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Here’s to a shot and a beer

Alcohol and presidential politics have a long and honorable history in America. George Washington distilled whiskey and brewed beer and made liberal use of both in his various elections. He and Martha would convene daily at around 3 p.m. for a toddy.
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Another momma for Obama

As a matter of full disclosure, I should tell you that my wife, a long-time Republican, has changed her party registration in advance of the Pennsylvania Primary and has appeared in public wearing "Another Momma for Obama" button.
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A tense, defensive debate

Democratic presidential rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton tried to explain recent controversial remarks during a tense debate on Wednesday, with Obama accusing Clinton of taking political advantage of his characterization of small-town residents.
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Clinton admits Obama can win the election

Hillary Rodham Clinton said emphatically Wednesday night that Barack Obama can win the White House this fall, undercutting her efforts to deny him the Democratic presidential nomination by suggesting he would lead the party to defeat. "Yes, yes, yes," she said when pressed about Obama's electability during a campaign debate six days before the Pennsylvania primary. Asked a similar question about Clinton, Obama said "Absolutely and I've said so before" — a not-so-subtle dig at his rival who had previously declined to make a similar statement about him. In a 90-minute debate, both rivals pledged not to raise taxes on individuals making less than $200,000, and said they would respond forcefully if Iran obtains nuclear weapons and uses them against Israel.
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Clinton, Obama dish up new promises

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton outlined an aggressive 100-day presidential agenda on Tuesday and Sen. Barack Obama promised to "play offense for working Americans," both rivals observing something of a lull in an increasingly personal Democratic nomination struggle.
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Chasing the mythical Reagan Democrat

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain often pays tribute to Ronald Reagan. Now he is courting wavering working class Democrats who helped put his hero in the White House. McCain was in the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania on Tuesday -- the current ground zero of the tense Democratic race -- a week before launching a tour of corners of America where Republicans often fear to tread.
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Democrats are the GOP’s best asset

Karl Rove has been mothballed. The Swift Boaters have been decommissioned. But conservatives need not despair. The Republican presidential nominee won't be needing their special political services this time around. Because Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are doing their campaign dirty work for them.
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