Politics

Yes, it really is the money

Humorist Kin Hubbard commented that when someone says it’s not the money, it’s the principle of the thing — it’s the money.

Obama braces for racist attacks

A presidential candidate who’s named Hussein and wears a turban? A building that’s called the White House but run by a black guy?

Hillary returns to the public eye

Hillary Clinton has made herself scarce since she abandoned her campaign for US president earlier this month, but she reunites this week with ex-rival Barack Obama as part of her return to the public eye.

Will Bob Barr be a GOP spoiler?

A fiery former GOP congressman who gained national prominence for doggedly pursuing impeachment of President Clinton has some Republicans worried he’ll play spoiler in a tight presidential contest.

Bob Barr’s Libertarian Party bid for the White House is the longest of long shots, but political experts say he may be able to exploit the unease some die-hard conservatives still feel about Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee-in-waiting. Combined with the surge in turnout among Democrats during the primaries and a difficult political climate for Republicans, they see what could be a recipe for trouble for the GOP.

Brokaw will replace Russert…for now

Retired NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw will replace the late Tim Russert as interim moderator for Meet the Press until the November election, current news anchor Brian Williams announced today at the conclusion of the Sunday news talk show.

McCain keeps screwing up

Call it campaign growing pains. Or bad luck. Or a combination of the two.

By any name, Sen. John McCain is hampered by missteps and self-generated controversy in the early days of the general election campaign for the White House.

Chuck Hagel as Obama’s running mate?

Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel said Friday he would consider serving as Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s running mate if asked, but he doesn’t expect to be on any ticket.

Ron Paul comes up short in Montana

Sen. John McCain may be the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, but supporters of Ron Paul in Montana refused to abandon their candidate.

The group led an impassioned fight Friday at the Montana GOP convention, shaking things up in a failed effort to secure the state’s 22 national convention delegates for Paul — who suspended his presidential bid earlier this month.

Obama’s fundraising slows; Hillary’s debts soar

Democrat Barack Obama raised $22 million in May for his presidential campaign, his weakest fundraising month this year, and ended the month with $43 million cash on hand, while former rival Hillary Rodham Clinton sank deeper in debt.

Obama flip flops on public finance

Barack Obama is abandoning public financing for his presidential campaign, reversing his earlier stance in bold certainty he can raise millions more on his own as the first major-party candidate to bypass a system that was hurried into place after the Watergate scandal.

The Democrat has shattered fundraising records during the primary season, and he promptly showed off his financial muscle Thursday with his first commercial of the general election campaign. The ad, a 60-second biographical spot, will begin airing Friday in 18 states, including historically Republican strongholds.