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Stephen Dinan

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McCain sidetracked by aide’s terror gaffe

An old-fashioned political blunder threw Sen. John McCain off message Monday, distracting from a well-planned effort to drive home his advantage on energy policy. Published June 24, 2008

McClellan only sure of ‘suspicion’

Democrats treated former White House spokesman Scott McClellan's congressional testimony Friday as a road map to scandal in the White House, Republicans saw it as a farce and Mr. McClellan himself used it as a chance to push his book. Published June 21, 2008

McCain rips Obama trade views as a retreat

Sen. John McCain on Friday accused Sen. Barack Obama of "retreating behind protectionist walls," using a trip to Canada to blast his Democratic presidential rival for insisting on changing free trade agreements. Published June 21, 2008

McCain oil plan relies on Middle East

Sen. John McCain's environmental plan discourages use of Canadian oil and drastically increases American reliance on oil from the Middle East and other potentially unfriendly places. Published June 20, 2008

Outcry building for more drilling

With President Bush's announcement Wednesday that he now supports oil exploration in the outer continental shelf, Republicans from top to bottom have embraced more drilling as the answer to rising gas prices and put Democrats on the spot to come up with their own solutions to record-high fuel costs that are enraging voters. Published June 19, 2008

Obama, McCain abandon energy stances

John McCain and Barack Obama are fleeing from previous energy policy stances, with the Republican embracing expanded drilling and the Democrat seeking to punish energy companies he once voted to reward. Published June 18, 2008

McCain vows to appoint women

Sen. John McCain on Saturday said he would take a hard line on dangerous Chinese exports, promised to appoint more women to his administration and heaped praise on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in a town-hall meeting aimed at attracting the former Democratic presidential hopeful's primary supporters. Published June 15, 2008

McCain fires back on troop sound bite

John McCain blasted Democrats for using a fragment of an interview to try to portray him as not caring about U.S. troops in Iraq. Published June 12, 2008

GOP ‘shrinking,’ Davis warns party

Virginia Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, a valued statesman for congressional Republicans, says the GOP has failed to innovate and drive new ideas under President Bush, and they are now conceding much of the country to Democrats even as they tear up their own "big tent" governing coalition. Published June 11, 2008

DeLay: Long rebuilding process for GOP

Two years after he resigned from the House, former Republican leader Tom DeLay says conservatives haven't bottomed out from their 2006 election losses and it will take years before the Republican Party can compete. Published June 9, 2008

Tom DeLay’s wife plans to vote against McCain

Tom DeLay will vote for John McCain but the former House Republican leader said his wife, Christine, is planning to vote for Libertarian presidential nominee Bob Barr. Published June 8, 2008

Barr chiseling into McCain voter base

Bob Barr's Libertarian presidential campaign is poised to play a serious role in this year's elections, with early polls showing him taking away enough votes from Sen. John McCain to give Democrats a chance to win states that should be safely Republican. Published June 4, 2008

McCain assails Obama’s record on change

Sen. John McCain kicked off his general election campaign Tuesday night with a message seemingly ripped from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's political playbook and in a location - just outside New Orleans - that highlights the biggest domestic failure of President Bush's tenure. Published June 4, 2008

Lobbyists despised but not ridiculed

Lawyer jokes are legion, car salesmen are lampooned routinely, but the occupation the country despises most - it's been measured by Gallup and, yes, lobbyists rank dead last - doesn't even merit ridicule. Published June 3, 2008

McCain urges world to divest in Tehran

Making a pitch for pro-Israel voters, Senator John McCain on Monday called for a worldwide campaign to force businesses and nations to divest from Iran and ridiculed his potential Democratic presidential opponent for being willing to negotiate personally with Iranian leaders. Published June 3, 2008

Most Americans see $5 a gallon gasoline

More than 70 percent of Americans say they expect gasoline prices to top $5 a gallon by the end of the summer, and a majority say they are driving less because of higher fuel costs, according to a Fox 5/The Washington Times/Rasmussen Reports survey. Published May 27, 2008

McCain to join Bush in raising campaign funds

President Bush will campaign next week with Sen. John McCain, lending his considerable fundraising prowess but also potentially extending his cloud of low approval ratings to the man who is succeeding him as leader of the Republican Party. Published May 24, 2008

McCain rejects pastors’ endorsements

Senator John McCain yesterday renounced the endorsements of two influential televangelists - John Hagee and Rod Parsley - who both had made inflammatory statements that liberals have been using to tar McCain. Published May 23, 2008