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Stephen Dinan

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Hispanic leaders eager to ‘referee debate’

The president of the nation's largest Hispanic rights organization says the group will serve as referee for the immigration debate and back it up with what members expect will be record Hispanic voter turnout in November. Published July 16, 2008

McCain asks for trust from Hispanics

Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Monday denounced those in his party he said have injected "insults" into the immigration debate but refused to back away from his new enforcement-first approach to the issue. Published July 15, 2008

Obama: Hispanics are critical to election

Sen. Barack Obama received a rock-star welcome Sunday from the nation's largest Hispanic rights group, telling them they are the critical swing group in November's presidential election and promising a renewed effort to pass an immigration bill during his first year in office. Published July 14, 2008

Hispanics seek voter bloc too big to ignore

After decades of punching beneath their political weight, National Council of La Raza and its allies vow to boost Hispanic voter participation by reducing the gap between those eligible versus number who turn out on Election Day. Published July 13, 2008

Hispanics seek McCain’s reassurance

When McCain speaks to the nation's largest Hispanic rights group this weekend, he will face an audience confused about his immigration position and looking for the same champion with whom they have worked for two decades. Published July 11, 2008

Latin America trip stirs Chavez debate

John McCain finished a three-day campaign trip to Latin America to mine the politics of free trade and foreign policy, but Republicans say the real vote mother lode may lie in the politics of a country he didn't visit — Venezuela. Published July 4, 2008

McCain shakes up staff

Sen. John McCain tweaked his campaign Wednesday by elevating aide Steve Schmidt to oversee day-to-day operations, in a move to give his presidential bid the stability and direction that many in his party feared were lacking. Published July 3, 2008

Obama vows to establish own faith office

Sen. Barack Obama promised Tuesday to embrace, but revamp, President Bush's faith-based initiative, in a move to the center as he courts religious voters but one that risks offending liberal voters who opposed the creation as a First Amendment encroachment. Published July 2, 2008

Obama defends his, McCain’s patriotism

Sen. Barack Obama said Monday that he won't tolerate people challenging his patriotism or his rival's military service, and Sen. John McCain announced a "truth squad" to combat attacks on his Vietnam service. Published July 1, 2008

McCain veers from record to woo Hispanics

Sen. John McCain told a Hispanic group Saturday that passing an immigration bill to legalize illegal immigrants is "my top priority, yesterday, today and tomorrow," but mischaracterized his own voting record on the issue. Published June 29, 2008

Cheney aide denies giving carte blanche

He came, they saw, and nobody learned much of anything - David Addington, chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, skated through three hours of committee testimony Thursday without revealing much other than disputing reports of his vast influence on the war on terror. Published June 27, 2008

House moves to cut back secrecy

Two bills that would make the Homeland Security Department more transparent are poised to pass in Congress, in light of a tide of secrecy that has swept the government since Sept. 11, 2001. Published June 26, 2008

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