-plus donors with fighting words about the campaign he intends to wage against his Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, and told them not to get nervous as Election Day approaches.

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 06:38 AM ET | Comments (96)

Ready to Rumble, Obama Hits the Trail

By Shailagh Murray RENO, Nev. -- Back on the campaign trail after his Hawaii vacation,...

Posted on August 17, 2008 at 07:32 PM ET | Comments (77)

Biden Trip to Georgia Stokes VP Chatter

By Shailagh Murray RENO, Nev. -- The Barack Obama vice-presidential sweepstakes has entered its breathless...

Posted on August 17, 2008 at 07:24 PM ET | Comments (69)

Obama Meets with Kerry Antagonist

Talks energy with T. Boone Pickens

Posted on August 17, 2008 at 01:41 PM ET | Comments (59)

Rick Warren in the Spotlight

By Perry Bacon Jr. LAKE FOREST, Calif. -- It was the Rick Warren show. Referred...

Posted on August 17, 2008 at 10:37 AM ET | Comments (143)

Obama Raised $51 Million in July

Almost doubles McCain's haul for the month

Posted on August 16, 2008 at 11:58 AM ET | Comments (250)

McCain Corsi Quip Irks Obama Camp

Approached by a reporter at an event and asked about Corsi's book, McCain replied: "Gotta keep your sense of humor."

Posted on August 15, 2008 at 06:21 PM ET | Comments (243)

Obama Winds Down His Vacation with a Push Back at the RNC

Obama campaign says the RNC "attacks hamburgers, moviegoers and ice cream cones! Puppies and kittens feared to be next!"

Posted on August 15, 2008 at 06:06 PM ET | Comments (34)

Buckeye State Ad Battle

McCain and Obama release dueling ads over Ohio DHL deal.

Posted on August 15, 2008 at 05:00 PM ET | Comments (8)

Candidates Face Three Critical Weeks

By Dan Balz Barack Obama returns to action Saturday after a week's vacation for a...

Posted on August 15, 2008 at 01:12 PM ET | Comments (86)

Democrats Attack McCain for his Association with Ralph Reed

Democrats continued to pound Sen. John McCain for his association with former Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed, who last week lent his name to an upcoming fundraiser for the Republican nominee.

Posted on August 15, 2008 at 12:29 PM ET | Comments (90)

Phil Gramm Returns to McCain Fold

Former Sen. Phil Gramm, the lawmaker-turned-lobbyist who was unceremoniously sent to the cooler by his friend, Sen. John McCain for saying that the recession was "mental," appeared in Aspen with the GOP nominee today.

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 07:04 PM ET | Comments (17)

Obama Aggressively Pushes Back Against Corsi

A book by conservative author Jerome R. Corsi called "The Obama Nation" has risen to the top of best-seller lists even as many of his allegations against Obama have been disproved by media outlets.

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 06:24 PM ET | Comments (29)

"Left Behind" Authors: Obama Not Antichrist

By Michelle Boorstein This may be a first for a presidential campaign: A debate about...

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 04:28 PM ET | Comments (37)

The New ABB is Anybody but Bayh

The antiwar left does not want Obama to pick Bayh as his running mate.

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 04:24 PM ET | Comments (57)

Obama Rounds Out His Tax Plan

Obama said he would set the tax rates paid on most dividends and capital gains at 20 percent, substantially below where they stood during most of President Clinton's presidency and lower than most Republicans expected.

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 03:22 PM ET | Comments (48)

Obama Tops in Donations from Troops

Report says that Obama received nearly six times as much money from troops deployed overseas as McCain.

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 02:54 PM ET | Comments (257)

Clinton Press Aide Hired by Obama Backer

Jamie Smith is becoming the communications director for Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.).

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 01:03 PM ET | Comments (3)

McCain Rules Out Military Action Against Russia

With the man he pops as presumptuous taking R&R in Hawaii this week, McCain did all he could this week to look like President McCain, emphasizing his experience and foreign policy expertise.

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 12:56 PM ET | Comments (29)

Obama Set to Air Second Olympic Ad

After two negative attack ads on John McCain, the latest ad is all about Obama, with light music and imagery of a nation at work.

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 11:16 AM ET | Comments (19)

Clinton's Name to be Placed in Nomination at Convention

The Obama and Clinton teams are preparing to make a joint announcement.

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 11:01 AM ET | Comments (487)

Powell Still Undecided, Won't Attend Dem Convention

Former secretary of state throws cold water on speculation that he would attend Denver confab and also endorse Obama.

Posted on August 13, 2008 at 06:15 PM ET | Comments (88)

Reactions to Arkansas Democratic Party Shooting

Clintons, Obama send prayers to injured Arkansas Democratic Party chairman.

Posted on August 13, 2008 at 04:02 PM ET | Comments (449)

Obama Paints McCain Economics as Bushism

By Jonathan Weisman The Ad: Economics ... by John McCain. Support George Bush 95...

Posted on August 13, 2008 at 01:41 PM ET | Comments (61)

Warner Pick for Convention May Signal Sidelines for Kaine

Va. Gov. Tim Kaine, Richmond Mayor L. Douglas Wilder and former Va. governor Mark Warner...

Posted on August 13, 2008 at 10:10 AM ET | Comments (84)

Conservative Dems Hail Party Platform's New Abortion Plank

By Alec MacGillis Barack Obama, meet Ellen Page. Left-leaning opponents of abortion rights are hailing...

Posted on August 13, 2008 at 12:27 AM ET | Comments (66)

Republicans for Obama Launches

Features Jim Leach, Lincoln Chafee and Rita Hauser.

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 02:40 PM ET | Comments (83)

Mark Penn's Playbook for McCain

If John McCain's campaign were looking for strategic advice for the fall campaign against Barack Obama, they could click on the Atlantic Monthly's web site.

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 02:02 PM ET | Comments (151)

Clinton Memos Lay Bare Early Plans

The Atlantic Monthly releases 130 internal Clinton campaign e-mails.

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 10:58 AM ET | Comments (285)

Obama: "No Possible Justification" for Russian Offensive

Obama interrupts his vacation in Hawaii to issue statement on the Russian attacks in Georgia.

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 06:45 PM ET | Comments (81)

Vote by Vote, Obama Works to Boost Va. Turnout

The Va. Obama campaign is aiming to register 150,000 voters in the state, on top of the roughly 142,000 new voters who registered in 2008 by the end of primary season.

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 04:57 PM ET | Comments (139)

Iowa Without Edwards

The data suggest that Obama would still have won the Iowa caucuses even if Edwards were not in the race.

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 11:28 AM ET | Comments (8)

Clinton, Michelle Obama Get 'Headline' Spots at Convention

By Robert Barnes Sen. Barack Obama's campaign announced yesterday that his wife, Michelle, will be...

Posted on August 10, 2008 at 04:58 PM ET | Comments (15)

New McCain Ad Hits Obama on Celebrity, Taxes

New spot makes questionable claims on tax hikes.

Posted on August 8, 2008 at 12:39 PM ET | Comments (51)

Report: Exxon Execs Gave More to Obama

Center for Responsive Politics report outlines giving ffrom oil industry.

Posted on August 7, 2008 at 03:27 PM ET | Comments (4)

Obama Weighs in on Tennessee House Race

Race an issue as white incumbent faces tough primary in majority-black district.

Posted on August 7, 2008 at 02:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Clinton Question

Former president and first lady remain the biggest question marks headed into Denver.

Posted on August 7, 2008 at 12:09 PM ET | Comments (286)

Clinton, Obama Seek to Defuse Talk of Contested Floor Vote

Camps say they are "working together" to make sure Clinton backers are recognized.

Posted on August 6, 2008 at 10:24 PM ET | Comments (5)

Bayh Does a Reluctant Veep Dance

Speculation appears to wear on Indiana senator as he campaigns with Obama.

Posted on August 6, 2008 at 06:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's Birthday Wish: Win Virginia...

On his 47th birthday, Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama talks energy in Lansing, attends a Boston fundraiser and flies to Ohio, delivering birthday cake to reporters on the campaign plane.

Posted on August 5, 2008 at 08:29 AM ET | Comments (18)

Liberals to Obama: 'Stand Firm'

A group of high-profile liberal activists issues an open letter to Barack Obama, criticizing what they call "troubling signs that you are moving away from the core commitments shared by many who have supported your campaign" and urging him to "stand firm on the principles you have so compellingly articulated."

Posted on August 5, 2008 at 08:19 AM ET | Comments (14)

Obama Calls for Tapping Petroleum Reserve

By Perry Bacon Jr. LANSING, Mich. -- Barack Obama today called for using oil from...

Posted on August 4, 2008 at 03:20 PM ET | Comments (72)

Obama Signs On to Three Debates

The Obama campaign says he will participate in the traditional three fall debates.

Posted on August 2, 2008 at 03:43 PM ET | Comments (292)

Obama's Shift on Drilling

By Jonathan Weisman TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- Sen. Barack Obama sought yesterday to portray a shift...

Posted on August 2, 2008 at 12:44 PM ET | Comments (109)

Obama says McCain Camp Turned Comment Into 'Racially Incendiary Remark'

--By Jonathan Weisman Sen. Barack Obama says that allegations he made that Republicans would try to "scare" voters by raising his appearance and name did allude to race, but he said it was John McCain's campaign that transformed general comments about his unusual biography into a "racially incendiary remark."

Posted on August 2, 2008 at 12:11 PM ET | Comments (191)

Obama Opens the Door to Offshore Drilling

Obama suggested he could accept, under certain conditions, an expansion of offshore oil drilling.

Posted on August 1, 2008 at 07:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Showcases Unseen Side of Subprime Crisis

By Jonathan Weisman LAKELAND, Fla. -- In their travels throughout the country, presidential candidates of...

Posted on August 1, 2008 at 04:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

McCain Web Ad Mocks Obama as 'The One'

Openly mocking Obama as having a Messiah complex, McCain launched a new online attack ad today.

Posted on August 1, 2008 at 03:32 PM ET | Comments (239)

Obama Heckled on African American Policies

A boisterous town hall meeting in the Gibbs High School gym here was repeatedly interrupted by activists from St. Petersburg-based International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement, a pan-African socialist group.

Posted on August 1, 2008 at 12:15 PM ET | Comments (176)

Obama Campaign Launches 'Low Road Express' Site

By Jonathan Weisman CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Battling what campaign aides called John McCain's "gutter...

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 05:05 PM ET | Comments (171)

McCain Defends 'Celeb' Ad

"We're proud of that commercial," McCain said today.

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 02:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

McCain Camp: 'Obama Has Played the Race Card'

John McCain's campaign manager accuses Obama of "shameful" and "divisive" conduct.

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 12:42 PM ET | Comments (1366)

Enviros Tag-Team with MoveOn to Attack McCain over Big Oil

The Sierra Club has teamed up with MoveOn to attack John McCain on oil drilling today.

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 12:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

What Obama Electricity Tax?

Both McCain and Obama would make electricity derived from fossil fuels more expensive.

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 06:32 PM ET | Comments (41)

Obama and Wild Bill, Cousins?

By Jonathan Weisman SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- File this one under the category, "Who knew?" Sen....

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 04:21 PM ET | Comments (9)

Republicans Ramp Up Attacks on Obama's Character

By Jonathan Weisman SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Republicans, seeking a new line of attack against Sen....

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 03:39 PM ET | Comments (48)

McCain's New Ad Likens Obama to Britney and Paris

A new McCain campaign ad alternates images of Obama and female celebrities.

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 02:19 PM ET | Comments (324)

House Aides Push Back On Obama 'Symbol' Quote

By Jonathan Weisman House Democratic aides are pushing back hard on a quote reported from...

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 09:34 AM ET | Comments (117)

Obama's Symbolic Importance

In his closed door meeting with House Democrats this evening, presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama delivered a real zinger.

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 10:15 PM ET | Comments (389)

Obama Thrills on the Hill

Sen. Barack Obama held his first meeting with House Democrats since clinching the Democratic presidential primaries.

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 07:36 PM ET | Comments (32)

Obama, at Fundraiser, Pronounces Himself an 'Honorary AAPI'

By Jonathan Weisman At a fundraiser sponsored by a coalition of Asian American political groups,...

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 05:43 PM ET | Comments (12)

Obama Again Huddles with Vice Presidential Vetter

By Jonathan Weisman For the second straight day, Sen. Barack Obama spent hours huddled behind...

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 05:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Questions Abound About McCain Criticism of Obama Trip

There's no proof that Obama ever sought to bring the media on his canceled trip to a military hospital in Germany.

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 04:37 PM ET | Comments (560)

Kaine Responds to Reports of Obama V.P. Discussions

Tim Kaine demurs on questions about his future.

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 12:31 PM ET | Comments (54)

Obama Plans a Hawaiian Break

Sen. Barack Obama plans to spend about a week in Hawaii in mid-August, mostly on vacation.

Posted on July 28, 2008 at 04:45 PM ET | Comments (108)

McCain Continues Attack Over Canceled Obama Hospital Visit

By Michael D. Shear Sen. John McCain and his surrogates continued to press their attack...

Posted on July 28, 2008 at 04:35 PM ET | Comments (159)

A Fatigued Obama Tells Minority Media Conference About His Overseas Trip

By Ed O'Keefe CHICAGO -- As he prepares for a week of campaign appearances focused...

Posted on July 27, 2008 at 02:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Disputes He's on a 'Premature Victory Lap'

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama wrapped up his weeklong foreign tour Saturday, meeting at length with past, present and possibly future British prime ministers and rebutting charges from Republican John McCain's campaign that the trip amounted to a "premature victory lap" by an overly confident candidate.

Posted on July 26, 2008 at 11:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's Balancing Act

Berlin was a "yes we can" setting without a "yes we can" speech.

Posted on July 25, 2008 at 06:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Convention Speech Will Double as GOTV Rally

Obama campaign will use his convention speech to organize on the ground volunteers for fall campaign.

Posted on July 25, 2008 at 03:52 PM ET | Comments (54)

At Appearance with Sarkozy, Obama Talks Tough on Iranian Nuke Program

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, are seen following their joint press...

Posted on July 25, 2008 at 03:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Troop Visits for Obama in Germany

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) scraps plans to visit wounded U.S. troops in Germany after Pentagon says the visit would be considered a campaign event.

Posted on July 25, 2008 at 10:10 AM ET | Comments (359)

Aboard Obama's Plane to Berlin

After a pre-dawn visit to Jerusalem's Western Wall, Democratic Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) chats with reporters on his campaign as it jets from Israel to Berlin.

Posted on July 24, 2008 at 06:33 AM ET | Comments (25)

Plouffe Takes Obama's Case to the Hill

Obama manager meets with congressional Democrats.

Posted on July 23, 2008 at 01:54 PM ET | Comments (14)

At Holocaust Museum, Obama Vows 'Never Again'

Obama opens busy day in Israel by meeting with two former Israeli prime ministers and touring Israel's Holocaust memorial museum.

Posted on July 23, 2008 at 05:56 AM ET | Comments (35)

Obama's Royal Chauffeur

Barack Obama got the ultimate ride to the airport in Amman Tuesday night, personally driven by King Abdullah in the king's Mercedes 600.

Posted on July 22, 2008 at 02:48 PM ET | Comments (47)

Sweaty Journalists Await Obama In Amman

After being shut out of the Afghanistan and Iraq portions of his trip, Barack Obama's traveling press corps has assembled at a famous archaeological site in Amman for the candidate's first news conference since leaving the United States.

Posted on July 22, 2008 at 09:34 AM ET | Comments (9)

Details of Obama's Trip Released

Details of Obama's stops in Jordan, Israel and Europe are released, included meetings with top leaders, a news conference in Amman and major public address in Berlin, and stops in Ramallah, the Israeli town of Sderot and at Israel's Holocaust memorial museum.

Posted on July 22, 2008 at 05:31 AM ET | Comments (21)

Hillary Donors Gave Obama $1.8 Million in June

More than 2,200 Clinton donors became first-time Obama donors in June.

Posted on July 21, 2008 at 06:50 PM ET | Comments (585)

McCain: Obama 'Completely Wrong' on Iraq

McCain hammered his Democratic rival's foreign policy judgment during a visit to former President George H. W. Bush.

Posted on July 21, 2008 at 06:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

League of Conservation Voters Endorses Obama

Yet another influential environmental group endorsed Senator Barack Obama for president today in his contest against his GOP rival John McCain.

Posted on July 21, 2008 at 04:01 PM ET | Comments (11)

Corzine Smoothes the Road for Obama in the Holy Land

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, left, shakes hands with New Jersey Governor John Corzine prior...

Posted on July 21, 2008 at 02:45 PM ET | Comments (9)

Obama's Unprecedented Trip

The journey Obama began when he left Washington last Thursday is one wholly unique in the annals of presidential politics.

Posted on July 21, 2008 at 01:10 PM ET | Comments (159)

Obama, McCain Plan Joint Appearance at Rick Warren's Church

The event will be their first joint campaign appearance.

Posted on July 21, 2008 at 11:30 AM ET | Comments (41)

Obama Arrives in Baghdad

By Sudarsan Raghavan BAGHDAD, July 21 -- U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama landed in...

Posted on July 21, 2008 at 03:11 AM ET | Comments (17)

Obama Campaign Welcomes Report of Maliki Support for Timetable, But Maliki Government Demurs

Iraq's prime minister Nouri al- Maliki addresses the media in Najaf, south of Baghdad, Iraq,...

Posted on July 19, 2008 at 02:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

McCain Takes on the 'Cable Monster' and an 'Extreme' Obama

As the general election gets into full swing, John McCain is becoming increasingly adept at name calling.

Posted on July 19, 2008 at 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Travels to Afghanistan

Barack Obama arrives in Afghanistan Saturday, the first stop on a weeklong foreign tour that will take him to seven countries, including Iraq.

Posted on July 19, 2008 at 05:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Yes We Can? Not So Fast, Says McCain

In case the Democrats' presumptive presidential nominee is casting about for a new slogan, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has a suggestion for him: "No, we can't."

Posted on July 17, 2008 at 01:44 PM ET | Comments (49)

In Nebraska, McCain Fights the 'Headwind'

Unusual state system may allow Obama to pick up Nebraska electoral delegates.

Posted on July 17, 2008 at 08:39 AM ET | Comments (32)

Obama Raised $52 Million in June

The number is the second-highest monthly total ever for a presidential campaign.

Posted on July 17, 2008 at 08:33 AM ET | Comments (240)

Bayh, Nunn Decline to Decline a Possible Veep Spot

Democratic Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh and former Georgia senator Sam Nunn made clear they will continue in the long line of politicians who would not decline the vice presidency if asked.

Posted on July 16, 2008 at 03:34 PM ET | Comments (22)

Obama Campaigns on National Security in Indiana

Barack Obama touted his proposals to stop the spread of nuclear weapons to countries unfriendly to the U.S. and address other security threats.

Posted on July 16, 2008 at 03:22 PM ET | Comments (70)

Bush Bristles at Obama Criticism of Iraq War

By Dan Eggen President Bush was drawn into the presidential campaign at a White House...

Posted on July 15, 2008 at 02:19 PM ET | Comments (54)

McCain Backer Lugar Doesn't Mind the Mention in New Obama Ad

"I am pleased we had the chance to work together," Lugar said, recounting his 2005 trip to international hot spots such as Ukraine and Azerbaijan with Obama.

Posted on July 15, 2008 at 01:10 PM ET | Comments (19)

Obama Delivers Address on Iraq War

Obama laid out his vision for disengaging U.S. forces from the war in Iraq.

Posted on July 15, 2008 at 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Napolitano Announces Open Democratic Platform Discussions

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano is setting up a competition with the Republicans for the most open and inclusive operation in history.

Posted on July 14, 2008 at 06:51 PM ET | Comments (22)

N.M. Gov. Not Lobbying for Veep Slot

By Ed O'Keefe Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) would not say on Monday if he has...

Posted on July 14, 2008 at 03:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton: GOP Should Apologize to America

Hillary Clinton praised Barack Obama, used humor to poke at President Bush, John McCain and the GOP, and sounded wistful about her own presidential run in a speech before the American Federation of Teachers.

Posted on July 13, 2008 at 12:51 PM ET | Comments (327)

Obama Nervous About Bernie Mac's Fundraising Show

By Perry Bacon Jr. CHICAGO -- Comedian Bernie Mac, introducing Sen. Barack Obama at a...

Posted on July 12, 2008 at 10:37 AM ET | Comments (145)

Reid Chastises McCain for Not Voting Since April

As of July 7, McCain had missed 61.8 percent of the roll call votes in this Congress, which made him the No. 1 absentee in the Senate.

Posted on July 11, 2008 at 05:49 PM ET | Comments (82)

Hagel to Join Obama on Iraq Trip

Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), an opponent of the Iraq war and a dark horse in the campaign to be Barack Obama's running mate, will accompany the presumptive Democratic nominee when he travels to Iraq soon, sources on Capitol Hill and close to the Obama campaign confirmed.

Posted on July 11, 2008 at 03:57 PM ET | Comments (17)

Merkel Denies Bush Pressure Over Berlin Obama Speech

Officials said an amicable appearance by Obama as early as next week could be worked out.

Posted on July 11, 2008 at 03:21 PM ET | Comments (206)

"It's Embarrassing" to Speak Only English, Says Obama

Defends comments calling for Americans to learn more foreign languages.

Posted on July 11, 2008 at 03:06 PM ET | Comments (97)

Obama: McCain Helped Create Current Energy Woes During Washington Tenure

Obama says that McCain's energy ideas, such as a gas tax holiday and more offshore oil drilling, would do little to reduce prices at the pump.

Posted on July 11, 2008 at 02:47 PM ET | Comments (100)

Clinton and Obama Reach Out to Women Donors

Donors had to provide at least $250 to attend the NY event, but could raise up to $23,000.

Posted on July 10, 2008 at 11:25 AM ET | Comments (23)

Obama's FISA Vote Goes Against Dem Leadership Grain

Updated 7:18 p.m. By Shailagh Murray Angering liberals and civil liberties groups, Sen. Barack Obama...

Posted on July 9, 2008 at 06:13 PM ET | Comments (79)

It's Jackson vs. Jackson on 'Ugly' and 'Demeaning' Obama Remarks

Both father and son offer apologetic words to Obama.

Posted on July 9, 2008 at 05:42 PM ET | Comments (239)

Merkel Chides Obama for 'Electioneering' Abroad

German Chancellor warns Obama against speaking at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate later this month.

Posted on July 9, 2008 at 11:46 AM ET | Comments (26)

Malia Obama Teases Her Dad

Sen. Barack Obama talks to his daughter Malia as they watch an Independence Day parade...

Posted on July 9, 2008 at 10:35 AM ET | Comments (79)

Democrats Gear Up New Push for Universal Health Care

A coalition of liberal groups announced today it will spend $40 million to make health insurance a major issue in the 2008 campaign.

Posted on July 8, 2008 at 04:12 PM ET | Comments (104)

Gorbachev Decries Presidential Candidates' 'Cold War'-Style Military Spending Plans

The former Soviet leader called on U.S. presidential candidates to develop alternatives to the use of military power.

Posted on July 8, 2008 at 02:32 PM ET | Comments (63)

Obama Tells Voters His Views Have Not Changed

Rejects "this whole notion that I am shifting to the center, or that I am flip-flopping."

Posted on July 8, 2008 at 12:05 PM ET | Comments (190)

Webb Takes Himself Out of the VP Running

Va. senator released a statement saying "under no circumstances" would he be Sen. Barack Obama's running mate.

Posted on July 7, 2008 at 04:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's Team on the Hill

Barack Obama's presidential campaign announced a new slate of liaisons to Capitol Hill today.

Posted on July 7, 2008 at 02:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama to Accept Nomination Before Crowd of 75,000

The Obama campaign officially announced today that Sen. Barack Obama will accept the Democratic nomination at the Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver.

Posted on July 7, 2008 at 11:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama and Clinton, Together Again

Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton will make three joint fundraising appearances next week.

Posted on July 5, 2008 at 12:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Is an Oscar Winner Filming Obama?

An Oscar-winning director shows up with the Obama campaign in Montana.

Posted on July 4, 2008 at 09:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Celebrates a Small-Town Fourth

Obama kicks off a July 4 parade in Butte, Mont.

Posted on July 4, 2008 at 02:43 PM ET | Comments (92)

Obama Responds to Online FISA Critics

Critics of Obama's FISA stance have organized the single largest group on his web site.

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 06:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Softens on Iraq Withdrawal Timeline

Obama says military commanders, Iraq stability and troop safety will guide pace of withdrawal.

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 02:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Former Aide Defends Bush Record on National Service

One of the architects of President Bush's first-term volunteer service initiatives struck back today against Sen. Barack Obama's assertion that Americans were not asked to sacrifice in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 02:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Camp Says No Way to Three-Day Convention

The Obama campaign says it is looking forward to the full four days, the last of which is the 40th anniversary of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 11:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Candidates React to Hostage Rescue in Colombia

The presidential candidates issued statements on today's hostage rescue in Colombia.

Posted on July 2, 2008 at 06:30 PM ET | Comments (21)

Black Conservative Group Rips Obama in New Radio Ads

New radio ads call Sen. Barack Obama a racist and an elitist.

Posted on July 2, 2008 at 05:13 PM ET | Comments (97)

Obama Opposes Gay Marriage Ban

Barack Obama is opposing a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in California, taking a liberal stand on an issue in the midst of moving to the middle on several others in recent weeks.

Posted on July 2, 2008 at 03:49 PM ET | Comments (94)

A Bump in the Fist Bump Story

Campaign says Barack Obama was refusing to sign a young boy's hand, not fist bump it. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on July 2, 2008 at 03:06 PM ET | Comments (18)

Obama Highlights Service and Responsibility on Continuing Patriotism Tour

Barack Obama is expected to expand on themes of values, faith and patriotism in a speech on civic responsibility later today.

Posted on July 2, 2008 at 12:14 PM ET | Comments (20)

Obama Backs Expanded Government-Funded Faith Organizations

Backs Bush program, but insists on non-discrimination in aid recipients.

Posted on July 1, 2008 at 06:44 PM ET | Comments (102)

Obama Met with Powell in June

By Shailagh Murray Sen. Barack Obama and retired Gen. Colin Powell met for about an...

Posted on July 1, 2008 at 06:13 PM ET | Comments (35)

Obama Shuns the Fist-Bump

Obama takes a pass on the gesture in Zanesville.

Posted on July 1, 2008 at 04:30 PM ET | Comments (46)

Obama Weighs in on Clark Comments

Rejects comparison to anti-Kerry Swift Boat veterans.

Posted on July 1, 2008 at 02:57 PM ET | Comments (140)

A Conservative Minister Watches Out for Obama in Smalltown West Virginia

By Alec MacGillis In the past few days, two of my colleagues here at The...

Posted on July 1, 2008 at 01:37 PM ET | Comments (15)

Obama Still Faces a Big Task in Telling Voters Who He Is

Having proved he could overcome the Clinton machine, Obama must now prove he can overcome questions about who he is and what he believes.

Posted on July 1, 2008 at 11:31 AM ET | Comments (273)

Freedom's Watch Hits Obama for Delay on MoveOn Statement

The conservative group points to Obama's critique of the liberal activist group in a speech today -- seven months after Obama missed a Senate vote to condemn the group.

Posted on June 30, 2008 at 06:37 PM ET | Comments (30)

Obama's Working Class Pitch

Analysis of new campaign ad "dignity."

Posted on June 30, 2008 at 05:57 PM ET | Comments (19)

Obama Calls on Bill Clinton for Campaign Help

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama reached out to former president Bill Clinton this morning.

Posted on June 30, 2008 at 03:43 PM ET | Comments (27)

Obama Repudiates Clark's Assertions About McCain

Sen. Barack Obama repudiated comments made by retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark over the weekend questioning the significance of Sen. John McCain's military record.

Posted on June 30, 2008 at 01:40 PM ET | Comments (88)

Obama Hits Back at Questions About His Patriotism

Obama laid out his vision of what it means to be patriotic in a speech today in Missouri.

Posted on June 30, 2008 at 01:16 PM ET | Comments (764)

Obama to Deliver Patriotism Speech

Barack Obama will deliver a speech on patriotism at noon EST today in Missouri.

Posted on June 30, 2008 at 09:35 AM ET | Comments (40)

Obama Tells Hispanic Leaders McCain "Walked Away" from Immigration Issue

McCain and Obama both speak before National Association of Elected and Appointed Latino Elected Officials.

Posted on June 28, 2008 at 04:53 PM ET | Comments (149)

Obama Will Travel to Europe and Middle East

Presumptive Democratic nominee will travel to Europe and the Middle East, but dates are not announced.

Posted on June 28, 2008 at 04:38 PM ET | Comments (50)

Party Unity in NH, as Clinton Talks and Obama Says "She Rocks"

Hillary Rodham Clinton passed the torch to rival Barack Obama in their first joint public appearance since he clinched the Democratic nomination.

Posted on June 27, 2008 at 03:41 PM ET | Comments (139)

Obama Snaps Up Senior Clinton Policy Hands

The Obama campaign hires Neera Tanden, Clinton's long-time policy aide, and Melody Barnes, the executive vice president for policy of the Center for American Progress.

Posted on June 27, 2008 at 02:50 PM ET | Comments (20)

Obama Hires New Religious Affairs Adviser

Shaun Casey has been hired by the Obama campaign to focus on outreach to evangelical voters.

Posted on June 27, 2008 at 12:24 PM ET | Comments (70)

Pool Report From Clinton-Obama Event at the Mayflower

More than 200 Clinton donors gather to hear from the former rivals.

Posted on June 26, 2008 at 09:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

AFL-CIO Endorses Obama

The group said it would put more than $50 million and hundreds of thousands of volunteers to work helping elect the Illinois senator.

Posted on June 26, 2008 at 04:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pastor Who Officiated at Jenna Bush Wedding Launches Pro-Obama Website

The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell launched the pro-Obama site "James Dobson Does Not Speak For Me."

Posted on June 26, 2008 at 03:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Asks Latino Leaders to Back Obama

Hillary Clinton made her remarks before a luncheon hosted by the National Association of Latino Elected Officials.

Posted on June 26, 2008 at 03:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

McCain Praises Supreme Court Gun Decision

Sen. John McCain praised the Supreme Court decision striking down the District's gun ban in a move that will surely please gun owners and the National Rifle Association.

Posted on June 26, 2008 at 12:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

For Obama, It's Wait and See on Gun Ban Question

By Shailagh Murray PITTSBURGH -- Sen. Barack Obama sided with Supreme Court conservatives yesterday in...

Posted on June 26, 2008 at 09:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Campaign Manager Argues Electability

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Posted on June 25, 2008 at 06:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Defends His FISA Position

Barack Obama explains his support for the Senate bill rewriting intelligence laws.

Posted on June 25, 2008 at 06:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

While Fundraising, Bush Mounts Attack on Obama

President Bush suggested that Barack Obama was just another liberal Democrat intent on raising taxes and retreating from Iraq.

Posted on June 25, 2008 at 06:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Opposes Supreme Court Rape Decision

Sen. Barack Obama said he opposed the Supreme Court's decision today that child rapists may not be executed in cases where they do not kill their victims.

Posted on June 25, 2008 at 06:08 PM ET | Comments (108)

AFL-CIO Outlines Major Election Effort

By Alec MacGillis It may not seem as if Barack Obama will need that much...

Posted on June 25, 2008 at 05:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's Emails With Scarlett Johansson

By Shailagh Murray LOS ANGELES -- As he headed to a Hollywood fundraiser, Sen. Barack...

Posted on June 24, 2008 at 06:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Goes to Hollywood

Obama courts Clinton fundraiser in Hollywood.

Posted on June 24, 2008 at 04:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Unity Excited About Obama and Clinton

Unity looks forward to Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

Posted on June 24, 2008 at 02:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bill Clinton "Committed" to Helping Obama

Statement says he is "obviously committed" to helping Illinois senator win the White House.

Posted on June 24, 2008 at 01:07 PM ET | Comments (65)

Obama Targets "Enron Loophole"

Calls for closer scrutiny of trading in energy futures.

Posted on June 22, 2008 at 03:15 PM ET | Comments (198)

Obama Supports FISA Legislation, Angering Left

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) today announced his support for a sweeping intelligence surveillance law that has been heavily denounced by the liberal activists who have fueled the financial engines of his presidential campaign. --Paul Kane

Posted on June 20, 2008 at 06:41 PM ET | Comments (284)

Bloomberg Decries 'Whisper Campaign' Against Obama

New York's independent Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg urged Jewish voters to reject wedge politics. --Keith B. Richburg

Posted on June 20, 2008 at 06:14 PM ET | Comments (85)

Obama Holds Economic Roundtable with Governors

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), center, listens during a meeting of Democratic Governors...

Posted on June 20, 2008 at 12:24 PM ET | Comments (31)

Obama Announces First Joint Appearance with Clinton

The event is planned for June 27th. --Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on June 20, 2008 at 09:43 AM ET | Comments (61)

Sierra Club to Endorse Obama

The Sierra Club, one of the nation's largest and most politically-active environmental organizations, announced this evening it would endorse Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for president.--Juliet Eilperin

Posted on June 19, 2008 at 06:34 PM ET | Comments (32)

AFSCME, a Former Critic, Endorses Obama

By Alec MacGillis Only last month, Gerald McEntee, the president of the American Federation of...

Posted on June 19, 2008 at 04:32 PM ET | Comments (10)

McCain Raises Money the Hard Way

By the count of some reporters who trail him daily, McCain has attended more than 90 fundraisers since March 5. --Michael D. Shear

Posted on June 19, 2008 at 11:30 AM ET | Comments (52)

Obama Opts Out of Public Financing

Barack Obama says it's time for his supporters to "declare your independence from a broken system." --Shailagh Murray

Posted on June 19, 2008 at 09:07 AM ET | Comments (575)

Obama Campaign Apologizes for Blocking Muslims at Event

Sen. Barack Obama's campaign apologized after a report surfaced that campaign volunteers in Detroit had shooed two Muslim women wearing headscarves out of camera range at a rally earlier this week. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on June 18, 2008 at 04:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Albright Helping Obama Bridge Differences with Clinton

By Anne E. Kornblut Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright appeared to do a bit...

Posted on June 18, 2008 at 04:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama VP Mention Campaigns for McCain

James Jones flies with John McCain to an energy event in Missouri. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on June 18, 2008 at 04:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

What Makes a Good VP? Ask Bill Richardson.

Bill Richardson makes the case for a candidate who sounds like -- Bill Richardon. --Keith B. Richburg

Posted on June 18, 2008 at 03:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giuliani's Approach to Terrorism, as Mayor and Candidate

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, pictured at the Swiss Economic Forum in Thun,...

Posted on June 18, 2008 at 12:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Michelle Obama's Campaign View

Michelle Obama co-hosts the view with Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and...

Posted on June 18, 2008 at 12:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Poll: McCain Trounces Obama Among White Evangelicals

Sen. John McCain so far is performing well among rank and file evangelical voters, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on June 18, 2008 at 12:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giuliani Chimes In, Bashing Obama on Sept. 11

Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani accused Barack Obama of having a "September 10" mentality and taking a "softer" approach to terrorism. --Michael D. Shear

Posted on June 18, 2008 at 10:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

McCain Talks Energy, Slams Obama as "Carter"

In a speech intended to kick off a lengthy discussion about the nation's energy needs, John McCain accused Democratic Sen. Barack Obama of favoring failed energy policies based largely on the imposition of higher taxes. --Michael D. Shear

Posted on June 17, 2008 at 05:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Praises Former Clinton Campaign Manager

Patti Solis Doyle is "a terrific, experienced campaign hand," Obama said. --Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on June 17, 2008 at 04:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Accuses McCain of Playing Politics with National Security

Barack Obama strongly rejected accusations from the John McCain campaign that he is soft on terrorism. Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on June 17, 2008 at 04:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Terrorism Takes Center Stage as Obama Responds to McCain Camp's Charges

Obama campaign clashes with McCain on how to handle terrorism. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on June 17, 2008 at 02:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama to Meet with Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Sen. Barack Obama will begin a series of meetings with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus tonight. --Anne E. Kornbut

Posted on June 17, 2008 at 12:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

McCain Advisers Slam Obama for 'Sept. 10 Mindset'

John McCain advisers call Barack Obama as "naïve" and "delusional" in his approach to terrorism. --Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on June 17, 2008 at 11:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Has 20 Point Lead on Lowering Gas Prices

Half of voters say Barack Obama would have better chances of easing pain at the pump. --Jon Cohen

Posted on June 16, 2008 at 07:30 PM ET | Comments (130)

Gore to Endorse Obama in Speech Tonight

Former vice president Al Gore is making his debut appearance with Sen. Barack Obama in Detroit tonight. --Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on June 16, 2008 at 03:35 PM ET | Comments (216)

Obama Plans Pre-Election Trip to Iraq, Afghanistan

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) speaks at a campaign rally at Kettering High School June 16,...

Posted on June 16, 2008 at 03:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Solis Doyle Joins Obama Campaign

Former Hillary Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle was appointed as the Barack Obama campaign chief of staff to the future vice presidential nominee. Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on June 16, 2008 at 01:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Staffer for Michelle Obama

Democratic operative Stephanie Cutter is joining the Obama campaign as a senior adviser and chief of staff to Michelle Obama. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on June 16, 2008 at 12:03 PM ET | Comments (16)

Obama Delivers Father's Day Sermon

Barack Obama delivers a lecture on the responsibilities of fatherhood at Chicago's Apostolic Church of God. --Juliet Eilperin

Posted on June 15, 2008 at 05:02 PM ET | Comments (375)

Powell Does Not Rule out Supporting Obama

Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell suggested yesterday he may vote for presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama. --Glenn Kessler

Posted on June 13, 2008 at 12:10 PM ET | Comments (26)

Obama Shakes Up the DNC

Under the leadership of a former Barack Obama aide, a number of Democratic National Committee staffers will be relocated to Chicago. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on June 12, 2008 at 03:17 PM ET | Comments (101)

Obama Launches Anti-Smear Site

Barack Obama's campaign has launched a Website to knock down false rumors about the candidate and his wife. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on June 12, 2008 at 02:25 PM ET | Comments (71)

Next on the GOP List: Eric Holder

Conservatives take their fight against Barack Obama to former deputy attorney general Eric Holder. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on June 12, 2008 at 11:02 AM ET | Comments (200)

Corzine Predicts Double-Digit New Jersey Win

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, who backed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries, praises Barack Obama and predicts the Democrat will easily win in New Jersey. --Keith Richburg

Posted on June 11, 2008 at 03:59 PM ET | Comments (6)

Johnson Steps Down from Obama VP Search

James A. Johnson has given up his role as the head of Sen. Barack Obama's vice presidential search team, Obama himself announced today. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on June 11, 2008 at 02:48 PM ET | Comments (247)

The '08 Veep Tour Begins

A wide list of names was discussed in the Senate today by allies of Obama and his VP vetters. --Shailagh Murray and Paul Kane

Posted on June 10, 2008 at 06:00 PM ET | Comments (26)

Democrats Join to Tout Obama, Bash McCain

By Ben Pershing With a long and divisive primary fight finally behind them, the bulk...

Posted on June 10, 2008 at 05:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strickland Takes Himself Out of the Vice Presidential Running

If drafted I will not run, nominated I will not accept and if elected I will not serve," Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on June 10, 2008 at 04:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Distances Himself from VP Vetters

"These aren't folks who are working for me," Democratic presidential hopeful says. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on June 10, 2008 at 12:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama VP Vetter Had Kind Words for Dodd

U.S. Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) waves before the opening of the 47th Annual Mexico -...

Posted on June 10, 2008 at 11:04 AM ET | Comments (24)

Obama's Missouri Hospital Visit

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) talks to Shelby Davis, 17, from Mineral Point,...

Posted on June 10, 2008 at 10:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Adviser Faces Scrutiny Over Mortgage Deals

By Shailagh Murray Here's the trouble with running a squeaky clean campaign: there's very little...

Posted on June 9, 2008 at 05:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

As Prices Soar, McCain Returns to Gas Tax Holiday Proposal

By Michael D. Shear RICHMOND -- On the day that Sen. Barack Obama launched a...

Posted on June 9, 2008 at 03:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Launches National Tour

Sen. Barack Obama touted his proposals to improve the economy and blasted his rival's ideas in a speech touting his core message for November. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on June 9, 2008 at 02:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Praises Clinton as Party Rallies Around Him

Two days after Hillary Clinton conceded, the reunification of the Democratic Party continued as Barack Obama was joined by prominent Clinton supporters in an economic speech here. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on June 9, 2008 at 01:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Laura Bush Praises Clinton, Defends Michelle Obama

Traveling in Slovenia, Laura Bush praised Hillary Clinton for her "grit and strength" and also came to the defense of Michelle Obama. --Dan Eggen

Posted on June 9, 2008 at 01:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Content of Their Characters

GOP presidential candidate John McCain, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. By Dan Balz Barack Obama...

Posted on June 9, 2008 at 11:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rice 'Gratified' by Obama Win

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pronounced herself "gratified" and unsurprised by Sen. Barack Obama's win in the Democratic presidential primary. --Mary Beth Sheridan

Posted on June 7, 2008 at 05:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

By Text, E-Mail and Blog, Obama Thanks Clinton

By Garance Franke-Ruta Using the sophisticated alert system it's honed through 22 debates and 54...

Posted on June 7, 2008 at 04:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton's Last Hurrah

Hillary Clinton endorses Barack Obama and calls for Democratic Party unity. --Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on June 7, 2008 at 02:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jim Webb, Iron Intellectual

By Alec MacGillis Lost in the hubbub over Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's secret rendezvous...

Posted on June 6, 2008 at 05:24 PM ET | Comments (66)

Obama 2008 Meets Chicago 2016

An ebullient Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), fresh from wrapping up the Democratic nomination, did his bit for another longshot campaign today when he made an impromptu pitch for his hometown to host the 2016 Olympics. --Peter Slevin

Posted on June 6, 2008 at 03:27 PM ET | Comments (13)

About that Clinton-Obama Meeting

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who hosted last night's secretive meeting, talks to reporters. --Paul Kane

Posted on June 6, 2008 at 11:09 AM ET | Comments (296)

A Political Star is Born

By Garance Franke-Ruta When Barack Obama clinched the Democratic nomination on Tuesday night, he offered...

Posted on June 6, 2008 at 08:52 AM ET | Comments (5)

Obama Praises Webb and Kaine

Barack Obama was full of praise for both Sen. Jim Webb and Gov. Tim Kaine, both prominent Virginians who have clearly won his heart.

Posted on June 5, 2008 at 10:02 PM ET | Comments (23)

Obama Clarifies Remarks on Jerusalem

Sen. Barack Obama backtracks on his statement that Jerusalem must remain undivided.

Posted on June 5, 2008 at 09:10 PM ET | Comments (65)

Obama Plans to Keep Lid on Veep Talk

"The next time you hear from me about the vice presidential selection process will be when I have selected a vice president," Obama said in a press conference aboard his campaign plane. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on June 5, 2008 at 05:32 PM ET | Comments (25)

Obama Visits Southwest Virginia

Sen. Barack Obama visits the Fightin' 9th in Southwest Virginia. --Juliet Eilperin

Posted on June 5, 2008 at 04:52 PM ET | Comments (13)

New York Goes For Obama

The 23-member New York Democratic House delegation -- among them some of the most stalwart backers of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton -- collectively endorsed Sen. Barack Obama today. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on June 5, 2008 at 03:55 PM ET | Comments (36)

Obama Campaign Visits Virginia

As he begins his national campaign, Sen. Barack Obama took his presidential message to Bristol, Virginia on Thursday.

Posted on June 5, 2008 at 02:20 PM ET | Comments (3)

Lanny Davis Pushes Clinton for VP

A group lobbying for an Obama-Clinton "unity ticket" has named Washington lawyer and Clinton advocate Lanny Davis as a senior adviser. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on June 5, 2008 at 01:47 PM ET | Comments (18)

McCain Congratulates Obama in Call

Sen. John McCain called Sen. Barack Obama on Wednesday evening to congratulate him for becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on June 5, 2008 at 09:12 AM ET | Comments (14)

Following Obama, DNC Announces New Fundraising Rules

The Democratic National Committee will no longer accept contributions from registered federal lobbyists or political action committees, Sen. Barack Obama's campaign announced. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on June 5, 2008 at 08:45 AM ET | Comments (41)

Rezko Convicted of Influence Peddling

Antoin Rezko, a longtime backer of Sen. Barack Obama, was found guilty by a federal jury today in Chicago. --Peter Slevin

Posted on June 4, 2008 at 04:53 PM ET | Comments (88)

Clinton's Vice Presidential Campaign

Hillary Clinton is "absolutely ready" to discuss the vice presidency with Barack Obama. --Dan Balz

Posted on June 4, 2008 at 12:03 PM ET | Comments (1143)

Emanuel Endorses Obama

A member of the House leadership, Rahm Emanuel was one of the most conflicted Democrats during the long primary slog.--Shailagh Murray

Posted on June 4, 2008 at 11:57 AM ET | Comments (13)

Wary Rivals, Still

By Shailagh Murray Lots of people are trying to fix them up. But they're not...

Posted on June 4, 2008 at 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Democrats in Delicate Dance

A pair of carefully worded early-morning statements released by the national Democratic political leadership demonstrates the delicate dance underway as the protracted battle for the Democratic nomination draws to a close. --Paul Kane

Posted on June 4, 2008 at 08:27 AM ET | Comments (24)

The Last Best Primary Party

Celebrating Obama's win with the Montana faithful. --Karl Vick

Posted on June 3, 2008 at 11:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chicago Cardinal Orders Pfleger to Take Leave

Cardinal Francis George today asked Pfleger to take a leave of absence from his church. --Kari Lydersen

Posted on June 3, 2008 at 09:30 PM ET | Comments (18)

Obama Camp Dismisses VP Speculation

Sen. Barack Obama's chief political strategist brushed off speculation that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton may be a leading vice presidential contender. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on June 3, 2008 at 09:05 PM ET | Comments (199)

Obama Superdelegate Countdown Continues

Barack Obama has won enough superdelegate support that he should be able to claim the nomination tonight. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on June 3, 2008 at 05:53 PM ET | Comments (18)

Obama Superdelegate Endorsements Flooding In

Barack Obama aides say they expect to clinch the nomination tonight after the results from South Dakota and Montana roll in. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on June 3, 2008 at 02:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Party Unification Begins with Mich. Superdelegate Endorsements

Debbie Dingell and Rick Wiener throw their weight behind Obama. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on June 3, 2008 at 12:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clyburn Endorses Obama

Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) endorsed Barack Obama's presidential bid this morning. --Debbi Wilgoren

Posted on June 3, 2008 at 07:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

McCain Aide Sees Sexism, a View That Fits a Pattern

McCain campaign tries to make the most of Clinton voters's dissatisfaction. --Garance Franke-Ruta

Posted on June 2, 2008 at 08:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Describes Sunday Call to Clinton

Sen. Barack Obama held an impromptu news conference this afternoon in Waterford after talking to workers from a Rite Aid distribution plant in which he revealed more details of a conversation with rival Hillary Clinton Sunday. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on June 2, 2008 at 05:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clyburn to Make Long-Awaited Endorsement of Obama

The House majority whip will make a formal endorsement of Barack Obama on Tuesday. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on June 2, 2008 at 05:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Looks to Claim Victory This Week

If not tomorrow, Obama aides are confident that victory can be claimed on Wednesday or Thursday. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on June 2, 2008 at 03:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Congratulates Clinton on Win, Then Looks to November

MITCHELL, S.D. -- Sen. Barack Obama said he had called Sen. Hillary Clinton this afternoon to congratulate her on winning the Puerto Rico primary. --Keith Richburg

Posted on June 1, 2008 at 04:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Welcomes Resolution of Mich., Fla. Delegate Question

ABERDEEN, S.D. -- In an evening news conference here, Sen. Barack Obama said he welcomed the Democratic Party's resolution to the Michigan and Florida problem. --Keith B. Richburg

Posted on May 31, 2008 at 08:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Continues to Press McCain on Iraq

Sen. Barack Obama continued his war of words with Sen. John McCain over the Iraq war during his swing through South Dakota today. --Keith Richburg

Posted on May 31, 2008 at 06:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Resigns Church Membership

Sen. Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have resigned their membership from Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. --Keith Richburg

Posted on May 31, 2008 at 06:31 PM ET | Comments (279)

Obama's Night Trip to Rushmore

Barack Obama joins the press on a late night visit to Mount Rushmore. --Keith Richburg

Posted on May 31, 2008 at 04:52 PM ET | Comments (16)

Chicago Cardinal Criticizes Rev. Pfleger for Inflammatory Clinton Comments

Chicago's cardinal asks Rev. Michael Pfleger to stop talking about the presidential campaign. --Derek Kravitz

Posted on May 30, 2008 at 02:42 PM ET | Comments (178)

Obama Again Apologizes for a Preacher

Sen. Barack Obama apologized for the racially charged remarks of Father Michael Pfleger at Trinity United Church of Christ, in which Pfleger mocked Sen. Hillary Clinton. --Krissah Williams

Posted on May 29, 2008 at 08:19 PM ET | Comments (724)

Obama's Doctor Gives Him Clean Bill of Health

Obama's physician of 21 years describes him as lean, muscular, and in overall "excellent health." --Shailagh Murray

Posted on May 29, 2008 at 12:28 PM ET | Comments (24)

Obama Shrugs Off Prospect of Continued Clinton Run

Sen. Barack Obama told reporters on his press plane last night that soon after Tuesday, the Democrats will have their nominee. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on May 29, 2008 at 11:29 AM ET | Comments (29)

Obama Wonks It Up in Education Speech

THORNTON, Colo. -- In his prepared speech on education, Barack Obama included a great deal to answer the charge that his campaign is long on soaring rhetoric and short on the earthbound specifics required to actually govern. --Karl Vick

Posted on May 28, 2008 at 08:34 PM ET | Comments (41)

Obama Looks to the Southwest

Obama campaigns in Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada. --Karl Vick

Posted on May 28, 2008 at 04:47 PM ET | Comments (20)

Candidates Agree on Darfur

In an unusual joint statement, the three major presidential candidates warned the government of Sudan that they are united in demanding a halt to the violence and genocide in Darfur. --Michael Abramowitz

Posted on May 28, 2008 at 09:44 AM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Talks Housing in Las Vegas

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Posted on May 27, 2008 at 06:17 PM ET | Comments (22)

Obama Speaks with 'Deep Humility' on Memorial Day

Sen. Barack Obama spoke for most of an hour about doing right by America's veterans.

Posted on May 26, 2008 at 05:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Reminds Grads What They Can Do for Country

By Alec MacGillis MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- There were hundreds of diplomas handed out Sunday at...

Posted on May 25, 2008 at 07:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Again Seeks to Explain RFK Remarks

Sen. Hillary Clinton, addressing furor over her RFK remarks, fails to mention the widespread worry over Sen. Barack Obama's safety. --Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on May 25, 2008 at 12:35 PM ET | Comments (221)

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

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

Posted on May 24, 2008 at 09:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Takes San Juan

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

Posted on May 24, 2008 at 04:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

For Obama, a Bright, Sunshiny Day

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

Posted on May 23, 2008 at 06:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on May 23, 2008 at 02:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Talks Up Jewish Ties in Boca

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

Posted on May 22, 2008 at 07:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on May 22, 2008 at 03:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama, McCain Tussle Over Veterans Issues

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

Posted on May 22, 2008 at 02:53 PM ET | Comments (190)

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

Posted on May 22, 2008 at 12:15 PM ET | Comments (18)

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

Posted on May 21, 2008 at 08:12 PM ET | Comments (39)

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

Posted on May 21, 2008 at 06:11 PM ET | Comments (92)

Douglass Joins Obama Campaign

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

Posted on May 21, 2008 at 04:54 PM ET | Comments (18)

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

Posted on May 21, 2008 at 04:35 PM ET | Comments (50)

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

Posted on May 21, 2008 at 02:56 PM ET | Comments (66)

United Mine Workers Union Backs Obama

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

Posted on May 21, 2008 at 01:10 PM ET | Comments (11)

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

Posted on May 20, 2008 at 11:17 PM ET | Comments (6)

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

Posted on May 20, 2008 at 10:25 PM ET | Comments (86)

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.

Posted on May 20, 2008 at 08:51 PM ET | Comments (38)

Obama's Coal Stance, in Kentucky and Beyond

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

Posted on May 20, 2008 at 08:10 PM ET | Comments (13)

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

Posted on May 20, 2008 at 01:38 PM ET | Comments (5)

AP: Iowa Democratic Chair to Endorse Obama

Iowa Democratic Party chair to endorse Obama.

Posted on May 19, 2008 at 11:12 PM ET | Comments (60)

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

Posted on May 19, 2008 at 11:02 PM ET | Comments (41)

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

Posted on May 19, 2008 at 06:04 PM ET | Comments (66)

Oregon's Post Office Primary

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

Posted on May 19, 2008 at 04:24 PM ET | Comments (14)

Clinton: It's Not Over

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

Posted on May 19, 2008 at 04:14 PM ET | Comments (121)

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

Posted on May 19, 2008 at 02:37 PM ET | Comments (73)

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

Posted on May 19, 2008 at 12:58 PM ET | Comments (427)

Australia Diary: The Inescapable Presidential Race

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

Posted on May 19, 2008 at 12:23 PM ET | Comments (15)

Record Obama Crowd, the Size of a City

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

Posted on May 18, 2008 at 06:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on May 18, 2008 at 06:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on May 18, 2008 at 03:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on May 18, 2008 at 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

In Oregon, Obama Samples Local Flavors

As temperatures soar in Eugene, Ore., Sen. Barack Obama and wife Michelle pause his campaign for an ice cream break. -- Matthew Mosk

Posted on May 17, 2008 at 09:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Presidential Candidates Offer Prayers for Sen. Kennedy

The presidential candidates offer their prayers and best wishes to Sen. Ted Kennedy after he suffers a seizure and is hospitalized. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on May 17, 2008 at 01:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Huckabee Apologizes for Obama Joke

Mike Huckabee says he regrets cracking a joke at the National Rifle Association meeting about Barack Obama being shot.--Michael D. Shear

Posted on May 17, 2008 at 11:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

McGovern Explains His Switch to Obama

George McGovern explains why he's switching his support from Clinton to Obama. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on May 17, 2008 at 10:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama 'Puzzled' by Controversy Over Meeting Foreign Leaders

Sen. Barack Obama this afternoon described his diplomatic approach as being consistent with decades of U.S. foreign policy, and expressed surprise with President Bush's position that it would be wrong to meet with foreign adversaries. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on May 16, 2008 at 03:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gillespie Says 'Appeaser' Speech Not Aimed at Obama

Presidential counselor Ed Gillespie said today that President Bush's remarks yesterday in Jerusalem about "appeasement" were not intended as a reference to Barack Obama and suggested that White House aides were surprised by the Democratic reaction. --Dan Eggan

Posted on May 16, 2008 at 02:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Fires Back at Bush, McCain

Sen. Barack Obama suggested to several hundred residents of this farming town of 20,000 that he welcomed the idea of turning the presidential contest into a debate on who is better fit to guide the nation's foreign policy.

Posted on May 16, 2008 at 01:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sounding the General Election Bell

The general election begins.

Posted on May 16, 2008 at 01:04 PM ET | Comments (61)

Rubin Accuses McCain of Hypocrisy

Jamie Rubin accuses John McCain of hypocrisy.

Posted on May 16, 2008 at 12:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Edwards Supporters Start to Swing to Obama

Superdelegates, pledged delegates and endorsers of former N.C. senator John Edwards come out for Barack Obama in the wake of Edwards's endorsement. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on May 15, 2008 at 05:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelworkers Union Comes Out for Obama

John Edwards's decision yesterday to fall in behind Sen. Barack Obama continued to have reverberations today with the announcement by the United Steelworkers to issue its endorsement. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on May 15, 2008 at 12:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Democratic Media Group Ditches Ad Effort

Progressive Media USA, the group organized to be the main soft-money advertising vehicle for Democrats in the fall, will dramatically scale back its efforts in deference to the wishes of the party's presumptive nominee.

Posted on May 15, 2008 at 11:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

NARAL Affiliates Question Obama Endorsement

NARAL Pro-Choice America affiliates in key swing and primary states are openly distancing themselves from the decision by NARAL Pro-Choice America to endorse Illinois Sen. Barack Obama over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to be the Democratic nominee for president. --Garance Franke-Ruta

Posted on May 15, 2008 at 09:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Edwards Announces His Choice: Obama

John Edwards comes out in support of the democratic front-runner. --Peter Slevin

Posted on May 14, 2008 at 08:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Emphasizes Faith in Kentucky

Barack Obama sends out a flier reminding voters that he is a Christian.--Shailagh Murray

Posted on May 14, 2008 at 07:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

NARAL Endorses Obama, but Unity in Short Supply

EMILY'S List president slams NARAL over endorsement. --Garance Franke-Ruta

Posted on May 14, 2008 at 06:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Edwards Endorses Obama

John Edwards will endorse Barack Obama at a Grand Rapids, Mich., rally. --Peter Slevin and Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on May 14, 2008 at 05:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dems, McCain Jockey on Environment

Arizona Sen. John McCain claims the environmental mantle, but the record shows that Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama have also pushed for a strong response to global climate change. All three presidential hopefuls differ with President Bush on the issue.

Posted on May 14, 2008 at 07:17 AM ET | Comments (8)

The Pre-Spin from West Virginia

The Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama campaigns argue the meaning of tonight's likely Clinton win. --Eli Saslow

Posted on May 13, 2008 at 06:08 PM ET | Comments (82)

MoveOn Targets McCain Aides

The liberal online advocacy group MoveOn.Org Political Action has sent out a new e-mail that seizes on the weekend purging by Sen. John McCain of two advisers who had registered as lobbyists for the repressive regime of Burma. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on May 13, 2008 at 05:51 PM ET | Comments (10)

Clinton, Obama Get Cordial Senate Welcomes

There was no tension or spectacle in the chamber as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both returned to the Senate for an energy bill vote. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on May 13, 2008 at 04:16 PM ET | Comments (29)

Rockefeller Reflects on W.Va. Voters, Obama's Chances

Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV cautioned not to read too much into Sen. Barack Obama's expected loss in West Virginia today. To make the point, he recounted his own political career. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on May 13, 2008 at 02:12 PM ET | Comments (45)

Obama Targets Michigan

Barack Obama pivots to general election mode with a trip to Michigan on Tuesday. --Peter Slevin

Posted on May 12, 2008 at 01:42 PM ET | Comments (72)

Obama's Independent-Minded Oregon Supporters

Obama finds support among white-collar independents in Oregon. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on May 11, 2008 at 11:21 AM ET | Comments (89)

Obama Passes Clinton in Superdelegate Count

By Alec MacGillis BEND, Ore. -- Barack Obama was "east of the mountains" in central...

Posted on May 10, 2008 at 08:14 PM ET | Comments (102)

Obama Extends an Olive Branch Toward Clinton

Barack Obama says he's open to discussions with Hillary Clinton about doing whatever is necessary to unify the party. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on May 9, 2008 at 06:20 PM ET | Comments (236)

Talking Taboo with Obama at 30,000 Feet

Does playing a word game with Sen. Barack Obama on his campaign plane signal a new era in his press relations? --Alec MacGillis

Posted on May 9, 2008 at 10:05 AM ET | Comments (19)

Union, 3 Superdelegates Endorse Obama

Obama picks up endorsement from AFGE and the superdelegate support of its president and two Democratic lawmakers. But John Edwards stays neutral.

Posted on May 9, 2008 at 09:42 AM ET | Comments (169)

Obama Picks Up Bonior Endorsement

Labor-friendly former Michigan congressman comes out for Illinois senator. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on May 8, 2008 at 02:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Argues She Has the Broader Coalition

In West Virginia, Hillary Clinton argues that her ability to attract "hardworking Americans" gives her greater general election viability than Barack Obama. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on May 8, 2008 at 01:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Hits the House Floor

Sen. Barack Obama was mobbed on the House floor this morning as he hunted for superdelegates to lock up the Democratic nomination. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on May 8, 2008 at 01:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Manager: 'We Can See the Finish Line'

Sen. Barack Obama is expecting a net gain of 13 delegates from Tuesday's primaries, campaign manager David Plouffe announced. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on May 7, 2008 at 02:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gary, Ind., Calls It A Night (Almost)

Local law enforcement defends slow ballot counting in Gary, Ind. --Peter Slevin

Posted on May 7, 2008 at 02:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Campaign Points Finger at Rush

Before either North Carolina or Indiana were called, Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton blasted out a transcript from Rush Limbaugh bragging about his self-declared Operation Chaos, an on-going effort to encourage Republicans to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on May 6, 2008 at 09:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Win Met with Silence at Obama N.C. HQ

Obama N.C. HQ is deserted when earlier-than-anticipated call comes in that he's won the state. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on May 6, 2008 at 07:58 PM ET | Comments (30)

Voter ID Law Consequences Mild in Ind.

Beyond the case of a dozen nuns turned away by a fellow sister at a convent for lack of photo ID, Indiana's strict voter-ID law was not reported to have caused many problems today. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on May 6, 2008 at 06:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Familiar Demographic Story in N.C.

A day following a local reporter in a small N.C. town reveals votes that break down along predictable demographic lines. --Krissah Williams

Posted on May 6, 2008 at 06:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

An Obama Tilt at Granger, Ind., Poll

Pre-election polls showed Sen. Hillary Clinton edging Obama in Indiana, but such voters were not much in evidence at the Harris Township fire station here, where an economically diverse array of white Democrats and Republicans favored Obama over his New York rival. --Peter Slevin

Posted on May 6, 2008 at 05:53 PM ET | Comments (43)

Obama's Lean and Hungry Voter Outreach

INDIANAPOLIS -- Sen. Barack Obama is still short of the 2,025 delegates he needs to win the Democratic nomination, but his daily calorie intake is getting there. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on May 6, 2008 at 01:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Test for the Clinton Campaign

For Clinton, time to shine may be now or never. --Dan Balz

Posted on May 6, 2008 at 12:03 PM ET | Comments (381)

Obama Holds Primary Eve Rally in Indianapolis

As Indiana residents prepared to head to the polls for Tuesday's primary vote, Barack Obama held a 'Get Out the Vote' rally at the American Legion Mall in downtown Indianapolis.

Posted on May 6, 2008 at 08:49 AM ET | Comments (15)

Obama Nets Maryland Superdelegates

Sen. Barack Obama picked up two new superdelegates from Maryland, including the chairman of the state Democratic Party, on the eve of key presidential primaries in North Carolina and Indiana. --John Wagner

Posted on May 5, 2008 at 07:15 PM ET | Comments (28)

For Clinton, It's the Economy, Stupid, from N.C. to Indiana

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Campaigning in two cities in North Carolina before heading to the Hoosier State for three events, Hillary Clinton continued her intense focus on the economy. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on May 5, 2008 at 07:07 PM ET | Comments (46)

GOP Takes Anti-Obama Message to Mississippi in New Ad

Republicans are looking to a special election in Mississippi as a test case for the down-ballot power of an anti-Obama message. --Paul Kane

Posted on May 5, 2008 at 05:52 PM ET | Comments (12)

Clinton, Obama Stress Unity in Indianapolis

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton addressed Indiana Democrats at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on Sunday night in Indianapolis.

Posted on May 5, 2008 at 07:10 AM ET | Comments (57)

Sunday in the Park With Barack

Almost 40 years to the day after Robert F. Kennedy came to Elkhart, Obama goes door-to-door.

Posted on May 4, 2008 at 05:50 PM ET | Comments (95)

On the Barack Bus to Indiana from Chicago's West Side

INDIANAPOLIS -- Race was very much on the minds of the mostly African American group that piled onto a West Side bus in Chicago Saturday morning to campaign for Sen. Barack Obama in Indianapolis three days before the state's Democratic presidential primary. So, too, was history. --Kari Lydersen

Posted on May 4, 2008 at 01:08 PM ET | Comments (32)

Obama Courts the Working Class

Obama denounces Clinton's gas tax holiday while trying to woo working class voters.

Posted on May 3, 2008 at 02:54 PM ET | Comments (70)

Battling the "Elitist Pointy-Headed Intellectual" Tag

By Peter Slevin MUNSTER, Ind. - By emphasizing his personal story this week, Sen. Barack...

Posted on May 2, 2008 at 11:18 PM ET | Comments (72)

Contested Video Spreads Like Wildfire Online

A provocative video clip alleging to show a longtime friend of Hillary Clinton using a racial slur to describe the citizens of Indiana was sent to political reporters this morning by an independent public relations consultant who favors Barack Obama. Both the filmmaker and the subject of the film excerpt are calling the clip a fraud. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on May 2, 2008 at 01:22 PM ET | Comments (118)

Under Fire, Obama Returns to Basics

INDIANAPOLIS -- Entering the final weekend before polls open in Indiana and North Carolina on Tuesday, Sen. Barack Obama explained his recent back-to-basics approach as he works to recover from what he called "a couple of rough weeks." --Peter Slevin

Posted on May 2, 2008 at 11:40 AM ET | Comments (250)

Obama's Hoosier Hoop Dreams: The Lessons of P-I-G

UNION MILLS, Ind. - Farm talk gave way to hoop dreams on a driveway in rural Indiana as Sen. Barack Obama dueled a 14-year-old in a game of P-I-G last night. --Peter Slevin

Posted on May 2, 2008 at 10:52 AM ET | Comments (26)

Clyburn Blasts Wright for 'Knee-Capping' Obama

For a Democratic superdelegate who is officially still unaligned, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.) is sounding more and more like a Barack Obama fan. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on May 1, 2008 at 05:17 PM ET | Comments (471)

A Tipping Point for Obama -- or Just a Dip?

After Obama's rough patch, the Clinton campaign says the tide is turning her way. But is it? --Dan Balz

Posted on May 1, 2008 at 02:53 PM ET | Comments (595)

Joe Andrew Jumps from Clinton to Obama

Former Democratic Party leader Joe Andrew announced he is switching sides in the primary battle, from longtime ally Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to Sen. Barack Obama. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on May 1, 2008 at 11:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Two Obamas

One Obama is somber in talking about recent controversies. The other is still fired up, ready to go. --Peter Slevin

Posted on April 30, 2008 at 02:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Candidates on Iran

The Institute for Science and International Security, a Washington-based nonpartisan research organization, today released the candidates' responses on whether they would demand that Iran suspend its uranium enrichment program. --Glenn Kessler

Posted on April 29, 2008 at 07:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Independent Groups Ramp Up Ads

Independent groups continued to pour money into the presidential contest this week, with two new negative ads emerging today focused on a topic compelling to voters this year: health care. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on April 29, 2008 at 06:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Candidates Court Trade Skeptics

Both Democratic presidential candidates have been quietly trolling for superdelegate support among trade skeptics. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on April 29, 2008 at 05:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Strikes Back, Denouncing Wright

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Sen. Barack Obama today strongly criticized the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, his former pastor, saying that Wright's comments about the United States in recent days have been "appalling" and "outrageous." --Peter Slevin

Posted on April 29, 2008 at 04:25 PM ET | Comments (1405)

Obama on Rev. Wright: "He Does Not Speak for Me"

WILSON, N.C. -- Sen. Barack Obama wants everyone to know that he is not the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and that the talkative Wright does not speak for him. --Peter Slevin

Posted on April 28, 2008 at 08:19 PM ET | Comments (493)

Clinton Joins McCain in Criticizing Obama on Gas Tax

GRAHAM, N.C. -- In the latest example of Sen. Barack Obama facing two opponents, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton today joined Arizona Sen. John McCain in criticizing Obama for not supporting a temporary suspension of the federal gas tax. --Perry Bacon Jr. and Peter Slevin

Posted on April 28, 2008 at 07:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

N.C. Gov. Easley to Endorse Clinton

North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley will endorse Hillary Clinton at a rally tomorrow in Raleigh, according to Clinton campaign sources. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on April 28, 2008 at 06:01 PM ET | Comments (44)

Indiana, a Different Kind of Midwestern State

Quirks in the state's political landscape make Indiana a toss-up. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on April 28, 2008 at 05:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

With Bingaman Endorsement, Obama Takes Senate Support Lead

Sen. Barack Obama officially pulled ahead today in the scramble for endorsements from colleagues in the U.S. Senate, thanks to Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on April 28, 2008 at 04:01 PM ET | Comments (458)

A Tale of Two Wrights

Two Jeremiah Wrights showed up at the National Press Club this morning: the nationally recognized preacher and the bombastic firebrand. The first version of Wright delivered a reflective speech on African American church culture. The second did his most famous congregant no favors. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on April 28, 2008 at 01:06 PM ET | Comments (24)

Mississippi Republican Runs Ad Against Obama

Another Republican congressional candidate thinks he can get electoral mileage out of linking his Democratic opponent to the presidential candidacy of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and the controversies around his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. --Paul Kane

Posted on April 28, 2008 at 12:43 PM ET | Comments (91)

Rev. Wright: 'Different Does Not Mean Deficient'

Sen. Barack Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, concluded a weekend back in the media spotlight Sunday evening with a nationally televised address to the NAACP's Detroit branch that was at turns defiant and inviting. --Shailagh Murray and Scott Butterworth

Posted on April 27, 2008 at 11:16 PM ET | Comments (280)

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

Posted on April 26, 2008 at 04:48 PM ET | Comments (137)

Clinton Tries a Different Debate Debate

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

Posted on April 26, 2008 at 04:14 PM ET | Comments (699)

Obama's Hoops Victory in Indiana

Obama plays basketball in Indiana. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on April 26, 2008 at 10:10 AM ET | Comments (68)

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

Posted on April 25, 2008 at 06:50 PM ET | Comments (639)

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

Posted on April 25, 2008 at 04:26 PM ET | Comments (58)

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

Posted on April 25, 2008 at 03:17 PM ET | Comments (373)

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

Posted on April 25, 2008 at 02:42 PM ET | Comments (133)

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

Posted on April 24, 2008 at 07:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama and the Critical Indiana Primary

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

Posted on April 24, 2008 at 04:25 PM ET | Comments (352)

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

Posted on April 24, 2008 at 03:42 PM ET | Comments (78)

Why Endorse? Bayh Asks Hoosier Reps

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

Posted on April 23, 2008 at 07:28 PM ET | Comments (368)

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

Posted on April 23, 2008 at 07:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on April 23, 2008 at 07:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on April 23, 2008 at 04:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on April 23, 2008 at 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Supporters Boo Clinton Win

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

Posted on April 22, 2008 at 11:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on April 22, 2008 at 09:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Suburban Party-Switchers at the Polls

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

Posted on April 22, 2008 at 02:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on April 22, 2008 at 02:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bill Clinton: Obama Campaign 'Played the Race Card on Me'

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

Posted on April 22, 2008 at 01:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on April 22, 2008 at 01:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on April 22, 2008 at 11:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on April 22, 2008 at 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

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.

Posted on April 22, 2008 at 08:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on April 21, 2008 at 05:09 PM ET | Comments (75)

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

Posted on April 21, 2008 at 01:55 PM ET | Comments (101)

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

Posted on April 21, 2008 at 12:40 PM ET | Comments (670)

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

Posted on April 21, 2008 at 11:20 AM ET | Comments (79)

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

Posted on April 20, 2008 at 09:29 PM ET | Comments (77)

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

Posted on April 20, 2008 at 06:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on April 20, 2008 at 03:09 PM ET | Comments (282)

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

Posted on April 20, 2008 at 02:46 PM ET | Comments (129)

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.

Posted on April 20, 2008 at 11:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on April 19, 2008 at 09:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on April 19, 2008 at 04:25 PM ET | Comments (187)

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

Posted on April 19, 2008 at 01:59 PM ET | Comments (30)

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.

Posted on April 19, 2008 at 11:23 AM ET | Comments (168)

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.

Posted on April 18, 2008 at 10:52 PM ET | Comments (180)

Obama: "We Like Beer"

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

Posted on April 18, 2008 at 05:59 PM ET | Comments (30)

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

Posted on April 18, 2008 at 02:07 PM ET | Comments (30)

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.

Posted on April 18, 2008 at 12:50 PM ET | Comments (274)

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

Posted on April 18, 2008 at 12:31 PM ET | Comments (50)

Bill Ayers Has a Blog -- and Regrets

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

Posted on April 17, 2008 at 08:18 PM ET | Comments (82)

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.

Posted on April 17, 2008 at 07:05 PM ET | Comments (10)

Obama, Post-Debate, Decries "Gotcha Games"

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

Posted on April 17, 2008 at 04:30 PM ET | Comments (187)

SEIU Joins the Pa. Fray

SEIU releases a new pro-Obama spot in Pa.

Posted on April 17, 2008 at 11:52 AM ET | Comments (3)

Recapping the Philadelphia Debate

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

Posted on April 17, 2008 at 11:12 AM ET | Comments (26)

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

Posted on April 16, 2008 at 05:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bruce Springsteen Backs Obama

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

Posted on April 16, 2008 at 11:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on April 15, 2008 at 06:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Avoids 'Bitter' Talk at Newspaper Conference

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

Posted on April 15, 2008 at 04:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on April 15, 2008 at 12:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

When It Comes to Controversy, Obama Tries to Power Through

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

Posted on April 15, 2008 at 09:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

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.

Posted on April 15, 2008 at 09:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on April 14, 2008 at 07:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on April 14, 2008 at 07:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on April 14, 2008 at 06:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

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.

Posted on April 14, 2008 at 01:03 PM ET | Comments (210)

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.

Posted on April 14, 2008 at 12:33 PM ET | Comments (35)

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

Posted on April 14, 2008 at 11:28 AM ET | Comments (429)

"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.

Posted on April 14, 2008 at 11:21 AM ET | Comments (38)

Sen. Casey Defends Obama in New Ad

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

Posted on April 14, 2008 at 10:50 AM ET | Comments (54)

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.

Posted on April 13, 2008 at 03:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Concedes He Misspoke

As his political opponents heap on scorn, Sen. Barack Obama acknowledged that he chose his words poorly when describing small-town Pennsylvanians at a fundraiser on Sunday. But he didn't back off the message he had sought to convey. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on April 12, 2008 at 12:08 PM ET | Comments (596)

In Hoosier State, Clinton Ramps Up 'Bitter' Talk

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- For the second straight day, Sen. Hillary Clinton blasted Sen. Barack Obama for comments he made that voters in small towns in Pennsylvania and other states were "bitter" because of the loss of job in their states. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on April 12, 2008 at 11:56 AM ET | Comments (62)

Obama Expands on 'Bitter' Pennsylvanians Comment

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Sen. Barack Obama didn't back down from "Bittergate." At a town hall meeting here tonight, he repeated the offending word three times. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on April 11, 2008 at 09:37 PM ET | Comments (727)

Obama Calls Small-Town Pennsylvanians 'Bitter'

Sen. Hillary Clinton criticized Sen. Barack Obama for a comment the Illinois senator made at a fundraiser in San Francisco earlier this week in which he referred to voters in Pennsylvania as "bitter." --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on April 11, 2008 at 08:37 PM ET | Comments (138)

McCain Challenges Obama on Public Financing

Sen. John McCain prods Sen. Barack Obama to live up to a past commitment to accept public funds for the general election. --Dan Balz

Posted on April 11, 2008 at 03:37 PM ET | Comments (47)

Will Halt in Troop Withdrawals Give Dems Flexibility?

What if Bush's decision to suspend troop withdrawals from Iraq is actually doing a favor for a future Democratic president? What if, intentionally or not, he is giving a President Obama or a President Clinton more running room come January 20? --Peter Baker

Posted on April 11, 2008 at 12:35 PM ET | Comments (77)

Obama on Powell, Public Financing and Mark Penn

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Sen. Barack Obama addressed a number of newsy issues at a press conference this morning. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on April 11, 2008 at 09:52 AM ET | Comments (37)

Keeping a Sense of Perspective on College Life

LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Sen. Barack Obama has a vision, and it extends well beyond health care and Iraq. It includes parenting (turn off the TV and video games). And eating habits (no cold Popeye's for breakfast). And now, dorm life. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on April 10, 2008 at 10:01 PM ET | Comments (18)

Clinton: America Needs Leader Who Won't 'Bend' or 'Break'

Is Hillary Clinton saying Barack Obama isn't tough enough to be president? --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on April 10, 2008 at 06:31 PM ET | Comments (124)

Obama Rallies Gary with Talk of Tough Times

GARY, Ind. -- Sen. Barack Obama brought his newly minted economic populist message to one of the country's most troubled cities -- and a key front in his nomination battle with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on April 10, 2008 at 01:59 PM ET | Comments (98)

Boycott Gets a Maybe from Obama

LEVITTOWN, Pa. -- Sen. Barack Obama today took a wait-and-see approach to a potential boycott of the opening ceremonies in Beijing. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on April 9, 2008 at 07:39 PM ET | Comments (69)

Candidates React to Carter Hamas Plans

Former president Jimmy Carter plans to meet next week in Damascus with Khaled Meshal, the head of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, in a direct rebuke of the Bush administration's campaign to isolate it. Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, was quick to blast Carter's reported plans, while Clinton and Obama issued statements with milder language, saying they "disagreed" or did "not agree" with Carter's plans. --Glenn Kessler

Posted on April 9, 2008 at 07:13 PM ET | Comments (38)

Where It All Began for Obama

Sen. Barack Obama disclosed to a crowd of 1,400 that the ice cream chain Basin-Robbins was his first employer as a teenager. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on April 9, 2008 at 04:48 PM ET | Comments (9)

Obama's Emerging Economic Message

MALVERN, Pa. -- Sen. Barack Obama took aim at both parties for lacking an economic vision to lead the country into a more prosperous era, decrying the "Bush-Cheney-McCain" principle of "you're on your own," rather than "we're all in this together." --Shailagh Murray

Posted on April 9, 2008 at 03:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pelosi Pooh-Poohs the 'Dream Ticket' (Again)

In an interview with four student journalists as part of mtvU's "Editorial Board," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revisited comments she made roughly a month ago -- that there was no way that the so-called "Dream Ticket" would come to pass.

Posted on April 9, 2008 at 02:07 PM ET | Comments (21)

Light Reading Aboard the Obama Express

The Obama campaign gets a new charter airplane, one that's still using the inflight materials for its previous route to Nigeria. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on April 9, 2008 at 11:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Candidate Speeches a Study in Contrasts

Two speeches on the same night in Montana provide a vivid example of different speaking styles. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on April 6, 2008 at 06:41 PM ET | Comments (31)

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

Posted on April 5, 2008 at 11:00 PM ET | Comments (63)

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

Posted on April 5, 2008 at 09:27 PM ET | Comments (27)

Dan Taylor Lands a Big One

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

Posted on April 5, 2008 at 03:43 PM ET | Comments (82)

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

Posted on April 4, 2008 at 02:22 PM ET | Comments (54)

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

Posted on April 4, 2008 at 10:55 AM ET | Comments (14)

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

Posted on April 3, 2008 at 07:26 PM ET | Comments (32)

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

Posted on April 3, 2008 at 02:19 PM ET | Comments (41)

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

Posted on April 3, 2008 at 10:46 AM ET | Comments (32)

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

Posted on April 2, 2008 at 01:51 PM ET | Comments (181)

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

Posted on April 2, 2008 at 01:30 PM ET | Comments (34)

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

Posted on April 2, 2008 at 10:45 AM ET | Comments (16)

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

Posted on April 2, 2008 at 10:36 AM ET | Comments (78)

A New Tone to the Long Primary Season

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

Posted on April 1, 2008 at 08:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hoyer's Breakfast Table Solution for Superdelegates

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

Posted on April 1, 2008 at 04:06 PM ET | Comments (6)

Ready to Bowl for Day One?

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

Posted on April 1, 2008 at 02:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on March 31, 2008 at 05:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on March 31, 2008 at 02:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

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

Posted on March 31, 2008 at 09:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama and Casey's Mutually Helpful Friendship

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

Posted on March 30, 2008 at 05:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama: Let the Contest Continue Into June

By Shailagh Murray STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Many of his supporters may be growing impatient,...

Posted on March 29, 2008 at 07:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Former Edwards Donors Prefer Obama

Sen. Barack Obama has raised twice as much money as Sen. Hillary Clinton from donors who had previously been bankrolling John Edwards' presidential bid, according to a new analysis by CQ MoneyLine of contributions given in February, the first full month after Edwards dropped out of the running.By Matthew Mosk

Posted on March 28, 2008 at 12:10 PM ET | Comments (67)

Rice Responds to Obama's Race Speech

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in an interview with the The Washington Times that was released today, said she watched Sen. Barack Obama give his speech on racism in America last week, adding, "I think it was important that he gave it for a whole host of reasons."--Glenn Kessler

Posted on March 28, 2008 at 11:07 AM ET | Comments (26)

On Wright Question, Unclear Answers From Obama

While he has discussed his relationship with the former pastor of his church constantly over the last two weeks, it's still unclear what exactly Barack Obama heard as he sat in the pews of Trinity United Church of Christ.--Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on March 27, 2008 at 06:52 PM ET | Comments (230)

McCain Democrats? Putting a Survey in Historical Context

By Jon Cohen Democrats afraid their party will suffer from the extended primary battle point...

Posted on March 27, 2008 at 06:05 PM ET | Comments (15)

A Survey That Raises Tough Questions

Democratic superdelegates watching the competition between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and wondering what to do ought to take a look at the latest NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll. The survey, out Thursday morning, doesn't provide all the answers they're looking for but does raise all the right questions. --Dan Balz

Posted on March 27, 2008 at 05:50 PM ET | Comments (44)

McCain, Under Pressure, Revisits Economic Questions

The McCain campaign revisited the economy today, issuing a statement saying that he would not be opposed to all attempts to help struggling homeowners, as long as speculators were not bailed out. --Alec MacGillis and Krissah Williams

Posted on March 27, 2008 at 05:23 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Backers Urge Pelosi to Stand Firm

Online activists at MoveOn.org, a liberal group that has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, responded today to a letter top donors to Sen. Hillary Clinton sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on March 27, 2008 at 05:11 PM ET | Comments (70)

Liberalism Without Dogmatism?

How conservatives and liberals alike think Obama may be different. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on March 26, 2008 at 06:13 PM ET | Comments (39)

Obama Gets Back to Work

On his first campaign stop since returning from a brief vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Barack Obama likened the presumptive GOP nominee John McCain to George W. Bush. --Perry Bacon

Posted on March 26, 2008 at 03:43 PM ET | Comments (95)

On War and the Economy, McCain Provides a Clear Contrast

For all the talk about McCain's maverick style and cross-party appeal, his views on two of the biggest issues of the campaign put him sharply at odds with the Democrats. --Dan Balz

Posted on March 26, 2008 at 12:27 PM ET | Comments (177)

Clinton Weighs in on Wright Controversy

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking for the first time directly about the association between the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Sen. Barack Obama, said "getting up and moving" would have been the right response to hearing the preacher's fiery sermons. --Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on March 25, 2008 at 05:15 PM ET | Comments (584)

The Democrats' Good News Primary

There is understandable concern among Democrats that the longer the battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton goes on, and the nastier it gets, the more split the party will be heading into the fall campaign. But news out of Pennsylvania overnight offers contrary evidence, suggesting this contest is good news for the Democrats. Figures from Pennsylvania's Department of State showed that Democrats have now topped 4 million registered voters, the first time either party has crossed that threshold. --Dan Balz

Posted on March 25, 2008 at 03:37 PM ET | Comments (74)

Obama, Releasing Returns, Presses Clinton on Taxes

Sen. Barack Obama attempted today to up the ante in his effort to force rival Sen. Hillary Clinton to release her tax returns. --Matthew Mosk and Alec MacGillis

Posted on March 25, 2008 at 02:47 PM ET | Comments (176)

Clinton, Obama Camps Trade Outrage and Charges -- Again

The drama-filled tit-for-tat continued today between the campaigns of Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. This time is was the Clinton campaign's turn to demand that an Obama supporter apologize for a comment that Clinton spokesman Phil Singer called the "most personal attack yet" by the Obama campaign. --Krissah Williams

Posted on March 24, 2008 at 06:30 PM ET | Comments (138)

In Pa. Address, Clinton Homes in on Economy

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton laid out a plan to stem the growing housing crisis, calling for greater lender transparency and assistance for individual homeowners and communities to prevent more foreclosures. --Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on March 24, 2008 at 11:56 AM ET | Comments (82)

Who's the Stronger Democrat for the General Election?

Presidential hopefuls Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) shake hands after...

Posted on March 24, 2008 at 11:42 AM ET | Comments (302)

Oregon College Town Delivers a Standing O

By Jonathan Weisman CORVALLIS, Ore. -- After what even he described as "a turbulent couple...

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 10:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

The New Hyde Park Project

The Center for American Progress Action Fund Friday morning unveiled the first installment of its "Hyde Park Project" to defend progressive ideas. --Juliet Eilperin

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 06:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Richardson, Endorsing Obama, Looks for Generational Change

PORTLAND, Ore. -- At a thunderous rally in Memorial Colliseum here, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for president, appealing for peace in the Democratic Party and hailing the moment as historic. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 01:37 PM ET | Comments (175)

Obama Camp Ratchets Up Attacks on Clinton

PORTLAND, Or. -- The Obama campaign fired off what may be its most aggressive broadside yet on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's honesty this morning, with campaign manager David Plouffe issuing a diatribe on what they called her "history of misleading voters," then declaring on a conference call, "The American people simply are not going to elect someone who they think are not honest and trustworthy." --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 10:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Snags Richardson Endorsement

CHICAGO -- Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) will endorse Sen. Barack Obama's presidential candidacy today after a long courtship by both Obama and his rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Obama campaign announced this morning. --Peter Slevin

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 09:13 AM ET | Comments (326)

Ferraro: Obama Wrong to Compare Me to Wright

Geraldine Ferraro today objected vehemently to Barack Obama's linkage in his Tuesday speech of her comments and the inflammatory excerpts of sermons by Rev. Jeremiah Wright, his longtime pastor. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on March 20, 2008 at 06:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

McCain Aide Suspended Over Video Forward

Arizona Sen. John McCain's campaign today suspended Soren Dayton, a low-level aide in the political department, after he forwarded an inflammatory anti-Obama YouTube video mashup to his private Twitter feed. --Garance Franke-Ruta

Posted on March 20, 2008 at 06:02 PM ET | Comments (45)

Obama at the Sports Bar

CHARLESTON, W.V. -- Barack Obama went trolling for votes with the white working class voters that have always given him trouble, in the best place he could find them -- a sports bar in the full bloom of March Madness. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on March 20, 2008 at 05:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Campaign Harshly Critical of Clinton's NAFTA Role

Updated 6:38 p.m. By Jonathan Weisman Barack Obama's campaign pounced on newly released documents showing...

Posted on March 20, 2008 at 05:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Pivots Back to the Pocketbook

CHARLESTON, W.V. -- Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama, visiting the potentially critical state of West Virginia today, pivoted his campaign from the difficult issues of race and war back to pocketbook issues, making an economic case for ending the conflict in Iraq. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on March 20, 2008 at 12:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Do-Over Undone

How the Michigan primary deal fell apart.

Posted on March 20, 2008 at 12:09 PM ET | Comments (341)

Barack's Bracketology

After toiling all day Wednesday on his bracketology, Barack Obama has revealed his politically astute picks. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on March 20, 2008 at 11:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

While McCain, Obama Trade Barbs on War, Voters Have Other Questions

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, presumptive Republican nominee John McCain and Democratic hopeful Barack Obama traded barbs on the war that offer a preview to the potential general election campaign. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on March 19, 2008 at 05:18 PM ET | Comments (105)

A Virginian Veep? Webb Downplays the Rumors

Is Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia made a less than firm rejection of the rumors linking him to the No. 2 spot at a breakfast session sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. --David Broder

Posted on March 19, 2008 at 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

On Iraq Anniversary, Obama Speaks of 'Security Gap'

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- On the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion, Sen. Barack Obama drew a stark contrast with Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain, portraying his rivals as political opportunists who made the wrong call by voting to authorize the war. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on March 19, 2008 at 12:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Speech Reaches Most-Viewed Status on YouTube

By Jose Antonio Vargas Barack Obama's Philadephia speech on race, posted on the senator's own YouTube channel, has been viewed more than 1.2 million times in less than 24 hours.

Posted on March 19, 2008 at 12:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Lawyer Questions Wisdom of Michigan Revote

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Sen. Barack Obama's campaign has raised questions about a possible June 3 revote in Michigan, although the Democratic National Committee seems fine with the idea. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on March 19, 2008 at 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Trinity Handles Scrutiny with Expertise

By Eli Saslow Trinity United Church of Christ continues to be a hot topic after...

Posted on March 18, 2008 at 06:37 PM ET | Comments (7)

For Obama, a Test of Leadership

PHILADELPHIA -- The damage to Barack Obama's presidential candidacy was already real when he stepped into the pulpit of the National Constitution Center here on Tuesday morning. Obama was a politician under fire, his campaign engulfed in controversy by the fiery, divisive and racially charged words of his Chicago pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Posted on March 18, 2008 at 02:32 PM ET | Comments (213)

Obama Speech Confronts Racial Divisions

PHILADELPHIA -- Sen. Barack Obama sought to quell the political firestorm stirred by his former pastor Jeremiah Wright with a deeply personal speech about black anger, white anger, and the gulf that race continues to represent in U.S. society. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on March 18, 2008 at 01:17 PM ET | Comments (138)

Five Years On, Iraq Slips Off the Radar

This was supposed to be the week of Iraq, the week that the fifth anniversary of the invasion focused the nation's attention back on its turbulent project in the Middle East. And yet the war debate that gripped the capital last year has slipped off the frontburner.

Posted on March 18, 2008 at 12:14 PM ET | Comments (31)

Obama's Philadelphia Speech on Race and the Race

A transcript of Sen. Barack Obama's speech "A More Perfect Union."

Posted on March 18, 2008 at 11:04 AM ET | Comments (94)

Scranton Gets to Meet Candidate O'Bama

By Shailagh Murray SCRANTON, Pa. -- Sen. Barack Obama introduced himself to Electric City on...

Posted on March 17, 2008 at 09:01 PM ET | Comments (54)

Gary Hart Takes a Few More Swings

In an interview this afternoon, Hart remained upset about Clinton's attacks on Obama's national security credentials. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on March 17, 2008 at 07:47 PM ET | Comments (29)

Obama Plans Speech on Race

MONACA, Pa -- Sen. Barack Obama will deliver a major speech about race in Philadelphia tomorrow that he said would explore his relationship with Chicago pastor Jeremiah Wright and the wave of controversy it has stirred in his presidential bid. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on March 17, 2008 at 02:30 PM ET | Comments (207)

Obama Racks Up Superdelegate Commitments

After winning the popular vote in the Texas and Ohio primaries on March 4, it seemed that Hillary Clinton had captured the momentum in the Democratic race. The all-important superdelegates don't seem to agree. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on March 17, 2008 at 01:08 PM ET | Comments (120)

Bill Clinton Pushes Back Against Critics

President Clinton, in two of his first interviews since his wife's campaign at times starting blocking reporters' access to him in the wake of controversial remarks he made in January, this weekend forcefully took on criticisms that his rhetoric against Barack Obama has had racial overtones. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on March 17, 2008 at 12:23 PM ET | Comments (33)

Clinton Says Iraq Surge Hasn't Accomplished Goals

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said that the increase in U.S. troops in Iraq over the last year has "not accomplished its goals." --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on March 17, 2008 at 11:59 AM ET | Comments (125)

College Journalists Interview Bill Clinton

Addressing a group of college journalists Sunday in New Orleans, former president Bill Clinton said that Sen. Barack Obama has twisted his wife's experience "as a change maker" into "a disability for being elected." --Scott Butterworth

Posted on March 17, 2008 at 08:45 AM ET | Comments (26)

New Point of Emphasis: 'Common Dreams'

By Peter Slevin CHICAGO -- One day after Sen. Barack Obama sharply rejected his former...

Posted on March 15, 2008 at 08:49 PM ET | Comments (68)

Answering More Questions About Rezko

Updated 11:07 p.m. By Peter Slevin CHICAGO -- Sen. Barack Obama, seeking to put to...

Posted on March 14, 2008 at 09:15 PM ET | Comments (48)

Obama Condemns Pastor's Remarks

In a statement sent to The Huffington Post this afternoon, Obama sought to put some distance between himself and the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, calling his comments "inflammatory and appalling." --Peter Slevin

Posted on March 14, 2008 at 05:38 PM ET | Comments (437)

21st Time's the Charm: Another Democratic Debate in the Works

If you're interested in another 30-minute argument about health care mandates, followed by one more round on the 2002 Congressional vote authorizing the use of force in Iraq, you're in luck: the two remaining Democratic presidential candidates will be holding another primary debate. That would be their 21st one. --Garance Franke-Ruta

Posted on March 13, 2008 at 04:41 PM ET | Comments (50)

A Military Earmark's Ties to Obama Money Man

Sen. Barack Obama requested $8 million for a military defense contractor that has close ties to one of his most prodigious fundraisers. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on March 13, 2008 at 03:53 PM ET | Comments (190)

Off the Trail for a Day, Senate Life Resumes

Marathon budget votes in the Senate, stretching from late morning until late tonight, mean lots of quality floor time for Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on March 13, 2008 at 02:59 PM ET | Comments (13)

Obama on Race and the Race

CHICAGO -- Taking questions after winning the Mississippi primary, where he fared far better with black voters than white ones, Sen. Barack Obama argued that he has performed well across a range of demographic categories in a campaign that he believes is too often measured by race, gender and geography. --Peter Slevin

Posted on March 12, 2008 at 06:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ferraro Cuts Ties with Clinton

Geraldine Ferraro has relinquished her position on the Clinton campaign after causing a firestorm with her remarks that Sen. Barack Obama is only where he is politically because he is a black man. --Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on March 12, 2008 at 06:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's Brass Band

CHICAGO -- Sen. Barack Obama set out to address the military gravitas question Wednesday, standing before nine retired generals and admirals in a Chicago museum to offer fresh details of his national security thinking and renewed criticism of his chief rivals for their support of the Iraq war. --Peter Slevin

Posted on March 12, 2008 at 04:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bush Bashes Clinton (and Obama)

President Bush waded further into the presidential race today, slamming Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama for "empty, hollow political rhetoric" on trade and warning that they would make "a reckless mistake" by retreating from agreements to lower barriers with other countries. --Peter Baker

Posted on March 12, 2008 at 03:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Primary Positioning

Eager to be able to claim victory in Michigan and Ohio, Hillary Clinton's campaign is aggressively pushing Barack Obama to reach an agreement for a re-vote in those states. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on March 12, 2008 at 01:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Beats Clinton in Mississippi

By Chris Cillizza Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) defeated Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) in Mississippi's...

Posted on March 11, 2008 at 09:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Disagrees With but Declines to Press Ferraro

Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign declined today to force former Democratic vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro from its finance committee, as her rival Sen. Barack Obama and his aides demanded, after Ferraro suggested Obama would not be in the position he is not if not for his race and gender. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on March 11, 2008 at 06:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Calls for Censure of Ferraro

FAIRLESS HILL, Penn. -- The Obama campaign called on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to censure former vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro. --Peter Slevin

Posted on March 11, 2008 at 05:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's Mississippi Morning

Barack Obama tries out the grits at S.B. Buck's during a Mississippi breakfast stop. --Peter Slevin

Posted on March 11, 2008 at 04:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama: Clinton Hasn't Passed Commander in Chief Test, Either

The Obama campaign has awoken from the stupor of its Texas and Ohio losses with a series of tough hits today on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on March 11, 2008 at 11:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

McCain Campaign Condemns Backer's Obama Remarks

A spokeswoman for Sen. John McCain today condemned comments by Iowa Rep. Steve King (R), who on Friday said terrorists would be "dancing in the streets" if Barack Obama is elected president. --Michael D. Shear and Peter Slevin

Posted on March 10, 2008 at 05:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Girl in Clinton Ad Prefers Obama on the Phone

The much talked about campaign ad with the ringing phone and images of vulnerable, sleeping children that has been credited with helping Sen. Hillary Clinton win Texas and Ohio has come under new scrutiny by one unwitting star of the commercial. --Krissah Williams

Posted on March 10, 2008 at 03:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama: I'm No V.P.

COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Sen. Barack Obama set out this morning to puncture the idea of a Clinton-Obama ticket, calling the suggestion an example of "gamesmanship" and "doubletalk" by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former president Bill Clinton, who said here Saturday that a ticket with Clinton on top and Obama as vice president would be "an almost unstoppable force." --Peter Slevin

Posted on March 10, 2008 at 02:48 PM ET | Comments (580)

In Wyo., Criticizing Clinton's 'Standing' on War

By Peter Slevin CASPER, Wyo. -- Sen. Barack Obama fired back on Friday at Sen....

Posted on March 8, 2008 at 10:55 AM ET | Comments (257)

Obama Team Charges 'Double Standard' on Adviser Statements

Barack Obama's campaign, which has been spending more time than it would like discussing the utterances of its academic advisers, this afternoon downplayed the recent suggestion of its newly-departed foreign policy adviser that Obama's pledge to withdraw combat troops from Iraq within 16 months was less than hard and fast.--Alec MacGillis

Posted on March 7, 2008 at 03:18 PM ET | Comments (160)

Clinton Woos Voters in Obama Territory

At a state dinner in the Mississippi Delta, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton acknowledges rival Barack Obama's popularity, then gently urgers voters to consider supporting her anyway.

Posted on March 7, 2008 at 06:41 AM ET | Comments (72)

A $55 Million Month for Obama

Sen. Barack Obama continues to rewrite the book on presidential fundraising. Today his campaign announced he raised $55 million in February from more than 700,000 contributors. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on March 6, 2008 at 03:42 PM ET | Comments (96)

Pennsylvanians Get Set for 'Iowa on Steroids'

PHILADELPHIA -- Pennsylvania State Democratic Party Chairman T.J. Rooney sipped a cocktail in the Vesper Club off Walnut Street, ready for the political tsunami about to overtake his state. "I don't think most people know what we're in for," Rooney said, smiling. "And I mean that as a good thing." --Krissah Williams

Posted on March 5, 2008 at 06:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Beyond Math to a Tougher Message for Obama

Barack Obama awoke Wednesday to a new race for the Democratic nomination. To hear him explain Hillary Clinton's stunning victories in Ohio and Texas, Tuesday's results did little to change the basic trajectory of the race. --Dan Balz

Posted on March 5, 2008 at 01:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Takes the Gloves Off

Vanquished at the polls for the first time in a month, Obama said Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's negative attacks had likely harmed him with voters, and vowed to take a more aggressive stance as the battle moves on to Pennsylvania. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on March 5, 2008 at 12:07 PM ET | Comments (192)

Democratic Group Launches Anti-McCain Ad

A Democratic group launched a massive new independently-financed ad campaign attacking John McCain today, launching the first assault on the Republican nominee in the absence of a Democratic candidate. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on March 5, 2008 at 11:49 AM ET | Comments (12)

Obama Still Firmly in the Lead, Strategist Says

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- As Sen. Barack Obama wrapped up a brief speech to his supporters here, who had huddled outside for two hours on a chilly night, chief strategist David Axelrod sought to set the record straight about what appeared to be a good night for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on March 5, 2008 at 12:25 AM ET | Comments (187)

Networks Call Ohio for Clinton

A volunteer makes phone calls in front of a mirror with the writing "I am...

Posted on March 4, 2008 at 11:06 PM ET | Comments (6)

Chaos Rules at Laredo Caucus

LAREDO, Tex. -- In an attempt to lure voters into this city's biggest caucus, the Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigns have brought an all-out carnival to the main entrance of United High School on the north side of town tonight. --Eli Saslow

Posted on March 4, 2008 at 10:33 PM ET | Comments (13)

Obama Calls McCain With Congratulations

By Shailagh Murray SAN ANTONIO -- Sen. Barack Obama called Sen. John McCain from his...

Posted on March 4, 2008 at 10:29 PM ET | Comments (8)

Counting Delegates and Hoping for a Win

By Shailagh Murray SAN ANTONIO -- Sen. Barack Obama's campaign aides are breathing a sigh...

Posted on March 4, 2008 at 10:01 PM ET | Comments (7)

McCain Clinches It

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and his wife, Cindy, in his hotel suite...

Posted on March 4, 2008 at 09:52 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Lawyer Crashes Clinton Call

In an extraordinarily aggressive bit of pushback, Bob Bauer, general counsel to the Barack Obama campaign, jumped onto a Hillary Clinton campaign phone call with reporters on Tuesday night to dispute the premise of the call. --Anne E. Kornblut and Matthew Mosk

Posted on March 4, 2008 at 09:17 PM ET | Comments (46)

Notes From the Mahoning Valley

Some observations and hunches from visiting the economically depressed Mahoning Valley region in Ohio. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on March 4, 2008 at 08:07 PM ET | Comments (9)

Obama Campaign Requests Poll Hour Extension

By Shailagh Murray SAN ANTONIO -- Sen. Barack Obama's campaign is requesting a two-hour extension...

Posted on March 4, 2008 at 07:42 PM ET | Comments (27)

Obama Wins the Green Mountains

Of all the predictions ventured on what will happen as the votes are tallied today, perhaps the easiest call to make was the triumph of Barack Obama in the Green Mountain State.--Rachel Dry

Posted on March 4, 2008 at 07:36 PM ET | Comments (11)

Texas Dems to Campaigns: Play Fair

With more than 8,000 precincts and not enough volunteers to serve as precinct captains for tonight's caucus events, the Texas Democratic Party decided that the job of chair would be handed out on what amounts to a first-come, first-served basis. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on March 4, 2008 at 06:57 PM ET | Comments (11)

Economy Tops Again in Early Exit Polls

Early exit polls showed the economy tops in Ohio and Texas, and high Hispanic turnout in Texas. --Jon Cohen and Jennifer Agiesta

Posted on March 4, 2008 at 05:43 PM ET | Comments (12)

Ohio Elections Official Questions Obama Tactics

Ohio elections officials received complaints this morning from official poll workers about efforts by supporters of Democrat Barack Obama to serve as "legal poll monitors" who would be allowed to camp inside the voting stations. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on March 4, 2008 at 03:27 PM ET | Comments (68)

No Regrets From Obama

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and wife Michelle answer reporters' questions aboard the campaign plane,...

Posted on March 4, 2008 at 03:05 PM ET | Comments (31)

Obama's Words of Caution

While Clinton is sounding bullish, Obama cautioned supporters to prepare for a potentially long and tough slog -- and perhaps a measure of disappointment tonight. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on March 4, 2008 at 01:49 PM ET | Comments (11)

Clinton Down, but Not Out, for the Count

What running the delegate numbers shows about Clinton's chances.--Peter Baker

Posted on March 4, 2008 at 10:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Questions Obama Adviser's Dealings With Canada

Clinton accused Obama of doing "the old wink-wink."--Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on March 3, 2008 at 11:26 AM ET | Comments (112)

A New Canadian Controversy, This One Musical

As Barack Obama heads into what could be the defining set of primaries against Hillary Clinton, the Illinois Democrat is doing everything he can to court the youth vote by cornering the indie band market. --Juliet Eilperin and Rena Kirsch

Posted on March 2, 2008 at 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Throws Away the Script

Shelves standard speech for Q and A approach in last days before March 4.

Posted on March 2, 2008 at 01:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Warm Reception North of the Border

BROWNSVILLE, Tex. -- In stops at Hope Park and the Sombremo Festival, Sen. Barack Obama heard plenty of support from South Texas residents.--Shailagh Murray

Posted on February 29, 2008 at 09:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bill Clinton, a Changed Man?

Former president Clinton, after drawing headlines last month for his sharp criticisms of Obama, is now a changed man on the stump, having been limited by wife's staff in how he can make the case for her and against Obama. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on February 29, 2008 at 06:21 PM ET | Comments (29)

Obama, Obama, Obama - the Sequel

Barack Obama's campaign is enjoying another hip, tuneful, B-list-celebrity YouTube moment -- this time with an overt appeal to Spanish-speaking voters -- courtesy of musician will.i.am. --David Montgomery

Posted on February 29, 2008 at 04:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton's Daunting Road Ahead

Victories in both Ohio and Texas would be incentive enough for Hillary Clinton to continue her candidacy into Pennsylvania, but if Obama emerges with no significant damage to his delegate advantage, her prospects for ending the primaries with a lead in pledged delegates remain daunting. --Dan Balz

Posted on February 29, 2008 at 12:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Backs Law Helping McCain

FT. WORTH, Texas - Sen. Barack Obama's campaign announced he would co-sponsor legislation introduced yesterday by his political ally Sen. Claire McCaskill to ensure that John McCain can become president, even though he was born in the Panama Canal Zone. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on February 29, 2008 at 12:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Responds to 'Children' Ad

Barack Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said on a conference call with reporters that the "Children" ad released by the Hillary Clinton campaign today would likely not have its intended effect. --Alec MacGillis and Shailagh Murray

Posted on February 29, 2008 at 11:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Parenting Tips from Obama Please a Crowd

At a townhall meeting here before a mostly African American audience this afternoon, Obama couldn't resist a brief exegesis on one of his favorite subjects, parenting -- and he got a foot-stomping response worthy of an evangelical church service in reply. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on February 28, 2008 at 05:37 PM ET | Comments (70)

Obama: 'Remember N.H.'

AUSTIN, Texas -- Others may be writing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's political obituary, but "I have not," Sen. Barack Obama told reporters aboard his campaign plane this afternoon. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on February 28, 2008 at 03:34 PM ET | Comments (54)

In November, a Question of the Ages?

The showdown between Bob Dole and Bill Clinton a dozen years ago was a generational clash that may offer some lessons for political strategists this year if Barack Obama manages to win the right to take on John McCain in the fall.--Peter Baker

Posted on February 28, 2008 at 11:17 AM ET | Comments (22)

Ethel Kennedy Stumps for Obama in Texas

Sen. Barack Obama received support in Houston on Wednesday from Ethel Kennedy, widow of former Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and their son, Max. They visited volunteers at the Obama campaign headquarters in downtown Houston. KPRC's Lisa Baldwin Reports.

Posted on February 27, 2008 at 09:04 PM ET | Comments (43)

Scrutiny of NYC Election Results Yields Few Changes

Official results have been released by the city's Board of Elections, including emergency, absentee and other categories of votes that were not part of the original election day tally. How do the new results change things? Not so much.

Posted on February 27, 2008 at 04:58 PM ET | Comments (4)

Clinton Outspent in Texas and Ohio

Barack Obama is significantly out-spending Hillary Clinton on television advertising in Texas and Ohio, and his advertising edge has been compounded by a raft of commercials being aired by two large labor unions that are supporting him. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on February 27, 2008 at 02:50 PM ET | Comments (91)

Final Debate Changes Little, Though Earlier Ones Changed Obama

CLEVELAND -- Two things were clear from Tuesday's Democratic debate here in Cleveland: Barack Obama is a much improved debater from what he was when he began his presidential campaign, and Hillary Clinton did not do what she needed to do to change the shape of the Democratic race. --Dan Balz

Posted on February 27, 2008 at 02:08 PM ET | Comments (43)

Obama Fires Back at McCain

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sen. Barack Obama fired back at Sen. John McCain this morning after the Arizona Republican suggested Obama was unaware that al-Qaeda had been causing trouble in Iraq. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on February 27, 2008 at 01:38 PM ET | Comments (152)

Sen. Dorgan to Endorse Obama

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) told The Trail moments ago that he will be endorsing Barack Obama for president this afternoon, becoming the 10th senator to officially endorse the Illinois senator's bid for the Democratic nomination. --Paul Kane

Posted on February 27, 2008 at 12:49 PM ET | Comments (46)

New Pennsylvania Poll Shows Slim Clinton Lead

A new poll shows Hillary Clinton hanging to a slim lead in Pennsylvania, highlighting the breadth of Barack Obama's newfound appeal and the challenges Clinton faces should the race for the Democratic nomination reach the Keystone State. --Jon Cohen

Posted on February 27, 2008 at 11:50 AM ET | Comments (98)

McCain Slams Obama on Handling War

TYLER, Texas -- Sen. John McCain mocked Sen. Barack Obama for suggesting at last night's debate that as president he might send troops back into Iraq if al-Qaeda returns to establish a base of operations there following a U.S. withdrawal. --Michael D. Shear

Posted on February 27, 2008 at 11:37 AM ET | Comments (51)

In The Spin Room, Talk Again Turns to Saturday Night

By Perry Bacon Jr. The two Democratic presidential campaigns don't agree on the skit that...

Posted on February 27, 2008 at 08:25 AM ET | Comments (39)

An Elegy, a Controversy, and the New Russian Leader

The 20th Democratic debate, part 2.

Posted on February 26, 2008 at 11:27 PM ET | Comments (52)

Of Pillows, Protectionism, and That SNL Parody

The 20th Democratic debate.

Posted on February 26, 2008 at 10:17 PM ET | Comments (62)

IRS Investigating Obama's Church

The United Church of Christ, Sen. Barack Obama's spiritual home, has been notified by the IRS that it has opened an investigation into Obama's address at the UCC's 2007 General Synod in Hartford, Conn., the UCC said yesterday.--Jacqueline L. Salmon

Posted on February 26, 2008 at 07:03 PM ET | Comments (68)

Coveted Endorsers Still Thinking About It

By Shailagh Murray and Paul Kane CLEVELAND -- Sen. Chris Dodd's endorsement of Sen. Barack...

Posted on February 26, 2008 at 05:44 PM ET | Comments (8)

Dodd Gives Clinton a Gentle Nudge

CLEVELAND -- In issuing his endorsement of Barack Obama here this morning, Chris Dodd made abundantly clear -- in the most decorous and senatorial of terms, to be sure -- that he believes it is getting near time for the Democrats to call it a race. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on February 26, 2008 at 02:03 PM ET | Comments (299)

With All Eyes on Clinton, Time to Question Obama, Too

CLEVELAND -- The focus will be on Hillary Clinton tonight when she and Barack Obama meet here for their last debate before next week's primaries in Ohio and Texas. But should it be Obama who comes under closer questioning?--Dan Balz

Posted on February 26, 2008 at 01:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's Ohio Grilling

CLEVELAND -- The Clinton campaign has sent indication that Barack Obama better be ready for a tough debate here tonight ("Meet me in Ohio," the senator herself warned on Saturday). If he is in for some tough questions, then Obama got a decent tuneup in this city two days ago, when he attended a meeting with about 100 Jewish community leaders.--Alec MacGillis

Posted on February 26, 2008 at 10:25 AM ET | Comments (112)

Dodd to Endorse Obama

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), a former contender for the Democratic nomination, is expected to endorse Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) this morning, sources close to the campaign said. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on February 26, 2008 at 07:35 AM ET | Comments (67)

Obama in a Hurry

CHICAGO -- Add this to the stresses of a primary campaign that has been going on nearly a year now, with three or more events a day and nary a break for rest: getting to the memorial service on time. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on February 25, 2008 at 02:24 PM ET | Comments (20)

Obama Slams Clinton Camp Over Drudge Photo

Barack Obama's campaign this morning sharply criticized Hillary Clinton for reportedly sending a picture to the Drudge Report of the Illinois senator that showed him in African dress, with Obama campaign manager David Plouffe accusing Clinton of engaging in "shameful, offensive fear-mongering." --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on February 25, 2008 at 12:22 PM ET | Comments (496)

Clinton Talks SNL and Press Scrutiny

Hillary Clinton lets down her hair and talks about the press, SNL, and her pantsuits -- oh, and strategy, too. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on February 25, 2008 at 11:40 AM ET | Comments (33)

Newly Engaged in a Three-Front War

By Alec MacGillis TOLEDO -- So this is what being a front-runner deep in primary...

Posted on February 24, 2008 at 07:01 PM ET | Comments (194)

Mixing Sweet and Tart

At a news conference today, Obama tackles questions about two American icons: Ralph Nader and soda pop. -- By Alec MacGillis

Posted on February 23, 2008 at 09:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama: It Takes a Knockout

COLUMBUS -- Illinois Sen. Barack Obama fired back at Sen. Hillary Clinton this afternoon, defending campaign mailers she decried earlier in the day, and declaring that, because of her entrenched status in the Democratic Party, it would take her being "knocked out" to drive her out of the race. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on February 23, 2008 at 06:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obamamania in Corpus Christi

If anyone wonders why candidates often exhaust themselves and their staffs by scheduling rallies far from the big cities, this sort of local coverage is one good explanation. --Peter Slevin

Posted on February 23, 2008 at 01:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sen. Warner Questions Obama's Army Anecdote

Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.), former chairman of the Armed Services Committee, sent a stern letter to colleague Barack Obama yesterday, exhorting the Democratic presidential candidate to provide information about an Army officer he cited in Thursday night's debate. --Josh White

Posted on February 22, 2008 at 07:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Woos South Texas Students

EDINBURG, Tex. -- Sen. Barack Obama courted Hispanic voters in South Texas today, hoping to dent the significant advantage Sen. Hillary Clinton enjoys among one of the most important constituencies in the Lone Star State's March 4 primary. --Dan Balz

Posted on February 22, 2008 at 02:29 PM ET | Comments (46)

No Valedictory from Clinton

AUSTIN -- When Hillary Clinton reached out to shake the hand of Barack Obama at last night's CNN-Univision debate and declared "I am absolutely honored" to be with him, there was a palpable pause in the press filing center to await the conclusion. Where was she heading? --Dan Balz

Posted on February 22, 2008 at 12:21 PM ET | Comments (113)

Saving the Best for Last

By Jonathan Weisman The debate in Austin veered from cordial to contentious, then back to...

Posted on February 21, 2008 at 10:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Politeness Rules in Austin -- at First

AUSTIN -- With Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton hoping for a game-changing moment, tonight's CNN-Univision debate is serving as an elusive target. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on February 21, 2008 at 09:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Face-Off

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Posted on February 21, 2008 at 05:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Fans Abroad

Sen. Barack Obama's winning streak continued today with his 11th straight victory in a primary or caucus. --Garance Franke-Ruta

Posted on February 21, 2008 at 05:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Before Debate, Obama Courts the Coach

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, walks with University of Texas head football coach Mack Brown...

Posted on February 21, 2008 at 04:19 PM ET | Comments (52)

Obama Rallies Dallas With Swipe at Clinton

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) came to Dallas today for a rally at Reunion Arena, where he was met by a crowd that was black, brown, white and boisterous and took a fresh swipe at his opponent, Hillary Rodham Clinton. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on February 20, 2008 at 03:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Teamsters Endorse Obama

The International Brotherhood of the Teamsters is expected to endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president this afternoon. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on February 20, 2008 at 02:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

McCain Calls Obama 'Naive'

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., accompanied by his wife Cindy, left, former Ohio Sen. Mike...

Posted on February 20, 2008 at 01:33 PM ET | Comments (16)

Obama's Strategy to Avoid a Convention Fight

By Peter Slevin CHICAGO -- Before Sen. Barack Obama added Wisconsin and Hawaii to his...

Posted on February 20, 2008 at 01:18 PM ET | Comments (77)

Adviser Defends Obama on Foreign Policy

Barack Obama's campaign seemed reticent to respond to John McCain's attacks early this morning, but when the Arizona Republican's latest comments went public, they were forced to answer.--Jonathan Weisman

Posted on February 20, 2008 at 11:37 AM ET | Comments (11)

McCain Criticizes Obama on Financing

Sen. John McCain accused Sen. Barack Obama this morning of engaging in "Washington doublespeak" and challenged him to abide by what he called a signed commitment to accept public financing in the general election.--Glenn Kessler

Posted on February 20, 2008 at 11:07 AM ET | Comments (32)

Obama Team Sees 'Wide Lead' Over Clinton

He didn't come out and say it, but Sen. Barack Obama's campaign manager, David Plouffe, came close this morning to asking Hillary Rodham Clinton to drop out of the race.--Jonathan Weisman

Posted on February 20, 2008 at 11:00 AM ET | Comments (32)

Obama Opens Two-Front Fight

An increasingly confident Obama is beginning to battle on two fronts, holding off Hillary Clinton with one arm as he takes increasingly frequent swings at John McCain with the other. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on February 19, 2008 at 10:33 PM ET | Comments (46)

Victorious Obama : 'We Have Liftoff'

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Clyburn Pooh-Poohs the Power of the Superdelegates

Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) has joined an influential chorus on Capitol Hill that believes superdelegates will not play a decisive role in the nominating convention in August. --Paul Kane

Posted on February 19, 2008 at 03:56 PM ET | Comments (8)

Mortgage Woes on Table in Texas, Obama Finds

SAN ANTONIO -- Perhaps, as he said, it was because his voice wasn't used to the warmer weather. Perhaps it was the withering criticism he has been absorbing for a campaign his detractors charge is long on inspiration and short on substance. Sen. Barack Obama came here, sober, soft-spoken and ready to discuss the intricacies of the nation's burgeoning credit crisis -- and his prescriptions to fight it. --Jonathan Weisman

Posted on February 19, 2008 at 02:51 PM ET | Comments (39)

Ben & Jerry & Obama

Obama wins a key Vermont endorsement: Ben & Jerry.--Rachel Dry

Posted on February 19, 2008 at 01:01 PM ET | Comments (32)

Use Patrick's Words? Obama Says, 'Yes We Can'

ROCKFORD, Ill. -- Speaking with reporters on his campaign plane, Sen. Barack Obama took issue with the Clinton campaign's claim that he purloined words from his friend and supporter, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. --Peter Slevin

Posted on February 18, 2008 at 08:51 PM ET | Comments (102)

The Courtship of John Edwards

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The courtship of John Edwards has been entirely inconclusive, Sen. Barack Obama said this afternoon, one day after he flew from Chicago to North Carolina to seek the support of his vanquished rival. --Peter Slevin

Posted on February 18, 2008 at 05:43 PM ET | Comments (30)

And 43 Weighs In...Almost

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- His father, brother and former advisers are now all officially on the John McCain bandwagon and President Bush is edging ever closer himself. But as titular head of the party, he still can't quite bring himself to declare the Republican contest over. --Peter Baker

Posted on February 18, 2008 at 03:28 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Shrugs Off Clinton Plagiarism Charge

NILES, Ohio - Sen. Barack Obama made clear this afternoon that he is decidedly unimpressed with the flap over his decision to borrow a few memorable lines about speechmaking from Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D). --Peter Slevin

Posted on February 18, 2008 at 03:25 PM ET | Comments (299)

Clinton Camp Charges Obama with 'Plagiarism'

By Matthew Mosk and Jose Antonio Vargas The tightening battle between Sen. Hillary Clinton and...

Posted on February 18, 2008 at 01:15 PM ET | Comments (127)

Welcoming Bush...But Waiting For Obama

Tanzanian dancers wear "kanga", traditional African cloths, bearing the image of President Bush as as...

Posted on February 17, 2008 at 06:53 PM ET | Comments (85)

Black Commenter, Criticizing Obama, Causes Firestorm

Tavis Smiley leading a town hall at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., April...

Posted on February 16, 2008 at 11:15 AM ET | Comments (162)

Obama (D-Bears) in Packerland

By Peter Slevin GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Sometimes a candidate just needs to get...

Posted on February 15, 2008 at 07:53 PM ET | Comments (21)

McCain Takes on Obama Over Public Financing

OSHKOSH, Wisc. -- Has the fund-raising juggernaut that is Barack Obama's campaign disarmed itself for the general election? John McCain thinks so. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on February 15, 2008 at 04:45 PM ET | Comments (59)

Obama's Texas Test

A volunteer prepares a poster in advance of the opening of Barack Obama's Austin,...

Posted on February 15, 2008 at 01:40 PM ET | Comments (255)

Obama Waiting to Hear From Lewis

Sen. Barack Obama's campaign is delighted by the thought that Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), former civil rights leader and current Congressional Black Caucus notable, might switch allegiances and support the Illinois Democrat.--Peter Slevin

Posted on February 15, 2008 at 01:08 PM ET | Comments (79)

Clinton Supporter John Lewis Has Second Thoughts

Confusion erupted Thursday night amid reports that a prominent African American supporter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's had changed his mind. --Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on February 14, 2008 at 11:34 PM ET | Comments (175)

New Mexico Finally Called

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was declared the winner of the New Mexico caucuses, a Feb. 5 state that took its time tallying the results. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on February 14, 2008 at 06:01 PM ET | Comments (196)

SEIU to Consider Obama Endorsement

By Chris Cillizza The Service Employees International Union executive board will meet tonight via conference...

Posted on February 14, 2008 at 04:44 PM ET | Comments (20)

Obama Fires Back at Clinton Debate Ad

Hillary Clinton fired the first shot -- with an ad attacking Barack Obama in Wisconsin, and now Obama has answered back.--Matthew Mosk

Posted on February 14, 2008 at 03:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton's Primary Gift

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to a family tell their story during a campaign stop...

Posted on February 14, 2008 at 02:04 PM ET | Comments (101)

Former R.I. Sen. Chafee Endorses Obama

Former Rhode Island senator Lincoln Chafee has chosen to back Illinois Democrat Barack Obama instead because of Obama's 2002 opposition to the Iraq War. --Garance Franke-Ruta

Posted on February 14, 2008 at 12:14 PM ET | Comments (37)

A Taste of Texas, and Memories of 1972

SAN ANTONIO -- In a mobile society, people have an easy time claiming multiple home towns -- and no one does so more than candidates seeking national office in an election year. --Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on February 13, 2008 at 09:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sen. Feingold to Stay Neutral, for Now

Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold is still on the fence in the Democratic nomination battle. And the popular Wisconsin lawmaker is not budging anytime soon. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on February 13, 2008 at 05:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Team Touts Delegate Lead

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe asserted this morning that the Illinois senator had opened up a pledged delegate lead that appears all but insurmountable.--Shailagh Murray

Posted on February 13, 2008 at 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ebullient Obama Rallies in Madison

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Posted on February 12, 2008 at 10:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dems Swamp GOP in Va. Turnout

By Garance Franke-Ruta Barack Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton notices the trend and writes reporters,...

Posted on February 12, 2008 at 10:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Sweeps Potomac Primary

The "Obama Mommas" -- from left to right, Kim O'Neale, Jasmine Beard, Nadirah Moreland, Christine...

Posted on February 12, 2008 at 09:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

MoveOn's Regional Move

When the antiwar group MoveOn.org endorsed Barack Obama recently, that brought the insurgent-turned-front-runner more than just money or the imprimatur of one of the most powerful institutions on the American left. It also brought forth a serious peer-to-peer get out the vote operation designed to bring MoveOn's activist members -- many of whom are intensely civically engaged already -- to the polls. --Garance Franke-Ruta

Posted on February 12, 2008 at 04:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama TXTing His Way Forward

Early this morning, Sen. Barack Obama sent the first of three text messages to supporters who've signed up to his messaging program and live in the D.C. area. It's a jam-packed message, starting out with an Obama quote, then asking supporters to forward the text to their friends. Most importantly, the text provides an 866 number to call to find your polling location. All you'd have to do is click on the number on your cellphone to make the free call. --Jose Antonio Vargas

Posted on February 12, 2008 at 04:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

McCain, Obama Hug it Out

Sen. John McCain crossed the aisle in the Senate this morning to shake hands with Sen. Barack Obama. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on February 12, 2008 at 02:52 PM ET | Comments (10)

Obama Campaigns at Univ. of Maryland

Sen. Barack Obama speaks to thousands of supporters at the University of Maryland's Comcast Center on Monday.

Posted on February 11, 2008 at 05:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

A New Online Fundraising Record on the Horizon

At the rate that Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton are raising money on the Internet, February is poised to set a new record in online fundraising. --Jose Antonio Vargas

Posted on February 11, 2008 at 10:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Campaigns in Northern Virginia

Democrat Barack Obama went to Alexandria, Va., on Sunday to hold a rally at T.C. Williams High School.

Posted on February 10, 2008 at 11:09 PM ET | Comments (11)

Obama Beats Clinton for Award

LOS ANGELES -- Another day, another "Obama-beats-Clinton" headline. Barack Obama's "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream" won the Grammy Award for best spoken word album this afternoon, besting a field that included Bill Clinton along with another ex-prez, Jimmy Carter. --Josh Freedom duLac

Posted on February 10, 2008 at 07:17 PM ET | Comments (27)

Clinton, Obama Woo Virginia Democrats

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama address the crowd at the Jefferson Jackson dinner in Richmond, Va.

Posted on February 10, 2008 at 11:44 AM ET | Comments (2)

Obama: 'We Can Win Virginia on Tuesday'

RICHMOND -- Virginia Democrats greeted Sen. Barack Obama with deafening applause as he walked on stage to address the party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner, a victor in four Democratic contests over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on February 9, 2008 at 11:59 PM ET | Comments (48)

The Obama Spin on a Sweep

After taking three contests from Clinton, Obama camp sees delegate margin narrowing.

Posted on February 9, 2008 at 11:55 PM ET | Comments (110)

At Seattle Caucus, Strong Obama Support

In Seattle, sometimes, the cliché "latte liberal" really does apply.--Juliet Eilperin

Posted on February 9, 2008 at 06:05 PM ET | Comments (78)

Low Turnout in Louisiana Worries Obama Camp

Reports of low turnout in Louisiana caused a wave of concern in the Obama campaign on an otherwise smooth primary and caucus day in four states on Saturday.--Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on February 9, 2008 at 05:09 PM ET | Comments (105)

Obama, Clinton Camps Spar Over Taxes, Rezko

Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign aides stepped up their effort to force Democrat Hillary Clinton to release her tax returns yesterday, to shed light on the sources of income that enabled her to loan $5 million of her own money to her presidential bid. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on February 8, 2008 at 10:25 PM ET | Comments (111)

N.M. Votes Still Being Tallied

The only Super Tuesday state yet to name a winner said today that it might not be able to announce whether Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama won until Feb. 15 -- a full 10 days after the balloting. --Garance Franke-Ruta

Posted on February 8, 2008 at 07:48 PM ET | Comments (6)

Campaigning in Washington State, Obama Gets Gregoire

SEATTLE - Three Democratic contests are scheduled for Saturday, but the big prize is Washington and its 78 pledged delegates. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton spent Friday campaigning around the state and have split the major endorsements, with Clinton picking up both senators, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, while Obama lined up Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, Rep. Adam Smith, and in a surprise addition on Friday morning, Gov. Christine Gregoire. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on February 8, 2008 at 05:21 PM ET | Comments (132)

Obama Agrees to Debates with Clinton

OMAHA, Neb. -- Sen. Barack Obama agreed to two new debates with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and saw his post-Super Tuesday fundraising haul climb to over $7 million, as he hopscotches across the country seeking a trio of wins on Saturday. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on February 7, 2008 at 07:28 PM ET | Comments (172)

Obama Camp Tries to Set Expectations for Potomac Primary

NEW ORLEANS -- Although Sen. Barack Obama had long been viewed as the favorite in all three of Tuesday's "Chesapeake" or "Potomac" primaries, campaign manager David Plouffe said the landscape has changed now that Clinton appears to be making a strong play for Virginia, tapping the outer counties of Northern Virginia and working class white areas further west. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on February 7, 2008 at 01:19 PM ET | Comments (131)

Obama and the L-Word

By Peter Baker It may no longer be surprising to watch so many young people,...

Posted on February 7, 2008 at 11:45 AM ET | Comments (60)

Recruiting Voters and a Quarterback, Obama Touches Down in New Orleans

Barack Obama (D-IL) arrives at the Tulane University before a campaign event in New...

Posted on February 7, 2008 at 11:44 AM ET | Comments (3)

Potomac Primary: Barry to Endorse Obama

D.C. Council member Marion Barry will endorse Barack Obama for president later this week. The former Washington mayor told me he has selected Obama because "he's a fresh start, a new direction. I listened to him Sunday morning on C-SPAN and it was like a breath of fresh air." --Marc Fisher

Posted on February 7, 2008 at 11:26 AM ET | Comments (23)

Internet Donors Fuel Obama

Word of Democrat Hillary Clinton's apparent financial problems struck many as a surprise yesterday. So what explains why her chief rival, Barack Obama, was able to vastly out-raise her in January?--Matthew A. Mosk

Posted on February 7, 2008 at 09:34 AM ET | Comments (90)

An Endorsement Post-Mortem

Do endorsements matter? Sen. Barack Obama had lined up some impressive backers in recent weeks, but Super Tuesday's results suggest the impact on voters was a mixed bag. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on February 6, 2008 at 05:32 PM ET | Comments (10)

Evenly Matched Dems Portend a Long Race

The whole world was watching, but answers were no clearer on Wednesday morning. (Bloomberg News)....

Posted on February 6, 2008 at 02:06 PM ET | Comments (159)

Obama: 'Our Time Has Come'

Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) addresses his supporters after the Super Tuesday primary election results filter in.

Posted on February 6, 2008 at 01:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

MA: How Clinton Won It

Hillary Clinton was propelled to victory in Massachusetts by women around the state, blue collar workers in old mill towns and a formidable political organization that delivered voters precinct by precinct. --Lyndsey Layton

Posted on February 6, 2008 at 12:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

NY: Clinton Wins 46 Delegate Advantage

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) scooped up a 44-delegate advantage in her home turf of New York state based on Tuesday's voting, winning 138 delegates to 94 delegates for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), according to a preliminary estimate by the New York State Democratic Party. --Spencer Hsu

Posted on February 6, 2008 at 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Praises Supporters; Ca. Still Undecided

NEW YORK -- Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, Sen. John Kerry and Gov. Deval Patrick all went for Barack Obama after long courtships in which they were wooed by both Clintons. But the Massachusetts voters chose Hillary Clinton. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 11:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

With No Clear Winner, Spin Wars Fierce

By Matthew Mosk As returns rolled in from around the country, Hillary Clinton's campaign staff...

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 11:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama an 'Underdog' Again

CHICAGO -- When CNN called Delaware for Barack Obama moments ago, supporters gathering now in a basement ballroom here let out a robust cheer. But they really let it rip when CNN switched to a live shot of the room. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 10:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

DE: McCain, Obama Win

Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain won solid victories on a day of unusually heavy voter turnout in the First State. --Rick Weiss

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 09:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

TN: Tornadoes Hurt Obama's Chances

The tornadoes that touched down in western Tennessee tonight hurt Sen. Barack Obama in the state, said the state's Democratic Party spokesman Wade Munday.--Krissah Williams

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 09:21 PM ET | Comments (41)

NY: Clinton's Homework Pays Off

Clinton maintained her strong pre-election day lead over Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) across most demographic lines in the state that twice elected her to the U.S. Senate. Exit polls showed Clinton held onto a greater share of African American voters in N.Y. than elsewhere, while also carrying men and triggering a high turnout among women. --Spencer Hsu

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 09:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

T.V. Talk Turns to Exit Polls

On CBS, they're making it sound like it's going to be a bad night for Hillary, apparently based on exit polls. There is talk of an Obama "surge." The only catch with these exit polls is that many people have not yet exited the polls, since the polls are still open all across the country, except in West Virginia, where there never were any polls, just a secret convention of men in trench coats. --Joel Achenbach

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 07:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

IL: Does Mother Know Best?

As wealthier Chicago suburbanites shift from blue to red, this massive bloc of reliable voters are a constant source of worry to Chicago's Democratic machine. They are enigmatic folks, these people -- people such as, well, my mother.--Elizabeth Williamson

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 07:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Camp Needles Clinton

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Obama campaign manager David Plouffe gave the brush off to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's challenge to four new debates. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 07:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

GA: Obama Sweeps the State

The Washington Post is projecting that Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) has won the Georgia Democratic primary. --Darryl Fears

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 07:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

DE: Turnout No Longer 'Abysmal'

Voter turnout appeared good -- "not overwhelming," but also "not abysmal," as it was four years ago, a state elections official said. --Rick Weiss

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 06:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

IL: The Obama Clock

What does it say about Illinois's favorite son when nobody is tending the Obama Clock?Elizabeth Williamson

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 05:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Upbeat Obama Casts His Vote

CHICAGO -- Barack Obama came home today to cast his first vote for himself since 2004, and to prepare for what he predicted would be a "good night" for his campaign. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 04:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's Message Evolving

Barack Obama is throwing out more partisan red meat than he used to. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 02:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

MO: Weather May Affect Voting

State election officials are expecting a large turnout, but the weather may hinder some voters. --Rob Stein

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 02:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

AL: Late Rain Could Affect Voting

Late voters could be hampered by more than just confusion and the occassional machine malfunction. There is a 70 percent chance of rain this afternoon, and showers could last past the 7 p.m. CST close of voting. --Darryl Fears

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 01:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

GA: 200 Complaints Before Noon

Long lines greeted Georgia voters at the polls this morning in one of the tightest state primaries in recent memory. --Darryl Fears

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 01:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

CT: Steady Turnout

Turnout in Connecticut has been steady through the morning and could set a primary record, elections officials said. --Lyndsey Layton

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 12:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

CA: SF Mayor for Clinton Because of Obama Snub?

Hillary Clinton's got a number of California's big-city mayors on her side, but perhaps she has Barack Obama to thank for the support of one of them, Gavin Newsom of San Francisco. --Robert Barnes

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 12:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

TN: Heavy Rain, Heavy Turnout

Voting is steady, but heavy rain is falling and tornadoes may touch down in West Tennessee. --Krissah Williams

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

NY: Brooklyn Neigborhood Loves Obama

Turnout is high at one polling station in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Voters came in the light rain of a foggy day, and came out smiling. Almost all said they voted for Sen. Barack Obama in informal exit polls over several hours here. --Robin Shulman

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 12:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

MN: Dems Buzzing Before Caucus Starts

Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party presidential caucuses don't start until this evening, but excitement and buzz is building already among the party faithful. The Republican caucus vote here is nonbinding--GOP delegates will be selected at the state party convention in May. --Christopher J. Lee

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 12:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

NJ: Gov. Corzine Waits to Vote

Gov. Jon Corzine's is delayed in casting his vote when two voting machines malfunction. --Joby Warrick

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 12:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

NM: A Mystery State

Polls are open in New Mexico, with 6,000 early votes cast in the Democrats-only caucus. New Mexico is a bit of a mystery state because no reliable polls have been conducted. --Ann Scott Tyson

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 11:58 AM ET | Comments (8)

AZ: Early Ballots Could Have Impact

Polls are open in Arizona, where the weather in Phoenix is fair and home state candidate Republican Sen. John McCain is widely predicted to win. But Democratic contenders Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama are in an increasingly competitive race, with Clinton holding onto a shrinking lead. --Ann Scott Tyson

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

NY: Clinton, McCain Start Early

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) voted near her home in Chappaqua, N.Y. and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) rallied at Rockefeller Center with former mayor Rudy Giuliani. --Spencer S. Hsu

Posted on February 5, 2008 at 11:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

On the Road with the Obama 'Road Show'

BOSTON, Mass -- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and his new best friend Barack Obama finished off a long day on the campaign trail here in the capital state of Camelot, one of the most hotly contested battlegrounds on tomorrow's election calendar. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on February 4, 2008 at 11:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Romney Dismisses Obama's Crowds

"If you are the antiwar candidate, 'just pull our troops out, don't care about what happens to the future of a country like Iraq,' you are always going to get the antiwar crowd, just like Howard Dean did," Romney told reporters traveling on his plane as he flew here from Oklahoma City for a rally and news conference. --Glenn Kessler

Posted on February 4, 2008 at 11:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Empty Seats Greet Obama at the Meadowlands

Obama has been rising in the polls in New Jersey, which had been considered solid territory for the senator from neighboring New York, Hillary Clinton. Could the poor turnout be a sign of how much ground he still has to make up here? Or is just a sign of how much people dislike coming to the Meadowlands, the unsightly sports complex marooned among interstates and swampland? --Alec MacGillis

Posted on February 4, 2008 at 12:25 PM ET | Comments (29)

Obama Courts Latino Voters

To compete with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama's campaign is reaching out to Latino voters ahead of Super Tuesday. But some observers say that the Sen. Obama faces a tough challenge because of Clinton's strong and long-standing ties with Hispanics.

Posted on February 4, 2008 at 12:22 PM ET | Comments (5)

On Super Bowl Sunday, a Rally By and For Women

Her husband having attended to the city's Latino east side on a visit last week, Michelle Obama on Sunday headlined a rally that captured the essence of LA's west side, where power and glitter reflect constantly on one another. At Pauley Pavillion on the UCLA campus, Caroline Kennedy introduced Oprah Winfrey, who introduced the candidate's wife, who led Stevie Wonder to the microphone, after stumbling on steep stairs. --Karl Vick

Posted on February 3, 2008 at 10:19 PM ET | Comments (21)

Maria Shriver Comes Out for Obama

In a surprise move, California first lady Maria Shriver offered her support to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) at a Los Angeles rally today. --Garance Franke-Ruta

Posted on February 3, 2008 at 08:16 PM ET | Comments (19)

Obama Ups Contrast at Wilmington Rally of 20,000

Barack Obama expanded on his customary stump speech by including a new section arguing that he would make a stronger opponent against Sen. John McCain in the general election because he had opposed the war in Iraq from the start and would thus be less conflicted than Clinton in debating that issue with McCain. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on February 3, 2008 at 05:58 PM ET | Comments (63)

Super Bowl Super Tuesday Spots

Sen. Barack Obama, who raised over $32 million last month, will put some of that money to use on ads that will air in selected media markets during tonight's big game. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on February 3, 2008 at 04:37 PM ET | Comments (4)

Biden to Stay Neutral

Despite aggressive courting by Obama and both Clintons, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Joe Biden has informed both Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton that he's staying neutral. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on February 3, 2008 at 10:57 AM ET | Comments (24)

A Competitive Primary, a Family Divided

The competitive Democratic primary has set husbands against wives. --Jose Antonio Vargas

Posted on February 2, 2008 at 07:29 PM ET | Comments (12)

Calif. Contest Leads to Battle of the Bands

California Democrats go to the polls on Tuesday and that can only mean one thing: a sudden surge in campaign efforts to trot out the brightest cultural stars in the Left Coast firmament. --Garance Franke-Ruta

Posted on February 2, 2008 at 05:50 PM ET | Comments (25)

With Female Surrogates at His Side, Obama Crisscrosses the West

As Barack Obama has made his way across the plains states and West this week, one feature has been nearly as consistent as the talk of hope and change: he almost always has a woman or two by his side. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on February 2, 2008 at 01:27 PM ET | Comments (12)

Obama's Private Idaho

More than 14,000 people turned out to pack the Boise State University Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho, to see Barack Obama speak. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on February 2, 2008 at 01:01 PM ET | Comments (25)

Obama's Grassroots New York Campaign

New York may be Sen. Hillary Clinton's home turf, but the Obama campaign is targeting four heavily African American congressional districts in New York City, says State Senator Bill Perkins of Harlem, an Obama supporter, as well as ethnically mixed and majority-white areas throughout the state. --Robin Shulman

Posted on February 2, 2008 at 11:11 AM ET | Comments (25)

California Democratic Race Tightens

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton once enjoyed a healthy lead in California, but private polls taken in the past few days show the race tightening. --Dan Balz

Posted on February 1, 2008 at 07:02 PM ET | Comments (37)

Harlem Divided Over Presidential Race

Harlem -- a legendary black neighborhood in the Clintons' home turf -- is contested country. --Robin Shulman

Posted on February 1, 2008 at 06:49 PM ET | Comments (8)

A Big Day for Endorsements

Endorsements may or may not mean much, but they often say something. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on February 1, 2008 at 06:27 PM ET | Comments (12)

Obama Talks Economy in the Southwest

On a day when the government delivered a gloomy jobs report, Sen. Barack Obama staged an economic summit -- featuring two former members of the Clinton administration cabinet - that quickly turned into a pep rally for his presidential campaign. --Dan Balz

Posted on February 1, 2008 at 05:29 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Sets New Online Record

Sen. Barack Obama has set a new online record, raising more than $28 million online in one month. --Jose Antonio Vargas

Posted on February 1, 2008 at 05:23 PM ET | Comments (8)

Jetting the Oprah Way

Obama's report filed with the Federal Election Commission, however, shows his campaign also received some travel assistance from the nation's wealthiest woman. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on February 1, 2008 at 04:12 PM ET | Comments (5)

MoveOn Backs Obama

The liberal activist group MoveOn.org has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president after a lopsided vote of the group's membership. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on February 1, 2008 at 03:02 PM ET | Comments (66)

Obama Presses Electability Argument

Just in case there was any notion that last night's Democrat debate was all sweetness and light, Barack Obama made clear this morning that he thought he had scored some points that bore repeating. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on February 1, 2008 at 12:42 PM ET | Comments (9)

Democratic Giants Court N.M. Hispanics

In a span of four hours, just three miles apart, Sen. Kennedy and former president Clinton held court in Albuquerque, the largest city in this, the most heavily Hispanic state in the nation. --Jose Antonio vargas

Posted on January 31, 2008 at 07:21 PM ET | Comments (9)

Michelle Obama, Stumping in a Small State

Delawareans are accustomed to being ignored in the days before big primary elections. So it was with great fanfare that Michelle Obama swept through the 30-mile-wide state today to rally her husband's troops. --Krissah Williams

Posted on January 31, 2008 at 05:34 PM ET | Comments (68)

Obama to Report $32 Million Raised in Jan.

The campaign of Barack Obama will report having raised at least $32 million in the month of January, a staggering amount for one month, campaign manager David Plouffe said this morning.--Matthew Mosk

Posted on January 31, 2008 at 10:44 AM ET | Comments (72)

A Clinton Corner in Obama's Home Town

Both the Clinton and Obama camps are vying hard for the Latino vote in the week leading up to Super Tuesday. And both candidates also have Chicago connections that make Illinois, with one of the country's larger Latino populations (5 percent of the electorate) and a long history of powerful Latino politicians in Chicago, look like fertile ground. --Kari Lydersen

Posted on January 31, 2008 at 09:05 AM ET | Comments (23)

Obama Amps It Up

Obama's rhetoric against Hillary Clinton has been growing sharper through the week. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on January 31, 2008 at 05:29 AM ET | Comments (56)

Move Over YouTube, Here Comes YouBama

By Jose Antonio Vargas Never mind YouTube. Now there's YouBama. Yesterday, Stanford grads Chris Pedregal...

Posted on January 30, 2008 at 06:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Blame It on the Kids

The youth movement behind Obama isn't just bringing 18-year-olds to the polls -- it's also providing cover for their parents. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on January 30, 2008 at 06:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Drawing on Deep Ties, Kennedy Reaches Out to Hispanics

When Sen. Edward M. Kennedy hits the campaign trail for Sen. Barack Obama Thursday and Friday, his focus will be Hispanics, a voter group that doesn't know Obama well, but that has deep ties to Kennedy, who for 45 years has championed immigration rights. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on January 30, 2008 at 05:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Praises Edwards, Hopes for His Backing

Barack Obama showered John Edwards with praise today at the outset of a huge rally here, saying his former rival for the Democratic nomination's "campaign may have ended, but his cause lives on for those who believe we can achieve one America." --Alec MacGillis

Posted on January 30, 2008 at 02:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Edwards's Next Act

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) speaks to the media after announcing that is he withdrawing...

Posted on January 30, 2008 at 02:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lamont Campaigns for Obama

Looking ahead to Super Tuesday, the question arises: Whither Ned Lamont, the antiwar, antiestablishment Connecticut would-be U.S. senator who won the Democratic primary in 2006?--Robin Shulman

Posted on January 30, 2008 at 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Camp, Tongue in Cheek, Declares Fla. Tie

By Garance Franke-Ruta Still in high spirits after the Obama campaign's landslide South Carolina victory,...

Posted on January 29, 2008 at 09:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Plays Up Midwestern Roots in Kansas

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, right, waves with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., following a rally at...

Posted on January 29, 2008 at 06:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's Ground Game Advantage

Political campaigns play to their strengths, and one realm where Sen. Barack Obama has excelled is the ground game.--Peter Slevin

Posted on January 29, 2008 at 04:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Richardson's Choice

As the highest-ranking Hispanic in the Democratic Party, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's endorsement is being aggressively sought by the Clinton and Obama campaigns. --Jose Antonio Vargas

Posted on January 29, 2008 at 05:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Where a Short Walk Is Not Just a Short Walk

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)stands next to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) as Obama's presidential rival...

Posted on January 28, 2008 at 09:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kennedys Gather in Support of Obama

It was a Democratic tableau for the ages: Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy and Rep. Patrick Kennedy taking turns at the podium to bestow the misty mantle of Camelot on Sen. Barack Obama.--Shailagh Murray

Posted on January 28, 2008 at 03:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Small Rezko Shadow on Big Endorsement Day for Obama

Toni Morrison, the Nobel Prize-winning author who famously declared Bill Clinton America's "first black president," has decided to endorse the man who really would earn that designation, Barack Obama. Alongside that good news for the Illinois senator from the world of high letters, though, came an unwelcome word from the world of low politics: Tony Rezko is headed to jail.--Alec MacGillis

Posted on January 28, 2008 at 12:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Vows to Return All Rezko Funds

Campaign says it will scrub records for additional contributions tied to controversial businessman.

Posted on January 27, 2008 at 03:55 PM ET | Comments (27)

Sen. Kennedy to Endorse Obama

Sen. Ted Kennedy will endorse Sen. Barack Obama tomorrow at American University, campaign sources said. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on January 27, 2008 at 01:22 PM ET | Comments (217)

Obama's S.C. Victory Speech

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Posted on January 27, 2008 at 08:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Quick Fundraising Spike Online

A source inside the Obama campaign says the candidate's web site has seen one of its best hours tonight. --Matthew Mosk and Jose Antonio Vargas

Posted on January 26, 2008 at 10:37 PM ET | Comments (43)

Caroline Kennedy Endorses Obama

Caroline Kennedy has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama in a Sunday op-ed in the New York Times, the first time she has weighed in on a presidential race since her uncle, Sen. Edward Kennedy, sought the White House in 1980. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on January 26, 2008 at 08:50 PM ET | Comments (116)

Jackson a Strategic Absence

In the last several weeks of the battle for South Carolina, a slew of comedians, actors, congressmen and other notables have traipsed into and out of the state as surrogates for Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards. But one of the most prominent figures in Democratic politics over the past 25 years, and a native son of South Carolina, was absent. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who has endorsed Obama and who won the state's 1988 Democratic caucus with 64 percent of the vote, was not asked to campaign here. --Kevin Merida

Posted on January 26, 2008 at 08:43 PM ET | Comments (11)

Cheering a Win, Booing President Clinton

Supporters for Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., celebrate his win in the...

Posted on January 26, 2008 at 08:32 PM ET | Comments (52)

Obama Landslide Despite Racial Split in S.C.

As expected, Democratic voters in today's South Carolina primary were largely split along racial lines, with Barack Obama picking up overwhelming support among African Americans and a more competitive, three-way race for white voters, according to the National Election Pool exit poll. --Jon Cohen and Jennifer Agiesta

Posted on January 26, 2008 at 08:24 PM ET | Comments (12)

White Voters, Last-Minute Choices

By Kevin Merida COLUMBIA, S.C. -- There was a duel going on outside of Hand...

Posted on January 26, 2008 at 07:45 PM ET | Comments (9)

Obama Wins South Carolina Primary

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) scored an overwhelming victory over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) in South Carolina's Democratic presidential primary with strong support from black voters, according to network projections. The win sets up a full-scale clash between the two candidates on Super Tuesday, Feb. 5. --Chris Cillizza

Posted on January 26, 2008 at 07:13 PM ET | Comments (20)

The Word at Ward 9 in Columbia

Voters prepare while in line at a polling station at Greenview Park January 26, 2008...

Posted on January 26, 2008 at 06:17 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Ready to Play Ball

Mid-afternoon in South Carolina, with the early signs looking good, Sen. Barack Obama went to play basketball. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on January 26, 2008 at 05:06 PM ET | Comments (25)

New Racial Dynamic in S.C.

The racial divide has deepened in South Carolina, with Barack Obama leading Hillary Clinton by a wide margin among African Americans, but badly trailing both Clinton and John Edwards among white voters. And underneath the chasm in vote preferences in the new McClatchy-MSNBC poll by Mason-Dixon, there are signs of other, potentially irreconcilable differences. --Jon Cohen

Posted on January 25, 2008 at 04:36 PM ET | Comments (16)

Raised Hopes in South Carolina

By Alec MacGillis BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Following Barack Obama across South Carolina, it is hard...

Posted on January 25, 2008 at 01:25 PM ET | Comments (7)

Friend of Bill Goes Off on Bill

Robert Reich was a longtime friend of the Clintons long before he joined the Cabinet in 1993 as labor secretary. But now he's laying into his old friend, Bill Clinton, for his performance on the campaign trail and attacks on Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). --Peter Baker

Posted on January 25, 2008 at 11:17 AM ET | Comments (15)

Obama Campaign Pulls Negative Spot, Too

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama participates in a roundtable discussion about the state of the U.S....

Posted on January 24, 2008 at 05:31 PM ET | Comments (20)

Obama Slams Clinton's War Vote

Obama delivered some of his strongest statements against Hillary Clinton's stance on the war in Iraq, criticizing her 2002 vote authorizing the use of force and her later statements that she had intended the vote as a prod to further diplomacy, not a move to war. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on January 24, 2008 at 04:03 PM ET | Comments (62)

Clinton Pulls Negative S.C. Ad

Under fire for attacks on Sen. Barack Obama, the Clinton campaign has pulled a radio ad that quoted the Illinois senator calling Republicans "the party of ideas" and suggesting he thought those ideas superior to Democratic ones. But the Obama campaign has already counter-punched, launching a new radio spot saying Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will "say anything" to get elected. --Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on January 24, 2008 at 01:19 PM ET | Comments (179)

Obama Hits Back on SC Radio

By Alec MacGillis KINGSTREE, SC -- One day after Hillary Clinton put up a radio...

Posted on January 24, 2008 at 10:59 AM ET | Comments (49)

A Deep-Seated Fear Leads to Questions in S.C.

At a town hall forum at Winthrop University here, Rita Moore-Johnson, a lab technician, rose to ask Obama a question that she said her 77-year-old father had put to her. He didn't doubt whether Obama could really get elected, but whether he'd be able to accomplish what he wanted to in office. "He feels that an African-American candidate won't be able to do what he needs to do in Washington to get change done." What, Moore-Johnson asked, could Obama say to change his mind? --Alec MacGillis

Posted on January 23, 2008 at 12:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

On African American Blogs, Sharp Words for Candidates

By Jose Antonio Vargas These are busy -- and impassioned -- times in the Afrosphere....

Posted on January 22, 2008 at 07:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

In Greenwood, Chant of 'Fired Up' Comes Home

By Alec MacGillis GREENWOOD, S.C. -- To Obama supporters, it's a refrain that captures...

Posted on January 22, 2008 at 05:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Democratic Candidates, Congressional Leaders Differ on Economy

While Democratic presidential candidates pound President Bush's economic policies on the campaign trail, their party's Congressional leaders head to the White House to hammer out a stimulus package. Top Democratic lawmakers, and Bush, agree that it is in their interest to forge a deal, instead of remaining in stalemate and risking recession.

Posted on January 22, 2008 at 07:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

In Spin Room, No Masking a Tough Night

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- In the lobby of the Palace Theatre here, the campaign cornermen stayed extra late to debate the results of the brawl on the beach. Quite naturally, every candidate emerged victorious in the eyes of their representatives. --Kevin Merida

Posted on January 21, 2008 at 11:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clash of the Democratic Titans

In the most explosive Democratic debate so far, Clinton and Obama veered from the assigned topic in the first segment -- the economy -- to hurl personal slurs and compare records. --Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on January 21, 2008 at 08:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Atlanta Mayor Needles Bill Clinton

Proving that Barack Obama's supporters have gotten the message that former president Bill Clinton is, as Barack Obama announced on "Good Morning America" today, now fair game, The Atlanta Journal Constitution today reported that Atlanta mayor and Obama backer Shirley Franklin "took what appeared to be a political shot" at former president Bill Clinton, as he stood "not 20 feet in front of her." --Garance Franke-Ruta

Posted on January 21, 2008 at 03:55 PM ET | Comments (26)

After Nevada Caucuses, Charges of Foul Play

Tensions between the Obama and Clinton campaigns escalated today when officials traded charges about conduct on the ground during the Nevada caucuses Saturday. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on January 20, 2008 at 06:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

At King's Church, Resonant Tableaux

Barack Obama links arms with Rev. Raphael Warnock, left, and associate pastor Shanan Jones as...

Posted on January 20, 2008 at 03:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Clarity, for Both Parties

The New Hampshire verdicts were reinforced Saturday in Nevada and South Carolina, bringing a degree of clarity to both parties' nomination fights.--David S. Broder

Posted on January 19, 2008 at 09:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Using Delegate Math, Obama Pushes Back Against Clinton Win

The Nevada Democratic caucus has turned into a kids' soccer game: everybody is a winner. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is the declared winner of the Nevada caucuses. But Sen. Barack Obama walked away with more delegates. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on January 19, 2008 at 08:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama, Edwards React to Nevada Outcome

Hillary Clinton's rivals issued statements Saturday offering her congratulations for her victory but vowing to go on. --Michael D. Shear

Posted on January 19, 2008 at 06:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gender Gap Benefits Clinton

In her Nevada caucus win today, Hillary Rodham Clinton benefited from a sizable gender gap and big turnout from mainline Democrats. According to the network's entrance poll , women made up 59 percent of all caucusgoers, and went for Clinton over Illinois senator Barack Obama by a wide margin (51 percent to 38 percent). --Jon Cohen

Posted on January 19, 2008 at 04:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Rallies Casino Workers

Sen. Barack Obama toured the "back of the house" at the Mirage casino this morning to rally members of the Culinary Workers Union, the organizing powerhouse he is counting on to push him to victory in the Nevada caucuses today. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on January 19, 2008 at 03:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

In Nevada, Obama Tries Tough New Tack

Sen. Barack Obama has added some tough new lines to his campaign speech that call into question Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's candor and authenticity, while adding a dash of humor to disguise the sting. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on January 18, 2008 at 04:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Trying to Heal a Rift in New Hampshire

By Alec MacGillis Three New Hampshire Democratic leaders who signed a letter two days before...

Posted on January 18, 2008 at 04:06 PM ET | Comments (50)

Presidential Candidates Court S.C. Black Newspaper

By Krissah Williams COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Black newspapers have a long history of advocacy, dating...

Posted on January 18, 2008 at 03:25 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama's Labor Backers Planning TV Campaign

Yesterday, the radio ad launched by UNITE HERE's local chapter in Nevada sparked sharp exchanges between the campaigns of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. Today, they'll have a television commercial to argue about. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on January 18, 2008 at 12:59 PM ET | Comments (19)

Obama's Reagan Comparison Sparks Debate

They've argued health care, free trade, immigration reform. Yucca Mountain? Been there, done that. But here's a debate no one saw coming in the Democratic primary: the legacy of Ronald Reagan. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on January 17, 2008 at 08:39 PM ET | Comments (176)

Pro-Obama Labor Group Blasts Clinton in Nevada Radio Ad

While labor unions have played a heavy role supporting Hillary Clinton and John Edwards during the early state contests this month, Barack Obama has largely had to fend for himself. No longer. The group UNITE HERE, which represents 440,000 textile and hotel and restaurant workers, gave Obama his first national labor endorsement last week. And this morning, the group filed reports with the Federal Election Commission that disclosed it was producing more than $34,000 in radio ads to air in Nevada in advance of the caucus there. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on January 17, 2008 at 07:17 PM ET | Comments (22)

Clinton Supporter Apologizes to Obama

Black Entertainment Television founder Bob Johnson took to CNN this afternoon to make public his apology to Illinois Sen. Barack Obama over remarks Johnson had made Sunday in Columbia, S.C., that were widely interpreted as a none-too-subtle attempt to make sport of Obama's teenage drug use. "Sometimes in campaigns you get carried away in your zeal to support your candidate. And you say things that are inappropriate and not proper for a campaign that should be based on the issues," said Johnson in a phone interview with Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room." "And that is why I issued this personal apology to Senator Obama, I know Senator Obama. I have a great deal of respect for him. And I'm glad that his campaign has responded and accepted the apology." --Garance Franke-Ruta

Posted on January 17, 2008 at 06:55 PM ET | Comments (20)

Online, Obama Starts to Beat Ron Paul

Online, Sen. Barack Obama has been dubbed the "Barocket" -- and for good reason. Throughout last year, he was the most popular Democratic candidate on the Internet, with more friends on MySpace (now 215,000), supporters on Facebook (numbering north of 200,000) and channel views on YouTube (11 million) than any other presidential candidate. And it looks like that support is continuing. --Jose Antonio Vargas

Posted on January 17, 2008 at 04:13 PM ET | Comments (41)

Court: Casino Caucuses Allowed

A federal judge in Las Vegas brushed aside a lawsuit trying to shut down nine casino precinct sites for the Nevada Democratic caucuses, handing an important victory to Sen. Barack Obama's bid in the Silver State Saturday. --Paul Kane

Posted on January 17, 2008 at 03:03 PM ET | Comments (44)

Leahy Endorses Obama

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), a 33-year veteran of the Senate who chairs the Judiciary Committee, endorsed the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama as the Illinois senator tries to demonstrate his support among his party's elder statesmen in advance of the Feb. 5 Super Tuesday. --Paul Kane

Posted on January 17, 2008 at 11:58 AM ET | Comments (36)

Distinctions With a Difference in Nevada

The top three Democrats managed to be both civil and pointed in a two-hour discussion that proved meatier and more accessible than many of the public forums that preceded it. Seated around a table, rather than standing, the principal survivors of Iowa and New Hampshire were determined to give no ground. --Peter Slevin

Posted on January 16, 2008 at 12:26 AM ET | Comments (29)

About That S.C. Memo

Barack Obama says he regrets a memo from his S.C. press secretary.

Posted on January 15, 2008 at 11:56 PM ET | Comments (60)

Obama Decries Farrakhan Statements

Sen. Barack Obama's campaign moved quickly today to quell another race-related flap today, this one involving the controversial Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on January 15, 2008 at 06:28 PM ET | Comments (138)

Obama, in Nevada, Talks Electability

Voters in Nevada press Barack Obama on whether he believes the country is ready to elect a black man president. --Peter Slevin

Posted on January 15, 2008 at 06:20 AM ET | Comments (38)

An Outbreak of Goodwill in Nevada

At a time when the Democratic candidates have not been showing each other much neighborly goodwill, Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) called a press conference Monday afternoon in Reno, Nevada, to say kind things about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and her husband Bill. The Clintons, he said, "have historically and consistently been on the right side of civil rights issues." Eighty-two minutes later, the Clinton campaign followed suit. --Peter Slevin

Posted on January 14, 2008 at 11:06 PM ET | Comments (47)

Obama's Christian Appeal

The Illinois senator is reaching out to religious voters in South Carolina with a new brochure.

Posted on January 14, 2008 at 08:33 PM ET | Comments (7)

Clinton, Obama Campaigns Spar Over Remarks

Continuing what has become an escalating fight between the two camps over black voters in South Carolina, billionaire mogul Bob Johnson, one of Sen. Hillary Clinton's most prominent African American supporters, mocked Senator Barack Obama's hopeful rhetoric and suggested Obama was "doing something in the neighborhood" at a time when Clinton and her husband Bill were working on civil rights issues. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on January 13, 2008 at 06:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Edwards, Obama Join Fray Over Clinton MLK Comments

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, embroiled in an intense dispute over comments about civil rights leaders, on Sunday accused the Obama campaign of "deliberately distorting" her words to inflame the debate. In his toughest response yet, Sen. Barack Obama quickly fired back that Clinton had made an "unfortunate remark" when she said that Rev. Martin Luther King had depended on Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson to get civil rights legislation passed. And for the first time, former Sen. John Edwards weighed in on a war of words that is rapidly consuming the dialogue between the top three Democratic presidential candidates in the most diverse campaign in history. --Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on January 13, 2008 at 02:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Says Obama Playing Racial Politics

By Zachary A. Goldfarb, The Talk Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton accused Sen. Barack Obama's presidential...

Posted on January 13, 2008 at 02:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Takes Pride in Obama in S.C.

An hour after slamming Senator Barack Obama's voting record on national television, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton went positive and declared herself "proud" of him. After appearing on Meet the Press from Columbia, she spoke at Northminster Presbyterian Church here, a small African-American congregation -- part of her ongoing effort to court a group of voters who have to choose between Clinton, a politician they like and admire, and Obama, who would be the country's first black president. --Perry Bacon

Posted on January 13, 2008 at 01:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama, Clinton Amp Up Fundraising

Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are continuing their efforts to turn the burst of momentum each gained out of their respective early contest victories into cash. Media experts estimate it could cost $40 million to wage even a targeted television ad campaign in the nearly two dozen states with Feb. 5 primaries, and so both candidates are shifting into overdrive to raise the needed funds. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on January 11, 2008 at 04:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Lands Arizona Gov.'s Endorsement

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano will endorse Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign today, according to two sources familiar with the decision. --Chris Cillizza

Posted on January 11, 2008 at 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

With Kerry Under the Spanish Oaks

Barack Obama receives a hug and an endorsement from former presidential candidate John Kerry...

Posted on January 10, 2008 at 03:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

What Does the Kerry Endorsement Mean?

By Chris Cillizza, The Fix The news that Sen. John Kerry (Mass.) plans to endorse...

Posted on January 10, 2008 at 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

John Kerry Endorses Obama

Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic nominee in 2004, will endorse Sen. Barack Obama this morning in Charleston, S.C. The nod is a setback for John Edwards, Kerry's vice-presidential pick in 2004, who is trying to keep his campaign alive after two early losses. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on January 10, 2008 at 10:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Draws Throng in Jersey City

Thousands can't get into Jersey City event.

Posted on January 9, 2008 at 08:42 PM ET | Comments (33)

The View from Virginia

Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, one of Barack Obama's national co-chairmen, said yesterday that Obama's loss in New Hampshire means the contest for the nomination may be decided Feb. 12 in Virginia. --Tim Craig

Posted on January 9, 2008 at 06:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Voters Face Confusion in Michigan Dem Race

Updated 6:37 p.m. By Peter Slevin CHICAGO -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is the only...

Posted on January 9, 2008 at 05:45 PM ET | Comments (11)

Clinton Fundraising Remains Strong

Hillary Clinton's fundraising team raised more money than Democratic rival Barack Obama in the final three months of 2007, staking claim to the biggest fundraiser in the presidential race for the second straight quarter. --John Solomon

Posted on January 9, 2008 at 04:38 PM ET | Comments (9)

Nevada Unions Endorse Obama

The Service Employees International Union in Nevada endorsed second-place New Hampshire finisher Sen. Barack Obama last night.--Garance Franke-Ruta

Posted on January 9, 2008 at 02:35 PM ET | Comments (8)

On N.H. Jaunt, Fenty Stumped for Obama

Adrian Fenty, knocking on doors in New Hampshire for the Obama campaign.--Kevin Merida

Posted on January 9, 2008 at 01:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's Fundraising Strong

Sen. Barack Obama raised $23.5 million during the last three months of 2007, and raised another $8 million in the first eight days of 2008, according to a campaign memo released this morning. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on January 9, 2008 at 11:41 AM ET | Comments (7)

About Those Democratic Polls

Yesterday's Democratic result is sure to fuel debate among poll-watchers about the accuracy of polls in contests with African American candidates. --Jon Cohen

Posted on January 9, 2008 at 12:55 AM ET | Comments (50)

On Tenterhooks at Obama Rally

The mood at the Barack Obama rally was tense as the returns trickled in.--Shailagh Murray

Posted on January 8, 2008 at 08:30 PM ET | Comments (40)

Watching History at Age 19

More from the field with Tobin Van Ostern. --Jose Antonio Vargas

Posted on January 8, 2008 at 05:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

Honesty Trumps Policy

Voters talk about how they made their decisions. --Juliet Eilperin

Posted on January 8, 2008 at 03:28 PM ET | Comments (4)

The Canvassers Get Ready

Canvassers get ready for their afternoon rounds in Londonderry, N.H. --Jose Antonio Vargas

Posted on January 8, 2008 at 03:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Door-to-Door for Obama

Canvassing with an Obama supporter in N.H.

Posted on January 8, 2008 at 12:10 PM ET | Comments (2)

No Ban on Lobbyists as Advisers for Obama

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama has made a big deal about the fact that his campaign doesn't accept political donations from Washington lobbyists, and recently declared that "they won't run my White House, and they won't set the agenda in Washington." But that ban doesn't extend to seeking their endorsements, or their advice.--John Solomon

Posted on January 7, 2008 at 07:50 PM ET | Comments (23)

Video: Obama's Hope-ful Campaign

Barack Obama delivered a speech in Lebanon, N.H. Monday in which he countered Hillary Clinton's criticism that his message gives voters false hope. The Post's Shailagh Murray reports.

Posted on January 7, 2008 at 06:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's Rise Sidelines Bloggers

What happens to the brawling, highly partisan netroots movement when the party's leading candidate campaigns on bipartisanship -- and wins on it? --Jose Antonio Vargas

Posted on January 7, 2008 at 04:10 PM ET | Comments (19)

Bradley Voters Find New Champion in Obama

Barack Obama is being joined on the campaign trail today in New Hampshire by Bill Bradley. The endorsement by the former New Jersey senator may verge on the superfluous for Obama, who with one day until the primary is now leading Hillary Clinton in the polls here and doing particularly well among the kind of independent voters who took a liking to Bradley in his 2000 challenge of Al Gore. Yet the pairing of the two men on the cusp of what may well be another big victory for Obama offers a moment of vindication for the many Obama supporters here who also backed Bradley in 2000. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on January 7, 2008 at 02:59 PM ET | Comments (11)

Obama Takes the Lead in N.H.

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) has jumped to a double-digit lead in New Hampshire with two days to go, neutralizing New York senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's onetime advantage among female voters, according to two state polls released today. --Jon Cohen

Posted on January 6, 2008 at 09:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Chairman Wars

Jim Demers, a New Hampshire lobbyist and political strategist who is co-chairing Barack Obama's campaign here, was invoked by Hillary Clinton in last night's debate as undermining Obama's claim that he's running a campaign free of special interest influence. "When it comes to lobbyists, Senator Obama's chair in New Hampshire is a lobbyist. He lobbies for the drug companies," Clinton said. Alec MacGillis

Posted on January 6, 2008 at 05:16 PM ET | Comments (7)

Bradley to Campaign with Obama

By Shailagh Murray EXETER, N.H. -- As in Iowa, Sen. Barack Obama is counting on...

Posted on January 6, 2008 at 02:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

How to Assure an SRO Event? Shrink the Gym.

A New Hampshire voter arriving to see Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday morning at a local high school might well have assumed that the event was overwhelmed by a stunningly high turnout, an impression that the candidate herself did her best to encourage. But the impression of overcrowding was misleading. Concord fire department officials said later that there was room in the gym for many more people than had arrived. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on January 5, 2008 at 03:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Doug Wilder Endorses Obama

By Anita Kumar, Virginia Politics L. Douglas Wilder, Richmond's mayor and former Virginia governor, announced...

Posted on January 5, 2008 at 12:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Reaches Out to Younger Voters

On Saturday, Clinton made a last-minute addition to her schedule: a conversation with young undecided voters in New Hampshire. That's significant because the event eats into her preparation time before tonight's make-or-break debate. And it also indicates that the Clinton camp is beginning to fully digest the full extent of the demographic worries that arose for them in Iowa. --Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on January 5, 2008 at 10:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Listening to the Next President?

How many hard-bitten journalists standing in back, encrusted with decades of skepticism, nonetheless began to suspect that they were listening to the next president of the United States as Obama's speaking?--Joel Achenbach

Posted on January 4, 2008 at 03:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Draws a Crowd

This is the big Obama event of the day, and the gym at Concord High is packed to the rafters. Actually, now that I think about it, there is definitely some unused space up there in which I might set up the laptop and blog. --Joel Achenbach

Posted on January 4, 2008 at 01:41 PM ET | Comments (35)

'Thank You, Iowa'

Video of the candidate speeches after the Iowa caucuses.

Posted on January 4, 2008 at 11:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

An Earthquake in the Midwest

Eight years after Iowa voters did the conventional -- sending George W. Bush and Al Gore on to meet in the election of 2000, they shook up the status quo in both parties as never before.--David Broder

Posted on January 4, 2008 at 07:00 AM ET | Comments (137)

Obama Cites Turnout in His 'Good Night'

"We had a good night," Obama said on the press plane from Iowa to New Hampshire.--Shailagh Murray

Posted on January 4, 2008 at 06:51 AM ET | Comments (5)

A Prognosticator Who Got it Right

By Dan Balz DES MOINES -- Give Gordon Fischer the credit he deserves. The former...

Posted on January 3, 2008 at 11:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Camp Credits Youth Turnout

"Younger voters participated in far greater numbers than ever before," said Obama senior adviser David Axelrod as he studied the screen of his Blackberry, still appearing somewhat stunned at the returns. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on January 3, 2008 at 09:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

The View from New Hampshire

As the campaigns' Iowa organizations go into full gear to get their voters to caucus, their counterparts in New Hampshire are preparing for their own final assault, with only five days left until the primary on Tuesday. On the Democratic side, the battle on the ground here is shaping up as every bit as competitive as it is in Iowa, if slightly less intense. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on January 3, 2008 at 06:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Tiny Iowa Paper and One Very Big Name: Obama

By Peter Slevin CARROLL, Iowa -- Douglas Burns, a columnist for the Daily Times Herald,...

Posted on January 3, 2008 at 05:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Appeals for Calm in Kenya

Sen. Barack Obama took a break from campaigning today to appeal for calm in Kenya, where more than 300 people have died in the violent uprising that followed a controversial presidential election on Sunday. Obama's late father was from Kenya, and he often cites his ties to Africa as one of the factors that informs his world view. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on January 2, 2008 at 06:47 PM ET | Comments (8)

The Crowd Size Primary

Here in Coralville, near the University of Iowa campus, around 1,450 Iowans packed into hotel ballroom this afternoon for Barack Obama, with 100 and counting filling an overflow room. Joe Biden drew 350 at an Ames library a few days ago and 550 in Des Moines on New Year's Day. Bill Richardson counted 350 in Ames yesterday and 500 in Des Moines on New Year's Eve. John Edwards is drawing similar numbers during his final 36-hour blitz around the state. Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton appear to be drawing the biggest crowds. As Obama spoke in Coralville, Clinton wooed 1,000 in nearby Cedar Rapids. Obama hit 1,000 twice on New Year's Day, in Council Bluffs and Des Moines. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on January 2, 2008 at 06:22 PM ET | Comments (4)

New Tension with Bloggers for Obama

Markos Moulitsas of Daiky Kos, the influential and widely read blog, says he no longer plans to vote for Obama. -- Jose Antonio Vargas

Posted on January 2, 2008 at 02:20 PM ET | Comments (32)

Kucinich Throws His Support to Obama

The Ohio congressman is encouraging his Iowa supporters to caucus for Obama if he fails to crack the viability threshold of 15 percent on Thursday. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on January 1, 2008 at 05:26 PM ET | Comments (39)

Obama, Huckabee Lead Register Poll

Among Democrats, Barack Obama holds a 7-point lead over Hillary Clinton and an 8-point advantage over John Edwards -- outside the margin of sampling error for the first time in this poll. On the GOP side, Mike Huckabee is up six points over Mitt Romney, 32 percent to 26 percent, with John McCain well back in third place at 13 percent. A month ago, Huckabee stood at 29 percent, Romney at 24 percent. --Jon Cohen

Posted on January 1, 2008 at 10:00 AM ET | Comments (70)

Undecided and Down to the Wire

By Chris Cillizza DES MOINES, Iowa -- With Iowans set to caucus roughly 72 hours...

Posted on December 31, 2007 at 01:17 PM ET | Comments (13)

Obama's Middle Class Appeal

The Illinois senator is weaving new threads about his life into his stump speech, recalling a time not long ago when he was a member of the beleaguered middle class. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on December 30, 2007 at 09:58 PM ET | Comments (36)

Edwards-Friendly 527 Funding Sparks Controversy

A central tenet of John Edwards' message -- the idea that he is campaigning free from the influence of the powerful forces that control Washington -- is being challenged in light of the most recent federal election filings by one of the outside groups advocating on his behalf. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on December 29, 2007 at 04:55 PM ET | Comments (10)

Sen. Conrad Endorses Obama

By Garance Franke-Ruta North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad, who in 2002 was one of the...

Posted on December 29, 2007 at 04:23 PM ET | Comments (6)

Outside Groups Press Their Case

Independent groups appear to be doing more heavy lifting in New Hampshire for two of the top Democratic candidates for president, with new mailers arriving today that focus on voter concerns about health care. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on December 27, 2007 at 03:50 PM ET | Comments (6)

In Final Iowa Push, Obama Stresses Importance of Change

At Iowa speech, Obama draws sharp contrast between himself and Hillary Clinton.--Shailagh Murray

Posted on December 27, 2007 at 01:27 PM ET | Comments (46)

He Shoots -- But Will He Score?

Obama plays basketball. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on December 26, 2007 at 05:29 PM ET | Comments (71)

With Early Caucuses, Questions Abound

There is one question every presidential candidate would love to know the answer to this week: Is anybody in Iowa listening? --Dan Balz

Posted on December 26, 2007 at 01:38 PM ET | Comments (76)

Pro-Edwards 527 Hits TV Airwaves in Iowa Today

This just in from Chris Cillizza: Over the past three days, Democratic presidential hopefuls John...

Posted on December 26, 2007 at 11:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Clear Skies Likely on Caucus Night

The 10-day forecast for Des Moines, Iowa, posted today by weather.com, predicts a fine day for caucus going. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on December 25, 2007 at 03:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Politics of Uplift

Barack Obama has spent much of the year talking about "a new kind of politics" -- the politics of hope. But have you have heard of vertical politics? --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on December 21, 2007 at 06:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's Unwanted Cameo

An unwanted star turn in a conservative film is not sitting well with the Illinois senator. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on December 21, 2007 at 01:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hill-mentum?

Hillary Clinton says she has caught a wave of momentum over the last five days. --Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on December 20, 2007 at 04:43 PM ET | Comments (76)

The Attack is in the Mail

A flier that reads like an attack on Sen. Barack Obama by former Sen. John Edwards actually came from a group supporting Clinton. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on December 20, 2007 at 01:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kerrey Apologizes to Obama

Former Sen. Bob Kerrey writes a letter to clear the air with Sen. Barack Obama over his use of the Illinois senator's middle name, Hussein. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on December 20, 2007 at 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's Pocketbook Politics in N.H.

Obama tells N.H. voters that he, too, is worried about tuition.--Alec MacGillis

Posted on December 19, 2007 at 04:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Advisers Point to Edwards Threat

Clinton advisers have been pushing the notion that former Sen. John Edwards poses a growing threat in the Iowa caucuses. --Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on December 19, 2007 at 01:47 PM ET | Comments (72)

Actors and Soldiers

Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on December 18, 2007 at 07:15 PM ET | Comments (3)

Ken Burns Compares Obama to Lincoln

The documentarian decided to publicly support Obama in response to Bill Shaheen's statements. Alec MacGillis

Posted on December 18, 2007 at 03:41 PM ET | Comments (25)

Obama Touts Foreign Policy Judgment

While his adviser touts his experience. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on December 18, 2007 at 03:06 PM ET | Comments (19)

Obama Woos Remaining Undecideds on Bus Tour

Obama chats up a voter in Storm Lake, Iowa. (Getty). By Krissah Williams STORM...

Posted on December 17, 2007 at 06:08 PM ET | Comments (42)

Obama, Clinton, and the Negative Campaign Turn

Illinois senator says questions about his political experience, raised in recent days by the Clinton campaign, are a predictable turn of events. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on December 15, 2007 at 02:06 PM ET | Comments (16)

A Word on Obama

The candidates distilled to a single word. -- Jennifer Agiesta

Posted on December 14, 2007 at 06:45 PM ET | Comments (28)

Fateful Minutes in Philadephia Dimmed Clinton's Prospects

Clinton's advisers will long wonder why a few minutes in Philadelphia caused so many problems for the once high-flying candidate. -- Dan Balz

Posted on December 14, 2007 at 11:35 AM ET | Comments (54)

Clinton N.H. Official Resigns After Comments on Obama

Clinton approached Obama on the tarmac of Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington to personally apologize for the remarks. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on December 13, 2007 at 07:02 PM ET | Comments (63)

In Tame Democratic Debate, Respite From Political Wars

Democratic debate in Des Moines. --Dan Balz and Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on December 13, 2007 at 06:29 PM ET | Comments (15)

Stakes High Going into Final Democratic Debate

Democrats will debate in Des Moines this afternoon, and this time it could be for all the marbles. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on December 13, 2007 at 10:55 AM ET | Comments (4)

How Obama Won a N.H. Legislator's Support

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter's Obama endorsement carried more of a jolt than one would normally expect from a rookie congresswoman. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on December 12, 2007 at 08:45 AM ET | Comments (10)

The Obama Iceman Cometh

The Obama campaign deploys a seasonal advocate, "Snowbama," outside its Des Moines, Iowa, headquarters. --Michael D. Shear

Posted on December 11, 2007 at 04:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

With Reporters Grounded, Obama and Clinton Hold Competing Conference Calls

N.H. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter endorses Obama on his call. --Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on December 11, 2007 at 03:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Missed Connections Here

Craigslist founder co-hosts fundraiser for Obama. -- Jose Antonio Vargas

Posted on December 10, 2007 at 06:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton, Obama and the Silly Season

Is all fair in Iowa and New Hampshire?

Posted on December 4, 2007 at 03:15 PM ET | Comments (20)

Obama Urges Iowa Undergrads to 'Prove Them Wrong'

The quadrennial effort to lure college students to the Iowa caucuses has been complicated this...

Posted on December 2, 2007 at 04:27 PM ET | Comments (26)

Iowa Poll Puts Huckabee and Obama Out Front

A new Des Moines Register poll anoints new frontrunners in the presidential race. But margin of error suggests race remains up for grabs. -- Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on December 2, 2007 at 02:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ala. Black Group Endorses Obama

New South Coalition gives its support despite a member's racially charged warning.--Shailagh Murray

Posted on December 1, 2007 at 07:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Critiques Obama PAC

The Democratic front-runner says her rival appears to be campaigning in violation of election laws.--Matthew Mosk

Posted on November 26, 2007 at 05:35 PM ET | Comments (25)

Iowa Union Endorsement For Obama

While Sen. Barack Obama prepared for the Las Vegas debate, his campaign announced a key endorsement from an Iowa union.--Shailagh Murray

Posted on November 15, 2007 at 05:44 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bill Clinton and Obama Agree: GOP Will Make Immigration an Issue

Barack Obama said publicly Thursday what many Democrats are fretting about privately these days, which is that the Republicans will be coming after them next year on the issue of immigration and they'd better get ready.

Posted on November 9, 2007 at 12:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Firing It Up On the Stump

Sen. Barack Obama's stump speech is a work in progress - sort of like his presidential campaign.

Posted on November 9, 2007 at 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Flying High--And a Little Too Far--in Iowa

In a busy Iowa week, an unexpected delay for Barack Obama.

Posted on November 7, 2007 at 08:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's American Dream Agenda

Obama pledges more help for the middle-class.

Posted on November 7, 2007 at 11:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Slams Clinton's 'Textbook' Calculations

In South Carolina speech, takes rival to task for putting a winning strategy ahead of need to bring the country together.

Posted on November 3, 2007 at 03:37 PM ET | Comments (37)

As Clinton Makes Gender-Based Appeal, Obama Makes Race an Issue

Obama's campaign in South Carolina, the first state in the primary process that will have a sizeable black population, is strongly emphasizing to Palmetto State voters they could help elect the first black president

Posted on November 2, 2007 at 04:59 PM ET | Comments (45)

MTV Turns Out to Be Obama's Space

At the second installment of the MTV/MySpace forum, the Illinois senator was in his element.

Posted on October 29, 2007 at 06:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ad Watch: Obama on Social Security

Howard Kurtz rates Obama's latest ad, where the senator says he wants to "bring the country together" to solve the problem of social security.

Posted on October 29, 2007 at 12:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Despite Protests, McClurkin's Guest Star Turn For Obama a Crowd Pleaser

Donnie McClurkin was the star of a concert in support of Obama.

Posted on October 29, 2007 at 11:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Among Front-runners, Obama Logs Most Iowa Days

A Des Moines Register tally puts the Illinois senator ahead of his rivals in one Iowa contest: days spent in the state. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on October 25, 2007 at 01:23 PM ET | Comments (4)

For Obama, Friends Like These Mean Playing Defense

Two high-profile supporters of the Illinois senator bring controversy with their helping hands. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on October 24, 2007 at 06:59 PM ET | Comments (25)

Obama Calls for DOJ Official's Firing

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) today called on the Justice Department to fire a top official over controversial comments the official made about minorities. --Paul Kane

Posted on October 19, 2007 at 02:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Deval Patrick to Back Obama

Obama wins support of former Clinton appointee.

Posted on October 17, 2007 at 06:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Networks on BlackPlanet.com

Sen. Barack Obama has been the undeniable online frontrunner in the social-networking scene.

Posted on October 16, 2007 at 06:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Green(er) Obama

In a New Hampshire speech, the candidate discussed his campaign's energy plan, which includes measures favored by environmentalists.

Posted on October 8, 2007 at 03:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Iowans Say 'Hi, Obama'

While speaking in Iowa, Obama hears emotional stories on health care, but doesn't appear to embrace 'feel your pain' politicking.

Posted on October 5, 2007 at 04:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Sells Himself as the New JFK

The comparison has been floating around for a while, so it was only a matter of time before Barack Obama's campaign started making the claim explicitly itself: meet BHO, the new JFK.

Posted on October 3, 2007 at 10:28 AM ET | Comments (38)

The Science of The Daily Show

Obama visits Jon Stewart. But is it a smart thing for a candidate to do?

Posted on August 23, 2007 at 11:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Will Skip Debates. Will Anyone Else?

DES MOINES -- Now that Sen. Barack Obama has become the first Democratic presidential candidate...

Posted on August 18, 2007 at 05:00 PM ET | Comments (32)

The "Black Enough" Question: Who's Asking?

The Obama family hit the campaign trail in Las Vegas last week. (AP). In...

Posted on August 13, 2007 at 08:11 PM ET | Comments (81)

Obama Campaign on "Bush's Brain"

A few short hours after Bush adviser Karl Rove announced his departure, the Obama campaign notes that Rove's strategy left the country "more divided" than ever before.

Posted on August 13, 2007 at 01:02 PM ET | Comments (12)

Obama: Enough With "Black Enough"

Obama hit on issues of race and foreign policy at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Las Vegas.

Posted on August 10, 2007 at 08:22 PM ET | Comments (6)

Obama Expresses Sympathy for Musharraf

Says Pakistani leader has "a difficult job."

Posted on August 8, 2007 at 06:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Keeping Obama Plugged In

CHICAGO: While visiting the Windy City for the Yearly Kos blogapalooza, we stopped by Sen....

Posted on August 7, 2007 at 04:25 PM ET | Comments (5)

Forum Puts Obama's Heritage in Focus

National Association of Black Journalists to discuss whether Obama is "black enough."

Posted on August 7, 2007 at 09:30 AM ET | Comments (13)

A Bishop's Endorsement Provokes Protest

Gay Episcopalian Supports Obama

Posted on August 2, 2007 at 04:49 PM ET | Comments (5)

Obama Again Stirs Up Rivals With Statement on Use of Nukes

Sen. Barack Obama ruled out using nuclear weapons against Osama bin Laden or terrorist cells...

Posted on August 2, 2007 at 03:58 PM ET | Comments (30)

Obama Readies Faith Forums

The Democrats want to get God -- or at least those who believe in God...

Posted on August 2, 2007 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama on Terrorism:The Experts Weigh In

Sen. Barack Obama speaking Wednesday on the war on terror. (AP). Today, in a...

Posted on August 1, 2007 at 02:55 PM ET | Comments (60)

Obama to Propose Funds for Afghanistan, Harder Line in Pakistan

In a speech Wednesday in Washington, Sen. Barack Obama will support more military aid...

Posted on July 31, 2007 at 04:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Ad Targets Lobbyists' Influence

Ad reinforces his pledge to be an agent of change.

Posted on July 31, 2007 at 01:37 PM ET | Comments (4)

Obama and Race In the Spotlight

Questions about what black leaders and voters will do in 2008 abound.

Posted on July 30, 2007 at 03:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton v. Obama, Veterans Version

The two candidates disagree on the best way to care for war wounded.

Posted on July 27, 2007 at 11:46 AM ET | Comments (12)

Readers Weigh In On Clinton, Obama

Is the mainstream media clueless when it comes to Barack Obama?

Posted on July 27, 2007 at 10:28 AM ET | Comments (29)

Clinton-Obama Feud Boiling Over

Escalating a Democratic battle over national security, Sen. Barack Obama accused Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton...

Posted on July 26, 2007 at 04:35 PM ET | Comments (22)

Now Presiding: Barack Obama

He's spotted in the Senate chair, New Yorker in hand to combat boredom.

Posted on July 25, 2007 at 05:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

No Turning Back?

Sen. Clinton makes a point Tuesday at a campaign stop in Portsmouth, N.H. (AP...

Posted on July 25, 2007 at 12:39 PM ET | Comments (48)

Obama Uses Radio to Court Black Vote in S.C.

As Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Barack Obama and even Michael Bloomberg appear over the next...

Posted on July 25, 2007 at 12:02 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Girl Reviews the Debate

CHARLESTON, S.C.-- It's 2:10 a.m., and we're sad to report, we'd just left the swank,...

Posted on July 24, 2007 at 07:58 AM ET | Comments (2)

 

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