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Obama and the lobbyists

Barack Obama played poker and basketball with lobbyists when he was a state senator. He took their campaign donations and worked with them to write legislation. But he also helped…

The impact of YouPolitics

It started with a singer lampooning all the candidates, eliciting some winces. There was an animated cartoon that looked like Dick Cheney. A gay ex-general bared his soul. There were…

Did Bill sell out Hillary on Iraq?

Ex-president Bill Clinton's latest campaign trail appearance for his wife Hillary's Democratic White House bid threw an unwelcome spotlight Wednesday back on her vote to authorize the Iraq war. Clinton said…

Fight night with the GOP

Welcome to fight night. With the final round of a yearlong campaign approaching, the Republican presidential race grew remarkably bitter as the top contenders jockeyed for the upper hand — and…

Republicans get testy with each other

Republican presidential rivals Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney scornfully debated immigration in a provocative, no-holds-barred CNN/YouTube debate just over a month before the first votes are cast. Giuliani, the front-runner in…

Big business steps up political giving

Big business is shoveling more money than ever into U.S. political campaigns, with Wall Street donations way up, a watchdog group said on Tuesday. The securities and investment industry -- which…

Hillary haters take center stage

Prowling the Internet, spilling venom on blogs and dominating the airwaves on conservative talk radio, "Hillary haters" are back and out in force as 2008 presidential nominating contests loom. Democratic front-runner…

Can Oprah save Obama?

Call it the "O Factor." Oprah Winfrey picks a "favorite book" or a "favorite thing," and poof, it's a best seller. And now Winfrey's "favorite senator," Barack Obama, hopes the O…

Fact-checking Mitt Romney

As governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney issued no pardons, limited lobbying by would-be judges and sought to create a judicial nominating process based solely on merit. Despite his best efforts, the…

Huckabee’s glossed-over record

Mike Huckabee's presidential rivals are pointing to chinks in his record as Arkansas' governor — from ethics complaints to tax increases to illegal immigration and his support for releasing a…