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Obama
nytimes.com

Obama Cashes In at Hollywood Fundraiser

Barack Obama took in $1.3 million Tuesday from an L.A. fundraiser organized by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. Hollywood is a crucial pit stop on the road to the White House for Democratic candidates as they build their war chests, especially with so many contenders in the field.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
AP Photo / Dennis Cook

Hillary’s Calculations Add Up to War

In light of her hawkish posturing and consistent support of the war for all the wrong reasons, the best advice on Hillary’s campaign comes from the candidate herself: If you’re against the war, vote for someone else.

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE


Danny Goldberg
Truthdig / Zuade Kaufman

Danny Goldberg on Antiwar Artistry

The former Air America CEO and music mogul discusses the significance of the Dixie Chicks’ Grammy win; Al Gore’s prospects for 2008; and the liberals’ responsibility to “blow the wind” of change.

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
globeweeklynews.com

Hillary Refuses to Apologize for Iraq War Vote

Hillary Clinton is apparently so concerned with the specter of flip-flopping she will never apologize for her vote to authorize military action against Iraq. Speaking at a recent campaign event, the candidate herself said, “If the most important thing to any of you is choosing someone who did not cast that vote or has said his vote was a mistake, then there are others to choose from.” Indeed, there are.

Posted on Feb 18, 2007 READ MORE


Ralph Nader
aljazeera.com

Nader Threatens to Run

Perennial spoiler Ralph Nader says he’s considering yet another run for president, depending on what the Democrats “come up with.” The former consumer advocate said front-runners Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama lack “political fortitude,” and criticized John Edwards’ foreign policy stances.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Tying up the Netroots Nomination

Barack Obama probably won’t best Hillary Clinton unless he trumps her efforts on the Internet.

Posted on Feb 15, 2007 READ MORE


Time for Hillary to Admit Error—and Act

Sen. Clinton can best recover from her vacillation on Iraq by demanding that Bush use diplomacy with Iran.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Inside Man

“If running against Washington is going to be the winning appeal in the 2008 election ... then Obama should be careful what he wishes for.”

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Al Franken for Senate

Franken Announces Senate Run in Minn.

Longtime comedian and “Air America” host Al Franken has made it official: He’s running for the Senate in 2008. In this video he tells Minnesotans they have a right to be skeptical of his candidacy. (AP article here)

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Larry Wilmore

Is Obama Too Black, or Not Black Enough?

“The Daily Show’s” “senior black correspondent,” Larry Wilmore, points out that the last thing the senator needs is to be identified as “the black candidate.” Watch it

Posted on Feb 13, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Obama’s New Direction

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Gore Allies Hold Powwow

A group of Al Gore’s campaign veterans and supporters met in Boston on Thursday to brainstorm a potential 2008 bid for the presidency. The former vice president denied any involvement and still insists he’s not running for anything, but his strong policy stances, unrivaled experience, name recognition and fundraising ability have supporters around the country hoping he’ll change his mind.

Posted on Feb 8, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani
americanrhetoric.com

Giuliani Makes Campaign Official

Rudolph Giuliani decided to take Hillary’s advice and join the conversation, announcing his candidacy for the presidency on Monday. Despite his popularity, the former mayor of New York can expect headaches in the Republican primaries over his very public marital difficulties and a moderate stance on choice and gay rights.

Posted on Feb 6, 2007 READ MORE


Joe Biden and Jon Stewart

The Dude’s A-Biden

Presidential hopeful Sen. Joe Biden took the hot seat at “The Daily Show” to discuss the explosive comments he made about Hillary, Obama and Edwards in a recent New York Observer interview.

Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


Al Franken
realcities.com

Franken Decides to Run for Senate

Al Franken, the comedian, actor, author and radio host, will seek another title to add to his résumé: United States senator. According to multiple sources, Franken has finally decided to challenge conservative Republican Norm Coleman after years of debating the possibility.

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Joe Biden
post-gazette.com

Biden Enters the Race with a Gaffe

Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., announced his presidential candidacy Wednesday, but he got more attention for a racially charged comment about competitor Barack Obama, calling him “the first mainstream African American [presidential candidate] who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Mitt Romney’s Hypocritical Turnarounds

In his quest for the White House, the former Mass. governor has flip-flopped on so many positions that he makes John Kerry look good.

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Politicos on YouTube

2008 Hopefuls Find New Media a Mixed Blessing

This great N.Y. Times story highlights the ways in which White House contenders are having to contend with game-changing technologies like YouTube. (Videos mentioned: Hillary’s national anthem; John Edwards’ primping, etc.)

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Will the Big States Please Stand Up?

California, Illinois, Florida and New Jersey should be applauded for mobilizing to hold earlier presidential primaries.

Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


John McCain

The Real McCain.com

Documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald (“Outfoxed” “Iraq for Sale”) produced this video (and accompanying website) to expose the blatant contradictions John McCain has made on issues like Iraq, gay marriage and the Confederate flag.

Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


Mike Huckabee
washingtonpost.com

Another Arkansas Governor Running for President

Mike Huckabee, who’s best known for dropping 100 pounds and urging obese Arkansans to follow his example, added his name to the swelling list of presidential contenders on Sunday.

Posted on Jan 28, 2007 READ MORE


Obama’s ‘Fresh Face’ Could Work Against Him

The baby boomers who were once suspicious of anyone over 30 are now skeptical of Barack Obama because he’s under 50.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary’s Way

She may lack Obama’s charisma and Edwards’ poise, but Sen. Clinton has made fools of her naysayers before.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


Al Gore
From draftgore.com

Al Gore for President?

After years of speculation about whether Al Gore will seek the presidency in 2008, a number of self-described grass-roots Democrats have given up waiting and launched a campaign to pressure the former vice president into running.

Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


Barack Obama
AP / Seth Wenig

Barack’s Racial Balancing Act

Sen. Obama’s multiracial heritage could help mend the great fissure in American society.

Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama
AP / Evan Vucci

E.J. Dionne Jr.: The Upstart Versus the Machine

The Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton 2008 contest highlights the differences between bottom-up and top-down political campaigns.

Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE


Bill Richardson
governor.state.nm.us

Another Potential ‘First’ Joins the Race

Add another potential milestone to the growing list: Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) is running for president. Richardson, who would be the first Hispanic president if elected, also served as energy secretary and a diplomat.

Posted on Jan 21, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton Joins 2008 Race

N.Y. Sen. Hillary Clinton jumped into the Oval Office race Saturday, telling her supporters in an e-mail: “I’m in. And I’m in to win.”

  • Also, GOP Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback announced his candidacy.

  • Posted on Jan 20, 2007 READ MORE


    Do You Heart Huckabee?

    Former Arkansas governor and presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, a Baptist evangelical who is keeping loyal distance from Bush on the war, may just pull off the hat trick of blending religious conservatism with policy pragmatism.

    Posted on Jan 15, 2007 READ MORE


    Giuliani
    gothamgazette.com

    Giuliani’s Campaign Strategy in the Wild

    Likely presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani’s campaign has soured before it even began, after a strategic black book went missing. The document outlines the former New York mayor’s fund-raising plans, as well as his weaknesses, offering an edge to prospective opponents.

    Posted on Jan 3, 2007 READ MORE


    Edwards

    Edwards on the Issues

    Democrat John Edwards came out swinging on Friday’s “Hardball,” taking a swipe at the president, the war, the economy and even civic pride. But how will John Kerry’s former running mate fare against principled Dennis Kucinich or the Clinbama juggernaut that’s been gobbling up all the fund-raisers and media coverage it can find?
    Full Disclosure: Edwards is a Truthdig advertiser.

    Posted on Jan 2, 2007 READ MORE


    Froma Harrop: Obama, Say-Nothing Superstar

    Americans would do well to get over their adolescent crush on the Illinois Democrat and be receptive to less glamorous contenders who carry real messages.

    Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Bayh
    indystar.com

    Bayh Not Running in ‘08

    Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) has announced he won’t run for president. The moderate said facing so-called political celebrities like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama made the odds “longer than I felt I could responsibly pursue.”

    Posted on Dec 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Clinton and Giuliani
    Left: Washington Post / right: themoderatevoice.com

    Clinton and Giuliani Lead the Pack in Poll

    A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows Hillary Clinton and Rudolph Giuliani in the lead for their parties’ nominations.  John McCain, who has lost considerable support among independent voters—possibly due to his plan to send more troops to Iraq—polled closely behind Giuliani.

    Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Kucinich to Run for President

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said in a statement Monday that he will run for president in the 2008 election, prompted in part by his own party’s decision to continue funding for the Iraq war.  Kucinich discussed the funding issue at length in an interview with Truthdig.

    Posted on Dec 11, 2006 READ MORE


    matthews show

    Matthews Show Takes Lopsided Look at Candidates

    As part of a series on assumed presidential candidates, “The Chris Matthews Show” followed a bout of McCain worship by treating Hillary Clinton like the girl who showed up at the prom wearing a burlap sack, criticizing everything from her public speaking style to the supposed unwillingness of the American people to tolerate Bill loafing around the White House. Watch it

    Posted on Dec 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Frist
    ahoythere05.blogspot.com

    Frist Won’t Run for President

    Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist upset expectations Thursday by announcing he wouldn’t run for president in 2008.  The field is thinning, but only slightly, with names like McCain, Giuliani, Romney, Brownback, Huckabee and even Gingrich still in the mix on the GOP side.

    Posted on Nov 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Susan Estrich: Taking Temperatures

    A new poll measures Americans’ attitudes toward potential presidential candidates in terms of warmth, with Rudolph Giuliani and Barack Obama leading the pack.  This could be an interesting election after all.

    Posted on Nov 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Mr. Fish - McCain’s Campaign Promise

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    Posted on Nov 21, 2006 READ MORE    


    McCain

    McCain Marches to the Right

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) continued his Jekyll and Hyde routine Sunday on “ABC This Week,” contradicting his once moderate positions with pre-campaign right-wing pandering.  McCain said he would like to see Roe vs. Wade overturned, and noted his plan to send more troops to Iraq would “put a terrible strain on the Army,” but said it would be better than losing the war.

    Posted on Nov 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Kerry Limps On

    John Kerry told Fox News he’s still considering a run for the presidency, despite the fiasco over his now-infamous botched joke: “The people that I have talked to across the country, my team’s confident and strong.”

    Posted on Nov 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Thompson and Bush
    theepochtimes.com

    Tommy Thompson Wants a Promotion

    Add former secretary for Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson to the growing list of likely Republican presidential candidates in ‘08.  Like John McCain and Rudy Giuliani before him, Thompson has announced plans to form an exploratory committee, signaling his intention to run.

    Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Russ Feingold
    russfeingold.org

    Not Born to Run

    While some of us are still recovering from our post-midterm hangovers, politicians already have their sights set on the 2008 presidential election.  Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) countered expectations today by announcing he would not seek his party’s nomination for president, choosing instead to focus on his work in the Senate.

    Posted on Nov 12, 2006 READ MORE


    John McCain
    interet-general.info

    McCain Gears Up to Run

    Though he hasn’t made any official announcement, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plans to launch a presidential exploratory committee—the first step toward running for the highest office in the land.

    Posted on Nov 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Mr. Fish - Obama’s Mettle

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    Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE    


    John Kerry
    From NBC

    Kerry: I’d Deserve a Second Chance in ‘08

    The Mass. senator stopped short of announcing he’s making another presidential run, but said it’s a basic principle that “Americans give people a second chance.”

    Posted on Oct 16, 2006 READ MORE


    McCain’s New Bosom Buddies: First Falwell, Now Bush

    In his likely bid for the White House, John McCain has not only embraced Jerry Falwell, the man he once called an “agent of intolerance,” but he’s now getting buddy-buddy with the man whose campaign spread a malicious rumor during the 2000 race that McCain had fathered an illegitimate child.

    Posted on Jul 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Hillary’s Shameful Straddling on Iraq

    If Sen. Clinton can’t demonstrate clear leadership on Iraq now, why should we believe she would grow a backbone as president?

    Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


    The End of the Electoral College as We Know it?

    The California Assembly passed a measure to pledge the state’s Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote (as opposed to giving its Electoral College votes to the winner of the California popular vote).
    This would come into effect only if enough other states passed similar measures. But if it happens, it will mean the end of the electoral college as we know it.

    Posted on Jun 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Clinton Portraits
    David Scull / From The New York Times

    Clintons Balance Married and Private Lives

    As Hillary Clinton gears up for a presumed White House run, Bill Clinton has told friends that his number one priority is not to cause her any trouble. The N.Y. Times explores how the former president is attempting to position a future one…

    Posted on May 23, 2006 READ MORE


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