Edwards quits Democratic presidential race

By NEDRA PICKLER and BECKY BOHRER NEW ORLEANS — Democrat John Edwards bowed out of the race for the White House on Wednesday, saying it was time to step aside “so that history can blaze its path” in a campaign now left to Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. “With our convictions and a little […]

Democratic presidential candidates

By Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: The following profiles of presidential candidates are intended to help voters decide whether individual freedom will advance or retreat if the candidate is elected.Today we focus on leading Democratic candidates. We’ll look at Republicans on Thursday. Hillary Clinton A Hillary Clinton presidency poses substantive threats to individual freedom. Her […]

Obama wins South Carolina in racially charged primary

By David Espo and Charles Babington: The Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. — Barack Obama routed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the racially-charged South Carolina primary Saturday night, regaining campaign momentum in the prelude to a Feb. 5 coast-to-coast competition for more than 1,600 Democratic National Convention delegates. Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina was running […]

McCain wins South Carolina; Romney wins Nevada

By Davd Espo: The Associated Press Sen. John McCain won a hard-fought South Carolina primary Saturday night, avenging a bitter personal defeat in a bastion of conservatism and gaining ground in an unpredictable race for the Republican presidential nomination. Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama split the spoils in Nevada caucuses marred by late […]

Clinton, McCain win NH primaries

By David Espo and Philip Elliott: The Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton won New Hampshire’s Democratic primary Tuesday night in a startling upset, defeating Sen. Barack Obama and resurrecting her bid for the White House. Sen. John McCain powered past his Republican rivals and back into contention for the GOP nomination. […]

Obama, Huckabee win Iowa caucuses

By David Espo and Mike Glover: The Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa — Sen. Barack Obama, bidding to become the nation’s first black president, captured the Iowa caucuses Thursday night, opening test in the race for the 2008 Democratic nomination. Mike Huckabee rode a wave of support from evangelical Christians to victory in the Republican […]

Can Santa deliver White House view?

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Dear Santa, I have been a very good boy the last few years with the possible exception of letting it slip I maybe pitched a no-hitter in a World Series game. But, no kidding, my picture really was on a baseball card a long time ago. Do you get Fox […]

Obama becoming Democrats’ long-awaited answer to Reagan

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is running for president. He’s appeared in New Hampshire, where he will need to make a mark, drawing crowds at fund-raisers and autographing his obligatory, pre-campaign memoir. He is running for president, but maybe it’s temporary. Our latest political phenom even made an appearance on the high-profile, Monday night football game […]

Inexperience Obama’s biggest asset in presidential run

Sen. Barack Obama has been traveling the country to stump for fellow Democrats. But uppermost in the minds of many is his hinting on national television about a possible 2008 campaign for president. Intellectual yet unassuming, the Illinois Democrat rose from working-class parents of different races to earn degrees from Columbia and Harvard. With his […]

Politician should act before he’s praised

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist Barack Obama is not Jesus. Forgive me for pointing out what ought to be obvious. But I feel the need after reading the umpty-millionth profile (this one appearing last week on the front page of USA Today) in which seemingly every exhalation of his name was accompanied by angels singing […]

Veterans’ disability pay questioned

Tom Philpott Both his grandfather and great-uncle served in World War II, said Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., but only his great-uncle entered a Nazi death camp as the war came to a close. “According to the story my grandmother told,” said the senator in a phone interview, “when he got home, he went up to […]