Life after Castro

Cuban President Fidel Castro has resigned. His departure from power ends a half-century of one-man rule and defiance of U.S. policies aimed at hastening his exit.

But should Castro’s resignation prompt a change in U.S-Cuban relations? Should U.S. policymakers seize on Castro’s exit to end the 45-year-old embargo? Or does Castro’s transition out of power mean more of the same?

Linking inflation and immigration

The two “i” words are back in the news, one more prominently than the other. The more prominent is “inflation.” The less prominent at the moment is “immigration” (of the illegal variety). The two issues are more closely tied than one would think. None of the three remaining major-party candidates for president has a realistic plan to resolve immigration’s contribution to the problem.

America’s changing face

D’Vera Cohn and Jeffery Passel authored a new Pew Hispanic Center study projecting U.S. population growth for the next four decades. At the end of their press conference announcing the findings, they declined to draw conclusions from their report.

That is not a constraint here.

However, they did slip in a suggestion that high intermarriage rates among Latinos and other ethnic groups may find that Latinos no longer identify as such.

McCain’s ethics questioned

Revelations of an eight-year-old relationship between John McCain and an attractive female lobbyist raises a new question about the GOP Presidential frontrunner’s ethics.

Questions about womanizing by McCain have circulated in Washington for years and even his senior advisors were convinced eight years ago that he was involved in an affair with lobbyist Vicki Iseman.

Campaigns look ahead to Texas & Ohio

With big wins in hand, Democrat Barack Obama pointed on Wednesday toward critical showdowns with rival Hillary Clinton next month that could prove decisive in their heavyweight presidential battle.

Obama’s wins in Wisconsin and Hawaii on Tuesday gave him 10 straight victories over Clinton in the Democratic presidential race and expanded his lead in pledged delegates who select the party’s presidential nominee in November’s election.

Clinton running out of chances for rebound

Texas and Ohio: Two states, two debates, one chance for Hillary Rodham Clinton to save her moribund candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The former first lady suffered another bruising night Tuesday, badly losing the Wisconsin primary and the Hawaii caucuses to Barack Obama. The Illinois senator has now crushed Clinton in 10 straight contests, amassing a growing delegate lead and building support among women and white working class voters who have long formed the core of Clinton’s candidacy.

Obama expands base while Clinton fades

Barack Obama claimed major pieces of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s usual coalition as his own Tuesday, winning a majority of white and working-class people while splitting women’s votes in Wisconsin’s Democratic presidential primary, according to exit polls.

Obama scores perfect 10 in Wisconsin, Hawaii

Barack Obama cruised past a fading Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Wisconsin primary and Hawaii caucuses Tuesday night, gaining the upper hand in a Democratic presidential race for the ages.

The twin triumphs made 10 straight for Obama, and left the former first lady in desperate need of a comeback in a race she long commanded as front-runner.

“The change we seek is still months and miles away,” Obama told a boisterous crowd in Houston in a speech in which he also pledged to end the war in Iraq in his first year in office.

“I opposed this war in 2002. I will bring this war to an end in 2009. It is time to bring our troops home,” he declared.

The nomination is now Obama’s to lose

The Democratic nomination is now Barack Obama’s to lose.

After nine consecutive defeats — including a heartbreaker in tailor-made Wisconsin on Tuesday — Hillary Rodham Clinton can’t win the nomination unless Obama makes a major mistake or her allies reveal something damaging about the Illinois senator’s background. Don’t count her out quite yet, but Wisconsin revealed deep and destructive fractures in the Clinton coalition.

It’s panic-button time.

McCain relishes win in Wisconsin

Sen. John McCain moved closer to clinching the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, winning delegates in Wisconsin and competing for more in the state of Washington.

Sen. Barack Obama extended his delegate lead by winning the Democratic primary in Wisconsin.

McCain won 13 delegates by carrying the popular vote in Wisconsin, with 24 delegates still to be awarded. There were 19 GOP delegates at stake in Washington.