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A longshot emerges from the shadows

Ron Paul may be the political butterfly of the 2008 presidential campaign. An obscure congressman from Southeast Texas for most of his political career, Paul has metamorphosed into the favorite…

Socialized medicine or freedom?

Today's health-care debate previews the fall 2008 election, if today's presidential front-runners win their respective party nominations. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a Republican,…

Slip-sliding away

John McCain's slide in the presidential race shows up everywhere on the campaign trail. His staff drastically reduced and his organization nearly broke, McCain flies commercial instead of on private jets,…

John Edwards’ foot-in-mouth disease

"They want to shut me up," says John Edwards, who apparently thinks jokes about his $400 haircuts are part of a plot to keep him quiet. I am on his…

Thoughts on a Hillary Presidency

BERLIN -- I'm walking down a street in what used to be the communist part of this city, when my companion points to a couple of police officers strolling in…

Romney calls Bush’s war a failure

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Friday that the country is angry over the lack of progress in the Iraq war, a stinging assessment of the Bush administration's handling of the…

Obama faces black resistance in SC

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama faces two major obstacles in South Carolina, the first Democratic testing ground for black support: the popularity of the Clinton name and doubts among blacks that…

Trouble ahead for Howard Dean

It won't be a summer of love for Howard Dean, with peace and understanding in short supply. The Democratic National Committee chairman faces several formidable challenges. Some states are determined to…

McCain dumps his ad team

Sen. John McCain's advertising consultants have resigned from his presidential campaign, the latest in a rash of staff shake-ups in recent weeks. McCain communications director Jill Hazelbaker on Wednesday described the…

The gloves come off

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama tried to turn rival Hillary Rodham Clinton's words back on her Wednesday, saying her vote to authorize the Iraq war was "irresponsible and naive." Clinton had…