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Keep an eye on Virginia politics (03:53) - Virginia wields neither the size nor the swing-state reputation of a Florida or Ohio. It can't flaunt an early primary election like New Hampshire. But the hard-to-label, conservative-leaning state that in 1989 made history by electing the nation's first black governor is again becoming a state to watch, in this year's midterm elections and the 2008 presidential contest.
Wednesday 8 March
My big fat political issue (06:46) - Issues in American presidential politics tend to be collective ones -- defense, education, environment -- but in the 2008 campaign health care could be discussed in disconcertingly concrete terms: individual obesity. It's early yet, but the signs are there that obesity could indeed be a political issue.
Sunday 26 February
Can Dems seize the initiative? (10:51) - Democrats hope for major gains in statehouses in upcoming elections, setting the stage they believe for a return to power in Washington by 2008.
Sunday 5 February
Things don't look good for grandma's TV (00:22) - Under pressure from the digital-TV industry, Congress has set Feb. 17, 2009, as the date when the United States goes digital, and that means an estimated 70 million TV sets won't be able to pick up signals from the air...