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Achenblog: December 30, 2007 - January 5, 2008

Edwards Knows His Distance

[Photograph by Amanda Nooter] John Edwards knows his distance when he shoots a basketball. Just a hair beyond the foul line, about a 16-footer. He puts good rotation on the ball and at the end of his impromptu shootaround...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 5, 2008; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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So Many Candidates, So Little Time

Giuliani in Manchester? Clinton in Penacook? Or do we go see Ron Paul doing a walking tour (sounds like a photo op) of businesses in quaint Milford (with the gazebo -- or is it a bandstand? -- I never...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 5, 2008; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hillary in Nashua: I'm Vetted

True story: I was interviewing a couple of college students last night in Derry. Suddenly my cellphone rang. A vaguely familiar voice said: "Mr. Achenbach? Jesse Jackson." I excused myself from the college students (we reporters are constantly being...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 4, 2008; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Waking to the Gift of News

Photo by Paris Achenbach 6:30 a.m., CONCORD, NH It's zero degrees here. Not "feels like" zero. Actually zero, according to the website of the Union Leader. "Feels like" minus 75 with a steady wind from the Arctic, or perhaps...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 4, 2008; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Waiting in New Hampshire for the Iowa Bounce

I've just arrived yet again in New Hampshire, where I'll be poised to pounce upon candidates as they arrive from Iowa, bouncing like superballs. Pouncing on the bouncing: It's almost as good as having a legitimate story idea. [As...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 3, 2008; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (180)
 
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Who'll Win Iowa and NH?

Watch for the contest between Obama and Edwards; expect Huckabee to tank and McCain to surge.

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 2, 2008; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (177)
 
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Campaign Trail Odd Couple: Iowa and NH

[Happy New Year! Gonna make a pot of beans and watch them Gators ... Also a nap will be necessary, and analgesics, and possibly a blood transfusion ... ] [My story in today's paper.] GRUNDY CENTER, Iowa -- Two...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 1, 2008; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (167)
 
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1968 and 2008

[My essay today in the Outlook section. I'll add annotations and links tomorrow.] Forty years ago, this country entered what would turn out to be the most politically charged, disorienting, violent and tragic year in modern American history. The...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 30, 2007; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (232)
 
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