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Russert’s unlikely path

Whether mapping the latest twist in the campaign trail or predicting what was likely to be next, Tim Russert was the newsman people in power watched carefully — along with the nation's viewers.

Adding to Russert's credibility as Washington's most prominent journalist was his style as an interviewer, particularly as host of "Meet the Press," which he took over in 1991. With a sheaf of documents and notes to paw through, he confronted his guests with past quotes that often contradicted what they had said or done since.

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Welcome to the campaign, Mr. Obama

Pitching himself to voters as a centrist candidate with a slight adjustment to the left who appeals to both sides of the political aisle and is a prototypical outsider is going to be a tough sell for Barack Obama who has supported his party's line for the two years he has been in the Senate and is advised by leading insiders.

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Tough times, conventional ideas

It is dawning on us that frightening gasoline prices, the demoralizing housing slump, job layoffs, drained savings accounts and higher health costs are not going away.

"Why It's Worse Than You Think," screamed the headline of a Newsweek story this month. It argues that the Pollyannas who promised a quick recovery in the second half of 2008 were "dead wrong."

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Tim Russert: 1950-2008

Tim Russert, NBC's Washington Bureau Chief and moderator of Meet The Press, died Friday of a massive heart attack while taping a segment of Sunday's news interview program. He was 58.

His sudden and shocking death left many in Washington and the journalism profession stunned and searching for the right words.

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Tim Russert dies of heart attack

Tim Russert, a political lifer who made a TV career of his passion with unrelenting questioning of the powerful and influential, died of a heart attack Friday in the midst of a presidential campaign he'd covered with trademark intensity.
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Ron Paul ends Presidential bid

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said Thursday night he is ending his campaign but will keep spreading his message by working to help elect libertarian-leaning Republicans to public office around the country.

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Some Dems hesitant about Obama

Nothing personal, Sen. Obama, but our re-election comes first. Barack Obama, for all his attention and primary successes, does not go over so well in a fair number of Democratic lawmakers' home districts. So it seems there is little chance that some will endorse him for president.

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Choosing a running mate ain’t easy

The basic rule of choosing a vice-presidential candidate is in the Hippocratic oath: First, do no harm.

Deep in their hearts, most presidential candidates would rather run alone and in most cases they'd probably be better off. Political strategists pay lip service to the idea that the running mate should help where the candidate is weak -- with a particular region or voting bloc.

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Remembering the primaries

Take a stroll down the 2007-2008 primary memory lane with Keith Olbermann of MSNBC in this video highlight reel that shows the highs and lows of the process and reveals what went right and mostly wrong in Campaign 2008.

It wasn't a pretty sight...but then politics seldom is. To paraphrase Will Rogers, there are two things we should probably never see made: sausage and Presidential candidates.

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The failure of GOP conservatism

Republicans, I suspect, are going to be drubbed this election year, but not because they gave the country more conservatism than it needed. A major reason is that they betrayed conservatism and let themselves be outwitted by their endlessly mistaken liberal opponents.

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