Republicans fight each other over immigration

Rudy GiulianiThe immigration fight in Congress has spilled over onto the presidential campaign trail. John McCain is trying to sell the skeptical GOP base on contentious Senate legislation while Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney and other Republican rivals oppose it.

"This immigration reform is an issue of national security," McCain, an Arizona senator, said Wednesday, stressing more secure borders and what he called an urgent need for the United States to know the identities and whereabouts of millions of illegal immigrants.

Thompson is already running

Fred Thompson (AP)There was a time when Fred Thompson suggested that he couldn't see himself running for office again. "For me, the George Washington example of serving eight years and riding out of town on a horse and never returning has great appeal," the Tennessee Republican said in 2002, the twilight of his eight-year Senate career. Now, five years later, he is a well-known TV actor who finds himself on the verge of a real-life presidential bid, seemingly recruited by activists hungry for someone to fill what they see as a conservative void among the top-tier GOP hopefuls.

Can a political rock star maintain momentum?

Sen. Barack Obama (AP)The huddle of folks under the basketball hoop can't get enough snapshots with the man, so it's dark by the time Sen. Barack Obama finally says goodbye and emerges from the Simpson College gym in Indianola, Iowa.

Obama slips into a group photo with local campaign volunteers, and in a camera flash he's alone again on a pathway leading to his waiting motorcade.

He gets close to the driveway and then he's stopped by one last reporter with one last question.

Rudy’s record: Rewriting history in real time?

Rudy Giuliani (AP)Rudy Giuliani, the current frontrunner for the GOP Presidential nomination may be overhyping his management credentials and role during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, claims a former New York City emergency management director.

The revelations suggest "America's mayor" may be more like President George W. Bush than his handlers want to admit — more hype than substance, more bluster than competence and more image than reality.

For Giuliani, the revelations could not come at a worse time as his campaign struggles with with wishy-washy position on abortion and his inconsistent debate performances.

Rudy, Edwards bag big bucks

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani reported a whopping $16.1 million in earned income over the past 16 months, most of it in speaking fees, according to financial documents filed Wednesday.

Rewriting history in real time

Memories are always selective in politics. Candidates concentrate on what makes them look best and forget those embarrassing little moments that put them in a bad light.

Call it rewriting history in real time. Call it selective omission. Call it outright lying. They all do it.

Republicans and abortion

Wife-beating is out (let's hope), but wife-blaming is in — in some circles, that is. Consider GOP presidential-nomination front-runner Mitt Romney's move last week, blaming his wife for writing a check to pro-choice women's health provider Planned Parenthood. C'mon, Mitt.

Falwell was a political powerhouse

The Rev. Jerry Falwell died at 73, having founded a Southern Baptist mega-church, one of the first of its kind, and a respected university, brought Christian evangelicals into mainstream politics and helped engineer the Reagan presidency. His penchant for truly outrageous statements — and just as quickly apologizing — often obscured his accomplishments.

Memo to Fred Thompson: Put up or shut up

In 1952, a noted editor wrote that Dwight Eisenhower was running for president "like a dry creek." His wry observation was credited with kick-starting what until then had been a non-campaign, with the famous general mainly content to rest on the laurels of a brilliant military career.