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Obama leads latest Iowa poll

Presidential contenders rang in the 2008 election year with near-constant campaigning on Monday as a poll showed Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mike Huckabee leading their rivals with three days…

One political stunt too many?

Mike Huckabee may have finally gone too far. After running an unconventional, surprisingly strong and sometimes strange race to the top tier of the Republican presidential campaign, the former Arkansas governor…

Stepping up the pace

New polls Sunday showed Democrats waging a desperate single-digit struggle four days before Iowa's leadoff US presidential nominating contest, and Republican Mitt Romney on the rebound. Former Democratic vice-presidential nominee John…

Going on the attack

Mike Huckabee says John McCain is a hero. McCain says Huckabee is a good man. And they both seem to agree on this: Mitt Romney is neither. The Republican rivals joined…

For 2008 the goal is win, win, win

A bit of bubbly, a few verses of Auld Lang Syne and candidates, candidates and more candidates. It's New Year's Eve in Iowa and New Hampshire. With the caucuses and primary…

Romney’s candor gap

As a presidential contender, Mitt Romney has the looks, the money and the campaign machine. He also has something of a candor gap. When confronted with questions that might conflict with…

Can Montana help Ron Paul?

Supporters of long-shot presidential hopeful Ron Paul say the Montana Republican Party's quirky caucus rules could create an opening for their candidate that other states don't offer. Under the "closed caucus"…

Shuffling the pawns in Iowa

"You want to talk why Iowa is three-dimensional chess, it is the ultimate. I think it's more five-dimensional chess, if there's such a thing ... " -- NBC political director…

Presidential battles heat up

White House foes renew battle Saturday on multiple fronts, through snow piled prairies and a blizzard of political ads, a tantalizing five days before their fates are first put to…

Fine-tuning the campaign rhetoric

After a year of position papers and policy speeches, handshakes in the summer heat and winter snow, advertising that floods mailboxes and TV screens, and too many bites of pork…