Politics

Penn out as Clinton’s chief advisor

Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton’s controversial chief strategist, quit Sunday amid reports that he lobbied for a Columbian free trade treaty that his boss publicly opposes.

Campaign sources tell Capitol Hill Blue that an angry Hillary Clinton told Penn to quit or be fired because revelations of his lobbying conflict was yet another blow to her faltering Presidential campaign.

Hillary Clinton caught in another lie

Another often-told story by Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton in her campaign stump speech turns out to be a fairy tale just like her claims of being “under fire” in Bosnia.

Seems her heart-wrenching story about an uninsured pregnant woman who lost her baby and died when a hospital refused treatment is long on hyperbole and short on facts.

Bill Clinton meltdown stuns super delegates

Former President Bill Clinton, in California to try and drum up support for his wife among that state’s Democratic super delegates, went into a blind rage behind closed doors and left many shaking their heads and wondering if the strain of watching Hillary go down in flames has taken his toll.

Democratic contenders slam GOP for job losses

Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton pounced on the worst job loss figures in five years Friday to skewer John McCain over Republican policies they blame for deepening the economic mire.

White House hopefuls pay tribute to King

Republican and Democrat, black and white, the three remaining presidential candidates summoned memories of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., 40 years after his death on Friday and gently sought to advance their own strivings as they found greatness in his.

Clintons report mega-millions income

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Clinton reported $20.4 million in income for 2007 and more than $109 million since 2000 as they gave the public the most detailed look at their finances in eight years. Almost half the former first couple’s money came from his speeches.

The campaign released tax returns from 2000 through 2006 and gave highlights from their 2007 return. The Clintons have asked for an extension for filing their 2007 tax returns, citing the dissolution of a blind trust last year.

The Democratic presidential candidate and her husband paid $33.8 million in taxes from 2000 through 2007. They listed $10.25 million in charitable contributions during that period.

Voters no longer matter in election math

The current journal of the American Mathematical Society ponders the “disturbing reality” that the outcomes of our political elections have more to do with election rules than voters’ wishes.

Jim Carville’s hatchet job

Political insiders don’t make good comedians. James Carville — the lethal-mouthed one-time Bill Clinton campaign strategist — was often a naughty exception.

Take his classic quip. “Pennsylvania has Philly on the east, Pittsburgh on the west and Alabama in between.”

Maybe Obama should drop out of the race

Here’s a statement you’re hearing all over the place: one of the Democratic presidential candidates should drop out of the race. Here’s a suggestion you’ll hear nowhere else: Why shouldn’t that person be Sen. Barack Obama?

The Wright stuff

The same pundits who declared John McCain dead and Hillary Clinton inevitable are now saying Barack Obama has weathered the storm over his association with Jeremiah Wright. Color me skeptical. The reason? Tiger Woods.