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Defamation dilutes discourse

While negative political advertising has been around since the beginning of the republic, MoveOn.org seems to have cut some new ground for meanness and ratcheted up the incivility level more…

Online ‘mashup’ draws 1 million viewers

An experimental online "mashup" — a build-your-own Democratic presidential debate — attracted more than 1 million viewers in the past 10 days, many of them young people drawn to the…

Independents leaning Democratic

Michael Brooks is exactly the kind of voter the Republican Party can ill afford to lose. But in a foreboding omen for 2008, it may have already done just that. The…

Rudy panders to the gun lobby

Republican Rudy Giuliani sought to reassure the National Rifle Association of his support for a constitutional right to bear arms as rivals Fred Thompson, John McCain and Mike Huckabee contended…

Dems step up attacks on Hillary

Hillary Rodham Clinton is finding herself in her rivals' cross-hairs. Barack Obama and John Edwards try to paint her as a candidate of the Washington establishment and beholden to special interests.…

Hillary’s fundraiser charged with fraud

Days after top-tier Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu was arrested in a 15-year-old fraud case, he contacted the FBI and confessed to making bogus business deals in a sprawling new scheme,…

Hillary, Rudy top polls in California

New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is leading among Democrats in the California presidential primary, while Rudy Giuliani is slightly ahead of his three major Republican rivals, according to a…

Can we buy what Hillary’s selling?

Hillary Clinton is humble. She also works well with others, deplores big government and is no liberal ideologue. At least that's what Clinton hopes voters will conclude from the rollout of…

Many voters undecided about 2008

Just off the quaint town square, a pizza shop owner and an employee took a break to banter about politics one recent late-summer day. They did not always agree, but…

Is Barack Obama too white?

Jesse Jackson was quoted as saying Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was "acting like he's white" for not speaking out more forcefully about a racially charged schoolyard beating in Louisiana. Wednesday's…