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May 17, 2008

Striking Out on Energy By Lawrence Kudlow

President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain went to bat on energy policy this week. And guess what? They both struck out.

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May 17, 2008

An Unconventional 2008 Election Season By Michael Barone

What makes this presidential election different from all other presidential elections? And different from what we expected when the year began?

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May 17, 2008

Hillary's Spending By Robert D. Novak

Agents for Sen. Hillary Clinton, trying desperately to keep alive her presidential campaign, are privately telling Democrats that she is so "tight" with a dollar that she would not continue her contest against Sen. Barack Obama if she did not have a chance to win.

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May 16, 2008

NARAL's Choice By Susan Estrich

A few years ago, the National Abortion Rights Action League, as it was then called, or NARAL for short, changed its name to NARAL Pro-Choice America.

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May 15, 2008

Obama's Next Challenge: Turning Primary Losses Into Electoral Votes By Rhodes Cook

As Barack Obama prepares to move from the primary to the general election phase of the 2008 presidential election, he faces a new challenge which combines both - to bring many of the states where he suffered primary losses this winter and spring into the Democratic column this fall.

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May 15, 2008

Hillary Clinton as Independent Candidate for President? By Douglas Schoen

In a poll released by Rasmussen Reports yesterday, 29% of Democrats say that Hillary Clinton should run for president as an Independent, if she does not win the Democratic Party nomination.

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May 15, 2008

This is Not Your Father's (Or Mother's) Democratic Party By Alan Abramowitz

Forget about soccer moms and NASCAR dads. The key voting bloc in 2008 is the white working class. According to the new conventional wisdom of American politics, the presidential candidate who can win the support of white working class voters will have the inside track on becoming the next president of the United States.

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May 15, 2008

In Rehab: Sweet Things About Slowdown By Froma Harrop

The morning after overdoing it, some of us take pleasure in the cleansing process. The carrot juice goes down smoothly, and a simple walk feels virtuous. One vows to exert more self-control and give yoga another try.

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May 15, 2008

Cindy McCain Flaunts Her Privilege By Joe Conason

Double standards are endemic in American journalism. But Cindy McCain, wife of the Republican presidential candidate, displayed poor taste in flaunting her family's special immunity from press scrutiny.

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May 15, 2008

45 Years of Columns By Robert D. Novak

On May 15, 1963, the late Rowland Evans and I published our first column. That makes today (Thursday) the 45th anniversary (the first 30 years under the Evans & Novak byline) of the nation's longest-running current syndicated political column.

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May 14, 2008

Is Hitler Funny? By Susan Estrich

When I got to one of my offices yesterday (I won't say which, lest you hold it against them, which I certainly don't), people were crowded around the computer, watching the latest video on YouTube. And laughing.

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May 13, 2008

Obamites Pile on Clinton at Own Peril By Froma Harrop

Many in the Obama camp, having outfoxed the apparently not-so-formidable Clinton machine, can't seem to get the hang of winning gracefully.

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May 12, 2008

McCain, Huckabee and the Evangelicals By Robert D. Novak

John McCain, who has spent the last two months trying to consolidate right-wing support as the Republican candidate for president, has a problem of disputed dimensions with a vital component of the conservative coalition: the evangelicals.

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May 10, 2008

Rethinking the Iraq Critics By Michael Barone

In trying to understand news about the conflicts in Iraq, I work to keep in mind the difference between what we know now about decision making in World War II and what most Americans knew at the time.

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May 10, 2008

Michelle Vetoes Hillary By Robert D. Novak

Close-in supporters of Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign are convinced he never will offer the vice presidential nomination to Sen. Hillary Clinton for one overriding reason: Michelle Obama.

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May 9, 2008

For Superdelegates, Electability Isn’t Enough By Scott Rasmussen

According to press reports, Senator Hillary Clinton sincerely believes she is more electable than Barack Obama.

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May 9, 2008

Cindy McCain--Playing Nice By Susan Estrich

"We'd rather not win than to have to do that," Cindy McCain told Ann Curry of the "Today" show, in response to a question about negative campaigning. "That's not worth winning for. This is about being a leader and a person that can be a good example for our children, and a good role model.

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May 8, 2008

Obama's Vice-President By Gerald M. Pomper

Virginia Senator James Webb should be the Democratic candidate for vice-president.

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May 8, 2008

McCain's Vice President? Mitt Romney As Running Mate By Kathryn Jean Lopez

For Mitt Romney, the suspension of his campaign at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference two days after Super Tuesday marked the beginning of a new and promising campaign.

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May 8, 2008

A Perfect Calm for John McCain By Froma Harrop

John McCain has used these weeks of Republican calm to dive into the Democratic lunch pail. This strategy clearly assumes a Barack Obama candidacy.