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CLEVELAND, Ohio – After poor showings in democratic contests from Iowa to Nevada, Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio is expected to end his second presidential bid tomorrow.

NAPLES, Fla. — Republican Fred Thompson, the actor-politician who attracted more attention as a potential presidential candidate than as a real one, quit the race for the White House on Tuesday after a string of poor finishes in early primary and caucus states.

LAS VEGAS - Hillary Rodham Clinton showed she knows how to use the roughhouse tactics of the political boys club.

WASHINGTON - The next 100 days on the presidential campaign trail promise a whirlwind of back-to-back debates, numerous campaign appearances around the country

WASHINGTON — Rudy Giuliani, a GOP moderate on social issues, is quietly trying to sell himself to Iowa and New Hampshire voters as a conservative on fiscal and security matters with an under-the-radar campaign of direct mail and radio ads.

RINDGE, N.H. - Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee says the way campaigns are financed is creating a nation with a ruling class and a servant class.

More than 60 grass-roots activists from around the state announced this week that they've joined Democratic Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign, which he is calling a "movement for change." Thirteen of those activists are from the Seacoast.

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday won the endorsement of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, despite their differences on abortion rights.

Fergus Cullen, New Hampshire's youthful Republican Party chairman, takes notice of these things: The ninth piece of mail from Rudy Giuliani, the second missive from Mitt Romney in two weeks, a new campaign staffer for one of the presidential campaigns

Republican Brownback, a longshot conservative contender, had trouble raising money to compete in the race. He is expected announce his withdrawal in Topeka, Kan.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Republicans on Tuesday moved up the date of their presidential nominating caucuses to Jan. 3, and said that even if another state tries to leap-frog Iowa they won’t push the early contest into December.

DES MOINES, Iowa — In the squat former ice rink that houses Sen. Barack Obama’s Iowa headquarters, progress is measured in ones and twos.

WASHINGTON - Fergus Cullen, New Hampshire's youthful Republican Party chairman, takes notice of these things: The ninth piece of mail from Rudy Giuliani, the second missive from Mitt Romney in two weeks, a new campaign staffer for one of the presidential campaigns

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Tuesday he prays every night the United States doesn't go to war with Iran, and he blamed Russia and China for standing in the way of a diplomatic solution.

MANCHESTER — Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday proposed extending unpaid family leave to an additional 13 million workers and spending $1 billion a year on paid leave programs.

CONCORD — An American fugitive living in Italy slipped past a costume-wearing ex-convict Monday to become the first to file as an official candidate in the 2008 New Hampshire presidential primary.

WASHINGTON -- Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton has pulled ahead of rival Barack Obama at the bank as well as in the polls and both continue to crush Republicans in the money race.

MANCHESTER — Mitt Romney was in Michigan, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada and then went back to Michigan. Rudy Giuliani visited Florida, Michigan, South Carolina, Alabama, Washington and New Hampshire. John McCain went from Michigan to Iowa to New Hampshire.

CONCORD — Democrat John Edwards and Republican John McCain picked up separate endorsements Sunday from two national environmental groups that highlighted their commitment to ending global warming.

Political candidates are always looking for an edge to draw more support or attention. It's likely that Democratic presidential hopeful Chris Dodd will raise his public awareness in New Hampshire with a bid aimed right at the heart of rabid baseball fans — a chance to see a Boston Red Sox playoff game with Dodd as host.

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain will unveil a health-care plan today, but unlike his rivals he will focus on controlling costs, rather than reducing the ranks of the uninsured.

Republican president hopeful Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that New Hampshire residents would see their federal taxes go up about $3,300 each if a Democrat is elected president.

Republican White House hopeful John McCain said Wednesday that President Bush made a mistake after the Sept. 11 terror attacks by encouraging people to shop rather than urging citizens to join the military or volunteer.

HANOVER — The three leading Democratic presidential hopefuls conceded Wednesday night they could not guarantee that all U.S. combat troops would be gone from Iraq by 2013, the end of the next president's first term in office.

HANOVER — Health care and the Iraq war topped the agenda Wednesday as the Democratic presidential candidates gathered for a nationally televised debate, the seventh involving the White House hopefuls.

PETERBOROUGH — Presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Wednesday that President Bush’s mistakes and unpopularity have been a tremendous boon for him and his Democratic peers.

CONCORD — Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Richardson taps into the liberal blogosphere’s frustration with the war and distrust of the media in a new television ad starting Wednesday in New Hampshire.

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Five Democratic presidential candidates pledged during an AARP forum Thursday night to spend more on health care and bolster retirement programs crucial to politically potent seniors.

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Chris Dodd on Thursday criticized rival Hillary Rodham Clinton's rollout of her health care plan, saying she had mismanaged her effort to reshape the system as first lady, resulting in a major policy debacle.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday offered a sweeping health care reform plan to ensure coverage for all Americans with federal assistance to help defray the cost.

NEW YORK — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told Wall Street investors Monday that several of them have been too focused on their own gain at the expense of struggling Americans and echoed Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s call for a “reappraisal of values.”

LOUDON — Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani on Sunday continued calling on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to denounce a liberal group's advertisement and apologize for what he calls her disrespectful treatment of a general.

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Sen. John McCain joined administration officials Saturday in saying that the United States could make further troop withdrawals from Iraq in coming months. His prediction comes on the heels of President Bush's announcement that 5,700 "surge" troops could be withdrawn from Iraq because of "success" made in the country.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Republican presidential hopeful John McCain said Tuesday that he was right from the start about the war strategy in Iraq.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida and Michigan Democratic congressmen asked national party Chairman Howard Dean on Tuesday why he has said nothing about punishing New Hampshire if it moves up its presidential primary while their states may lose all their delegates.

BOSTON — A spokesman for Republican Mitt Romney said Tuesday that the presidential candidate did not approve the creation of a Web site severely critical of the personal and political life of his GOP rival, Fred Thompson.

NEW YORK — Politics and Sept. 11 have always formed a volatile brew — capable of boosting politicians who handle it deftly and damaging those who don't.

MANCHESTER — Presidential hopeful Fred Thompson left a trail of half-empty coffee cups, barely touched Diet Pepsi glasses and a throng of reporters behind on Sunday as he scurried to retail-style stops and an afternoon rally.

NEW YORK — A filmmaker who was behind documentaries that bashed Rupert Murdoch and Wal-Mart is now focusing on Rudy Giuliani, creating an “online viral video campaign” about the presidential candidate timed to coincide with the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack.

WASHINGTON — The New York City-based Transport Workers Union of America endorsed John Edwards on Thursday, saying the former North Carolina senator was the most electable of the Democratic presidential candidates.

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Jennifer Granholm defiantly signed a bill Tuesday moving Michigan's presidential primaries to Jan. 15, urging top Democratic candidates to come to the state despite promising not to campaign here.

Computer engineer Jonathan Morey says, "I have never voted for a Republican, ever." Nathan Hansen, a lawyer, says, "I've been a Republican all my life." Yet a political meeting in St. Paul, Minn., brought the 31-year-old friends together for the first time — in support of presidential candidate Ron Paul.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Republican Fred Thompson will officially launch his presidential bid Sept. 6 in a webcast on his campaign site, followed by a five-day tour of early primary states.

WASHINGTON — The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers on Thursday endorsed Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Mike Huckabee in the presidential primaries, while John Edwards picked up the backing of the carpenters' union.

WASHINGTON — The United Transportation Union on Tuesday endorsed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president, the first national union endorsement of the 2008 campaign.

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told breast cancer survivors Tuesday that their disease "is getting less than a fair shake" when it comes to research funding.

BOSTON — When Mitt Romney wanted to balance the Massachusetts budget, the blind, mentally retarded and gun owners were asked to help pay.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — John Edwards and Hillary Rodham Clinton tussled over accepting campaign contributions from powerful health care groups Monday at a forum on cancer that attracted four Democratic hopefuls.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Republican Fred Thompson sidestepped questions Monday about the departure of yet another high-level aide to his presidential campaign-in-waiting.

LEBANON — Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton rolled out the second stage of her health care policy Thursday, promising to better the quality by raising standards for providers, educating patients and requiring insurers to reward innovation.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Democrat Barack Obama on Sunday tried to parlay his relative lack of national experience into a positive attribute, chiding his rivals for adhering to "conventional thinking" that led the country to war and that has divided the country.

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney accuses former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani of making his city a haven for illegal immigrants. Giuliani denies it, insisting he cracked down on lawlessness of every kind.

WASHINGTON -- Last month’s YouTube Democratic presidential debate, starring “Billiam the Snowman” and other Internet questioners, was just the beginning. In coming months, the candidates will become guinea pigs in a host of Web-based debating experiments—from “video mashups” to instant-message questioning—that will continue to transform how debates are produced and watched.

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the wealthiest White House contender from either party, is worth as much as $250 million, according to information released by his campaign Monday.

CHICAGO — This was supposed to be John Edwards’ chance to shine, with 17,000 union members eager to be impressed, especially by a presidential candidate who has been actively courting labor support ever since his failed vice presidential run in 2004.

SANTA FE, N.M. — Voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and other states have seen more of Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson than his New Mexico constituents since he announced his bid for president.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Republican presidential contenders sparred over abortion on Sunday but generally agreed the United States must remain in Iraq as part of the war on terror.

CHICAGO — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for president on her husband's White House record, and it's a strategy that cuts both ways.

NEW YORK — Four presidential candidates are lined up to visit Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" over the next three weeks as Comedy Central's satirical news review ramps up its "Indecision 2008" coverage.

WASHINGTON — Presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday he would not use nuclear weapons "in any circumstance" to fight terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan, drawing criticism from Hillary Rodham Clinton and other Democratic rivals.

WASHINGTON — John Edwards criticized Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday for taking more than $20,000 in donations from News Corp. officials, arguing that the company's Fox News Channel has a right-wing bias and Democrats should avoid the company.

CHICAGO — Liberal bloggers can count the ways they are making their presence felt in the presidential race.

URBANDALE, Iowa — Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, decrying ethical lapses in Washington and singling out fellow Republicans, on Thursday called for stripping the federal pensions from those convicted of using their office to abuse the public trust.

WASHINGTON — America trusts its top White House candidates on the big issues, but leading Republican Rudy Giuliani thumps New York Democrat Hillary Clinton on getting crossover voters from the rival party.

WASHINGTON — Republican Fred Thompson has faced a series of bumps in his preliminary campaign, casting doubt on the strength of his would-be candidacy and raising questions about his potential for success.

WASHINGTON — When George Romney ran for the 1968 Republican presidential nomination, his Mormon heritage was mostly a footnote. It was scarcely mentioned in news accounts of the day. But for son Mitt Romney, the family religion presents a formidable political hurdle.

NEW YORK — It is Rudy Giuliani's favorite boast on the presidential campaign trail: "I cut taxes 23 times" as mayor of New York, he says, a claim often met with applause.

WASHINGTON — And the leading Republican presidential candidate is ... none of the above.

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain's top communications aides and several staffers in Iowa and South Carolina quit Monday, the latest departures to hit the Republican as he struggles to rebound from financial and political woes.

WASHINGTON - Forget Bill. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic presidential leader, has become the Republican candidates' favorite punching bag.

Des Moines - He is a pro-choice, thrice-married New Yorker. So why is Rudy Giuliani the leading presidential candidate in a Republican Party long dominated by pro-life, family-values voters in the South and West?

WASHINGTON — How did Sen. John McCain, the onetime front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, come to this?

NEW YORK — Bubba's back — for a limited time only, he claimed Wednesday.

WASHINGTON - Sen. Barack Obama outraised Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton by $10 million in second-quarter contributions that can be spent on the Democratic presidential primary contest, aided by the contributions of 154,000 individual donors.

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has improved on his stunning support in the race for campaign cash, raising his total number of donors to nearly 250,000 people in the first six months of the year.

An historically diverse field of Democratic presidential candidates _ a woman, a black, an Hispanic and five whites _ denounced an hours-old Supreme Court desegregation ruling Thursday night and said the nation's slow march to racial unity is far from over.

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards said Wednesday that conservative author Ann Coulter's attacks are hurtful as his campaign used her remarks in an appeal for money.

Voters are torn between competing cravings: Change or experience in 2008? They are demanding something new, but there is comfort in the tried and true.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Democratic Sen. Barack Obama is launching two biographical television ads this week, focusing on early voting Iowa in the first commercials of his presidential campaign.

The Republican patronage machine was in full motion early in the Ronald Reagan era, filling countless positions with the faithful. From his high perch at the Justice Department, Rudy Giuliani was not always willing to go along.

Even with 18 presidential candidates to choose from, it is Al Gore who draws the allegiance of many high-tech elite. Since losing the 2000 election, Gore has become an environmental crusader and technology insider.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and potential candidate Newt Gingrich used the Georgia Republican Convention as a staging ground Friday to air complaints about a Senate compromise on immigration reform.

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Under pressure from their rivals, the leading Republican presidential contenders defended their conservative credentials on abortion, gun control and tax cuts in a feisty debate Tuesday night.

As a partner in a law and lobbying firm, Rudy Giuliani has profited from his firm's work representing corporate clients before nearly every Cabinet department, exposing himself to a wide range of potential ethical entanglements.

When you run for president, some duties on the home front go undone.

Democrat Barack Obama said Sunday he was reluctant to ask for Secret Service protection this early in the 2008 presidential race.

Republican Mitt Romney is expected to report financial assets between $190 million and $250 million, an amount that would likely make him the wealthiest of the 2008 presidential candidates.

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani forcefully reaffirmed his support for abortion rights on Friday and argued that his divergence from conservatives on the issue should not disqualify him from being the eventual GOP nominee.

Democrat John Edwards said Tuesday he worked for a hedge fund between presidential campaigns to learn about financial markets and their relationship to poverty — and to make money, too.

When The Associated Press asked the presidential candidates about their bad habits, they did not fess up to anything that would sink the republic.

Republican Mitt Romney can count on some corporate and donor help for the occasional cut-rate travel. So can Democrat John Edwards and Republican Rudy Giuliani.

Note to Democratic presidential candidates: If you don't make frequent references to "Islamic fundamentalist terrorism," then you are girly-men (or in the case of a certain senator from New York, an authentic girly-girly) certain to weaken the country, go back on the defense, and generally not be serious about confronting and smiting the evil-doer crowd.

The Secret Service said Thursday that Democratic Sen. Barack Obama was being placed under its protection, the earliest ever for a presidential candidate.

Ten Republicans, one stage, 90 minutes — just enough time for Rudy Giuliani, John McCain or Mitt Romney to make a major gaffe as underdog rivals scramble for relevancy during the first GOP presidential debate Thursday.

Republican Rudy Giuliani once derided Hollywood in his Senate bid against Hillary Rodham Clinton. Today, as he pursues the presidency, he's collecting checks from actors Adam Sandler and Kelsey Grammer, and Paramount studio chief Brad Grey.

Sen. John McCain said Sunday he won't support tax increases if he's elected president, but defended votes he made in 2001 and 2003 against President Bush's tax cuts.

Closing a state Democratic convention gripped with anti-war fervor, presidential candidate John Edwards on Sunday challenged Democrats in Congress to vote repeatedly to end the war in Iraq — no matter how many times President Bush vetoes bills calling for withdrawal of U.S. forces.

Early in Deval Patrick's run for governor, when few Massachusetts voters had heard of the maverick candidate with the odd first name, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama stopped by Cambridge for a class reunion at Harvard Law School.

Presidential candidate John Edwards said Monday that he is the strongest general election candidate in the Democratic field because he's won in the South and his chief rivals have not been tested there.

Two top veterans joined presidential hopeful John McCain's campaign Thursday, saying the Arizona Republican is the best candidate to help former military members.

Republican Fred Thompson, the actor-politician who is considering a bid for president, said Wednesday he was diagnosed with lymphoma more than two years ago but the cancer shouldn't affect his life expectancy.

Gov. Eliot Spitzer signed legislation Monday moving New York's presidential primary to Feb. 5, further setting the stage for a mid-winter political showdown that could leave Americans with the longest general election campaign ever.

Early in this campaign season, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has told audiences, often with a laugh, that "I’m the most famous person you don’t know very much about."

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is taking a second shot at describing his hunting experience.

With a stunning $25 million fundraising haul for his presidential campaign, Democrat Barack Obama affirmed his status Wednesday as Hillary Rodham Clinton's chief rival.

Criticizing other GOP candidates as weak in their efforts to stop illegal immigration, Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo announced Monday he would seek the Republican presidential nomination.

Where can I sign up for the perky inquisition workshop? That was one of my first thoughts as I watched Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards and wife Elizabeth being stretched on the rack by Katie Couric of "60 Minutes" last week.

When potential Democratic Party voters in New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina think about who would be the best presidential candidate to address the health-care crisis in America, 35 percent say Hillary Clinton's name comes to mind.

Shattering previous records, Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton collected $26 million for her presidential campaign during the first three months of the year and transferred an additional $10 million from her Senate fundraising account, aides said Sunday.

Colorado Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo, an outspoken opponent of illegal immigration, will announce his bid for president on Monday.

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Thursday dropped some names of potential running mates in the 2008 race, but added such speculation is a bit premature.

Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton declared Wednesday that if you look up the word "feminist" in a dictionary, you'll find her.

In a letter being sent to Republican executive committees and grass roots leaders in every county, Chairman Jim Greer urges them to call senators of both parties and ask them to follow the House lead on the early primary despite the threat of losing delegates to the national convention.

Michigan's political leaders are doing what they can to make sure state voters have a major say in which presidential candidates get chosen early next year.

Hillary Clinton may be collecting millions from her supporters, but Rudy Giuliani is mining her enemies - actively hitting up certified Hillary haters.

The voices are growing louder asking the question: Is Barack Obama all style and little substance?

As Mitt Romney transitions from one-term governor to presidential candidate, he has been ticking through a presidential checklist, sometimes with perilous results.

John Edwards says voters shouldn't throw him their support because his wife has cancer.

Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a major political coup, has captured the endorsement of former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, who recently abandoned his own presidential bid, officials told The Associated Press on Friday.

As an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama was a leader in helping to tighten state ethics laws -- up to a point. When a 2003 package seemed doomed in the Senate's final hours -- with his Democratic leader among the foes -- he left the chamber to tell advocates there was nothing more he could do.

John Edwards said Thursday his wife's cancer has returned, but said he will continue his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

John Edwards disclosed that his wife, Elizabeth, had breast cancer the day after he lost the vice presidency in the 2004 election. Now his political future may hinge on her health.

The mystery creator of the Orwellian YouTube ad against Hillary Rodham Clinton is a Democratic operative who worked for a digital consulting firm with ties to rival Sen. Barack Obama.

Sen. Hillary Clinton was the target of the first noteworthy media blast of the 2008 Presidential campaign.

There may be two New Yorkers running for president, but only one marched in Saturday's St. Patrick's Day parade -- and former mayor Rudy Giuliani wasn't about to let Sen. Hillary Clinton forget it.

Trailing two better-known rivals in the polls, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is trying prove his political viability using a different yardstick — cash in the campaign account.

John McCain's second presidential bid presents a twofold challenge -- to woo fickle Iowans whom he ignored in 2000 and persuade New Hampshire voters who backed him then to stick with him now.

Democratic presidential candidates promised Wednesday to provide better health care for military veterans, saying troops returning from Iraq have received shoddy care under the Bush administration.

The governor of the state that supported U.S. Sen. John McCain in the 2000 Republican presidential primary has endorsed Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination.

California, always a leader in fashion and fads, is poised to become a national political trendsetter as well in 2008.

The Republican State Committee on Saturday scheduled the party's 2008 caucuses for next February that help choose the next Republican presidential nominee.

Positions on the country's direction at home and abroad are starting to take shape in the blur of motion, money and ambition of the 2008 presidential contest.

Not enough "star" power for Fred Thompson in a GOP presidential field that includes some of his friends? Whatever the case, the actor and former Tennessee senator is considering getting into the 2008 race.

A longtime art teacher who now describes himself as a "professional futurist and social architect" celebrated his 70th birthday Friday by announcing his write-in candidacy for president while impersonating Thomas Jefferson.

A group of Massachusetts Republicans is planning to launch a Web site on Monday that highlights flip-flops in the record of their former leader, presidential contender Mitt Romney.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was having an extramarital affair even as he led the charge against President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair, he acknowledged in an interview with a conservative Christian group.

Hillary Rodham Clinton offered a new GI "Bill of Rights" for men and women in uniform, arguing that Democrats can do a better job of protecting and providing for U.S. troops than the Republican administration.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama got more than an education when he attended Harvard Law School in the late 1980s. He also got a healthy stack of parking tickets, most of which he never paid.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Wednesday that he was not aware that he had invested in two companies backed by some of his top donors and did nothing to aid their business before the government.

Republican Mitt Romney has named a top aide to a conservative Florida congressman to his presidential committee staff as a third deputy campaign manager.

He's the darling of the Internet and Hollywood, a passionate lecturer, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and has commanded standing ovations at the Oscars and, just a few days ago, among students at the University of Miami.

Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton told the nation's leading gay rights group in an unpublicized speech that she wants a partnership with gays if elected president.

How early is it in Maine's presidential sweepstakes? Well, for one thing, it won't be at least until this weekend that state Republicans decide how they will vote for a GOP presidential nominee next year, and when.

Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson thinks the race for his party's nomination will be all but over by the end of next January after the first four contests.

For a thrice-married, pro-choice, gun-control-supporting, immigration-loving former New York City mayor who supposedly can't win the confidence of Christian conservatives, let alone the Republican presidential nomination, Rudolph Giuliani is sitting pretty now.

Republican presidential contender Rudy Giuliani acknowledged on Friday that conservatives don't always agree with him on gun control, abortion and gay rights, and urged them to look past the differences.

Republican presidential contender John McCain, facing criticism from Democrats, on Thursday said he regretted using the word "wasted" to describe the more than 3,100 U.S. lives lost in the Iraq war.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama wants to change the government's formula for giving states money for homeland security, with the early voting states getting a little extra.

Republican Sen. John McCain will officially enter the presidential race with a formal announcement in early April.

An internal document shows Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is concerned about his vulnerability to charges of flip-flopping, while suggesting he can differentiate from President Bush with a single word: "intelligence."

Republican Mitt Romney titled his book on how he saved the scandal-ridden 2002 Olympics "Turnaround." Now, as he runs for president, he's trying to fight the perception that he's committed a few too many turnarounds.

Vying for support in an anti-war party, the Democratic presidential candidates are with each passing week embracing new and tougher measures to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq, adopting ideas they once shunned.

Governor or vice president? That's an easy choice, say two state leaders who have been talked about for a possible spot on the 2008 ticket.

"Silliness." That's what Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards had to say about the publicity surrounding the donor spat between two of his chief rivals, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the clear favorite in early polls for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

Iowa Gov. Chet Culver said Thursday he doesn't know whether New Hampshire will move up its 2008 presidential primary, but he's not worried about the matter.

Democrat Tom Vilsack, the former Iowa governor who built a centrist image, abandoned his bid for the presidency on Friday after struggling against better-known, better-financed rivals.

Republican Mitt Romney recited a schoolyard ditty Thursday to underscore his argument that traditional marriage is essential for improving education.

Former Sen. John Edwards jabbed gently at Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday in the first all-candidates forum of the 2008 Democratic presidential campaign, saying her refusal to disavow her 2002 vote on Iraq was "between her and her conscience. "

What's a million dollars and a little back-stabbing among fellow Democrats?

Political junkies are getting a fix in vice land

One day after Sen. Barack Obama made a glittery statement with a Hollywood fundraiser that brought in an impressive $1.3 million, the top two Democratic presidential contenders went after each other in the first big food fight of the 2008 presidential election.

Eight Democratic hopefuls gathered in Nevada on Wednesday to field questions at a union-sponsored forum 11 months before the first votes are cast for the 2008 presidential nomination.

Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday challenged GOP presidential hopeful John McCain's assertion that Donald H. Rumsfeld was one of the country's worst defense secretaries.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's unfavorable rating among New York voters has climbed by a third since her landslide re-election victory in November, a statewide poll reported Wednesday.

The Democratic presidential campaign heads West Wednesday, blazing a new trail to the White House.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday defended his opposition to most embryonic stem cell research despite its scientific promise to cure diseases like multiple sclerosis, which afflicts his wife, Ann.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain said Monday the war in Iraq has been mismanaged for years and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will be remembered as one of the worst in history.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday denied that her campaign traded money for an endorsement from one of South Carolina's most influential black politicians.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Friday said President Bush should learn from recent successes with North Korea and engage in intense diplomatic negotiations in the Middle East to end the Iraq war.

Barack Obama may find that for black voters in South Carolina, being black isn't everything.

Republican Mitt Romney, who surprised his presidential rivals last month with his one-day, $6.5 million haul, chased more cash Thursday as candidates faced the reality that dollars distinguish the legitimate hopefuls from the pretenders.

Jane Swift, whom Mitt Romney stepped over in 2002 to become governor of Massachusetts, announced Wednesday she was endorsing Sen. John McCain in the 2008 presidential race.

To forgive is divine. To forget may be asking too much of religious conservatives when it comes to Sen. John McCain.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton warned President Bush on Wednesday not to take any military action against Iran without getting congressional approval first.

Mitt Romney, a lesser-known Republican in a jam-packed presidential field, embarked on his White House bid Tuesday casting himself as a political outsider with the managerial skills necessary to fix a flawed Washington.

The state Senate on Tuesday voted to move California's 2008 presidential primary from June to February to give the most populous state a larger say in national politics.

Alabama's presidential primary next year is expected to be moved up to Feb. 2, a Saturday in advance of the increasingly crowded lineup of states on Feb. 5.

Democratic state lawmakers, apparently dropping plans for a legislative vote, circulated a letter for signing to Maine's congressional delegation Tuesday expressing opposition to the addition of more U.S. troops in Iraq.

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain said Monday he fears an offensive by Iraqi insurgents similar to the Tet offensive by the Viet Cong that sent U.S. casualties soaring in Vietnam nearly 40 years ago.

One of the chief campaign bloggers for Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards quit Monday after conservative critics raised questions about her history of provocative online messages.

Mitt Romney officially entered the 2008 presidential race Tuesday, a former one-term Republican governor of Massachusetts suggesting that his record of leadership inside and outside government uniquely positions him to tackle the country's challenges.

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney sought to dispel doubts about his opposition to abortion during a visit Friday with Republicans in the heart of South Carolina's Christian conservative territory.

After formally announcing his presidential quest in Springfield, Ill., today, Sen. Barack Obama will embark on a grueling, nationwide quest that will test the depth and endurance of his instant celebrity.

Defying national Republican and Democratic party threats, Florida lawmakers in a House committee Thursday unanimously approved a proposal to push the state's presidential primary to late January.

South Carolina trumps New Hampshire on Mitt Romney's schedule when the former Massachusetts governor formally launches his presidential bid next week.

Delaware Sen. Joe Biden: Wants to withdraw most U.S. troops by end of year, leaving about 20,000 in or near Iraq, as part of plan to see Iraq governed as largely autonomous Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish regions. Opposes deployment of 21,500 more troops. Led Senate effort to pass resolution declaring war is against U.S. interest.

Presidential candidate John Edwards is embracing a position that has been political suicide in the past — admitting he would raise taxes.

Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor whose popularity soared after his response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, moved closer to a full-fledged campaign for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday.

Sen. Sam Brownback argues he's the true conservative in the race for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may have trouble explaining flip-flops in his background.

Presidential candidates are about to get just what they don't need and don't want _ a crush of primaries and caucuses leading off the 2008 campaign calendar. Some of the biggest states are racing to place their primaries near the front of the 2008 primary lineup, including California, Florida, New Jersey and possibly Illinois. That's likely to create a crowded first Tuesday in February.

Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, a foreign policy expert and Iraq war critic, entered the Democratic race for president Wednesday with a clumsy comment about Illinois Sen. Barack Obama that was taken by some to be racially insensitive.

Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter, best known for his advocacy on behalf of the military, launched a longshot bid for the presidency Thursday in this early voting state.

With his 2008 presidential ambitions ended, Sen. John Kerry said Thursday he's eager to plunge into his Senate re-election bid and his push to end the war in Iraq.

White House hopeful Bill Richardson's friendship with Ernesto Miranda began when the boy in tattered clothing, carrying two buckets, knocked on the door of the Richardson family's sprawling Mexico City estate to ask for water.