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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…

Tough times for bible-thumpers

Religious and cultural conservatives, a political force skeptical of the leading Republican presidential candidates, are caught in a tug of war between pragmatism and ideology. "My head and my heart are…

Spending within their means

If Americans really cared about the annual deficit or the $9 trillion national debt, they would choose Hillary Rodham Clinton or Ron Paul to be the next president. They're among…

GOP hopes voter anger is non-partisan

Republican strategists hope a volatile electorate will save the party from congressional losses in 2008 that appear possible due to a string of setbacks. Democrats hold clear edges in raising money,…

Say what? Cheney, Obama are cousins?

Lynne Cheney said Tuesday that her husband, Vice President Dick Cheney, is a distant cousin of his political polar opposite: Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama. Cheney said she made the surprising…