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Another nail in the GOP coffin

The second shoe fell last week when the Christian-conservative "Values Voters" met in Washington. Out of 5,775 opinion votes cast, national front-runner Rudolph Giuliani finished next to last, with only…

Rudy takes aim at the media

There was a big, imaginary bull's-eye covering the media section at former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's town-hall meeting in Davenport, Iowa. For once, his attacks on Democrats were relatively…

Congressional Hispanics favor Clinton

With the 2008 presidential election still more than a year away, 15 out of 22 Democratic Latino members in the House have picked their candidates. Of the two Democratic senators,…

A GOP sleeper in Iowa?

Mike Huckabee, who strums a bass guitar and cracks jokes at campaign stops, is quietly establishing himself with Iowa voters as a serious candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. "I think…

Aw, ain’t that sweet

Democratic 2008 White House frontrunner Hillary Clinton says she is happy she stuck out it out with her husband, the 42nd president, through "challenges" in their marriage. Clinton said in an…

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…