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Staying afloat

The only way I have found myself able to be an intensely passionate American, patriot, and political activist is through my support of Dennis Kucinich and his ideas.
Kucinich supporters won’t give up the ship
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 16, 2008

White elephants

It’s the dog days of summer, a time that used to provide a break from the intensity of presidential campaigns.
With a crowded field and no runaway favorite, who’s most likely to snag the GOP nomination?
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 22, 2007

Law and order in Nawt Prov

Nice work by the carabiniere in Nawt Prov, who broke the leg of a young woman who was taking part in a protest .
Woman’s leg used as a wishbone during IWW protest
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 15, 2007

Factoring in Gingrich

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich promises he’ll let us know officially early this fall whether he’ll be a GOP presidential candidate this election.
Newt’s expected entry into the race will unsettle the GOP field
By STEVEN STARK  |  July 11, 2007

Empty pantsuit

I have a terrible confession to make: I couldn’t get through either of the two new biographical tomes about Hillary Clinton.
There's a reason why two new biographies of Hillary Clinton elicit such yawns
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 22, 2007

Wishing for more than a wash

According to national polls, Giuliani is leading as the Republican front-runner.
How are the GOP front-runners doing in the almighty early-primary states?
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 13, 2007


Best in show

It looks as if Arthur Branch, a/k/a Fred Thompson, is about to swap Law and Order for the law and disorder otherwise known as campaign 2008.
Fred Thompson’s threatened GOP bid is making things trickier for those candidates facing another debate this week
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 30, 2007

The Mormonator

With the single-minded discipline and cold-blooded calculation of a cyborg, Mitt Romney is executing an aggressive campaign plan.
Mitt Romney has a steely-eyed mission to crush his opponents. Next battlefield: Ames, Iowa.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 23, 2007

The shape of things to come

The Democratic front-runners and the Republican establishment will be making critical decisions in the coming weeks that will shape the course of the race.
The defining issues of each party’s campaign are being decided now
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 09, 2007

Lost in space?

As former senator and current Law and Order district attorney Fred Thompson contemplates a run for the presidency, the comparisons with Ronald Reagan continue.
Will Fred Thompson act the part of the next Ronald Reagan or end up like John Glenn?
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 02, 2007

The debating game, part II

When the Republican presidential candidates gather for their first debate, it will be on their minds: the party they seek to represent is in turmoil.
How will the Republican candidates stack up?
By STEVEN STARK  |  April 25, 2007


Who’s with whom — and why?

Now that first-quarter campaign-finance reports have been filed, we can see which presidential candidates scooped up money from which Bay Staters.
Talking politics
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 18, 2007

Diagnostic politics

It’s an unfortunate fact of American political life that one’s entire personal life becomes public the minute one runs for office.
Will Elizabeth Edwards’s cancer give her husband special grace?
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 28, 2007

Presidential toteboard: To run, or not to run

In virtually every election cycle, there is a group of candidates who linger on the sidelines, unable to decide whether to enter the race.
As saviors or spoilers, would-be candidates could still change the ’08 race
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 21, 2007

Presidential toteboard: why the odds favor Obama

When Barack Obama announced his presidential candidacy, there was some wild speculation that Obama might not receive a large share of the black vote.
Black vote + uncommon charisma = quantifiable advantage
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 14, 2007

Using the Web to stop a war

Wesley Clark is 62 years old. He is a retired four-star general, and is the former supreme allied commander of NATO. He also has a MySpace page.
Wes is more
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 14, 2007


Presidential tote board: The Republicans

With all the press coverage of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama you’d think we have a one-party political system heading into next fall’s presidential election.
Setting the odds for 2008
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 08, 2007

Feeding the rabid right

Mitt Romney’s attempt to follow George W. Bush’s formula to the Republican presidential nomination has hit a snag.
If Mitt Romney can’t persuade conservatives that he’s one of them, his hopes are dead. But convincing them could be fatal too.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 28, 2007