October 24, 2007 Bobby Jindal's win in the Louisiana governor's race is a pickup for the GOP. But Democrats are expected to triumph next month in Kentucky, where Gov. Ernie Fletcher has been under investigation over his administration's hiring practices.
October 24, 2007 Despite all the televised debates and heavy media coverage, a poll finds that only half of the public is paying much attention to the presidential race. But, then again, pushing the 2008 election into 2007 was never a response to voter demand.
October 22, 2007 A radio producer reflects on his years covering the war in Iraq as well as what it's like to live and work in the region. Car bombs, insurgent attacks, kidnappings and civil war were dominant. Further, millions of Iraqis have been either killed or forced to flee the country.
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October 17, 2007 His Nobel Peace Prize win raised supporters' hopes that Al Gore would enter the presidential race. Forget about it. Basking in this spotlight, he's probably better off staying above the fray than in the ring where he becomes just one of the pack.
October 17, 2007 The growing sentiment among Republican stalwarts is that former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani is well-equipped and positioned to outlast Republican competitors. He is also seen as having the best chance to beat Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in 2008.
October 17, 2007 Princeton Athletic Director Gary Walters says it is unfair that sports get less academic respect than drama or music. Frank Deford agrees, saying the sports-arts divide smacks of hypocrisy.
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October 8, 2007 Last week, the Washington State Supreme Court struck down a 1999 law that banned political candidates from lying about their opponents. In the decision, the majority said the law was an affront to free speech.
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October 8, 2007 In today's Unger Report, humorist Brian Unger concludes that the entertainment business, long derided for poisoning society, can no longer compete with reality's prescription-strength toxins. Is Washington, D.C. beating Hollywood at its own game?
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October 3, 2007 The New York Mets' meltdown brings to mind memorable turns of fortune in campaign history: Truman topping an over-confident Dewey; George Allen's "macaca" moment and Ed Muskie's misstep in New Hampshire.
October 2, 2007 Republicans have found the unifying issue they need to rally their party and lift their election chances in 2008 — and it is an issue with a human face. The face belongs to Hillary Clinton, and the issue is the prospect of her becoming president.
September 26, 2007 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received a variety of responses at Columbia University and other places in the United States. That brings to mind the treatment given to Soviet leaders when they visited during the Cold War.
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September 26, 2007 The Democrats cry foul over a GOP push in California to allot an electoral vote for each congressional district carried by a presidential candidate. But Democrats have tried to do the same thing in other states.
September 24, 2007 NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr laments President Bush's coming veto of the children's health bill. Schorr says he can't understand how anyone can keep healthcare from children.
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September 10, 2007 Idaho Sen. Larry Craig's pending exit from the Senate is the least of the Republican Party's worries. Departure announcements from Virginia's John Warner and Nebraska's Chuck Hagel are bad news for the GOP, since both senators had been favorites to win re-election in 2008.
September 8, 2007 Don Gonyea was one of the reporters who accompanied President Bush and senior administration officials on their secret trip to Iraq. He describes the behind-the-scenes, hush-hush affair.
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