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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…

The politics of faith

The sociologist Peter Berger once observed that, if India is the world's most religious country and Sweden the least, the United States is a country of Indians ruled by Swedes. He…

The life of a political surrogate

The audience stood in unison as former Denver Mayor Federico Pena made his triumphant entrance at the local public library. Both people, that is. Pena shook a couple of hands, made some…

Hillary leads the money chase

Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton has pulled ahead of rival Barack Obama at the bank as well as in the polls and both continue to crush Republicans in the money race. Clinton…

Clinton tops others on the ‘Net too

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has largely steered clear of traditional radio and television advertising, instead nurturing the Internet audience and drawing the largest number of online visitors. Clinton, a senator…

Fred: ‘I’m the real conservative’

Presidential hopeful Fred Thompson cast himself Monday as the consistent Republican conservative in the race and suggested during a speech on Rudy Giuliani's home turf that the former New York…