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Now here’s a radical political idea

You may think that this is the election when you're finally going to be a gung-ho political activist. A stir-'em-up conservative. A shake-'em-up liberal. A straight-ahead independent. Ready to volunteer…

Hillary’s Social Security two-step

Hillary Rodham Clinton says she has a million ideas, and the dreadful, terrible shame is that one of them isn't to do anything about Social Security except dance away and…

Running as a gay candidate

Jim Neal, the Democratic dark horse challenging North Carolina Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole, has disclosed he is gay -- making him one of the nation's few openly homosexual candidates for…

Dems vie for rural vote

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards was midway through his speech inside a crowded firehouse here last week when audience member Eunice McCarty nudged the man sitting next to her. He…

Kowtowing for the religious right

After a weekend of auditioning would-be presidents, Christian conservatives are still seeking consensus on who should get the part. "A lot of people feel less than satisfied; there's no news in…

Don’t look for the union label

Democrats and unions may go together like politics and corruption, sin and scandal, baseball and hot dogs but many union power players are taking a wait and see attitude towards…

No Drudge grudge in Clinton camp

Internet gossip monger Matt Drudge may have little use or regard for the truth but he remains a power player in political circles -- so much in fact that even…

Clash of the schoolyard bullies

Sunday's GOP Presidential candidate debate was more of a free-for-all than a discussion of the issues as participants attacked each other, Hillary Clinton, and anything Democratic. Then they argued among themselves…

Chasing the conservative base

Republican rivals Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney and John McCain sought on Friday to become the favorite of anxious social conservatives, each suggesting he offered the best chance of thwarting abortion…

The earth becomes a viable campaign issue

In American politics, we're used to hearing Republicans use the language of faith. And we're used to hearing Democrats talk tough on protecting the environment. But this year, we're starting to…