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Convention to duck immigration

It's the unmentioned issue — Democrats were nearly silent on immigration during their convention, and on Sunday House Minority Leader John Boehner said the Republican convention won't say much about it either. Published August 31, 2008

ANALYSIS: McCain picks Gov. Palin

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin unseated a sitting Republican governor in a primary by running against her own party establishment in Alaska. Now Mr. McCain hopes her magic can help him distance himself from the unpopular Republican administration in Washington. Published August 30, 2008

ANALYSIS: Trumping Obama on change

Sen. John McCain should be thrilled with the Washington crowd's lukewarm reaction to his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, in an election about change; they are exactly the sort of folks he should want to be miffed. Published August 30, 2008

Is the veep candidate Gov. Sarah Palin?

BREAKING NEWS -- Speculation has been swirling that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been selected as Sen. John McCain's choice for running mate, giving him a force among women and younger voters. Published August 29, 2008

McCain’s turn

Always the bridesmaid, finally the bride. Published August 29, 2008

Gore says foes ‘afraid’ of Obama change

Al Gore on Thursday said that as the man who lost to President Bush in 2000 he knows firsthand the problems of the last eight years, and told the Democratic convention the country must reject Republican presidential candidate John McCain. Published August 29, 2008

Convention swoons over Bill Clinton

For the third time since leaving office, former President Bill Clinton tried Wednesday to turn the reins of the Democratic Party over to a successor. This time, maybe it will stick. Published August 28, 2008

Warner positions Virginia in spotlight

Seizing his moment in the national spotlight, Senate candidate Mark Warner framed the fall election as a "race for the future" that Barack Obama and Democrats must win with new ideas and pragmatic politics. Published August 27, 2008

Hoyer hedges on McCain as ‘bad president’

House Democratic Leader Steny H. Hoyer said Tuesday that Republican John McCain wouldn't necessarily be a bad president, but his problem is he has embraced President Bush's policies. Published August 27, 2008

Campaigns search for coveted crossovers

Forget soccer moms, security moms and NASCAR dads — the ultimate swing group this year may be the former party stalwarts each campaign is angling to poach from the other party, and chief among those are supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Published August 26, 2008

Pelosi: Civilization at stake in November

For those who thought this was just another election, Nancy Pelosi says to wake up: the planet is at stake in the choice between Barack Obama and John McCain. Published August 25, 2008

ANALYSIS: Biden is this year’s ‘Cheney’

Joseph Biden is a lot of things — a seasoned politician with an extensive legislative record, a familiar face in capitals across the world. In short, he's Barack Obama's Dick Cheney. Published August 25, 2008

Pelosi: Planet is at stake in this election

For those who thought this was just another election, Nancy Pelosi says to wake up: the planet is at stake in the choice between Barack Obama and John McCain. Published August 23, 2008

Hollywood conservatives to rally for McCain

As Democrats celebrate in Denver next week, Republican presumptive presidential nominee Sen. John McCain will be trying to fire up some star power of his own by collecting checks and support from conservatives in Hollywood. Published August 22, 2008

McCain evolves into a supply-sider

At a religious values forum this weekend, Sen. John McCain was asked about his biggest flip-flop of the past decade. He pointed to his newfound support for offshore drilling, but his biggest change might have come during the forum itself, when he completed his transformation from class warrior to supply-side tax cutter. Published August 18, 2008

Obama, McCain air moral, ethical views

LAKE FOREST, Calif. | Sen. Barack Obama Saturday said that defining when life begins is "above my pay grade," but added he would work to promote adoptions, as he and Sen. John McCain spilled their souls to an audience. Published August 17, 2008

Stevens faces toughest battle

A maverick millionaire who took on President Bush in the Dubai Ports fight of 2006 is now aiming for another top Washington politician - Ted Stevens, the senior Republican in the U.S. Senate. Published August 14, 2008

Immigration: ‘Demographic divide’ on the rise

New U.S. Census Bureau numbers show a stark change in immigration and birth patterns has moved up by eight years the date at which whites will no longer be the majority of the U.S. population, to 2042 - and demographers said those numbers will push immigration to the forefront of this year's political debates. Published August 14, 2008

McCain hints at pro-choice running mate

Sen. John McCain said Wednesday that he would not rule out naming a pro-choice vice-presidential nominee, saying the abortion issue amounts to "a disagreement" and that he thinks conservatives would accept former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, who is pro-choice, as a potential running mate. Published August 14, 2008

McCain learns his lessons on No. 2 picks

Sen. John McCain knows what it's like to be a potential vice-presidential nominee, having been on the list a time or two himself and having stepped on one, too. Published August 12, 2008