December 20, 2007 Pakistan's M2 highway, as wide and clean as a freshly minted air strip, has become an unexpected obsession. It has six lanes that carve a path across the plains of the Punjab, from the city of Lahore to the capitol Islamabad and beyond. The M2 is South Asia's first motorway.
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December 19, 2007 It's uncertain if "independent Democrat" Sen. Joe Lieberman's endorsement of GOP presidential candidate John McCain will help the Arizona senator. It's even more unclear what the endorsement means for Lieberman's relationships with Democrats.
December 12, 2007 Once upon a time, the Iowa caucus was the first step in a long process leading to the presidential nomination. Now, for some candidates, it may be their first and final step. Over the years, candidates have come to Iowa with different strategies and left with mixed results.
December 10, 2007 New polls have former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee gaining ground among Republican presidential candidates; on the Democratic side, TV host Oprah Winfrey spent the weekend stumping for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. NPR News Analyst Cokie Roberts analyzes the presidential races.
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November 21, 2007 How does Barack Obama resemble Roger Federer? What about Mitt Romney and Derek Jeter? With just a few months until the first votes are cast in the 2008 presidential race, commentator Frank Deford compares the candidates to well-known sports figures.
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November 21, 2007 Mitt Romney holds clear leads in both Iowa and New Hampshire, leaving his main GOP rivals to eye other states. But many Democrats look at Iowa as do-or-die territory. Yet the history of those two early-to-vote states offers no easy answer as to who ultimately wins the nomination.
November 15, 2007 Iowa could determine whether there will indeed be a fight for the Democratic nomination. On the GOP side, the battle could be more prolonged and complicated. We look at the Republican presidential contenders.
November 14, 2007 When the National Right to Life Committee endorsed Fred Thompson for president, the conservative group was looking past his voting record and public positions on matters relevant to life. Instead, the group was looking at the issue of his electability.
November 10, 2007 Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan began his federal prison sentence Wednesday for an April 2006 conviction on racketeering and fraud charges. Many media accounts this week refer to Ryan's fall from grace. But the deaths of six children, which triggered the decade-long investigation, point to something else.
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November 8, 2007 With less than two months to go before the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton has a commanding double-digit lead nationally in the polls among Democrats. Size up the Democratic field and see readers' strong reactions to the question of Clinton's electability.
November 1, 2007 The fierce assault on Hillary Clinton by fellow Democrats in this week's debate put the spotlight on a question that has underscored the campaign: Could she win the election against the Republican nominee or would she prove to be too polarizing?
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.
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