Dan Balz's Take
Pawlenty has said and done things that have other Republicans wondering about his instincts and his sure-footedness as a prospective 2012 presidential candidate.
Posted on November 11, 2009 at 10:08 AM ET | Comments (63)
The contest in New York's 23rd District has become an early example of the fights likely to play out in the future as Republicans argue among themselves about how best to rebuild their party after two devastating defeats in 2006 and 2008.
Posted on October 28, 2009 at 11:22 AM ET | Comments (69)
Not surprisingly, Democrats and Republicans have sharply different expectations for what may happen.
Posted on October 14, 2009 at 04:44 PM ET | Comments (62)
The Nobel Peace Prize committee validated President Obama's standing as an international superstar who has transformed America's image around the world. Obama may now spend the rest of his administration trying to turn the lofty ideals that brought him the prize into concrete results on the many intractable problems still before him.
Posted on October 9, 2009 at 02:53 PM ET | Comments (93)
Obama faces a very clamorous -- and necessary -- public debate as he approaches a decision on whether to further escalate U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.
Posted on October 6, 2009 at 11:28 AM ET | Comments (116)
The question is prompted by the new release from the Gallup organization, which showed that the gap in party identification is now the smallest it has been since 2005. Democrats are still in the lead, but not by the double-digit margins they often enjoyed the past two years.
Posted on October 1, 2009 at 12:49 PM ET | Comments (177)
The time of hanging back is quickly coming to an end if Obama hopes to find the 60 votes needed to pass a bill in the Senate.
Posted on September 29, 2009 at 05:36 PM ET | Comments (60)
President Obama delivered a global call to action at the United Nations Wednesday morning, but it was an expression of apparent frustration that may have best captured the moment in which he finds himself.
Posted on September 23, 2009 at 01:23 PM ET | Comments (25)
A massive schism now exists over health-care reform, an issue that touches everyone personally.
Posted on September 3, 2009 at 01:36 PM ET | Comments (86)
It's difficult for the White House team to argue that August was a successful month for the president.
Posted on September 1, 2009 at 01:19 PM ET | Comments (163)
By Dan Balz For a generation or more, Edward M. Kennedy held two roles in...
Posted on August 26, 2009 at 09:46 AM ET | Comments (33)
No matter which way he turns, President Obama can't seem to shake the legacy of...
Posted on August 25, 2009 at 07:16 PM ET | Comments (23)
The longer the legislative environment remains fluid, the fewer specifics advocates have to point to in explaining how the new, post-reform world may operate.
Posted on August 19, 2009 at 12:13 PM ET | Comments (197)
There are several new polls out over the last 24 hours that show more problems for President Obama. The trend lines are consistent: declining support for his health care plan, rising worries about the deficit and slippage in his approval ratings. But what if the polls are wrong?
Posted on July 30, 2009 at 12:17 PM ET | Comments (37)
By Dan Balz President Obama's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court accomplished...
Posted on July 28, 2009 at 03:29 PM ET | Comments (34)
President Obama had two audiences in mind throughout his prime-time news conference Wednesday night: Americans who are increasingly skeptical about his effort to reform the health care system and members of Congress looking for guidance as they near politically difficult votes on such a package.
Posted on July 23, 2009 at 08:54 AM ET | Comments (92)
Updated 6:56 p.m. By Dan Balz The decline in governance in the nation's biggest state...
Posted on July 21, 2009 at 05:00 PM ET | Comments (8)
Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings will play out against the backdrop of demographic changes that continue to alter the nation's politics. What drama exists this week is less the question of whether she will be confirmed than what the first Latina Supreme Court justice may contribute to those changing politics.
Posted on July 13, 2009 at 11:58 AM ET | Comments (69)
With Republicans showing spark and president's poll numbers ticking down, White House prepares a new push for its policies.
Posted on July 9, 2009 at 01:30 PM ET | Comments (45)
Nothing may be more important to public assessments of President Obama's leadership than the state of the economy and at this point there are political warning lights flashing.
Posted on July 7, 2009 at 01:09 PM ET | Comments (32)
The Palin wars have erupted again.
Posted on July 1, 2009 at 12:49 PM ET | Comments (228)
The celebrations in Iraq marking the pullback of U.S. combat forces from Baghdad and other cities stand in stark contrast to the reaction in the United States. Here the transfer of power has been met almost with public indifference.
Posted on June 30, 2009 at 01:45 PM ET | Comments (22)
Sanford's summer adventure to Argentina -- no, he was not on the Appalachian Trail as his aides incorrectly told reporters -- is now a major personal embarrassment and draws more unwelcome publicity to the GOP.
Posted on June 24, 2009 at 12:59 PM ET | Comments (139)
President Obama used his press conference Tuesday to sharpen his rhetoric on Iran and vigorously defend the most controversial provision of his health care proposal. But in addressing two of the biggest challenges before his administration, he also carefully left himself room to maneuver as events unfold.
Posted on June 23, 2009 at 03:54 PM ET | Comments (12)
President Obama may still hold the high ground politically in Washington, but the outlines of an opposition message have suddenly begun to come together. On domestic and foreign policy, Obama's opponents have found cracks in his armor.
Posted on June 18, 2009 at 12:44 PM ET | Comments (180)
Al From reflects on a changed Democratic Party -- and what the GOP can learn from the DLC's efforts.
Posted on June 16, 2009 at 03:24 PM ET | Comments (10)
By Dan Balz The repeated applause President Obama received from members of the American Medical...
Posted on June 15, 2009 at 02:51 PM ET | Comments (6)
It's a measure of the Republican Party's problems that its members managed to turn their biggest fundraising event this year into a circus highlighting their own differences.
Posted on June 9, 2009 at 01:20 PM ET | Comments (303)
President Obama has set a high bar for his trip to the Middle East and Europe this week.
Posted on June 2, 2009 at 03:26 PM ET | Comments (43)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's extraordinary accusation that the Bush administration lied to Congress about the use of harsh interrogation techniques dramatically raised the stakes on the growing debate over the Bush administration's anti-terror policies even as it brought troubling new questions about the speaker's credibility.
Posted on May 14, 2009 at 07:20 PM ET | Comments (68)
By Dan Balz The gathering of industry leaders standing with President Obama in the White...
Posted on May 12, 2009 at 05:18 PM ET | Comments (40)
Proposals are too small to impress critics but possibly too large for Congress to swallow.
Posted on May 7, 2009 at 01:08 PM ET | Comments (27)
Having ducked a Republican primary, Specter may yet have to weather a Democratic primary challenge and then a tough general election.
Posted on May 6, 2009 at 01:04 PM ET | Comments (41)
As Obama seeks to work with Congressional majorities, he will need to avoid the twin risks of overreach and intraparty warfare.
Posted on May 5, 2009 at 01:48 PM ET | Comments (2)
As Senator, Obama decried battles over judges, but record shows contradictions.
Posted on May 2, 2009 at 04:25 PM ET | Comments (18)
At his press conference Wednesday night marking his 100th day in office, Obama showed how Washington has begun to change him.
Posted on April 30, 2009 at 10:07 AM ET | Comments (24)
At home and abroad, much remains to be determined about the course of Obama's presidency.
Posted on April 29, 2009 at 12:45 PM ET | Comments (19)
Specter's defection is a reminder that the Republican Party continues to contract, especially outside the South.
Posted on April 28, 2009 at 01:06 PM ET | Comments (405)
Try as he might, the president is finding it difficult to close the books on Bush's presidency.
Posted on April 22, 2009 at 01:02 PM ET | Comments (184)
The images of a smiling Obama's handshake with Chávez spoke vividly to the changes the president is bringing to U.S. relations abroad.
Posted on April 20, 2009 at 01:19 PM ET | Comments (105)
President Obama returned to job one this morning, adopting the tone of both professor and preacher to refocus on the economy. Claiming progress, he explained that there are still hard time ahead. That is the balancing act he must manage now and in the months ahead -- instilling confidence while lowering expectations.
Posted on April 14, 2009 at 01:10 PM ET | Comments (28)
President Obama's unannounced visit to Iraq on Tuesday put a final exclamation point on a weeklong foreign trip designed to signal to the rest of the world a clean break from the presidency of George W. Bush. But it also underscored the ownership Obama has taken of a conflict in Afghanistan that, in foreign policy, could be as defining for his presidency as Iraq was for Bush's.
Posted on April 7, 2009 at 01:19 PM ET | Comments (75)
By Dan Balz Can President Obama lead the world? That may overstate the ambitions Obama...
Posted on March 30, 2009 at 02:37 PM ET | Comments (36)
There is a distinct clash between the culture of cable, which demands instant action and renders instant judgments, and the style of the new president, which is to try mightily to resist succumbing to those pressures.
Posted on March 25, 2009 at 02:19 PM ET | Comments (62)
Campaign 2008 has been the longest and costliest in American history, but it has been much more than just that. As it comes to an end, it's safe to say we might not see one like this again.
Posted on November 4, 2008 at 10:25 AM ET | Comments (50)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Stand-ins for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate John McCain rehearse during...
Posted on October 15, 2008 at 01:09 PM ET | Comments (124)
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)
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)
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)
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)
McCain on the hot seat in tonight's debate.
Posted on October 7, 2008 at 12:42 PM ET | Comments (365)
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)
Palin's performance on the stage at Washington University in St. Louis tonight likely will determine the Alaska governor's future.
Posted on October 2, 2008 at 02:22 PM ET | Comments (297)
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)
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)
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)
In the past four presidential elections, Minnesota has been one of the top 20 Democratic-performing states in the country. During that same period, Indiana has been in the top 15 Republican states. So why are they in play today?
Posted on September 23, 2008 at 01:30 PM ET | Comments (138)
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)
The political and economic fundamentals of the nation at this time do not favor McCain's candidacy.
Posted on September 17, 2008 at 01:37 PM ET | Comments (655)
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)
Financial health of the nation roars back to center stage.
Posted on September 15, 2008 at 01:47 PM ET | Comments (470)
Has Barack Obama underestimated John McCain?
Posted on September 11, 2008 at 02:28 PM ET | Comments (500)
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)
Where was last night's Fred Thompson when he was running for president?
Posted on September 3, 2008 at 03:09 PM ET | Comments (31)
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin meets First Lady Laura Bush and Cindy McCain, wife of Sen....
Posted on September 2, 2008 at 04:40 PM ET | Comments (443)
But what kind of party will it be?
Posted on August 28, 2008 at 05:09 PM ET | Comments (124)
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)
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)
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)
Barack Obama smiles while listening to Joe Biden after announcing Biden as his vice presidential...
Posted on August 23, 2008 at 12:20 PM ET | Comments (201)
Obama has orchestrated the vice presidential roll out deftly.
Posted on August 22, 2008 at 12:42 PM ET | Comments (317)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Reading the tea leaves a perilous exercise.
Posted on August 5, 2008 at 11:46 AM ET | Comments (0)
By Dan Balz Who let the dogs out? Was it Barack Obama, who not so...
Posted on August 1, 2008 at 01:23 PM ET | Comments (355)
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)
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 finally had his Sister Souljah moment and didn't even have to show up. Jesse Jackson did it for him solo.
Posted on July 10, 2008 at 12:39 PM ET | Comments (387)
Obama challenges the Latino community to fulfill its potential as a force in American politics.
Posted on July 9, 2008 at 03:43 PM ET | Comments (14)
McCain today is an unconvincing tax cutter but he also an unpersuasive deficit hawk.
Posted on July 8, 2008 at 11:19 AM ET | Comments (0)
The McCain campaign seems uncertain what sort of message it is trying to send with trips to Colombia and Mexico.
Posted on July 2, 2008 at 11:45 AM ET | Comments (101)
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)
A campaign between Barack Obama and John McCain once offered enormous possibilities for something new. Instead, the two presumptive nominees have opened their campaigns for the White House with what looks and sounds like a repeat of the kind of politics both have promised to leave behind.
Posted on June 25, 2008 at 12:06 PM ET | Comments (0)
Dan Balz recalls the man he first met a quarter century ago.
Posted on June 13, 2008 at 06:45 PM ET | Comments (161)
The most important decision Barack Obama will make between now and the November election is the selection of a vice presidential running mate. That makes all the more remarkable his effort Tuesday to suggest that the people he has put in charge of helping make the decision are somehow not really part of his campaign. --Dan Balz
Posted on June 11, 2008 at 12:17 PM ET | Comments (268)
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)
For much of the campaign, Obama has played the role of Kennedy to Clinton's Johnson. --Dan Balz
Posted on June 4, 2008 at 10:54 AM ET | Comments (87)
How will Clinton exit the race? --Dan Balz
Posted on June 2, 2008 at 12:40 PM ET | Comments (0)
Why should this book be required reading in the Chicago and Crystal City headquarters of the Obama and McCain campaigns? The simple reason is that many of the people now staffing the two candidates share the same qualities and traits of a younger McClellan, caught up in the excitement of a great cause (to elect their candidate president) and not fully knowing what will await them if they end up in the next White House as aides to the 44th president of the United States. --Dan Balz
Posted on May 29, 2008 at 01:28 PM ET | Comments (111)
A new book by Princeton professor Larry M. Bartels says income disparities between rich and poor Americans widen when Republicans hold the White House, and shrink slightly when there is a Democrat in the Oval Office.--Dan Balz
Posted on May 28, 2008 at 11:05 AM ET | Comments (52)
The upcoming meeting of the Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee over what to do about Michigan and Florida offers Barack Obama a unique opportunity. The question is whether he will seize it.
Posted on May 23, 2008 at 02:34 PM ET | Comments (0)
If Tuesday's primary night speeches were any indication, it would take a monumental blunder on the part of Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton for the Democratic primary nominating contest now to end badly.
Posted on May 21, 2008 at 02:17 PM ET | Comments (235)
As the Democratic nominating contest winds down, Barack Obama plans to return to Iowa and Hillary Clinton seemingly declares a ceasefire so long as Obama doesn't move to push her out of the race. --Dan Balz
Posted on May 19, 2008 at 04:59 PM ET | Comments (275)
The general election begins.
Posted on May 16, 2008 at 01:04 PM ET | Comments (61)
John McCain has laid out an ambitious agenda for America. But could he achieve it? --Dan Balz
Posted on May 15, 2008 at 06:40 PM ET | Comments (0)
As the Democratic Primary contest winds down, Barack Obama would be well advised to focus on the difficult contest ahead. --Dan Balz
Posted on May 9, 2008 at 01:46 PM ET | Comments (514)
Not with a bang, but with a whimper? --Dan Balz
Posted on May 8, 2008 at 06:58 PM ET | Comments (422)
Former first lady's situation is much like it was just a day ago, but perceptions of her candidacy have taken a sharp turn for the worse. --Dan Balz
Posted on May 7, 2008 at 02:45 PM ET | Comments (727)
For Clinton, time to shine may be now or never. --Dan Balz
Posted on May 6, 2008 at 12:03 PM ET | Comments (381)
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton waves to supporters as she takes the stage...
Posted on May 2, 2008 at 02:27 PM ET | Comments (604)
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)
The testing of Barack Obama continues. The Illinois senator has been on a month-long slide of bad news, poor performances and self-inflicted wounds. Still the favorite to win the Democratic nomination, Obama nonetheless needs a pair of victories next week in Indiana and North Carolina to kick-start his candidacy. --Dan Balz
Posted on April 28, 2008 at 12:23 PM ET | Comments (241)
The Post adds up the costs of the Democrats' programs and finds they'd blow a hole in the budget. --Dan Balz
Posted on April 25, 2008 at 12:06 PM ET | Comments (108)
Is Indiana a must-win state for Barack Obama? --Dan Balz
Posted on April 24, 2008 at 04:25 PM ET | Comments (352)
Barack Obama's campaign team moved quickly Wednesday to keep driving the narrative that their candidate remains the inevitable Democratic nominee, despite Hillary Clinton's victory in Pennsylvania, and the strongest candidate in November. What they are arguing is that Obama's unconventional appeal is actually the safest choice for the Democrats in 2008. --Dan Balz
Posted on April 23, 2008 at 04:03 PM ET | Comments (223)
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)
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)
These days, neither Clinton nor Obama can make the more compelling case as to who is more electable against John McCain.
Posted on April 18, 2008 at 12:35 PM ET | Comments (159)
Between now and November, the most important question the Democratic front-runner will be forced to answer is: Who is Barack Obama? --Dan Balz
Posted on April 17, 2008 at 12:43 PM ET | Comments (370)
Democratic politicians should have three dates circled on their calendars: April 22, May 6 and July 1. Each represents a potential turning point in the nomination battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. --Dan Balz
Posted on March 31, 2008 at 03:02 PM ET | Comments (0)
Sen. Patrick Leahy has gone where no Democratic leader has dared go. It's time, the Vermont senator said, for Hillary Clinton to get out of the presidential race. "She ought to withdraw and she ought to be backing Senator Obama," he told Vermont Public Radio.--Dan Balz
Posted on March 28, 2008 at 11:38 AM ET | Comments (894)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Endorsements rarely determine the outcome of presidential races, but the decision by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to announce his support for Barack Obama today is nonetheless an important boost for Obama in his nomination battle with Hillary Clinton. --Dan Balz
Posted on March 21, 2008 at 02:23 PM ET | Comments (0)
How the Michigan primary deal fell apart.
Posted on March 20, 2008 at 12:09 PM ET | Comments (341)
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), right, shakes hands with Philadelphia police officers as...
Posted on March 19, 2008 at 02:22 PM ET | Comments (0)
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)
President Bush was in a jaunty mood when he welcomed John McCain to the White House on Wednesday. He waited with unusual patience for the late-arriving McCain, even doing a little soft-shoe routine for the press. He seemed liberated from the burdens of the presidency and raring to get back on the campaign trail.--Dan Balz
Posted on March 7, 2008 at 01:15 PM ET | Comments (0)
US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and his wife Michelle greet supporters at...
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 12:54 PM ET | Comments (384)
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)
By Dan Balz An e-mail arrived Tuesday morning from Ohio. "Just amazin'," read the subject...
Posted on March 4, 2008 at 03:01 PM ET | Comments (10)
CLEVELAND -- In these final hours of the primary campaigns in Ohio and Texas, Hillary Clinton's message has all the subtlety of a clanging bell. It's: "I'm a champ. He's a chump." --Dan Balz
Posted on March 3, 2008 at 12:25 PM ET | Comments (407)
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)
Many of today's political strategists enjoy a good wallow in the mud. By Dan...
Posted on February 28, 2008 at 02:24 PM ET | Comments (110)
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)
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)
Like a good lawyer and political street fighter, Harold Ickes came to breakfast with a case to make and argued it with gusto.--Dan Balz
Posted on February 25, 2008 at 02:15 PM ET | Comments (179)
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)
President Lyndon B. Johnson reaches to shake hands with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr....
Posted on February 21, 2008 at 03:01 PM ET | Comments (67)
It is another bleak Wednesday for Hillary Clinton's campaign, the second in as many weeks in which she has awakened to the aftermath of what President Bush would call a thumpin'. Can a different strategy turn the tide?--Dan Balz
Posted on February 20, 2008 at 12:09 PM ET | Comments (0)
Workers try to set the stage for the Democratic National Convention in 2004. (Nate Parsons/The...
Posted on February 19, 2008 at 01:31 PM ET | Comments (121)
Motorists make their way through the snow along Highway 41 Feb. 17 near Fond du...
Posted on February 18, 2008 at 01:32 PM ET | Comments (348)
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)
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)
A supporter holds a pen and campaign flier, hopefully to be signed by Democratic presidential...
Posted on February 13, 2008 at 03:56 PM ET | Comments (0)
Unless she manages to win one of the Potomac primaries Tuesday, Hillary Clinton will wake up Wednesday having lost eight consecutive contests to Barack Obama in just five days.--Dan Balz
Posted on February 12, 2008 at 01:50 PM ET | Comments (0)
The John Edwards primary is now in full swing. Hillary Clinton made a clandestine visit to see her former rival last Thursday at his home in North Carolina to seek his support. Soon it will be Barack Obama's turn to make the pilgrimage to Tobacco Road. The Illinois senator ought to be ready for some serious conversation. --Dan Balz
Posted on February 11, 2008 at 12:43 PM ET | Comments (0)
The clever people in Michigan who decided to get into a game of chicken with New Hampshire last fall over the timing of their Democratic primary should be having second thoughts this weekend.--Dan Balz
Posted on February 8, 2008 at 02:12 PM ET | Comments (248)
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)
In a pair or races characterized by twist and turns, Super Tuesday may well provide us a few more.
Posted on February 5, 2008 at 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)
On the eve of Super Tuesday, let's cast our eyes forward to November and the general election match-ups that are now most likely: John McCain against either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.--Dan Balz
Posted on February 4, 2008 at 01:15 PM ET | Comments (37)
LOS ANGELES - Sometimes the most important aspects of a presidential campaign are the least remarked upon. Thursday's Democratic debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama made the obvious inescapable.--Dan Balz
Posted on February 1, 2008 at 11:34 AM ET | Comments (58)
Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Arnold Schwarzenegger: The new faces of the GOP? (Dan Balz). By...
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Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) speaks to the media after announcing that is he withdrawing...
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President Bush's last State of the Union address and the final day of campaigning before Tuesday's Florida primary drew a disconsolate portrait of the political party that just three years ago this week believed its future was unlimited.--Dan Balz
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For political symbolism, there is little that can top Edward M. Kennedy's endorsement of Barack Obama. Before a jam-packed arena at American University, the lion of the Senate passed the Kennedy family torch to the young senator from Illinois in his bid to win the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.--Dan Balz
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"We have them lulled into a false sense of security," Rudy Giuliani joked about his rivals at Thursday's Republican debate here in south Florida. Was anyone really laughing?--Dan Balz
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Rudy Giuliani, right, shakes hands with Florida Governor Charlie Crist during a campaign stop in...
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Edwards needs whatever help he can get at this stage in the Democratic presidential race. --Dan Balz
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Former president Clinton makes a sartorial misstep at a South Carolina campaign event.--Dan Balz
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As the Democrats assembled here Monday morning to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. on the grounds of the state capitol, the show of harmony and unity around the King holiday could not disguise the simmering tensions between the Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama campaigns -- particularly the role that Bill Clinton has taken up in behalf of his wife. --Dan Balz
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The press may love negative campaigns, but with no clear targets this year, the campaigns are more love fest than fist fight.--Dan Balz
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John McCain returns a salute to veterans at a campaign event in Florence, S.C....
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For years, the key contest in determining the Republican nomination battle has come here in South Carolina, not in snowy New Hampshire. But that may not be the case any longer this year. Florida, not South Carolina, may be the most important contest this year. --Dan Balz
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Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama called for a cease-fire Monday in their acrimonious and racially tinged war of words, but there is little likelihood it will hold indefinitely.--Dan Balz
Posted on January 15, 2008 at 02:02 PM ET | Comments (46)
The stakes for both candidates are high as the Democratic presidential campaign took a sharply negative turn over the weekend.--Dan Balz
Posted on January 14, 2008 at 01:48 PM ET | Comments (0)
John Edwards is the forgotten man in the race for the Democratic nomination, but not an inconsequential candidate.--Dan Balz
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If 2007 was the year of Iraq in the presidential campaign, 2008 is now shaping up as the year of the economy.--Dan Balz
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Hillary Clinton's stunning victory here on Tuesday night was another powerful reminder of something that is taught in Politics 101: Campaigns matter.--Dan Balz
Posted on January 9, 2008 at 12:25 PM ET | Comments (124)
Barack Obama closed out his New Hampshire campaign late Monday the way he began it early Friday, with a display of energy, jubilation and powerful rhetoric that captured what could be a profoundly important transitional moment in Democratic politics and perhaps the politics of the country.--Dan Balz
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If you wanted a measure of how discombobulated Hillary Clinton's campaign has been since Iowa, look no farther than to the memo sent out by chief strategist Mark Penn shortly before the Democratic debate on Saturday night.--Dan Balz
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Romney's high command may be right or wrong about Obama's prospects in N.H., but there is no question that they are all rooting for a big Obama victory over Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. The better Obama does, they believe, the more independents votes he will deny John McCain, the current GOP front-runner in New Hampshire. The fewer independents who vote in the Republican primary, the better Romney will do. --Dan Balz
Posted on January 6, 2008 at 01:59 PM ET | Comments (0)
The reality is, N.H. is the state that always set up best for Obama, even when he was struggling here.
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The Clinton team will take any kind of win possible - clean or narrow - and scamper out of Iowa feeling lucky. But it is the prospect of a possible Clinton defeat - particularly to Barack Obama -- that would radically reshape the Democratic nomination. --Dan Balz
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Mike Huckabee and Chuck Norris rock out at the Val Air Ballroom in Des...
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By Dan Balz AMES, Iowa - The New Year began with a rush here in...
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Clinton has avoided becoming the focus of attention. The national front-runner has become, if not invisible, virtually ignored -- and that seems just the way she wants it. --Dan Balz
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For the final days in Iowa, John Edwards has shed his blue jeans and open-collar shirt and put on a suit and tie -- and a pair of brass knuckles. --Dan Balz
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With six days remaining before the Iowa caucuses, conventional candidates are offering their closing arguments to the voters. Mike Huckabee delivers a sermon. --Dan Balz
Posted on December 28, 2007 at 01:46 PM ET | Comments (241)
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)
Clinton's advisers will long wonder why a few minutes in Philadelphia caused so many problems for the once high-flying candidate. -- Dan Balz
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Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama found good news overnight in newly-released polls.--Dan Balz
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Imagine if the primary calendar were organized around the weather. --Dan Balz
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The most surprising conversations running through Republican circles this week are all about Mike Huckabee. --Dan Balz
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Few issues hold more peril for the 2008 presidential nominees of both parties than immigration.--Dan Balz
Posted on December 7, 2007 at 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)
Mitt Romney walked a fine line in the most important speech of his political career.--Dan Balz
Posted on December 6, 2007 at 02:00 PM ET | Comments (31)
Tuesday's Democratic debate was a rare exercise in civility in an otherwise contentious presidential campaign.
Posted on December 5, 2007 at 02:54 PM ET | Comments (11)
Will Romney have a Kennedy moment?
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An eventful weekend on both the Democratic and Republican side.
Posted on December 3, 2007 at 02:17 PM ET | Comments (0)
Huckabee shines again, while the rest of the field struggles and the GOP contest remains as much of a mystery as ever.
Posted on November 29, 2007 at 12:22 PM ET | Comments (0)
Can Oprah move voters, particularly African American women, the way she moves television ratings and books?
Posted on November 28, 2007 at 12:35 PM ET | Comments (27)
Events this week show Clinton's methodical effort to build a New Hampshire firewall in the event that things go badly for her in Iowa.
Posted on November 27, 2007 at 02:01 PM ET | Comments (34)
Rudy Giuliani has a fight on his hands to win the Republican presidential nomination, but he already has the general election well scoped out.
Posted on November 26, 2007 at 12:25 PM ET | Comments (24)
Republicans in the Hawkeye state don't think much of Rudy Giulian as an honest and trustworthy candidate.
Posted on November 21, 2007 at 01:35 PM ET | Comments (0)
There is more than enough worrisome news for Hillary Clinton in the new Washington Post-ABC News poll of Iowa Democrats to keep her political team on edge for the next 44 days.
Posted on November 20, 2007 at 02:15 PM ET | Comments (0)
Sunday night speeches rarely get much attention but the address John McCain delivered in New Hampshire on last night deserves a closer look.
Posted on November 19, 2007 at 02:20 PM ET | Comments (0)
Clinton won the battle of Las Vegas by aggressively turning the tables on her rivals, challenging them where they are vulnerable and forcing them to answer questions they weren't ready to answer.
Posted on November 16, 2007 at 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)
As Democrats prepare for Thursday night's debate in Las Vegas, the focus is still on Clinton. Can she recover and prove what happened in Philadelphia was an aberration -- or might there truly be a contest for the Democratic nomination once the curtain falls in Nevada?
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As the presidential campaign heats up, Bill Clinton has some governing advice for the eventual winner.
Posted on November 14, 2007 at 02:04 PM ET | Comments (34)
Nobody is playing the expectations game more aggressively these days that Rudy Giuliani. Usually it's the underdog who plays this game, not the big dog. In so many ways, the 2008 cycle is different.
Posted on November 13, 2007 at 01:46 PM ET | Comments (21)
Iowa not only has the distinction of holding the earliest contest in the presidential nominating calendar. It also enjoys the dubious reputation for holding what may can seem the most arcane of contests.
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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)
The current crop of Republicans has reached back in time for validation from leaders who have neither the power nor the influence they once had.
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Immigration continues to roil the Democratic presidential race.
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On key social issue, Giuliani seeks to keep focus on his governing philosophy.
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Despite criticisms aiming to discredit her positions among liberals, Clinton's support is growing.
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Hillary Clinton returns to Wellesley, the all-women's college that she said prepared her for the "all-boys club" of presidential politics.
Posted on November 2, 2007 at 01:30 PM ET | Comments (57)
The AFSCME plans to spend $60 million in in the 2008 cycle, investing fully in electing its candidate.
Posted on November 1, 2007 at 12:55 PM ET | Comments (4)
Tuesday's debate in Philadelphia was the weakest performance Clinton has delivered in any debate this year.
Posted on October 31, 2007 at 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)
In a matter of months, Obama has moved from being open to a solution that might include raising the retirement age or indexing benefits to prices rather than wages, to making the protection of benefits one of his three core principles for dealing with Social Security.
Posted on October 30, 2007 at 01:05 PM ET | Comments (0)
Edwards and Obama sharpen their rhetoric ahead of Tuesday night's Democratic debate in Philadelphia.
Posted on October 29, 2007 at 01:41 PM ET | Comments (0)
Campaigns struggle with endless forums, fear the problem will only get worse.
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Hillary Clinton and John McCain campaign for the White House as respectful rivals but across a vast cultural chasm that still divides the country.
Posted on October 25, 2007 at 01:50 PM ET | Comments (21)
Tracking Hillary Clinton's views on Social Security is becoming a full-time job.
Posted on October 24, 2007 at 12:45 PM ET | Comments (37)
One Republican observer's take on the current field: the more he sees of Mitt Romney, the less he like him.
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The Arizona Senator may still pose the biggest challenge to Hizzoner's candidacy.
Posted on October 22, 2007 at 01:35 PM ET | Comments (42)
Giuliani will appear Saturday before the Family Research Council's Values Voters summit in Washington for what could be the most important speech of his presidential campaign to date.
Posted on October 19, 2007 at 01:39 PM ET | Comments (0)
But strategist says her lead is built on a solid foundation.
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Caucus voters in Dubuque, Iowa (Photo by: Stephanie Judge) Iowa Republicans have drawn a...
Posted on October 17, 2007 at 12:53 PM ET | Comments (0)
Giuliani sits atop the Republican race, but little else is settled.
Posted on October 16, 2007 at 01:35 PM ET | Comments (0)
Mitt Romney's attempt to draw differences with Rudy Giuliani raises questions about what defines...
Posted on October 15, 2007 at 01:10 PM ET | Comments (59)
Can Rudy Giuliani, seen here campaigning in South Carolina, really change the electoral map...
Posted on October 12, 2007 at 01:20 PM ET | Comments (26)
The peace prize announcement is due on Friday, so he doesn't have long to wait to learn if he has pulled off a unique grand slam for 2007: an Oscar, an Emmy, a bestseller and a Nobel.
Posted on October 11, 2007 at 01:15 PM ET | Comments (125)
An interview with Hillary Clinton reveals how much she already has thought about being president.
Posted on October 10, 2007 at 11:42 AM ET | Comments (27)
Tonight's GOP debate on economic issues probably won't decide the outcome of the Republican presidential race, despite what you may have heard.
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Clinton's leading the Democratic pack, but more interesting to note is what the latest Iowa poll says about the Republican field.
Posted on October 8, 2007 at 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)
When the long 2008 presidential campaign finally comes to a close, one of the most dismal episodes will have been the manipulation and game-playing over the nomination calendar.
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There are few divides larger this year between Republican and Democratic presidential candidates than on the issue of health care--and at this point, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, public opinion is on the side of the Democrats.
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Mitt Romney has experienced a September slide in the Granite State.
Posted on October 3, 2007 at 01:25 PM ET | Comments (32)
This was the day Barack Obama intended to seize the initiative in the Democratic presidential race with a speech in Chicago, but before he could take the stage Hillary Clinton sought to steal the spotlight by announcing her big third-quarter fundraising report.
Posted on October 2, 2007 at 01:00 PM ET | Comments (145)
The strength of Giuliani's candidacy has brought rare agreement between former President Bill Clinton and Dr. James Dobson.
Posted on October 1, 2007 at 01:00 PM ET | Comments (4)
If anyone needed evidence that John Edwards doesn't intend to play by the rules in this campaign, his decision Thursday to play by the rules should settle the question.
Posted on September 28, 2007 at 12:34 PM ET | Comments (18)
John Edwards is more confident on the presidential campaign trail a second time around.
Posted on September 27, 2007 at 12:36 PM ET | Comments (0)
Obama is moving in the wrong direction--or at best not moving. Having entered the presidential campaign to great promise, he has yet to deliver fully on his potential.
Posted on September 26, 2007 at 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)
Romney's new message is one of change, saying on the stump "Republicans have to put our own house in order."
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Hillary Clinton on Meet the Press. (NBC). The Hillary Clinton who appeared on five...
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Clinton and Chris Dodd at the AARP event yesterday. (AP). The Democratic presidential candidates...
Posted on September 21, 2007 at 01:04 PM ET | Comments (24)
Rudy Giuliani is already acting like a president. That's how he hopes to turn himself into the presumptive Republican nominee.
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Obama appears to be preparing for a drawn out primary fight with a newly-announced New York fundraiser.
Posted on September 19, 2007 at 01:35 PM ET | Comments (22)
In the debate on health care, Republican presidential candidates prefer partisan sloganeering to honest discussion, with Mitt Romney the most egregious example.
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In Iowa this weekend, Joe Biden spoke about Iraq policy and the responsibility of the next president to end the war.
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Newt Gingrich has a dim view of his party's chances of winning the White House in 2008.
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Will Hillary Clinton listen to her own advice about how difficult it is to...
Posted on September 13, 2007 at 12:35 PM ET | Comments (30)
No issue better highlights the arc of the Democratic nomination contest than the competition over the war in Iraq.
Posted on September 12, 2007 at 01:05 PM ET | Comments (42)
Obama at the morning hearing. (AP). This week's testimony by Gen. David Petraeus and...
Posted on September 11, 2007 at 01:05 PM ET | Comments (33)
How will Petraeus' much anticipated testimony shape the political debate?
Posted on September 10, 2007 at 11:55 AM ET | Comments (7)
A new book explores the way the Democratic Party is navigating between old and new forces.
Posted on September 7, 2007 at 11:40 AM ET | Comments (88)
John McCain hopes that, by the end September, this will be remembered not as Thompson's moment, but McCain's month.
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The absence of ideology is one of the enduring myths of American politics. Americans have long seen themselves as non-ideological.
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Clinton and Obama at a candidate forum last month. (Reuters). Hillary Clinton and Barack...
Posted on September 4, 2007 at 12:56 PM ET | Comments (0)
Bill Clinton and an admirer at the Hopkinton State Fair. (Dan Balz) Only Bill...
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Fred Thompson, at the Iowa State Fair earlier this month, has given his candidacy...
Posted on August 31, 2007 at 01:14 PM ET | Comments (63)
The Clintons, plus Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, at a Martha's Vineyard fundraiser this...
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The Republican Party has a long way to go to regain the standing it...
Posted on August 29, 2007 at 12:46 PM ET | Comments (51)
Bush surveying the damage outside Biloxi, Miss. in 2005. (Reuters) America marks a grim...
Posted on August 28, 2007 at 01:00 PM ET | Comments (27)
Gonzales's exit from the Justice Dept. stage today is long overdue, many Democrats say....
Posted on August 27, 2007 at 01:15 PM ET | Comments (59)
The three Democratic front-runners at a debate in June. (Reuters) The Democratic nomination battle...
Posted on August 17, 2007 at 02:25 PM ET | Comments (53)
In 2004 at the Republican National Convention, Giuliani addressed the crowd with Lady Liberty...
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Clinton and Obama at the NAACP convention in 2006. (AP) Part way through our...
Posted on August 15, 2007 at 12:45 PM ET | Comments (26)
Karl Rove and George Bush in Austin in 1999, on the road to the...
Posted on August 14, 2007 at 10:23 AM ET | Comments (7)
The straw poll is an Iowan-only event that drew just 14,000 this year. Has...
Posted on August 13, 2007 at 11:20 AM ET | Comments (34)
Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson speaks to supporters during a campaign stop last month...
Posted on August 10, 2007 at 01:41 PM ET | Comments (0)
New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner and South Carolina GOP Chairman Katon Dawson...
Posted on August 9, 2007 at 01:59 PM ET | Comments (0)
The view from Chicago's Soldier Field, where Democratic candidates sparred in front of a...
Posted on August 8, 2007 at 12:08 PM ET | Comments (0)
As they prepare for tonight's forum with Democratic presidential candidates in Chicago, leaders of...
Posted on August 7, 2007 at 12:00 PM ET | Comments (11)
Rudy Giuliani may be sitting out Saturday's Iowa straw poll, but he was still...
Posted on August 6, 2007 at 11:56 AM ET | Comments (20)
The next nine days will feature four debates and a GOP straw poll that...
Posted on August 3, 2007 at 11:50 AM ET | Comments (7)
His Democratic rivals essentially agree with message to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. (Reuters) It...
Posted on August 2, 2007 at 12:35 PM ET | Comments (69)
Every general indicator of political attitudes this summer points to a Democratic victory in 2008....
Posted on August 1, 2007 at 04:15 PM ET | Comments (27)
Can the wheels come off a wagon that hasn't left the assembly line? That is...
Posted on July 31, 2007 at 12:27 PM ET | Comments (0)
Bill Clinton was a stalwart of the Democratic Leadership Council during his presidency. He'll...
Posted on July 30, 2007 at 01:26 PM ET | Comments (71)
Elizabeth Edwards told the Post's Dan Balz that campaigning has proven the best medicine...
Posted on July 30, 2007 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)
In a week in which an argument between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama dominated...
Posted on July 27, 2007 at 11:53 AM ET | Comments (49)
John Edwards and Barack Obama are using different rhetoric to try and capture the...
Posted on July 26, 2007 at 12:23 PM ET | Comments (0)
Sen. Clinton makes a point Tuesday at a campaign stop in Portsmouth, N.H. (AP...
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