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Minority voters take center stage

With nomination contests in lily-white Iowa and New Hampshire settled, minority voting power now moves into the spotlight. Historical realities suggest that blacks and Hispanics won't play much of a role…

Economy, war top campaign issues

The faltering economy has caught the Iraq war as people's top worry, a national poll suggests, with the rapid turnabout already showing up on the presidential campaign trail and in…

Fred & Mike get down and dirty

Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee went from Mr. Nice to Mr. Nasty when rival Fred Thompson started calling him what he considered a bad name — a liberal. The Southerners are…

Is Rudy Giuliani broke?

About a dozen senior campaign staffers for Rudy Giuliani are forgoing their January paychecks, a sign of possible money trouble for the Republican presidential candidate and last year's national front-runner. "We…

When in doubt, turn to tax breaks

Republican presidential rivals backed a blend of tax and spending cuts Thursday night to head off an election-year recession they generally agreed is avoidable. "We should reduce taxes on middle-income…

Are Republicans ready to rumble?

White House contenders fanned out Thursday as the gripping US presidential race headed into a series of make-or-break contests and rival Republicans limbered up for a debate "brawl." The Democratic field,…

Will the real Hillary please stand up?

Ah, Hillary. We still don't know who you are. After 16 years of high Clinton drama, after dozens of books examining the former first lady from every angle and ideological viewpoint,…

Tax hikes killed Romney’s chances

As political strategists decamped for Michigan and points south, many here wondered how Mitt Romney could lose 2008's first primary to Sen. John McCain of Arizona, 32 percent to 37…

Now we can have a say in things

The real winner in the New Hampshire primary may be a nominating process that was in danger of falling into disrepute as an unfair exercise in small-state politics that excluded…

The great poll crash of 2008

"America in Search of Itself" is what the late Theodore White called a book of his about the presidential elections between 1956 and 1980. The title's not a bad description…