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					AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Dodd Will Not Run STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/31/2003 07:56:48 PM ----BODY: Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) "is expected to announce that he will not run for president," the <a href="http://www.ctnow.com/news/custom/newsat3/hc-31123449.apds.m0029.bcct--doddjan31,0,5212759.story?coll=hc%2Dheadlines%2Dnewsat3">AP</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Christopher Dodd ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Lieberman Leads In South Carolina STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/31/2003 11:50:22 AM ----BODY: A year before the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Joseph Lieberman "leads in awareness, favorability, and ballot preference among likely Democratic primary voters in the state," according to a survey by the <a href="http://americanresearchgroup.com/sc/">American Research Group</a>. Rep. Dick Gephardt comes in second at 11 percent with Sen. John Edwards third at just 8 percent. -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Donaldson Affair Comes Out Before Hearings STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/31/2003 09:25:37 AM ----BODY: "Despite his seemingly glossy resume," President Bush's nominee to head the SEC, William Donaldson, "is saddled with an unimpressive track record and questions about his personal life," <a href="http://www.fortune.com/fortune/streetlife/0,15704,417830,00.html">F ortune</a> magazine reports. It turns out that as Dean of the Yale School of Management, Donaldson had an affair with the wife of a Connecticut congressman in the 1980s. The <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/articles/A4122-2003Jan30.html">Reliable Source</a> says Bush administration officials "knew all about it" and that "they're not worried." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: William Donaldson ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Graham Was To Announce Next Week STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/31/2003 09:16:00 AM ----BODY: Sen. Bob Graham on <a href="http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0301/30/ip.00.html">Inside Politics</a>: "But for this <a href="http://www.stpetetimes.com/2003/01/31/State/Sen_Graham_opts_for_a.s html">medical issue</a>, I would have announced on Monday, February the 3rd that I would be a candidate for president... If this situation, as I have every reason to believe, goes well, in fact, I will have dealt with this problem now, not a year or three or four years from now, when I might be serving as president. And, second, it will make me more energetic and vigorous in order to carry out the campaign." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Bob Graham ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Will Kerry Shun Public Financing? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/31/2003 09:06:49 AM ----BODY: "The growing number of paid employees on Senator John F. Kerry's early campaign staff has raised questions about whether he will break with the

public financing system for the 2004 campaign, as George W. Bush did in his successful campaign for president," the <a href="http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/031/nation/Wife_s_fortune_poses_q uestion_for_KerryP.shtml">Boston Globe</a> reports.<br /><br /> The <a href="http://www.bop2004.org/dtaweb/bop2004/">Center for Public Integrity</a> looks at the net worth of each of the presidential candidates. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: John Kerry ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Rating The Candidates STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/31/2003 09:04:29 AM ----BODY: "Of the seven congressional Democrats who are running for president in 2004 or have indicated they might run, Sen. John F. Kerry of Massachusetts had the most liberal voting record last year, and Sen. Bob Graham of Florida had the most conservative," according to the <a href="http://nationaljournal.com/members/news/2003/01/0131nj1.htm">Nation al Journal</a>'s new vote ratings. (See <a href="http://nationaljournal.com/members/pubfeatures/pdf/2003/0131nj_wann abes.pdf">chart</a> for vote ratings over the past 20 years.) ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Democratic presidential candidates

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Democrats Struggle Over Iraq STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/31/2003 08:56:43 AM ----BODY: The Democratic presidential candidates "are struggling to balance their desire to appeal to next year's primary voters -- a majority of whom oppose going to war with Iraq -- and their determination to establish their credentials as future commanders in chief, and their own records urging action to confront the Iraqi leader," the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A37072003Jan30.html">Washington Post</a> reports. The <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB1043972049650419224,00.html?mod= politics%5Fsecondary%5Fstories%5Fhs">Wall Street Journal</a>'s <i>Washington Wire</i> says "Mixed messages and lingering splits over last fall's vote giving Bush war authority cut their leverage against White House attack plans."<br /><br /> Meanwhile, the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-nakerry31jan31,0,330013.story">Los Angeles Times</a> says that "of all the Democratic presidential contenders," Sen. John Kerry "seems the most tortured about the possibility of a military confrontation with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Democratic candidates Iraq ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Boxgate STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/31/2003 08:27:44 AM ----BODY: "Remember <a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/001221.html">Boxgate</a>, the incident last week at a St. Louis warehouse in which President Bush touted small business and things made in America? And he was standing behind a bunch of boxes that had tape over the words 'Made in China'? Seems the person who did this, said by the White House to be an 'overzealous volunteer,' may have committed a <a href="http://www4.law.cornell.edu/cgibin/htm_hl?DB=uscode19&STEMMER=en&WORDS=mark+conspicu+place+legibl+&COLOU R=Red&STYLE=s&URL=/uscode/19/1304.html#muscat_highlighter_first_match">fe deral offense</a>," the <a href="http://www.ctnow.com/news/politics/hccaucus0131.artjan31,0,6853840.story?coll=hc%2Dheadlines%2Dpolitics">Hartf ord Courant</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Bush backdrop boxes ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Lieberman May Tap Hollywood Insider STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/31/2003 08:20:15 AM -----

BODY: Sen. Joseph Lieberman, "who has spent years scolding the entertainment industry for peddling excessive sex and violence, is having serious discussions with one of Hollywood's most powerful Washington lobbyists about becoming a top member of his presidential campaign," the <a href="http://www.ctnow.com/news/politics/hcjoestaff0131.artjan31,0,5835207.story?coll=hc%2Dheadlines%2Dpolitics">Har tford Courant</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Joseph Lieberman ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Governors Raising Taxes STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/31/2003 08:00:53 AM ----BODY: The <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB1043972049650419224,00.html?mod= politics%5Fsecondary%5Fstories%5Fhs">Wall Street Journal</a>'s <i>Washington Wire</i> notes that as states continue to struggle with fiscal crises, "so far eight governors... have proposed tax increases; five are Republicans, including Georgia's new Gov. Perdue. An exception: New York's Pataki, who wants his antitax party's 2008 presidential nomination." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: state fiscal crises

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: From The Undisclosed Location STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/30/2003 10:48:14 PM ----BODY: Vice President Dick Cheney "has almost disappeared from public view since last fall, but White House advisers say he is more powerful than ever," the <a href="http://nytimes.com/2003/01/31/politics/31CHEN.html">New York Times</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Cheney ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Faking The Voice Of The People STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/30/2003 10:36:01 PM ----BODY:

William Klein writes about "<a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/001239.html#001239">AstroTurfing< /a>" for the <a href="http://csmonitor.com/2003/0131/p11s01coop.html">Christian Science Monitor</a>: "This may seem like good political strategy, but it's bad for democracy." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: AstroTurf ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: No Heroes In The Balcony STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/30/2003 03:24:31 PM ----BODY: A reader writes with an interesting obervation about President Bush's State of the Union address: "I was most surprised (and can't remember the last time) that the President did not personally recognize and/or acknowledge the First Lady for her 'contributions' to America. In fact, there were no 'Lenny' moments. Bush failed to recognize anyone seated around the First Lady."<br /><br /> <b>Editor's Note</b>: The reader refers to <a href="http://www.observer.co.uk/magazine/story/0,11913,873018,00.html">Le nny Skutnik</a>, who jumped into the freezing Potomac River to rescue victims of a plane crash, and was recognized by President Reagan in his 1982 speech.<br /><br /> Meanwhile, the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/articles/A63153-2003Jan29.html">Reliable Source</a> notes that at a White House media briefing, Bush teased ABC News <i>This Week</i> anchor George Stephanopoulos about his days at Bill Clinton's side: "I'm prepared. I'm not the kind of guy who's going to sit in the back of the limo on the way to the Capitol and rewrite my speech. Know what I mean, George?"

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: The Rise Of Hillary Clinton - Part III STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/30/2003 01:22:05 PM ----BODY: <i>Meet the Press</i> anchor <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/news/866411.asp">Tim Russert</a> on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY): "Last week, she secured a position on the Senate Armed Services Committee, a very important strategic move. ... Democrats are unable, unwilling to tackle national security issues, afraid of being labeled as something less than strong or forceful. For the next six years, you'll see Hillary Clinton with the secretary of defense, cross-examining generals visiting military bases here and around the world. And when people suggest that she doesn't have the credentials to run for president of the United States, she will counter, 'I've been on the Armed Services Committee for six years.' It was a very small maneuver. Wasn't paid much attention to. But it was very significant for Hillary watchers. There are a lot of people who want to be president. There are an awful lot of people who don't want to be president. She's positioning herself to run in 2008." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Hillary Rodham Clinton -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Handicapping Iowa STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/30/2003 01:10:16 PM ----BODY: <i>The Hotline</i> handicaps the Iowa caucuses and says that Rep. Dick Gephard, as a former winner, is the favorite. For Sen. Joseph Lieberman, "the only thing he has to do is show up. They've gamed their expectations well. Anything in double-digits is icing going into NH." As for the rest of the field: "It's a race for for 2nd between Kerry, Dean and Edwards, with the 3rd placer alive and kicking and the 4th placer on life support." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Iowa caucuses ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: The Return Of Karen Hughes STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/30/2003 11:08:16 AM -----

BODY: While the rest of the media focuses on White House political czar Karl Rove, <a href="http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=20030210&s=lizza021003">Ryan Lizza</a> notes the real person behind President Bush's re-election campaign: "The first sign of the new election strategy was the return of Karen Hughes, Bush's communications guru, who left the White House last year and has been advising him from Texas. She was on television last Sunday, following the president out of church. Then she kept popping up in the photos the White House released of Bush's prep work for the speech. As members of Congress filed into the chamber Tuesday night, she sat silently in the balcony, surveying the floor." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Karen Hughes ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Democrats Offer Range Of Views On Iraq STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/30/2003 09:06:36 AM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.ctnow.com/news/custom/newsat3/sns-ap-iraqdemocrats-20040130jan29,0,900207.story">Associated Press</a> surveys the announced Democratic candidates' positions on possible war in Iraq and finds former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean and the Rev. Al Sharpton "have been the most outspoken against a war on Iraq," while Sen. Joe Lieberman and Rep. Dick Gephardt "have been the most firm supporters." Sens. John Kerry and John Edwards "are somewhere in the middle." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT:

----KEYWORDS: Democratic support war Iraq ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Clark Sounds Like A Candidate STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/30/2003 09:03:29 AM ----BODY: Retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark "prefers to refer to himself as a 'noncandidate,' but in a wide-ranging interview with the <a href="http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.01.31/news6.html">Forward</a> ," Clark "managed to touch on the kinds of topics" that will "generate interest in Democratic circles." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Wesley Clark ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Gephardt Seeks Support In House STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY:

DATE: 01/30/2003 09:02:03 AM ----BODY: Rep. Dick Gephardt "has been courting" House members "through phone calls and a series of personal meetings, seeking their endorsement for his presidential bid, and is preparing to form a whip group of key House supporters to recruit more lawmakers to his cause," <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/issues/48_53/news/342-1.html">Roll Call</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Gephardt ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Graham Moves Up Surgery STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/30/2003 08:59:57 AM ----BODY: Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL) "has rescheduled his heart surgery for Friday so he can speed up his decision on whether to run for president," the <a href="http://www.sptimes.com/2003/01/30/Worldandnation/Graham_moves_up_su rge.shtml">St. Petersburg Times</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Bob Graham -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Regnery May Buy American Spectator STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/30/2003 08:09:32 AM ----BODY: The <i>American Spectator</i> "is being bought by Alfred Regnery, the conservative and successful book publisher," the <a href="http://www.nypost.com/gossip/pagesix.htm">New York Post</a>'s Page Six reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: American Spectator ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: The Rise Of Hillary Clinton - Part II STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/29/2003 12:50:42 PM ----BODY: "Continuing her efforts to play an increased role in the shaping of the Democratic Party's message, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) has become deeply involved in assembling and raising money for a new outside organization designed to provide a voice to the party's progressive

wing," <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/issues/48_52/news/3131.html">Roll Call</a> reports. "Clinton's role remains largely undefined, but as an icon to the more liberal wing of the Democratic Party, she is likely to play a significant part in its operations." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Hillary Rodham Clinton ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: The State Of The Union (Domestically) STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/29/2003 11:12:27 AM ----BODY: <a href="http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/politics/DailyNews/TheNote.html" >The Note</a> does an excellent job analyzing Bush's address to Congress, particularly on the domestic initiatives: "Bill Clinton said seven years ago that the era of big government is over, but somehow, under the ministrations of this conservative-minded and big-hearted Republican President, it seems to be back."<br /><br /> <a href="http://slate.msn.com/id/2077811/">Will Saletan</a> is equally critical: "What Bush said of Saddam's disarmament record could equally be said of Bush's domestic record. He has given no evidence of progress. He must have much to hide."<br /><br /> Even the admiring <a href="http://andrewsullivan.com">Andrew Sullivan</a> has this to say: "The domestic ambitions of this president strike me as immensely expensive and clearly liable to sadddle us with at least another decade of deficit spending."<br /><br /> <b>Quote of the Day</b>: "Thank you for waiting around during that aweinciting Democratic response." -- MSNBC's Chris Matthews, on Gov. Gary Locke's (D-WA) Democratic response to Bush's speech. <br /><br />

<b>Second Quote of the Day</b>: "The 2003 State of the Union speech was a fine speech, but not quite so fine as the speeches of September 20, 2001, or other speeches that this president has given." -- Former Bush speechwriter <a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/frum/diary012903.asp#003117">David Frum</a>. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: state of the union ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Democrats Look To Clinton For Strategy STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/29/2003 10:25:11 AM ----BODY: Bill Clinton will speak at the House Democratic retreat this weekend "designed to help the minority party plot strategy and design a message for the 108th Congress," <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/issues/1_1/breakingnews/294-1.html">Roll Call</a> reports. "Thursday's sessions will focus on Democratic electoral losses in 2002 and how the party can win in the future." <br /><br /> On the Senate side, <a href="http://www.thehill.com/news/012903/message.aspx">The Hill</a> says "a group of Democratic senators organized" by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) "has begun meeting regularly in an attempt to shape a progressive agenda and message after their party's losses in the midterm election." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT:

----KEYWORDS: House Democratic retreat ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Moseley-Braun Will Visit Iowa STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/29/2003 10:23:52 AM ----BODY: Former Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun said "she will visit Iowa next month as she considers a potential run for president in 2004," the <a href="http://www.dmregister.com/news/stories/c4789004/20349518.html">Des Moines Register</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Moseley-Braun ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Gephardt Tries To Be An Outsider STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/29/2003 10:11:55 AM

----BODY: With indications that Rep. Richard Gephardt "is shifting his presidential machinery into high gear, allies of the candidate are privately vowing that he will 'reintroduce' himself to voters to counter his image of being a Washington insider," <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/issues/48_51/news/287-1.html">Roll Call</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Gephardt ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Reactions To State of the Union STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/29/2003 10:10:22 AM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/29/politics/29ELEC.html">New York Times</a> spin on President Bush's State of the Union <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpsrv/onpolitics/transcripts/bushtext_012803.html">address</a>: Bush began to "dispel any notion that he, like another president named Bush in the first half of his term, neglected domestic affairs and did not feel compassion for ordinary Americans."<br /><br /> Sen. John Edwards "wasted no time Tuesday in criticizing" Bush's address, the <a href="http://www.newsobserver.com/edwards/">Raleigh News and Observer</a> reports. "The president just doesn't get it," Edwards said in a statement "sent out by his office before Bush had finished speaking." <br /><br /> Sens. John Kerry and Joe Lieberman criticized Bush's speech "calling him wrong on the economy, terrorism and the environment," the <a href="http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/local/state/hc-

28231806.apds.m0695.bc-ct--statjan28,0,3360662.story">Stamford Advocate</a> reports. The <a href="http://www.newbritainherald.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=6857900&BRD=16 41&PAG=461&dept_id=10110&rfi=6">New Britain Herald</a> talked more with Lieberman, who said "he thought the president had begun to strengthen his case for a war on Iraq, calling Bush's arguments during the State of the Union address 'clearer and more convincing' than in the past." <br /><br /> <a href="http://andrewsullivan.com/index.php?dish_inc=archives/2003_01_26_di sh_archive.html#90247907">Andrew Sullivan</a> was predictably impressed. <br /><br /> <a href="http://editorandpublisher.com/editorandpublisher/headlines/article_ display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1805230">Editor and Publisher</a> surveys the top newspapers in America and finds "Despite rising doubts... there doesn't seem to be one U.S. newspaper among the top 50 dailies by circulation that is strongly antiwar." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: state of the union ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Democrats Face Fundraising Woes STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/28/2003 02:40:35 PM ----BODY: <a href="http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/politics/DailyNews/TheNote.html" >The Note</a> predicts fundraising problems will hurt Democratic presidential candidates. "We continue to believe that the Six Pack is going to have more trouble raising money (even at $2,000 a clip) than

most analysts believe. Chalk it up to Clinton/Gore fatigue; or the lack of broad-based passion for any of this year's crop; or the Bush-Cheney economy; or all the breath-holding for <a href="http://www.morningjournal.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1699&dept_id=46368& newsid=6736262&PAG=461&rfi=9">Dennis Kucinich</a>, but all of these guys are spending a lot of time in VERY small groups and on the phone trying to scrounge up the checks." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Democratic fundraising ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: In Illinois, Political Favor List Released STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/28/2003 02:37:11 PM ----BODY: Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan's chief of staff kept "a list of hundreds of politically connected people who allegedly sought jobs for friends and relatives" during Ryan's tenure as secretary of state, the <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi0301280309jan28,1,500947.story?coll=chi%2Dnews%2Dhed">Chicago Tribune</a> reports. The "Priority List" was a "confidential compilation of political favors" that federal prosecutors released during the corruption trial of the chief of staff. The <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cstnws-clout28.html">Chicago Sun Times</a> calls the list "a snapshot of clout."<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.polstate.com/archives/001277.html#001277">Political State Report</a> has more details. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT:

----KEYWORDS: Gov. George Ryan ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Moseley-Braun Will Decide Next Month STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/28/2003 08:41:05 AM ----BODY: Former Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun "held a series of meetings Monday with Democratic leaders and political financiers as she studied the prospect of launching a presidential campaign," the <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi0301280335jan28,1,5322108.story">Chicago Tribune</a> reports. The <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/output/elect/cst-nws-braun28.html">Chicago Sun Times</a> says Moseley-Braun set a deadline of Febraury 20 for a decision. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Carol Moseley-Braun ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: The Campaign For First Lady STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0

PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/28/2003 08:39:08 AM ----BODY: Sen. Joe Lieberman's wife, Hadassah, "is preparing for her second national political campaign," the <a href="http://www.newhavenregister.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=6842684&BRD=12 81&PAG=461&dept_id=7573&rfi=6">New Haven Register</a> reports. "And while she seemed, at times, like a reluctant soldier in her husband's 2000 vice presidential battle, she now is a seasoned warrior." <br /><br /> Meanwhile, Sen. John Edwards' wife, Elizabeth, "is heading to New Hampshire," the <a href="http://www.newsobserver.com/news/nc/story/2142936p2035553c.html">Raleigh News and Observer</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: first lady ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Kerry Misses Votes STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/28/2003 08:36:49 AM ----BODY: Sen. John Kerry's (D-MA) "presidential campaign is off and running, but the effort has not come without a blot on his official voting record," the <a href="http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/028/nation/On_trail_of_likely_vot ers_Kerry_others_are_likely_to_miss_votes-.shtml">Boston Globe</a> reports. "Since being sworn into his fourth term on Jan. 7, the

Massachusetts Democrat has missed more than half of the roll call votes" in the Senate. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: John Kerry ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: In Illinois, Daley Considering Bid For Senate STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/28/2003 08:32:17 AM ----BODY: From <a href="http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/030127/whispers/27whisplead.htm" >U.S. News and World Report</a>'s <i>Washington Whispers</i>: "They may call the United States Senate the most exclusive club in the world, but the 100 jobs don't hold a candle to the power of Chicago's mayor. Still, GOP and Democratic sources say Mayor Richard Daley is looking at taking on Illinois Republican Sen. Peter Fitzgerald, the weakest Republican senator facing re-election."<br /><br /> Meanwhile, the <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/output/elect/cst-nwshull28.html">Chicago Sun Times</a> reports that Democratic Senate hopeful M. Blair Hull, "will pump up to $40 million of his own money into his campaign." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Richard Daley -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Bush Faces Daunting Task In Speech STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/28/2003 01:37:12 AM ----BODY: The <a href="http://nytimes.com/2003/01/27/national/27LETT.html">New York Times</a> previews President Bush's <a href="http://www.cspan.org/executive/stateoftheunion.asp">State of the Union</a> address through the eyes of former White House speechwriters. "This is the most historically important State of the Union speech that any of them can remember. The president has an onerous task in convincing Americans why he should go to war with Iraq... when polls show that Americans want him to focus more on the economy." The <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A470402003Jan26.html">Washington Post</a> says "Bush will offer no timetable for deciding on war." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: state of the union ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Clinton Defends Call To Martha Stewart STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY:

CATEGORY: DATE: 01/27/2003 10:14:27 PM ----BODY: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) "was only making a phone call to a friend when she spoke to embattled domesticity diva Martha Stewart, the senator's spokeswoman said Monday," according to the <a href="http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny-clintonstewart0127jan27,0,4184196.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire">AP</a>. "Stewart, in an interview with the <a href="http://newyorker.com/fact/content/?030203fa_fact">New Yorker</a> magazine, said she has received support from Clinton as the home decorating queen tries to fend off a federal probe into whether she traded on insider information when she sold shares in ImClone System Inc." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Hillary Rodham Clinton ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Advantage Dean STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/27/2003 04:36:29 PM ----BODY: <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/news/864400.asp">George Will</a> weighs Howard Dean's presidential candidacy and notes one advantage "is that he is presumed to have few advantages, which makes him an interesting story. He has received an avalanche of publicity about how hard it is for a small-state governor to get publicity. So far, he is in the John McCainPaul Tsongas-Bruce Babbitt tradition of dark horses who enchant the media, then quickly lose." <br /><br />

One interesting bit of trivia: "George W. Bush's grandmother was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Dean's grandmother."<br /><br /> Meanwhile, <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/news/863759.asp">Howard Fineman</a> explains why Dean "is going to be a player." And the <a href="http://www.yaledailynews.com/article.asp?AID=21441">Yale Daily News</a> looks at Dean's college days. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Howard Dean ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: A Front Runner Already? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/27/2003 04:29:00 PM ----BODY: <a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101030203411412,00.html">Time</a>'s Karen Tumulty: "It may be the scariest thing you can say about a Democratic presidential candidate at this early stage of the game: John Kerry is starting to look like a front runner." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: John Kerry ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: The New Teflon President STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/27/2003 04:08:10 PM ----BODY: If you read nothing else this week, make sure you take a look at the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/26/magazine/26BUSH.html">New York Times Magazine</a> article on President Bush's similarities to Ronald Reagan: "Bush's seeming invincibility to bad news may be exasperating to Democrats, but it was no surprise to Michael Deaver, the shrewd public relations man who played Karl Rove to an earlier president, Ronald Reagan. When Deaver was handling spin for Reagan, one frustrated Democrat described the scandal-proof chief executive as the Teflon President. This time around, Deaver watched the White House twirl and sidestep through the serial crises of December with deep professional admiration. To Deaver there was nothing mysterious about it, no Teflon. It was just the relentless discipline of a president who consistently defies the expectations of people who think they are smarter than he is." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Bush Reagan ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Democrats Should Not Wait For Bush To Fall STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY:

DATE: 01/27/2003 03:39:57 PM ----BODY: In their latest <a href="http://democracycorps.com/reports/analyses/A_Very_New_Year.pdf">str ategy memo</a>, James Carville, Stan Greenberg and Robert Shrum note President Bush's recent slip in approval rating polls, but offer this stark warning: "The Democrats dare not make the mistake of the last two years and rely for the Republican slippage. This <a href="http://democracycorps.com/reports/surveys/January_2003_Graphs.pdf"> poll</a> shows the Democrats' image no stronger now than in November, and indeed, they continue to be viewed less favorably than the Republicans." The <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0124/p25s04usmb.html">Christian Science Monitor</a> discussed the memo with Carville and Greenberg at a recent breakfast. ----EXTENDED BODY: 1573624578 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: James Carville ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: The Karl Rove Show STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/27/2003 03:32:21 PM ----BODY: <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A408652003Jan24.html">Mary McGrory</a> writes about the recent <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0124/p25s02-usmb.html">Christian Science Monitor</a> luncheon with Karl Rove that took eight months to arrange: "Rove, who has been celebrated in innumerable magazine tributes and in a book called <i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1586481924/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/">Boy Genius</a></i>, played down his White House role. He wins some, he loses some. It's only the clunky Capitol that has mistaken these

two good old boys looking for a chance to help the little guy as having a Svengali-type relationship." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Karl Rove ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: The "Axis of Evil" Guy STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/27/2003 02:43:17 PM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/26/books/review/26SHESOLT.html">New York Times</a> reviews <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0375509038/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/"><i>The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush</i></a> and provides a note of caution for future presidents: "The problem with White House speechwriters, from a president's point of view, is that they tend to take good notes. Even more worrying, they sometimes turn those notes into candid memoirs of their White House years." Interestingly, the review is written by former Clinton speechwriter Jeff Shesol. ----EXTENDED BODY: 0375509038 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Wolff: Isaacson Could Be Secretary Of State STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/27/2003 02:26:27 PM ----BODY: <a href="http://www.newyorkmetro.com/nymetro/news/media/columns/medialife/n_ 8289/">Michael Wolff</a> says departing CNN Chairman Walter Isaacson could have a future government career after heading up the Aspen Institute: The "well-endowed" think tank, "which has been in minor eclipse, will now rise to great new prominence by virtue of Walter's publicity talents... And when the Democrats emerge from what are shaping up to be their long wilderness years, there will be, I promise you, one inevitable secretary of State. Walter." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Walter Isaacson ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: AstroTurf Strategy Exposed STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/27/2003 10:45:22 AM -----

BODY: The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/27/technology/27LETT.html">New York Times</a> highlights the story that had Political Wire readers buzzing <a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/001220.html">last week</a>: "Newspapers and political organizations are engaged in technological oneupmanship over 'AstroTurf' -- letters to the editor that look like authentic grass-roots responses from readers but are not." <br /><br /> Meanwhile, Stephen Phelps of the <a href="http://www.bristolnews.com/features/editorial/MGBWEKZ14BD.html">Bri stol Herald Courier</a> emails to say he was "one of those lucky editors who got 'astroturfed' by the RNC" and points us to a column he wrote on the subject. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: astroturf letters ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: New Hampshire Will Still Be First STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/27/2003 10:38:18 AM ----BODY: The plan by Washington, D.C. Democrats to move their presidential primary ahead of New Hampshire's "has received a thumbs down from the Democratic National Committee," the <a href="http://www.dmregister.com/news/stories/c4789004/20325476.html">Des Moines Register</a> reports. <a href="http://politicsnh.com">PoliticsNH.com</a> notes it's exactly one year until the New Hampshire primary. ----EXTENDED BODY: -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Flag Is Still Issue In South Carolina STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/27/2003 10:36:18 AM ----BODY: "Vying for votes in South Carolina's influential 2004 Democratic presidential primary, five of the six announced candidates have condemned flying the Confederate flag on the State House grounds," the <a href="http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/states/south_carol ina/counties/york/5033558.htm">Charlotte Observer</a> reports. Only Howard Dean "has said he doesn't personally support the flag, but he believes it's a local issue." <br /><br /> Interestingly, the <a href="http://www.thestate.com/mld/state/news/politics/5034004.htm">Columb ia State</a> notes that African-Americans -- South Carolina Democrat's "largest and most loyal constituency -- likely will constitute a majority of the voters" in the state's 2004 presidential primary. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: south carolina primary ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: The Candidate II STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/27/2003 09:23:47 AM ----BODY: "Robert Redford is planning to produce, direct and star in a sequel to the cynically prophetic 1972 film <i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/6304696507/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/">The Candidate</a></i>, about an idealistic lawyer who runs for office and gives up his principles to win," the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A159722003Jan19.html">Washington Post</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: 6304696507 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Robert Redford ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: O'Neill To Speak Out STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/24/2003 09:01:25 AM ----BODY: In what "cannot be good news for the White House," former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill will work with <i>Esquire</i> reporter Ron Suskind "on a 15,000- to 20,000-word profile of the outspoken executive and former secretary," the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/articles/A35691-2003Jan23.html">Washington Post</a>'s Al Kamen

reports. "More than enough space for O'Neill to put out his ideas and 'let them sit there' for people to judge their merit." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Paul O'Neill ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Grading Bush's Cabinet STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/24/2003 08:54:45 AM ----BODY: The <a href="http://nationaljournal.com/members/news/2003/01/0124nj1.htm">Nation al Journal</a> assesses the overall performance of President Bush's Cabinet by looking at "its members' abilities to influence the White House and Capitol Hill, to advance the president's political desires and to run their departments." Secretary of State <a href="http://nationaljournal.com/members/news/2003/01/0124nj_powell.htm"> Colin Powell</a> gets an "A" while Attorney General <a href="http://nationaljournal.com/members/news/2003/01/0124nj_ashcroft.htm ">John Ashcroft</a> and Commerce Secretary <a href="http://nationaljournal.com/members/news/2003/01/0124nj_evans.htm">D on Evans</a> fall a bit behind with an "A-". At the bottom of the list are former Treasury Secretary <a href="http://nationaljournal.com/members/news/2003/01/0124nj_oneill.htm"> Paul O'Neill</a> and Agriculture Secretary <a href="http://nationaljournal.com/members/news/2003/01/0124nj_veneman.htm" >Ann Veneman</a>, both given a "D". ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT:

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Dean Says Kerry Wants It Both Ways On Iraq STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/24/2003 08:47:11 AM ----BODY: "In a sweeping critique of President Bush's foreign policy," Sen. John Kerry "charged that the administration was moving too quickly toward war in Iraq and had not yet built sufficient support at home or abroad for military action," the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/lana-kerry24jan24004439,0,570247.story">Los Angeles Times</a> reports. The <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A351752003Jan23.html">Washington Post</a> notes that, "at the same time," Kerry "repeated his belief that Saddam Hussein 'presents a particularly grievous threat' to the United States because of his long record of dangerous actions in a volatile region."<br /><br /> This left an opening for criticism by rival Howard Dean. The <a href="http://www2.bostonherald.com/news/national/kerr01242003.htm">Boston Herald</a> says Dean "scolded the senator for trying to have it both ways on Iraq" and "noted tartly" that Kerry "and other Democratic White House hopefuls voted last fall to give President Bush authority to use military force against Iraq." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: John Kerry ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Hart Says He Invented Iowa Caucuses STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/24/2003 08:36:43 AM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/24/national/24HART.html">New York Times</a> runs an interesting profile of Gary Hart as voters are beginning to weigh his strengths against his past embarrassment. In an interview, Hart claims to have invented the Iowa caucuses, "recalling his decision to focus on the then-obscure caucuses when he managed the 1972 campaign of the then-obscure George McGovern. The results in Iowa helped propel Mr. McGovern to the nomination and made Iowa the first contest to watch ever since." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Gary Hart ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Networks Will Have Exit Polls STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/24/2003 08:30:09 AM ----BODY: "The major television networks and the Associated Press have agreed in principle to hire two veteran pollsters to conduct exit polls in next

year's general election and early presidential primaries," the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A354892003Jan23.html">Washington Post</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: exit polls ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Springer Considers Senate Bid STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/23/2003 10:36:27 PM ----BODY: Talk show host Jerry Springer is considering running for the U.S. Senate next year against Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH), the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/01/23/springer.senate.ap/index. html">AP</a> reports. But Springer also said he may run for Cincinnati mayor in 2005 or governor in 2006. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Jerry Springer ------------

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TITLE: Graham To Undergo Heart Surgery STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/23/2003 02:12:15 PM ----BODY: Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL) has postponed his decision on a presidential candidacy to undergo heart surgery, the <a href="http://www.floridatoday.com/topstories/012303graham.htm">AP</a> reports. "Graham told reporters in his office that he had made up his mind to run and was planning to announce his candidacy in Tallahassee, Fla. on Feb. 3. Now, Graham said, he will have surgery to replace a faulty aortic valve that same week." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Bob Graham ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Edwards Announces Campaign Team STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/23/2003 12:13:18 PM ----BODY: With a list including brief bios of his new campaign staff, the <a href="http://www.newsobserver.com/edwards/">Raleigh News and Observer</a> notes that Sen. John Edwards "is surrounding himself with a team of seasoned campaign operatives whose ranks include former aides to Al Gore and Bill Clinton." -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Democrats Pander To Core Constituencies STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/23/2003 12:09:31 PM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=20030203&s=lizza020303">New Republic</a>'s Ryan Lizza writes an excellent piece on the first gathering of all six declared Democratic candidates: "There remains an iron triangle of Democratic constituencies--blacks, labor, pro-choice women--whom every candidate must appease during the primaries. Tuesday night, the six Democrats dutifully checked the abortion box." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: six Democrats ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Hart Deals With Old Scandal STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0

CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/23/2003 11:49:27 AM ----BODY: Former Sen. Gary Hart "expects to be the butt of Leno and Letterman monologues if he decides to seek his party's presidential nomination, some 15 years after his last bid ended with an infamous picture on a boat called 'Monkey Business,'" the <a href="http://www.dmregister.com/news/stories/c4789004/20298938.html">Des Moines Register</a> reports. "But Hart said a likely war in Iraq will bring an end to any laughter." The <a href="http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nationworld/orl-asecxhart23012303jan23,0,4020752.story?coll=orl-news-headlines">Orlando Sentinel</a> says Hart "is attempting to plant in the public eye a new image of an old Hart." <br /><br /> Meanwhile, <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/issues/48_50/politics/2301.html">Roll Call</a> says Hart "is enjoying the spotlight after years in the political wilderness -- and doesn't mind teasing the media and the Democratic establishment in the process. At the same time, even detractors grudgingly admit that in these perilous times, a senior national security expert and policy wonk like Hart might have something important to say." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Gary Hart ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Rove Says He Doesn't Run White House STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY:

DATE: 01/23/2003 11:32:28 AM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dallas/nation/stories/01230 3dnnatrove.63fdf.html">Dallas Morning News</a> says "Karl Rove wants you to know something: He does not run George W. Bush's White House. The senior presidential adviser -- political genius to some, hatchet man to others, and 'Bush's brain' to still others -- attributed his reputation to the capital's apparent need for political myth." ----EXTENDED BODY: 1586481924 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Karl Rove ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Hubbard To Leave White House STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/23/2003 07:37:33 AM ----BODY: "Glenn Hubbard plans to step down as Bush's chief economist... Administration officials stress that they aren't trying to oust him," the <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB1043284938780205824,00.html?mod= politics%5Fprimary%5Fhs">Wall Street Journal</a> reports. "Harvard's Gregory Mankiw is likely to succeed him." A <a href="http://slate.msn.com/id/2077330/">Slate</a> profile says Hubbard is "widely believed to be the primary mover behind President Bush's tax-cut package." The <a href="http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/002/1 22qtfrk.asp">Weekly Standard</a> calls him "the most influential chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers in two decades." ----EXTENDED BODY:

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: The New Congress STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/23/2003 01:03:42 AM ----BODY: With many changes in Congress, you'll want to order your copy of the new <a href="http://www.votenet.com/usch/index.cfm?referrer=politicalwire">U.S. Congress Handbook</a>. Included in each book is vital information for every Senator, Representative, Governor, Cabinet Secretary, and Supreme Court Justice, including phone and fax numbers, biographical and staff information, email addresses, as well as committee assignments. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: 108th Congress ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Poll Shows Lieberman Faces Religion Hurdle STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0

ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/22/2003 10:38:11 PM ----BODY: "Nearly a third of all Americans fear that a Jewish president may have divided loyalties when dealing with the state of Israel," the <a href="http://sfgate.com/cgibin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/01/22/MN154436.DTL">San Francisco Chronicle</a> reports. Of course, this is not good news for Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination.<br /><br /> Meanwhile, <a href="http://news.com.com/2010-1071-981258.html">Declan McCullagh</a> says Lieberman could become "spammer in chief" after becoming "the first presidential wanna-be I know to have resorted to unsolicited e-mail." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Joseph Lieberman ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Bush Backdrop Uncovered STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/22/2003 05:15:21 PM ----BODY: "With public doubts about his handling of the economy growing," President Bush urged passage of his tax cut plan and predicted his <a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/001213.html">embattled</a> Treasury Secretary nominee would be confirmed, <a href="http://asia.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=businessNews&storyID

=2091044">Reuters</a> reports. Speaking in St. Louis, Bush "delivered his message in front of a fake wall of cardboard boxes stamped <i>Made in U.S.A.</i> The real boxes, set to Bush's side, had their <i>Made in China</i> stamps blotted out." A White House spokesman explained: "It appears it was an overzealous volunteer. We'll take it up with the appropriate channels." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Bush tax plan ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Fake Letter Writing STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/22/2003 11:40:58 AM ----BODY: Declan McCullagh's <a href="http://www.politechbot.com/p04334.html">Politech</a> confirms yesterday's <a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/001204.html">story</a> that someone is faking a letter writing campaign in support of President Bush. An earlier Politech <a href="http://www.politechbot.com/p04332.html">post</a> calls the strategy "astroturfing" or "trying to artificially create the appearance of a grassroots movement supporting their policies."<br /><br /> <b>Update</b>: Gary Stock's <a href="http://www.unblinking.com/arc/20030119.htm">Unblinking</a> has documented at least three letters to the editor supporting Bush that have been sent to multiple newspapers under different names. <br /><br /> <b>Another Update</b>: A reader writes that "the GOP Team Leader letter writing campaign is not a faked campaign that makes it appear that Bush has lots of support. This campaign is legitimate, Team Leaders are emailed about important issues and encouraged to write letters. The <a href="http://www.gopteamleader.com/">website</a> is brilliantly designed

to allow one to easily send letters to their local papers and a suggested letter is prepared. One is perfectly free to modify the letter as they see fit. I have done this several times and find it to be very useful. I think the outcry from liberals over this is due to a jealousy that they did not think of this first. This campaign is perfectly legitimate and in my mind ingenious. The GOP grassroots effort is extremely well organized and probably helped significantly in the 2002 elections and will help Bush get reelected in 2004. This is smart, grassroots politics." ----EXTENDED BODY: 1591960363 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Bush letters to the editor ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Cartoonists Like Lieberman STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/22/2003 08:42:34 AM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/local/scn-gtcartoonists4jan22,0,3714017.story?coll=green-news-localheadlines">Greenwich Time</a> says political cartoonists love that Sen. Joseph Lieberman is running for president: "The broad mouth. The bulbous nose. The big grin. The puffy hair. The wrinkles. The eyes that are sometimes squinty, sometimes sad." <br /><br /> Meanwhile, the <a href="http://www.ctnow.com/news/politics/hccaucus0122.artjan22,0,6722768.story?coll=hc%2Dheadlines%2Dpolitics">Hartf ord Courant</a> says Lieberman called Al Gore shortly before <a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/001156.html">announcing</a> he would run for president to ask for his support, but Gore would not commit. ----EXTENDED BODY: -----

EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Joseph Lieberman ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Kennedy Backs Kerry STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/22/2003 08:40:55 AM ----BODY: Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) "who has repeatedly balked when asked whether he would support" Sen. John Kerry's presidential candidacy, said "that he not only backed his junior colleague, but expected him to win the White House," the <a href="http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/022/nation/Ending_his_silence_Ken nedy_says_he_ll_back_Kerry_in_04+.shtml">Boston Globe</a> reports. The <a href="http://www2.bostonherald.com/news/national/tedk01222003.htm">Boston Herald</a> notes that "home state senators traditionally support the presidential candidacies of their colleagues, but Kennedy, the Senate's leading liberal, had been largely silent about Kerry's candidacy since it was formally launched last month."<br /><br /> Meanwhile, the <a href="http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/022/nation/Gore_spokesman_to_lead _Kerry_communications_team-.shtml">Boston Globe</a> notes that Al Gore's former spokesman, Chris Lehane, "has been hired to lead the communications team" for Kerry's presidential campaign. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: John Kerry -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Gephardt Explains Abortion Position STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/22/2003 08:37:35 AM ----BODY: The only news coming from yesterday's appearance by all six declared Democratic presidential candidates was that almost all of Rep. Dick Gephardt's "eight-minute speech was focused on explaining his shift on the issue, by far the most time he has devoted publicly to discussing his changing position," the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/22/politics/22DEMS.html">New York Times</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Gephardt ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Sharpton Worries Democrats STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/22/2003 08:35:50 AM ----BODY:

Al Sharpton's presidential candidacy "worries some Democrats, who fear his style of rabble-rousing politics could distract other candidates who are trying to court black voters," the <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi0301220342jan22,1,7358311.story?coll=chi%2Dnewsnationworld%2Dhed">Chicago Tribune</a> reports. "Some party leaders are so concerned they are trying to encourage other African-Americans, including former Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun of Illinois, to run, adding competition for the black vote in the primaries." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Al Sharpton ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Texas Faces Budget Mess STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/22/2003 08:10:46 AM ----BODY: "Texas' budget plight is so bad that had Bush waited to run for president after his second term as governor there ended, he likely never would have reached the White House," the <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB1043198784878032144,00.html?mod= politics%5Fprimary%5Fhs">Wall Street Journal</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: state budget problems -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: GOP Targets Senate Democratic Leaders STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/22/2003 02:52:17 AM ----BODY: Republicans "are planning to mount serious challenges next year to oust the Senate's two top Democrats -- Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and his deputy, Minority Whip Harry Reid (D-NV)-- in what they contend is a win-win strategy," <a href="http://hillnews.com/campaign/012203.aspx">The Hill</a> reports. "Even if they aren't able to oust either of the Democrat leaders, Republicans figure they'll hamstring both in their home states and off the campaign trail." <br /><br /> Another article from <a href="http://thehill.com/news/012203/races.aspx">The Hill</a> says the White House is picking Senate candidates. "To engineer victories in South Dakota and Washington, Reps. William Janklow (R-S.D.) and George Nethercutt (R-Wash.) have been asked to let former Rep. John Thune (RS.D.) and Rep. Jennifer Dunn (R-Wash.) weigh their options first." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Daschle Reid ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Treasury Nominee Had Drunk Driving Arrest STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0

PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/21/2003 10:49:54 PM ----BODY: The White House "acknowledged on Tuesday night that Treasury secretary nominee John Snow had a 1982 drunken driving arrest and a 1988 child support dispute with his wife but said it would stand by him for the post," <a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&ncid=584&e=1&cid=584&u= /nm/20030122/pl_nm/economy_treasury_dc">Reuters</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: John Snow ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Oprah For Senate? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/21/2003 09:24:08 PM ----BODY: With Carol Moseley-Braun <a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/001192.html">declining</a> to run, the <a href="http://www.prospect.org/webfeatures/2003/01/jones-m-0121.html">American Prospect</a> says Oprah Winfrey should run against Sen. Peter Fitzgerald (R-IL) next year. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: -----

KEYWORDS: Oprah Winfrey ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Hart Says Nature of Conflict Changing STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/21/2003 09:15:28 PM ----BODY: In a widely anticipated <a href="http://www.garyhartnews.com/hart/writings/speeches/cfr_01_21_2003.p hp">speech</a> before the Council on Foreign Relations, former Sen. Gary Hart said "the nature of conflict is changing faster than the nation's approach to security and called for the government to address such global problems as widespread poverty while the military fights terrorism," according to the <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/ap20030121_1916.html">AP</a>. It's "the first of several policy speeches that will lead to the Democrat's decision whether to run for the White House in 2004." The <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A246662003Jan21.html">Washington Post</a> says Hart "plans to make that stern message the centerpiece of a possible new run for the presidency." <br /><br /> If you think the idea of Hart running for president is absurd, read what the <a href="http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=spin&s=cohn011903">New Republic</a>'s Jonathan Cohn says about his appearance on <i>This Week</i>: "If today's interview is any indication, Hart's improbable bid for the White House is slightly less ludicrous than it seems. First, Hart capably demonstrated how he might just neutralize the infidelity issue. Then he showed flashes of the qualities that made him such an appealing candidate back in the 1980s."<br /><br /> <b>Update</b>: <a href="http://politics1.com">Politics1</a> notes that the web site <a href="http://garyhart2004.com">GaryHart2004.com</a> points to the new <a href="http://garyhartnews.com">GaryHartNews.com</a> site. Perhaps he's already made up his mind. ----EXTENDED BODY: -----

EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Gary Hart ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: In Florida, Reno Will Not Run For Senate STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/21/2003 04:14:31 PM ----BODY: Janet Reno appeared "to close the door on a run for the U.S. Senate, saying she is 'still enjoying' her time out of the public spotlight," the <a href="http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/politics/4993104.htm">Mia mi Herald</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Janet Reno ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: More Frum Reviews STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY:

CATEGORY: DATE: 01/21/2003 02:43:11 PM ----BODY: David Frum's <i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0375509038/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/">The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush</a></i> gets generally favorable reviews in the <a href="http://www.calendarlive.com/books/bookreview/cl-bkbrownstein19jan19.story">Los Angeles Times</a> and <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A9632003Jan16.html">Washington Post</a> over the weekend. And the <a href="http://www.observer.com/pages/book1.asp">New York Observer</a> says the book is "revealing" and calls it "a nerd's revenge."<br /><br /> <b>Update</b>: The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/20/national/20LETT.html">New York Times</a> marks the first anniversary of Bush's "Axis of Evil" phrase, which Frum is said to have written. ----EXTENDED BODY: 0375509038 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: David Frum ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: GOP "Clarifies" Gift Ban STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/21/2003 02:36:54 PM ----BODY: "Congressional Republicans over the past eight years have systematically weakened their own landmark ban on gifts from lobbyists, making it easy for lawmakers and staffs to get free meals, sports tickets, golfing trips and other favors from people paid to influence their decision-making," the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19150-

2003Jan20.html">Washington Post</a> reports. "A new rule passed by House Republicans this month on a party line vote might stretch the loophole considerably further. It allows lawmakers and their aides to once again accept free trips to golf courses and free meals catered to their offices from corporations and other special interests."<br /><br /> <a href="http://johnellis.blogspot.com/2003_01_19_johnellis_archive.html#902 11715">John Ellis</a> calls this "Republican politics at its most stupid." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: congressional gift ban ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: In Georgia, Reed Will Not Run For Senate STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/21/2003 02:34:29 PM ----BODY: <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/output/novak/cst-edtnovak19.html">Robert Novak</a> notes that Georgia State Republican Chairman Ralph Reed "has notified the potentially crowded field for the state's 2004 U.S. Senate race that he will not be a candidate. Reed does not deny ambitions for elective office, but feels that the party leader should not add to what is shaping up as a big Republican field to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Zell Miller." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS:

Ralph Reed ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: An Update On Wesley Clark STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/21/2003 02:27:03 PM ----BODY: The <a href="http://desmoinesregister.com/news/stories/c4789004/20265841.html">D es Moines Register</a> gives an update on whether retired Gen. Wesley Clark is planning to run for president. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Wesley Clark ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Sneed: Biden Is Running STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/21/2003 02:23:28 PM ----BODY:

The <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/output/sneed/cst-nwssneed19.html">Chicago Sun Times</a>' Michael Sneed "has learned" that Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE) "is preparing to enter the presidential fray. Word is Biden, a top Dem who was once chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met privately with former President Bill Clinton in New York recently to discuss the possibility of entering the presidential sweepstakes." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Joseph Biden ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Is White House Planting Letters? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/21/2003 09:26:34 AM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=7308">Inquirer</a> says a Google search on the phrase President Bush "<a href="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF8&q=Bush+%22demonstrating+genuine+leadership%22&btnG=Google+Search">demon strating genuine leadership</a>" reveals three pages of results which list letters to the editors of august publications including the <i>Boston Globe</i>, the <i>Star Press</i>, the <i>Suburban Chicago Courier News</i>, and many many more." While all the letters have a similar form and use similar phrases, they are signed by different people. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS:

Bush letters to the editor ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: New Hampshire Primary Status Threatened STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/21/2003 08:39:03 AM ----BODY: Washington, D.C. City Council Member Jack Evans (D) is expected to introduce a bill this week "that would make Washington's 2004 presidential primary the first in the nation," <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/issues/1_1/breakingnews/212-1.html">Roll Call</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Washington D.C. primary ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Hart Will Decide Next Month STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/21/2003 08:37:22 AM -----

BODY: Former Sen. Gary Hart plans to make a decision about running for president "in the next month or so," the <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/politicselections/2003-01-20-garyhart_x.htm">AP</a> reports. <br /><br /> The <a href="http://www.stjoenewspress.com/Main.asp?SectionID=81&SubSectionID=272&ArticleID=36280">St. Joseph News-Press</a> has the "behind the scenes" look at how some young people coaxed Hart into thinking about running again.<br /><br /> <b>Update</b>: Hart is serious enough to launch his own <a href="http://www.garyhartnews.com/hart/">website</a>. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Gary Hart ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Graham Acting Like A Candidate STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/21/2003 08:36:11 AM ----BODY: Sen. Bob Graham "sounded like a presidential candidate Monday," criticizing President Bush's "opposition to affirmative action and stating that the president will have to offer evidence to justify a war with Iraq," the <a href="http://www.sunsentinel.com/news/local/florida/sflfgraham21jan21,0,2605603.story">AP</a> reports.<br /><br /> Meanwhile, the <a href="http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/state/4993332.htm">Miami Herald</a> says Graham said that "his quirky personal notebooks -minute-by-minute accounts of his daily routine that drew the attention of

late-night comics in 2000 -- will not be a hindrance to his 2004 presidential campaign." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Bob Graham ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: More Buzz About Hillary Clinton STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/21/2003 08:29:45 AM ----BODY: <a href="http://slate.msn.com/id/2077230/&#chertoff">Mickey Kaus</a> shares an interesting email that speculates (again) about Hillary Clinton's possible presidential ambitions. Like Political Wire's <a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/001197.html">recent post</a> about her rise to power in the Senate, the author points to the "aggressive, heavily spin doctored remodeling campaign underway to transform her image NOW as a hard-core lefty with a mean streak to a softer, smiling moderate conciliator who can bridge the ideological gap to GET THINGS DONE." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Hillary Clinton ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: First Iowa Poll Shows Gephardt Leading STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/20/2003 11:03:06 PM ----BODY: In the Iowa caucuses, a new <a href="http://www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.dbm?ID=668">Zogby poll</a> likely Democratic voters shows Rep. Richard Gephardt leads the pack at 19 percent, followed by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (17 percent) and Senator John Kerry (11 percent). No other candidate earned more than 5% support. Interestingly, the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/articles/A15541-2003Jan19.html">Washington Post</a> runs a piece saying Iowans have "soured" on Gephardt.<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/01/19/iowa.democrats.reut/index .html">CNN</a> marks the "unofficial kickoff to the 2004 campaign" as "three Democratic White House hopefuls appeared before party activists in Iowa Saturday to hammer President Bush's foreign and economic policies and offer their vision for the future." The <a href="http://www.dmregister.com/news/stories/c4789004/20265805.html">Des Moines Register</a> has the local coverage. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Iowa caucuses ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Boy Genius STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0

PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/20/2003 10:09:16 PM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/19/books/review/19CALDWET.html">New York Times</a> reviews <i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1586481924/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/">Boy Genius: Karl Rove, the Brains Behind the Remarkable Political Triumph of George W. Bush</a></i> but notes it falls short: "In leaving out so much that belongs in and putting in so much that should be left out, this book does not get the measure of Karl Rove." ----EXTENDED BODY: 1586481924 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Karl Rove ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: The Rise Of Hillary Clinton STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/17/2003 12:30:58 PM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.thejournalnews.com/newsroom/011703/a0117hillary.html">Wh ite Plains Journal-News</a>: "Having spent her first two years in the Senate trying not to upstage her colleagues, Hillary Rodham Clinton is moving methodically toward leading her party on the national stage."<br /><br /> A <a href="http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/politics/nyushill173092816jan17,0,426678.story?coll=ny-lipoliticsheadlines">Newsday</a> profile: "Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is taking a

far more visible role in the Republican-controlled Senate, signaling that she intends to emerge as an outspoken advocate on issues from the environment to national security."<br /><br /> Robert Novak on <a href="http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0301/16/ip.00.html">CNN</a>'s <i>Inside Politics</i>: "There is no question that Hillary Rodham Clinton is a rising star in the Senate. And Republicans are scared to death she's going to be the vice presidential nominee in '04. So, one veteran operative has got a memo out cautioning Republican senators to stay away from her. Don't co-sign letters with her. Don't co-sponsor legislation with her. Don't be photographed with her. Don't go on junkets with her. And, above all, don't socialize with her. Stay away from Hillary."<br /><br /> The <a href="http://www.nypost.com/commentary/66782.htm">New York Post</a>: "To a lot of observers, Sen. Hillary Clinton's surprise decision to enlist in the Senate Armed Services Committee is proofpositive she lusts to be commander-in-chief." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Hillary Rodham Clinton ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Bush's Brain STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/17/2003 10:02:34 AM ----BODY: <a href="http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/politics/DailyNews/TheNote.html" >The Note</a> says a new book, <i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0471423270/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/">Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential</a></i>, "might actually do the impossible and OVERSTATE"

Karl Rove's power. The book goes "deep and far into Rove's Texas past, with complex tales of the Texas Department of Agriculture, the Young Republicans, the 1986 campaign, and much more. If you like Dick Morris cameos, lots of 'Rove Knew -- or Rove Understood' clauses (including Woodwardian accounts of 'private' moments involving Rove, Mark McKinnon, and George Bush), or if you just NEED to know everything about L'histoire Du Rove this is the tome for you." ----EXTENDED BODY: 0471423270 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Karl Rove ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Candidates Seek McCain Strategist STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/17/2003 08:50:30 AM ----BODY: "At least five presidential rivals -- Rep. Gephardt, Sens. Lieberman, Kerry and Edwards, and former Vermont Gov. Dean -- have contacted John Weaver about a 2004 campaign role. Republican-turned-Democrat Weaver was strategist for McCain's 2000 nomination bid that threatened Bush but ran out of money," the <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB1042753334715327824,00.html?mod= politics%5Fsecondary%5Fstories%5Fhs">Wall Street Journal</a>'s <i>Washington Wire</i> reports. And today, "former Sen. Gary Hart joins McCain for a 'Straight Talk' forum in Arizona; the two are longtime friends." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS:

John Weaver McCain ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Moseley-Braun Exploring Presidential Bid STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/17/2003 08:49:04 AM ----BODY: Former Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun (D-IL) "ending months of speculation, is announcing today that she will not run for the Senate and is expected to soon join the crowded Democratic presidential field," the <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-carol17.html">Chicago Sun-Times</a> reports. The <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/articles/A4011-2003Jan16.html">Washington Post</a> says Moseley-Braun told DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe "in a phone call that she has her sights on the White House."<br /><br /> The <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi0301170391jan17,1,4797818.story">Chicago Tribune</a> points out the main reason she's being encouraged to run: "A national campaign by MoseleyBraun also could dilute the presidential candidacy of civil rights activist Al Sharpton, whom many party officials view as a wild card." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Carol Moseley-Braun ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Kerry's Wife Leaves GOP STATUS: Publish

ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/17/2003 08:40:52 AM ----BODY: "Lifelong Republican" Teresa Heinz said that "she's deserting the GOP -and promised she won't be shy about speaking her mind as her husband," Sen. John F. Kerry (D-MA) "pursues the presidency," the <a href="http://www2.bostonherald.com/news/national/hein01172003.htm">Boston Herald</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: John Kerry ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Edwards Misses Senate Votes STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/17/2003 08:37:48 AM ----BODY: Sen. John Edwards' "presidential politicking Thursday led him to miss Senate votes for the first time since announcing his candidacy," the <a href="http://www.newsobserver.com/news/nc/story/2104256p2006053c.html">Raleigh News and Observer</a> reports. He "was in Alabama raising money as the Senate debated four amendments to a major spending bill pending in the chamber." ----EXTENDED BODY: -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Biden Unlikely To Run STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/17/2003 08:36:09 AM ----BODY: Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE) "hasn't ruled out a presidential run, but he says he's more interested in focusing on his duties as top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee even if it means he's too late to develop an effective campaign," the <a href="http://www.newsday.com/news/politics/wire/sns-ap-biden20040117jan17,0,1636077.story">AP</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Joseph Biden ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Five Rules To Run By STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY:

CATEGORY: DATE: 01/16/2003 04:27:27 PM ----BODY: <a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101030120407319,00.html">Time</a>'s Karen Tumulty gives Democratic presidential candidates the "dos and don'ts" of challenging President Bush in 2004. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: presidential campaign ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: What It Takes STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/16/2003 11:03:55 AM ----BODY: "Let's face it," <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/articles/A58768-2003Jan15.html">Howard Kurtz</a> writes, "Running for president is like submitting to an endless psychotherapy session. Everyone and his brother-in-law gets to put you on the couch and blather on about what makes you tick. Every embarrassing thing you ever did comes trickling out into the press... Why, you wonder, do people put themselves through this sort of hazing, other than, say, an insatiable lust for power?" ----EXTENDED BODY: 0679746498 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS:

running for president ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Is Brazille Urging Moseley-Braun To Run? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/16/2003 10:04:14 AM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.tnr.com/etc.mhtml?pid=181">New Republic</a> suspects Gore campaign manager Donna Brazille is behind Carol MoseleyBraun's <a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/001177.html">potential presidential bid</a>: "Brazile, we've heard repeatedly these last several weeks, has been hard at work on a plan to undercut Al Sharpton in next year's Democratic primaries. And what better way to do that than to run a mainstream former senator to split the black vote?"<br /><br /> <b>Update</b>: <a href="http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/politics/DailyNews/TheNote.html" >The Note</a> has a source that says Moseley-Braun told DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe last night "that she was planning to soon announce that she is NOT running for the Illinois US Senate seat, but that she just might want one of those presidential candidate slots at the upcoming DNC meeting in DC." <br /><br /> Meanwhile, <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/issues/48_49/hoh/2101.html">Roll Call</a> reports that Brazile, "one of the most sought-after commodities in the talent scramble among Democratic presidential hopefuls, has decided to open her own grassroots consulting firm." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Donna Brazille ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Was It Worth It? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/16/2003 09:57:34 AM ----BODY: <a href="http://www.usnews.com/usnews/politics/whispers/whisphome.htm">Washi ngton Whispers</a> asks what many have been wondering: "Is the quick payout from a briefly popular insider's book worth the White House's cutting you off as a result? That's certainly a question before former Bush speechwriter David Frum, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0375509038/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/"><i>The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush</i></a>."<br /><br /> <b>Update</b>: <a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/thecorner/03_01_12_cornerarchive.asp#002704">The Corner</a> says Frum's book will debut at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list this weekend. <br /><br /> <a href="http://rhetorica.net/archives/000633.html#000633">Andrew Cline</a> says "Getting frozen out was the whole point? It's called a marketing strategy." ----EXTENDED BODY: 0375509038 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: David Frum ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Daschle To Preempt Bush's Speech STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0

CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/16/2003 09:46:38 AM ----BODY: "In a harbinger of the aggressive attack that Senate Minority Leader Thomas Daschle (D-SD) plans to launch on President Bush's legislative agenda over the next two years, the Democrat is quietly planning a major economic speech that will serve as a pre-emptive strike against the president's State of the Union address," <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/issues/48_49/hoh/210-1.html">Roll Call</a>'s Ed Henry reports. "The Jan. 24 speech, in which Daschle will slam Bush's economic stimulus package and lay out the principles of a Senate Democratic plan, will come just four days before the president's big night." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Daschle ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: The 60-49 Compromise STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/16/2003 09:32:30 AM ----BODY: "In what may become known as the 60-49 compromise, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and Minority Leader Thomas Daschle (D-SD) reached a deal Wednesday on how to reorganize the chamber, finally clearing the way for a GOP takeover of committees," <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/issues/48_49/news/207-1.html">Roll Call</a> reports. The <a

href="http://nytimes.com/2003/01/16/national/16CONG.html">New York Times</a> says "leaders of both sides praised their counterparts for reaching the agreement, a swift turnabout in tone from the <a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/001170.html">angry words</a> of Tuesday, when Republican senators accused Democrats of an 'attempted coup.'"<br /><br /> <b>Update</b>: Get the new <a href="http://www.votenet.com/usch/index.cfm?referrer=politicalwire">U.S. Congress Handbook</a> for information on all the new members with committee assignments, staff information, etc. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Senate reorganization ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: The Money Primary STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/16/2003 08:45:55 AM ----BODY: "Democratic presidential candidates are racing around the country this month in a furious, fast-paced fund-raising drive to bankroll their bids," the <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/2003011618129080.htm">Washington Times</a> reports. The <a href="http://www.nysun.com/sunarticle.asp?artID=481">New York Sun</a> notes Democrats "hungering for the 2004 presidential nomination have a more important race -- raising cash from New Yorkers, who are among the nation's most generous campaign donors." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT:

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Kerry Lines Up New Hampshire Support STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/16/2003 08:43:52 AM ----BODY: With "former gubernatorial husband" Bill Shaheen and New Hampshire Democratic Party Executive Director Ken Robinson "now on board with his campaign," Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) "has another advantage in his run to win the leadoff Presidential primary next January," the <a href="http://www.theunionleader.com/granite_show.html?article=17383">Manc hester Union Leader</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: John Kerry ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Lieberman Tries To Reassure Jewish Leaders STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY:

DATE: 01/16/2003 08:42:13 AM ----BODY: Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) "sought to reassure American Jewish leaders that comments he made during a recent Middle East visit did not represent any slackening in his support for a strong pro-Israel policy by the United States," the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/articles/A63266-2003Jan15.html">Washington Post</a> reports. And <a href="http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=252019&c ontrassID=2&subContrassID=1&sbSubContrassID=0">Ha'aretz</a> points out a problem: "After the initial enthusiasm passes, it may be that while Jews are proud of Lieberman, they aren't so sure they'll actually vote for him. They have many reservations, some because he's too conservative, others because he's too liberal, some because he's too religious, and others because they fear he'll neglect Jewish issues to find favor with the general public." <br /><br /> The <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/2663157.stm">BBC</a> says because of Lieberman's "winsome personality and playful charm," he is "probably the most likeable Democrats in the race -- and personable candidates have a habit of winning." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Joseph Lieberman ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Edwards Slow To Staff Office STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/16/2003 08:37:55 AM ----BODY: Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) has "only a handful' of midlevel aides at his presidential campaign headquarters in Raleigh, the <a

href="http://newsobserver.com/news/story/2100527p-2003086c.html">Raleigh News and Observer</a> reports. But "by late spring or early summer, the campaign plans to bring many of its top lieutenants from Washington and other far-flung locations to North Carolina." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: John Edwards ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Deficit Outlook Worsening STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/15/2003 04:57:52 PM ----BODY: President Bush's budget chief, Mitch Daniels, said that "the White House envisions federal deficits in the $200 billion to $300 billion range over the next two years, a dramatic worsening of the government's fiscal picture since last summer," the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A613572003Jan15.html">AP</a> reports.<br /><br /> <b>Update</b>: The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/16/politics/16ECON.html">New York Times</a> says the "ballooning deficits -- the largest ever in dollar terms but smaller relative to the economy than deficits in the 1980's and early 1990's -- could put President Bush's tax plan in peril."<br /><br /> Coincidentally, I've been taking a look at a new book, <i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0374171432/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/">A Free Nation Deep in Debt: The Financial Roots of Democracy</a></i>, that just came in the mail. According to the book jacket, it "explores the connection between public debt and democracy in the broadest possible terms." I'll try to figure out what that means and report back in a few weeks.

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: House Conservatives Consolidate Power STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/15/2003 03:00:09 PM ----BODY: House GOP moderates "are protesting what they view as an effort by House Republican leaders to enforce party discipline and pursue a more conservative agenda while excluding them from positions of influence," <a href="http://thehill.com/news/011503/leaders.aspx">The Hill</a> has reports. Some members "have even charged that the Republican leadership is quietly working to oust several of them from Congress altogether." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: House Republicans ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Think Before You Write STATUS: Publish

ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/15/2003 02:55:38 PM ----BODY: Former Clinton aide Paul Begala thought he was being clever when he inscribed his new Bush-bashing book, <i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0743246470/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/">It's Still the Economy, Stupid</a></i>, to the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A575432003Jan15.html">Reliable Source</a> (aka Lloyd Grove) noting "Who, like me, has been given a gold mine of material by this president." But Grove says in his column that it's been "hardly a treasure-trove compared with the material that other guy gave us." ----EXTENDED BODY: 0743246470 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Paul Begala ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Will Moseley-Braun Run For President? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/15/2003 11:26:50 AM ----BODY: Former Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun (D-IL) "is not only mulling a bid to reclaim her Senate seat -- she is also considering a presidential run," the <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/output/elect/cst-nwscarol15.html">Chicago Sun-Times</a> reports. "Moseley-Braun plans to make an announcement Friday regarding her political future." -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Graham Consults With Clinton STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/15/2003 11:20:51 AM ----BODY: Sen. Bob Graham said "that he has consulted more than 200 people, including former President Bill Clinton, on a possible run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination," the <a href="http://www.sunsentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sflpagraham15jan15,0,5400721.story?coll=sfla-news-palm">South Florida SunSentinel</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Bob Graham ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: In Mississippi, Barbour Will Run For Governor STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0

CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/15/2003 08:57:18 AM ----BODY: Former RNC chief Haley Barbour (R) "has sent potential donors a letter confirming he will run for Mississippi governor this year," the <a href="http://www.clarionledger.com/news/0301/15/m03.html">Jackson Clarion-Ledger</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Haley Barbour ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Lieberman And Kerry Lead The Pack STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/15/2003 08:43:42 AM ----BODY: A new <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/releases/pr030115.asp">Gallup Poll</a> of Democratic presidential primary preferences shows Sen. Joseph Lieberman with 19 percent support with Sen. John Kerry slightly behind with 16 percent of Democrats. Rep. Dick Gephardt (13 percent) and Sen. John Edwards (12 percent) comprise the second tier of candidates, while Bob Graham (7 percent), Gary Hart (5 percent), Al Sharpton (4 percent), and Howard Dean (4 percent) all poll below 10 percent. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT:

----KEYWORDS: Democratic presidential primary poll ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Lieberman Momentum Fizzles STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/15/2003 06:14:12 AM ----BODY: "Still fresh from his presidential announcement," Sen. Joseph Lieberman "should have been all over the airwaves, building on the momentum of Monday," the <a href="http://www.ctnow.com/news/politics/hcjoe0115.artjan15,0,5075070.story?coll=hc%2Dheadlines%2Dpolitics">Hartford Courant</a> reports. "Instead, the senator spent much of his day at his new campaign office a few blocks from the Capitol, making fund-raising calls and talking to potential supporters... In recent years, freshly minted presidential candidates have seen to it that their kickoffs last." <br /><br /> Nonetheless, the campaign planning continues. The <a href="http://www.thestate.com/mld/state/news/politics/4941310.htm">Columb ia State</a> says Lieberman "called South Carolina a critical state in his bid to seek the Democratic nomination." And the <a href="http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/local/1_14_03lieberman.html">Tucson Citizen</a> notes "Arizona's primary will be early and important in the Democratic Party nominating process," and Lieberman "said he hopes to make a campaign swing into Arizona before the end of this month and may announce the team that will lead his campaign."<br /><br /> Meanwhile, the <a href="http://www.newbritainherald.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=6701102&BRD=16 41&PAG=461&dept_id=10110&rfi=6">New Britain Herald</a> says Lieberman and his wife, Hadassah, "will launch a New York media blitz centered on the release of their <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/074322938X/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/">new book</a> on the 2000 vice presidential campaign." ----EXTENDED BODY: 074322938X

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Iowa Leader Declines Edwards Post STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/15/2003 06:10:46 AM ----BODY: Sen. John Edwards was unable "to land the Iowa Democratic Party's executive director as his Iowa caucus campaign director," the <a href="http://desmoinesregister.com/news/stories/c4789004/20229897.html">D es Moines Register</a> reports. <br /><br /> Meanwhile, <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/issues/48_48/news/1841.html">Roll Call</a> notes Edwards, in an "intriguing maneuver," kept his seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee by trading his slot on the Commerce Committee with Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA). "Judiciary is expected to be an even more important perch for Edwards and his national ambitions." The <a href="http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/4949381.htm">Charl otte Observer</a> calls it "a high-profile venue from which he can review" Bush's judicial appointees. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: John Edwards ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Dean Welcomes Outsider Status STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/15/2003 06:04:05 AM ----BODY: Howard Dean "is at the bottom of presidential polls for 2004, an outsider among Democratic candidates -- and making the most of it." the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/politics/la-nadean15jan15,0,2218188.story?coll=la%2Dnews%2Dpolitics%2Dnational">AP</a> reports. <a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&ncid=584&e=3&cid=584&u= /nm/20030114/pl_nm/politics_dean_dc">Reuters</a> says Dean "he has made his blunt-talking style and Washington outsider status a key selling point in the growing Democratic field."<br /><br /> But the <a href="http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/015/nation/Vermont_s_Dean_finds_p ace_quickening_on_presidential_run-.shtml">Boston Globe</a> notes "the race has moved along much faster than the recently assembled Dean for President operation anticipated, leaving the maverick Democrat far behind in fund-raising." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Howard Dean ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: GOP Senators Charge Democratic "Coup" STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY:

CATEGORY: DATE: 01/14/2003 09:07:09 PM ----BODY: "A dispute over the composition of Senate committees in the new Congress has boiled over into a full-blown battle, with the Senate's Republican leadership accusing Democrats of attempting a coup," <a href="http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20030114-042446-8467r">UPI</a> reports. "Democrats are refusing to agree to a GOP proposal on the composition and funding of committees unless they get higher than typical representation." <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/wire/Politics/reuters20030114_574.html">Reute rs</a> says "the chamber remained tied in procedural knots on Tuesday, unable to even hand over gavels to new committee chairs and finish work on bills needed to keep the government running."<br /><br /> <b>Update</b>: <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/pub/1_1/breakingnews/1681.html">Roll Call</a> says the Senate "came one step closer" to a deal on an organizing resolution. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Senate control ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Frum On The Road STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/14/2003 08:59:29 PM ----BODY: <a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/frum/diary011303.asp#002566">David Frum</a> writes an interesting piece about his book tour for <i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0375509038/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/">The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W.

Bush</a></i>. He directly answers concerns about his "insider account" bothering the tight-lipped White House: "I made a point of letting the White House know early that I was working on this book. I delivered copies to them before the release date so they would not be taken by surprise by anything in it. And of course I honored the president's confidences."<br /><br /> Meanwhile, <a href="http://www.patrickruffini.com/rants/00000684.php">Patrick Ruffini</a> writes a thoughtful review of Frum's book and says "I'm a bit at a loss as to what the fuss was all about. Not to ruin the surprise, but all the Bush-critical quotes you've heard are all that you'll find in the book." ----EXTENDED BODY: 0375509038 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: David Frum ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Running For Office Different Than Running The Office STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/14/2003 02:47:57 PM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/output/commentary/cst-edtedits13.html">Chicago Sun Times</a> summarizes the theme of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0684834111/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat"><i>You Won - Now What?</i></a> very nicely: "On the campaign trail, a candidate is expected to do little more than talk the talk. But come swearing-in day, it's time for the elected to begin walking the walk -- if not foot by foot then at least inch by inch to begin fixing what needs fixing." For more, see the book's <a href="http://youwonnowwhat.com\">website</a>. ----EXTENDED BODY: 0684834111

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: In New Mexico, A Different Kind Of Governor STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/14/2003 02:41:24 PM ----BODY: "During Bill Richardson's first full week in office, he did what new governors do--dealt with the appointments, announcements and interviews that mark the beginning of any new administration," the <a href="http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/news/ap/ap_story.html/National/AP. V1932.AP-Busy-Governor.html">AP</a> reports. "He also tried to defuse mounting tensions between the United States and North Korea... Ten days into the administration, with Richardson not even moved into the official residence, it was clear New Mexico had a different kind of governor."<br /><br/> The <a href="http://santafenewmexican.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=6534951&BRD=2144& PAG=461&dept_id=367954&rfi=6">Santa Fe New Mexican</a> says "it seems like Richardson has barely stopped since he won the election in early November." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Bill Richardson ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: HBO Signs Pelosi For Sequel STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/14/2003 01:47:25 PM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hollywoodreporter/television/brief _display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1795745">Hollywood Reporter</a> notes that Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of the Democratic House leader, signed "an exclusive two-year deal" with HBO "that will likely yield a sequel to her <a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/dispatch/2002-0301/screens_feature.html">documentary</a> on the 2000 presidential election, <i>Journeys With George</i>." <a href="http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/politics/DailyNews/TheNote.html" >The Note</a> says Pelosi was spotted with her camera at Sen. Joseph Lieberman's <a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/001156.html">announcement</a> yesterday. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Alexandra Pelosi ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Bush May Get Southern Challenge STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY:

DATE: 01/14/2003 01:30:47 PM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.southerncaucus.org/donniekennedy.htm">Dixie Daily News</a> says that "Southern heritage activist" Donnie Kennedy, author of <i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1589800400/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/">The South Was Right</a></i>, is considering challenging President Bush for the Republican Presidential Nomination in 2004 after forcing Sen. Trent Lott's resignation as Senate Majority Leader and because of his "groveling and sniveling at the feet of the PC crowd." <a href="http://thescrum.blogspot.com/#87425268">The Scrum</a> says the strategy would be "to run Kennedy in Republican primaries only in Southern states." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Donnie Kennedy ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Kerry Focuses On New Hampshire STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/14/2003 12:51:59 PM ----BODY: Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) "has hired his first two paid staffers in New Hampshire for his presidential run," the <a href="http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/014/nation/Kerry_fills_campaign_p osts-.shtml">Boston Globe</a> reports. <br /><br /> <b>Update</b>: An <a href="http://americanresearchgroup.com/nhpoll/nhp41a.shtml">American Research Group</a> poll shows Kerry "leads in ballot preference among likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire. Preference for Kerry

is at 27%, with Howard Dean in second at 15%. 38% of likely Democratic voters, however, remain undecided." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: John Kerry ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Two Years Is A Long Time STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/14/2003 10:47:22 AM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/014/nation/Fortunes_of_a_presiden t_hard_to_read_at_midterm+.shtml">Boston Globe</a>'s David Shribman has an excellent piece that looks at how the Democrats "are trying to calibrate their strategies to the man they are seeking to defeat" in the 2004 presidential election. <br /><br /> The piece also provides a historical warning to Bush backers: "Bush's approval rating of 63 percent in the Gallup Poll after two years in office is only 1 percentage point higher than that received by Lyndon B. Johnson at the two-year mark of his presidency. Even so, Johnson, whose ratings had fallen to 46 percent by January 1967, was essentially chased out of office by the spring of 1968, the pressure coming from the very Democratic political figures he so dominated when the election season was gearing up."<br /><br /> <b>Update</b>: <a href="http://nationaljournal.com/about/cookcolumn.htm">Charlie Cook</a>'s email sends a similar message: "History tells us there is absolutely no relationship between a president's job approval rating during his first 33 months in office and whether he was subsequently re-elected." ----EXTENDED BODY:

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Just In Time For The Election STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/14/2003 10:18:11 AM ----BODY: A new video, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000633W5/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/"><i>Just The Facts - The Election Process in America</i></a>, "explains the electoral college, and how we actually elect our government officials. It explains concepts and terms like suffrage, disfranchisement, lobbyists and political action committees, and it explores ways in which the election process might be improved, in the wake of the hotly contested Bush-Gore race for the Presidency." ----EXTENDED BODY: B0000633W5 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: electoral college ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Bush Approval Falls Below 60 Percent STATUS: Publish

ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/14/2003 09:09:35 AM ----BODY: A <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/politicselections/2003-01-13bush-poll_x.htm">USA Today/CNN/Gallup</a> poll found President Bush's job approval rating "below 60% for the first time" since before 9/11. <a href="http://www.mydd.com/archives/000376.html#000376">J.B. Armstrong</a> reviews the numbers -- and they don't look good for Bush. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Bush approval ratings ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: A Book Is The First Step Towards The White House STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/14/2003 08:56:07 AM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0114/p01s01uspo.html">Christian Science Monitor</a> reviews the role of books in presidential campaigns. "First comes the announcement. Then the obligatory trips to Iowa and New Hampshire. And now, inevitably, there's another rite of passage on the road to the White House: Authorship." <br /><br /> "Consider this week's release of <i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/074322938X/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/">An Amazing Adventure</a></i>, Sen. Joseph Lieberman and his

wife, Hadassah's, account of their time on the 2000 campaign. Sen. John Edwards, for his part, is writing a memoir about his work as a trial lawyer. Sen. John Kerry has asked historian Douglas Brinkley to write a book focusing on his time in Vietnam." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: political books ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Graham Escalates Campaign Planning STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/14/2003 08:49:38 AM ----BODY: Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL) "plans to broaden the reach of his exploratory presidential efforts by sending a letter to thousands of donors and friends seeking input about a possible run," <a href="http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/politics/DailyNews/Graham_010313 .html">ABC News</a> reports. <br /><br /> But the <a href="http://www.sptimes.com/2003/01/14/State/Graham_works_to_prote.shtml ">St. Petersburg Times</a> notes there are "signs that his support could be soft even in his own back yard," so Graham is "working to keep Democratic rivals from making early inroads in Florida." And the <a href="http://www.theunionleader.com/articles_show.html?article=17325">Man chester Union Leader</a> notes Graham has yet to contact New Hampshire party leaders. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Lieberman Memoir Suggests More Aggressive Campaign STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/14/2003 08:46:04 AM ----BODY: "In his new campaign memoir, <i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/074322938X/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/">An Amazing Adventure</a></i>, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) paints himself as more aggressive than his advisers," <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/politicselections/2003-01-13lieberman_x.htm">USA Today</a> reports. "His instinct was to challenge Dick Cheney in the 2000 vice-presidential debate, but he was told to be upbeat." <br /><br /> One indication Lieberman is going to run a bold campaign, comes from the <a href="http://www.ctnow.com/news/custom/newsat3/hcjoe1014.artjan14,0,5711002.story">Hartford Courant</a> story on his presidential campaign announcement: "Unlike other candidates, who have teased the public with their 'intentions' to run and promised an elaborate series of media events to make it official, Lieberman was firm and unequivocal." And the <a href="http://www.dmregister.com/news/stories/c4789004/20220161.html">Des Moines Register</a> notes Lieberman does intend to compete in the Iowa caucuses. The <a href="http://www.newhavenregister.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=6688187&BRD=12 81&PAG=461&dept_id=7573&rfi=6">New Haven Register</a> says Lieberman's campaign "marches into some key early primary and caucus states next week, including Michigan, Iowa, New Hampshire, Arizona and South Carolina." <br /><br /> Lieberman is already ripping Hollywood. <a href="http://au.news.yahoo.com/030114/11/isya.html">Variety</a> says "Lieberman didn't miss a beat Monday in promising to help families fight off Hollywood's bad influence on kids." ----EXTENDED BODY: 074322938X

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: GOP Seeks Black Voters STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/14/2003 08:40:17 AM ----BODY: Republican leaders agreed "to set benchmarks for the party to gauge how well it is doing in grooming black candidates, hiring black staff members and acting on issues of concern to black voters," the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/14/politics/14REPU.html">New York Times</a> reports. <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/01/13/gop.blacks/index.html\">C NN</a> notes the proposals came while "top Republican leaders met with a small group of black conservatives Monday in an effort to undo some of the damage inflicted by comments made last month by former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott." <br /><br /> Meanwhile, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/14/politics/14APPO.html">New York Times</a> says Democrats have angered the Congressional Black Caucus with the decision by House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi to pass over popular black lawmaker Rep. William Jefferson to be chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: black voters -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Lieberman Is In STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/13/2003 10:17:11 PM ----BODY: As expected, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) "today stood in room 101 of Stamford high school, his alma mater, and declared he is running for president," the <a href="http://www.ctnow.com/news/specials/hc-joeliebannc.story">Hartford Courant</a> reports. The <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A485452003Jan13.html">Washington Post</a> notes the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A502432003Jan13.html">text</a> of Lieberman's announcement statement never mentioned President Bush by name, a sharp contrast to some of the rhetoric emanating from other Democratic presidential candidates who have sharply attacked the president's policies." <a href="http://www.necn.com/emailjump.asp?contentid={6E1720B7-F738-447692E5-8D1D1BA0B8A0}">NECN</a> has video. <br /><br /> <i>Saturday Night Live</i>'s Jimmy Fallon previewed the event: "On Monday, Senator Joe Lieberman will announce his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination while speaking at his old high school. To recreate the feel of his old high school days, Senator Lieberman will make the announcement from inside a locker." <br /><br /> Meanwhile, Republicans wasted no time posting <a href="http://www.gop.com/Newsroom/RNCResearch/Research011303.htm">opposit ion research</a>. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Joseph Lieberman ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: O'Neill Blasts Bush Tax Plan STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/13/2003 10:07:27 PM ----BODY: Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill said that President Bush's tax plan "would do little or nothing to improve the U.S. economy," <a href="http://www.iht.com/articles/83217.html">Bloomberg</a> reports. Regardless of the policy impact, <a href="http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/opedcolumnists/53035.htm">Dick Morris</a> thinks it's good politics. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Paul O'Neill ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Will Lott Seek Revenge? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/13/2003 01:47:20 PM ----BODY: With "speculation swirling" that Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) "is going to find ways to get back at" President Bush for pushing him out of the Majority Leader job, "Hill aides are buzzing about one lever Lott could exploit to

get some revenge," according to <a href="http://rollcall.com/issues/48_47/hoh/160-1.html">Roll Call</a>'s <i>Heard on the Hill</i>. "As chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, Lott would oversee the next presidential inaugural ceremony in January 2005, right down to building the stage where the president gets sworn in. 'Make sure there's not a trap door,' cracked one senior GOP aide, who has already been dreaming up possibilities for Lott to tweak Bush." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Trent Lott ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Discontent In The GOP Senate STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/13/2003 01:42:46 PM ----BODY: At their session-opening "retreat," <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/output/novak/cst-edt-novak13.html">Robert Novak</a> says Republican senators "complained bitterly of arrogance by the Bush administration, especially the Pentagon, in treatment of Congress along the road to war... According to administration sources, Bush is aware of the problem but has not yet addressed it. That constitutes one uncompleted war preparation." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Senate Republicans -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Kerry Goes To Iowa STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/13/2003 11:27:19 AM ----BODY: Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) "treks to wintry Iowa this weekend, scrambling to catch up with his Democratic presidential rivals who have already made strong inroads with party activists in the leadoff caucus state," the <a href="http://www2.bostonherald.com/news/national/kerr01132003.htm">Boston Herald</a> reports. Meanwhile, the <a href="http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/013/nation/Kerry_sets_tone_for_ca mpaign-.shtml">Boston Globe</a> assesses Kerry's campaign. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: John Kerry ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Edwards Bucks Conventional Wisdom STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/13/2003 11:24:20 AM -----

BODY: "Conventional wisdom says" Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) "is too inexperienced to be elected to the presidency" and "would be better served to temper his ambitions" until 2008, "but sometimes conventional wisdom can be turned on its head by bold risk-takers," the <a href="http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/states/north_carol ina/counties/catawba/4928480.htm">Charlotte Observer</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: John Edwards ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Dodd Unlikely To Make White House Bid STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/13/2003 11:22:47 AM ----BODY: Friends of Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) say he's not likely to run for president and "point to his relatively young marriage, and his year-old daughter Grace, and predict now may not be the time to spend two years on the road," the <a href="http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1281&dept_id=31007&newsid=66 79170&PAG=461&rfi=9">New Haven Register</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Christopher Dodd -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Biden Will Wait Until Fall STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/13/2003 10:00:29 AM ----BODY: Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) "said he will make a decision by fall at the latest on whether to run for president," the <a href="http://www.delawareonline.com/newsjournal/local/2003/01/13bidentoma kedeci.html">Wilmington News Journal</a> reports. <br /><br /> But if he's serious about running, he should probably read this <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-naprez12jan12004421,0,6189051.story">Los Angeles Times</a> article about why the race "is starting quickly and may end earlier than ever before." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Joseph Biden ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Graham Building Campaign Team STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/12/2003 12:12:22 PM -----

BODY: Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL) said "that he has begun building a political team to put him in the White House," the <a href="http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/state/4927399.htm">Miami Herald</a> reports. "Making his most pointed comments to date about a potential presidential campaign, Graham said he is interviewing potential campaign managers this week and that he has met with pollsters and media consultants -- the key building blocks of any big-time campaign." The <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A441972003Jan11.html">Washington Post</a> says Graham "came pretty close to joining the presidential derby yesterday, declaring he has 'the fire in the belly' to run for the Democratic nomination and laying out his themes." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Bob Graham ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: The Divided Texas STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/11/2003 11:50:48 PM ----BODY: Michael Lind's new book, <i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0465041213/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/">Made In Texas: George W. Bush and the Southern Takeover of American Politics</a></i>, "is a recounting of Texas history: the story of a divided state with two conflicting traditions," a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/12/books/review/12DALLEKT.html">New York Times</a> review says. "One is the Texas of Lyndon B. Johnson, Ross Perot and Sam Rayburn; it's 'a society eager to embrace the Space Age and the Information Age' and "a broadly egalitarian meritocracy, not a traditional social order stratified by caste and class." But George W. Bush's conservative Texas is "a society with a primitive economy based on agriculture, livestock, petroleum and mining, with a poorly educated

population of workers lacking health protection and job safety" and "a cruel caste society in which the white, brown and black majority labor for inadequate rewards while a cultivated but callous oligarchy of rich white families and their hirelings in the professions dominate the economy, politics and the rarefied air of academic and museum culture." ----EXTENDED BODY: 0465041213 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Michael Lind ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: In Illinois, Ryan Empties Death Row STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/11/2003 11:50:08 PM ----BODY: Illinois Gov. George Ryan (R) "commuted the sentences of every inmate" on the state's Death Row, "the most dramatic step by a governor on the issue in U.S. history," the <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi030111clemency,1,6393681.story?coll=chi%2Dnews%2Dhed">Chicago Tribune</a> reports. Quoting former Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, Ryan said "Because the Illinois death penalty system is arbitrary and capricious -and therefore immoral -- I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death." The <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nwsdeath11.html">Chicago Sun Times</a> says Ryan "contemplated whether he'd be able to live with himself and decided he had no choice but to commute all the sentences." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS:

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Frist Had An Early Taste For Politics STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/11/2003 11:35:17 PM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A424882003Jan11.html">Washington Post</a> profiles Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and counters the image that he's a relative political novice. "By the rhythms of his life and the values of his family, the leap wasn't so peculiar: The man who just took over as Senate majority leader had been behaving in political ways since his youth. An examination of the influences and experiences that shaped Frist, 50, reveals an almost instinctive opportunism that belies his studious demeanor." <a href="http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=B1C44950-88F7-4C2F91AD2EF60C0095C5">Voice of America</a> has a more traditional profile of Frist's "meteoric rise." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Bill Frist ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Payback Time For Shays STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0

PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/10/2003 01:34:06 PM ----BODY: <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/01/09/political.punishment/inde x.html">CNN</a> reports campaign finance reform advocate Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) "now knows the political price for bucking his party's leaders last year and forcing a landmark bill to the floor over their objections: He will not get the long-coveted chairmanship of a powerful House committee." The <a href="http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=6657861&BRD=1281&PAG=461& dept_id=31007&rfi=6">New Haven Register</a> says Shays "refused to use the word retribution... but acknowledged that his unrelenting battle to reform campaign funding played a role in the decision." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Christopher Shays ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Dean Begins Campaign STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/10/2003 08:41:15 AM ----BODY: In his first day as a former governor, Howard Dean kicked off his presidential campaign in Vermont, the <a href="http://www.reformer.com/Stories/0,1413,102%257E8862%257E1100534,00. html">Brattleboro Reformer</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY:

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Graham Meets With Buffett STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/10/2003 08:36:16 AM ----BODY: Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL) "met with billionaire investor Warren Buffett on Thursday in Washington in the latest step in his exploration of a possible presidential bid," the <a href="http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/local/4913331.htm">AP< /a> reports. Buffett "is a longtime friend" of Graham "and has supported the senator since he first ran for Florida governor in 1978." <br /><br /> The <a href="http://www.usforacle.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/01/09/3e1d7751ad4 58">University of South Florida Oracle</a> notes "reports around the state" suggest that "it is only a matter of time" until Graham enters the 2004 race for the presidency. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Bob Graham ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Hart To Meet With Iowa Supporters STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/10/2003 08:34:55 AM ----BODY: Gary Hart (D) will meet with Iowa supporters "this month in Des Moines to gauge interest in a 2004 comeback," the <a href="http://www.dmregister.com/news/stories/c4789004/20191919.html">Des Moines Register</a> reports. The <a href="http://rockymountainnews.com/drmn/politics/article/0,1299,DRMN_35_1 664492,00.html">Rocky Mountain News</a> notes Hart "said he'd make up his mind by April, perhaps the end of March." <br /><br /> Meanwhile, Hart is giving strategy advice. The <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%257E64%257E1100061,00.h tml">Denver Post</a> says Hart "told a meeting of House Democrats on Thursday that their party has ceded national security to Republicans for too long and suggested ways for the party to assert itself on homeland security." The <a href="http://www.ctnow.com/news/politics/hchart0110.artjan10,0,1497064.story?coll=hc%2Dheadlines%2Dpolitics">Hartfor d Courant</a> says Hart "still commands attention. A sizable number of reporters turned out as Hart returned to the Capitol, where he served as a senator from 1975 to 1987, to talk to House Democrats about national and homeland security, subjects he's been studying for years." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Gary Hart ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Greens Take Power In San Francisco STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0

ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/10/2003 08:28:59 AM ----BODY: San Francisco, "long a stronghold of the Democratic Party," got a jolt when Green Party candidate Matt Gonzalez "made history by landing the powerful post of Board of Supervisors president," the <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgibin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/01/09/MN206530.DTL">San Francisco Chronicle</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Green Party ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Behind California's Budget Mess STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/10/2003 08:17:01 AM ----BODY: California Gov. Gray Davis (D) "says the state faces a shocking $35 billion budget gap due to falling tax revenue. But the problem is as much political as it is economic as conflicting voter initiatives tie Sacramento's hands," the <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB1042150381682183024,00.html?mod= politics%5Fprimary%5Fhs">Wall Street Journal</a> reports. "California voters have restricted their elected representatives with a succession of ballot initiatives that are in severe tension with one another."<br /><br />

Meanwhile, the <a href="http://www2.ocregister.com/ocrweb/ocr/article.do?id=19983&section=N EWS&year=2003&month=1&day=10">Los Angeles Daily News</a> says that his State of the State speech, Davis "used the same ideas and many of the same words that President Clinton used in his first State of the Union address -- a similarity so striking that it prompted charges Thursday of plagiarism." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Gray Davis ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: In Arizona, Group Urges Primary Challenge To McCain STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/10/2003 08:12:02 AM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.clubforgrowth.org/">Club for Growth</a> has targeted Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for defeat in 2004, the <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB1042154401132797304,00.html?mod= politics%5Fsecondary%5Fstories%5Fhs">Wall Street Journal</a>'s <i>Washington Wire</i> reports. Steve Moore, head of the antitax group, concedes McCain's "off the charts" popularity with independents and Democrats, but says he's beatable in a primary. He's told <a href="http://www.house.gov/flake/">Rep. Jeff Flake</a> (R-AZ) that he can raise $1 million for him in a primary challenge. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: John McCain

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Can Someone Answer This Question? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/09/2003 03:05:38 PM ----BODY: Check out this interesting exchange from a recent <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/01/200301061.html#8">White House press briefing</a> in which reporter Russell Mokhiber wants to know how many convicted criminals work for the Bush administration. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: criminals in the white house ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: The Most Powerful President Since Reagan STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/09/2003 02:50:38 PM ----BODY:

<a href="http://www.economist.com/printedition/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=152 6970">The Economist</a> notes "George Bush bestrides the American political world like a colossus: the most powerful president since Ronald Reagan. The Republicans have majorities in both houses of Congress. Mr Bush's poll ratings haven't fallen below 60% since September 11th. Even his disasters turn into triumphs: look at the way the White House replaced Trent Lott, the self-outed segregationist, with the more sympathetic Bill Frist as Senate leader." ----EXTENDED BODY: B00005NIP1 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Bush power ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Kerry Opens Capitol Hill Headquarters STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/09/2003 10:56:40 AM ----BODY: "Invoking the spirit of President Woodrow Wilson, Sen. John Kerry (DMass.) has opened a Capitol Hill headquarters for his presidential campaign," <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/issues/48_46/news/1251.html">Roll Call</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: John Kerry -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: McCain Will Run For Re-Election STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/09/2003 10:55:06 AM ----BODY: "Despite swirling rumors to the contrary, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is set to run for a fourth term in 2004, according to several sources familiar with his thinking," <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/issues/48_46/news/128-1.html">Roll Call</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: 0375505423 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: John McCain ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Bush And Cheney Were Time's "Person Of The Year" STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/09/2003 08:52:37 AM ----BODY: "According to four <i>Time</i> sources, the magazine had prepared a Person of the Year cover commemorating the partnership between Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. But it fell through after the White House

balked at giving the magazine access for such a presentation. Bush aides reportedly preferred that their boss appear alone on the cover," the <a href="http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/archives/media/2003/media0110.ht ml">Washington City Paper</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Time person of the year ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Dean Is A Full Time Candidate STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/09/2003 08:47:47 AM ----BODY: Outgoing Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) said farewell in a speech to the state Legislature, "praising Vermonters for their 'strong rural values of community' and saying those values should be a model for the nation," the <a href="http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/bfpnews/news/1000h.htm">Burlingt on Free Press</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Howard Dean ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Hart Will Decide In The Spring STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/09/2003 08:45:37 AM ----BODY: Former Sen. Gary Hart (D-CO) said that he will decide this spring whether to run for president, "after four major policy speeches and some strategic visits to key states," the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A308052003Jan8.html">Washington Post</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Gary Hart ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Kerry Will Be Competitive In Iowa STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/09/2003 08:44:09 AM ----BODY: Many believe Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry's (D) choice of former Iowa Democratic Party Chairman John Norris "to run his Iowa operations is a sign that Kerry plans a serious caucus campaign even with Missouri Rep. Dick Gephardt in the field," the <a href="http://www.dmregister.com/news/stories/c4789004/20181574.html">Des Moines Register</a> reports. The <a

href="http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/009/nation/Kerry_s_new_look_campa ign_relies_on_a_few_key_players-.shtml">Boston Globe</a> says Kerry is promising a more professional campaign.<br /><br /> Meanwhile, the <a href="http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/009/nation/In_2_states_a_step_for ward+.shtml">Boston Globe</a> quotes outgoing South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges (D) who "said that Kerry could play well in his home state... He cited Kerry's military record, which could boost him in a state with a sizable number of military installations." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: John Kerry ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Thomas Gets Million Dollar Advance For Memoirs STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/09/2003 08:26:27 AM ----BODY: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has agreed to sell his memoirs to Harper Collins for a seven-figure advance, the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A306742003Jan8.html">Washington Post</a> reports. The deal "appears to be the most lucrative ever for a sitting member of the modern Supreme Court."<br /><br /> <b>Update</b>: The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/10/politics/10BOOK.html">New York Times</a> puts the book advance at $1.5 million. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT:

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Frum Book Is Nothing Special STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/09/2003 08:17:38 AM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/09/books/09KAKU.html">New York Times</a> blasts David Frum's new book: "What is surprising about <i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0375509038/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/">The Right Man</a></i> is how tired, disingenuous and knee-jerk so many of its arguments are." The book "is less an insider's view of the Bush White House than a shrill polemic about the administration's response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 and its campaign against Saddam Hussein." The review concludes that Frum's "penchant for facile analogies and bellicose language underscores the dogmatic, hectoring tone of this book, a book that plays solely to readers who already share all of his certainties and that makes no effort to persuade others through historical knowledge, foreign policy acumen or simple logic." ----EXTENDED BODY: 0375509038 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: David Frum ------------

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TITLE: Lott Says He Will Not Seek Revenge STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/08/2003 10:52:12 PM ----BODY: Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) "began the new Congress this week as the junior senator from Mississippi, but he vowed he would not seek revenge against those who ousted him from power," the <a href="http://www.clarionledger.com/news/0301/08/m05.html">Jackson Clarion-Ledger</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Trent Lott ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Governing With A Bold Stroke STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/08/2003 10:47:57 PM ----BODY: "Call it boldness, or even chutzpah, but it is no accident that President Bush twice this week stunned the capital with uncompromising proposals," the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wpdyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A304132003Jan8&notFound=true">Washington Post</a>'s Dana Millbank writes. "Democrats warn that Bush's in-your-face tactic ultimately will backfire."<br /><br />

<b>Update</b>: <a href="http://www.economist.com/agenda/displayStory.cfm?story_id=1522347"> The Economist</a> says "Bush’s new economic stimulus package is bigger and bolder than previously expected. But will it work? And will it help Mr Bush’s re-election prospects?"<br /><br /> The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/09/politics/09ECON.html">New York Times</a> suggests a backlash on Bush's economic plan may be starting: "A number of moderate Senate Democrats said that they opposed eliminating the tax on dividend payments, clouding the prosepects for the new Bush economic plan." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Bush governing ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Zell Miller Retiring From Senate STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/08/2003 03:48:32 PM ----BODY: Sen. Zell Miller (D-GA) announced "he won't seek re-election in 2004 -- a move that could complicate Democratic efforts to retake the Senate," the <a href="http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/0103/08miller.html">AP</a> reports. "The surprise decision came in a statement in which Miller explained he was making the announcement early so that others could prepare to run for the seat."<br /><br /> <b>Update</b>: The <a href="http://www.macon.com/mld/macon/4904599.htm">Macon Telegraph</a> says Miller's decision "was bad news for Democrats, good news for Republicans and intriguing news for a handful of state leaders who suspect that a seat in the U.S. Senate would fit them just fine." The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/09/politics/09MILL.html">New York

Times</a> says "the field seeking to replace Miller is likely to be large." The <a href="http://apt.mywebpal.com/news_tool_v2.cfm?pnpID=7&CategoryID=268&Sto ryID=10091036&show=localnews">Marietta Daily Journal</a> says outgoing Gov. Roy Barnes (D) "has ruled out running for the seat," while Republican Reps. Johnny Isakson and Mac Collins are mulling bids." Former Rep. Bob Barr (R) and former Sen. Max Cleland (D) -- "who both lost their seats last year -- were unavailable for comment Wednesday night." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Zell Miller ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: The Hottest Political Story STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/08/2003 02:05:05 PM ----BODY: <i>The Hotline</i> previews "the hottest under-the radar political story" over the next two months. At the DNC winter meeting, many states may be looking to change their presidential primary dates. "The wrangling will be over moving these primaries to February -- just after the January '04 IA caucuses and NH primary. DNC rule changes have moved up the window to hold other state primaries from the 1st Tues. in March to the 1st Tues. in Feb. Already, two states have taken advantage of that window and have announced moves to Feb. 3 -- South Carolina and Missouri. But believe it or not, those are the ONLY dates set in stone."<br /><br /> The <a href="http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/opinion/4861577.htm">D allas Morning News</a> notes that later this month "party officials say at least four others are likely to move" the dates of their primaries to February -- Michigan, Arizona, Delaware and Washington. And many others also could do so, including the large states with the most delegates." -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Was Sharpton Raising Money Illegally? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/08/2003 01:53:23 PM ----BODY: Although Al Sharpton <a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/001109.html">denied</a> that he's done anything wrong with his exploratory fundraising, <a href="http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/politics/DailyNews/TheNote.html" >The Note</a> is still questioning his actions. "A Republican lawyer says that so long as Sharpton didn't do anything that would be considered candidate-like, he might be able to get away with not filing. FEC rules are fuzzy... But, we do have to ask: would any other 'serious' candidate for president be allowed to get away with something like this with this little press and opposition and interest group scrutiny?" ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Al Sharpton ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: 2003 Weblog Awards STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/08/2003 11:26:54 AM ----BODY: <a href="http://www.fairvue.com/awards2003/">Nominate</a> your favorite political weblog for a Bloggie Award. Nominations end Sunday, January 12, 2003. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: weblog awards ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Schumer To Block Pickering Nomination STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/08/2003 11:19:05 AM ----BODY: <a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/thecorner/03_01_05_cornerarchive.asp#002409">Byron York</a> says Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) "will announce this morning that he will filibuster the nomination of Charles Pickering to a place on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT:

----KEYWORDS: Charles Pickering ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: The Battle On The Hill STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/08/2003 10:46:09 AM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/01/07/capitol.newspapers.ap/ind ex.html">AP</a> covers the other battle on Capitol Hill that started this week: <a href="http://rollcall.com">Roll Call</a> vs. <a href="http://thehill.com">The Hill</a>. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: capitol newspapers ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Back To The Future STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY:

DATE: 01/08/2003 09:08:03 AM ----BODY: "The early contours of the 2004 presidential campaign became clear Tuesday. And they very much resemble <a href="http://www.multied.com/elections/1896.html">1896</a>, one of the first times that Democrats labeled Republicans the party of big business and the rich and themselves the champions of the vast working (now middle) class," the <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi0301080322jan08,1,1455476.story">Chicago Tribune</a> reports. <br /><br /> <a href="http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/politics/DailyNews/TheNote.html" >The Note</a> makes an important observation: "On the economic plan, Democrats are mystified that the president would propose such a -- as they see it -- political loser. But it may take significantly more message/communications and political deftness than the Democrats recently have shown, circa 1999-2003, to make the president pay a political price for proposing measures that, no matter how you slice it, disproportionately benefit the rich."<br /><br /> However, <a href="http://thehill.com/campaign/010803.aspx">The Hill</a> reminds readers that "Two years can be an eternity in politics."<br /><br /> For background, <a href="http://iberia.vassar.edu/1896/1896home.html">Vassar College</a> has a collection of political cartoons and commentary from the 1896 campaign, "one of the most exciting and complicated in U.S. history." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: 2004 presidential campaign ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: After Daschle's Decision STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0

PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/08/2003 08:44:43 AM ----BODY: "Republicans are expected to nominate former Rep. John Thune (R-SD) to run for the Senate against Daschle in 2004," the <a href="http://www.dmregister.com/news/stories/c4789004/20171489.html">Des Moines Register</a> reports. "Thune, the handpicked candidate of President Bush, narrowly lost to Sen. Tim Johnson last year in what was seen as a proxy war between Bush and Daschle." <br /><br /> Meanwhile, <a href="http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/politics/DailyNews/Daschle_03010 7.html">ABC News</a> says Daschle will focus on trying to regain the Senate. And <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20030108/4760747s.htm">USA Today</a> notes that Daschle "made clear at his news conference that he wasn't ruling out a future presidential bid."<br /><br /> Meanwhile, the <a href="http://www.newseum.org/media/dfp/pdf7/SD_SFAL.pdf">Newseum</a> memorializes the <i>Argus Leader</i>'s scoop in yesterday's paper that declared Daschle was running for president. An <a href="http://www.argusleader.com/news/Wednesdayarticle2.shtml">Argus Leader</a> letter to readers explains what went wrong. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Daschle ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Edwards Has "Raw Talent" STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY:

DATE: 01/08/2003 08:43:18 AM ----BODY: <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A250282003Jan7.html">David Broder</a> is impressed with Sen. John Edwards and thinks the attention given to his annoucement last week was jusified: "Edwards brings enough solid assets to the wide-open race that his credentials are worth examining -- even if his shortcomings are also apparent." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Sen. John Edwards ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Graham Looks Like A Candidate STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/08/2003 08:41:18 AM ----BODY: Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL) "is courting big-money donors and seeking the counsel of experienced strategists as he moves quickly toward an expected campaign for president," the <a href="http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/orlasecgraham08010803,0,994628.story">Orlando Sentinel</a> reports. The <a href="http://www.sptimes.com/2003/01/08/Worldandnation/Graham_looks_likel y_t.shtml">St. Petersburg Times</a> says Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D), "one of Graham's closest political advisers," and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) both believe that Graham "will launch a formal campaign soon." <br /><br /> A close friend of Graham's told <a href="http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/politics/DailyNews/TheNote.html" >The Note</a> yesterday "that whereas the Florida Democrat had a toe in the water in January, he now has dipped a full foot." -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Lieberman Will Announce Monday STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/08/2003 08:38:54 AM ----BODY: As <a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/001092.html">reported</a> earlier this week, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) "will announce his intention to run for president early next week in Connecticut," the <a href="http://www.newhavenregister.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=6628712&BRD=12 81&PAG=461&dept_id=7573&rfi=6">New Haven Register</a> reports. The <a href="http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/stories/20030107/localnews/7260 83.html">Norwich Bulletin</a> says Lieberman "will announce Monday at Stamford High School that he is officially forming an exploratory committee." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Joseph Lieberman ------------

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TITLE: Dodd Still Considers White House Bid STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/08/2003 08:36:50 AM ----BODY: With Sen. Tom Daschle remaining as Senate Democratic leader, Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) is still contemplating a presidential run and "reiterated his long-standing position Tuesday, saying his decision 'will not be influenced by the decisions of others,'" the <a href="http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/stories/20030108/localnews/7299 34.html">Norwich Bulletin</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Christopher Dodd ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: A Surprise Presidency STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/08/2003 08:33:47 AM ----BODY: Jon Karl reviews <i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0375509038/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/">The Right Man</a></i> by David Frum for the <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB1041992915853896584,00.html?mod= at%5Fleisure%5Fmain%5Freviews%5Fdays%5Fonly">Wall Street Journal</a>. "The book is part memoir, part political analysis. The memoir makes for the more compelling reading: Mr. Frum writes with wit and style, and with

an eye for detail. The analysis takes up the post-Sept. 11 transformation itself, although Mr. Frum still seems unsure about just how it happened." <a href="http://thehill.com/news/010803/excerpt.aspx">The Hill</a> runs exclusive excerpts of the book.<br /><br/> The <a href="http://www.nysun.com/sunarticle.asp?artID=459">New York Sun</a> notes "Political memoirs by ex-staffers of a sitting president are almost inevitably seen as betrayals." Of Frum's book, the reviewer notes it "contradicts" Bob Woodward's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0743204735/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/"><i>Bush At War</i></a> "at every turn." ----EXTENDED BODY: 0375509038 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: David Frum ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Email Becomes Effective Campaign Tool STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/08/2003 08:00:18 AM ----BODY: <a href="http://thehill.com/morris/010803.aspx">Dick Morris</a> observes a recent shift in political campaign strategy: "One of the most interesting lessons to emerge from the midterm elections is the power of massive e-mailing to effect outcomes in closely fought elections. In the first experiment of its kind, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) used emailing to win his closely contested race for reelection... The effectiveness of e-mailing in Huckabee’s Arkansas race serves as a preliminary indication of the future transformation of politics from television to the Internet." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT:

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Why Daschle Didn't Run? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/07/2003 11:06:05 PM ----BODY: <a href="http://slate.msn.com/id/2076464/">Chatterbox</a> answers <a href="http://thescrum.blogspot.com/#87069618">The Scrum</a>'s question about what changed to make Sen. Tom Daschle no longer want to run for president: "He's got a big problem. Her name is Linda." And she's a <a href="http://www.bakerdonelson.com/baker/advisor.cfm?advisorID=71">corpor ate lobbyist</a>. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Daschle ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: The Teflon Veep STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY:

CATEGORY: DATE: 01/07/2003 10:08:20 PM ----BODY: <a href="http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2001/0301.marshall.html"> Josh Marshall</a> explains how it is "that Vice-President Dick Cheney manages to be responsible for pretty much every major goof-up that's happened on the Bush administration's watch and yet still maintains his rep as the shrewdest operator and surest hand in the administration." <br /><br /> And he makes a prediction: "Cheney is lucky; as vice president, he can't be fired. But his terrible judgment will, at some point, become impossible even for the Beltway crowd not to see." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Dick Cheney ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Sharpton Denies Charges STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/07/2003 04:40:22 PM ----BODY: In an interview with <a href="http://PoliticsNH.com">PoliticsNH.com</a>, Al Sharpton addresses the <a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/001076.html">charges</a> made last week by <a href="http://politics1.com">Politics1</a> that he's been illegally raising money for a presidential exploratory committee. ----EXTENDED BODY: -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Daschle Will Not Run In 2004 STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/07/2003 01:41:20 PM ----BODY: Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) will not run for president, the <a href="http://nytimes.com/2003/01/07/politics/07WIRE-DASCH.html">AP</a> reports. In a statement, Daschle said he gave "serious consideration" to running. But he noted, "My passion lies here in the Senate serving the people of South Dakota and fighting for working families all across America." However, <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/issues/1_1/breakingnews/84-1.html">Roll Call</a> notes Daschle, "who is up for re-election in 2004, did not definitively say he would run for re-election." <br /><br /> The <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A220642003Jan7.html">Washington Post</a> says "Daschle's announcement caught others in his party by surprise" and that his "abrupt decision once again shook up the race for the Democratic nomination." Earlier, <a href="http://www.argusleader.com/news/Tuesdayfeature.shtml">Gannett News Service</a> said Daschle was "telling confidants and friends he will run for president and could make an announcement in South Dakota as early as this weekend." <a href="http://thescrum.blogspot.com/#87069618">The Scrum</a> asks for an explanation: "We are eagerly awaiting a good ticktock on what happened to Daschle in the past twenty-four hours to change the Minority Leader's mind."<br /><br /> <b>Update</b>: The <a href="http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/articles/2003/01/07/news/local/news 06.txt">Rapid City Journal</a> notes that Daschle "will turn over to editors a first draft of <i>Like No Other Time</i> in late March. The book, to be published in the fall, will chronicle his governing and political maneuvers during one of our nation's most remarkable times." -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Cuomo Tries To Give Democrats Voice STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/07/2003 01:17:42 PM ----BODY: Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo "is pushing the Democratic Party to sharpen its differences with the Republicans on issues such as tax cuts and Iraq," the <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/wire/Politics/ap20030107_168.html">AP</a> reports. Cuomo said "the party lost the Senate and failed to win the House because it didn't offer an alternative to President Bush and the GOP." Towards this end, he a gave <a href="http://www.excelsiorgroup.org/Speeches/national%20press%20club%2001 0703.pdf">speech</a> today at the National Press Club and launched a new <a href="http://www.excelsiorgroup.org/index.htm">website</a> "to foster an important dialogue about the issues that matter most to the American people." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Mario Cuomo ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Lieberman Leads STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/07/2003 01:11:39 PM ----BODY: According to the latest <a href="http://zogby.com/news/ReadNews.dbm?ID=664">Zogby poll</a>, Sen. Joseph Lieberman leads rivals for the 2004 Democratic nomination with 11 percent, followed by Sen. John Kerry and Sen. John Edwards, both at 9 percent. Rep. Dick Gephardt is next at 8 percent and Sen. Tom Daschle follows at 7 percent. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Democratic presidential nomination ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Don't Mess With Rove STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/07/2003 11:01:12 AM ----BODY: <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A193262003Jan6.html">The Reliable Source</a> has seen the forthcoming biography of Karl Rove, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0471423270/ref=nosim/youwonn

owwhat/"><i>Bush's Brain</i></a> by James Moore and Wayne Slater, and suggests you might want to think twice about living next door to President Bush's chief political advisor. ----EXTENDED BODY: 0471423270 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Karl Rove ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Clark Meets With McAuliffe STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/07/2003 10:46:32 AM ----BODY: <a href="http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/politics/DailyNews/TheNote.html" >The Note</a> "has been told that retired Gen. Wesley Clark plans to lunch with Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe today at the Army-Navy Club." This will surely generate more rumors of a possible presidential run.<br /><br /> Meanwhile, Clark expounds on foreign policy in the <a href="http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2001/0209.clark.html">Was hington Monthly</a>, sounding themes from fellow Democrat Joe Nye's book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0195150880/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/"><i>The Paradox of American Power: Why the World's Only Superpower Can't Go It Alone</i></a>: "In the war on terrorism, alliances are not an obstacle to victory. They're the key to it." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: -----

KEYWORDS: Wesley Clark ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: First Book By A Bush White House Insider STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/07/2003 10:38:35 AM ----BODY: "In the first insider book about the Bush White House," former speech writer David Frum "delivers a mixed verdict on the Bush presidency, presenting a look that is at once sharply critical but also unstinting in its praise," the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-nabook7jan07001441,0,589913.story">Los Angeles Times</a> reports. The <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/gossip/story/49393p46368c.html">New York Daily News</a> has also seen a copy. ----EXTENDED BODY: 0375509038 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: David Frum ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Media Takes Aim At Ventura STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY:

CATEGORY: DATE: 01/07/2003 09:18:40 AM ----BODY: Jesse Ventura is today's case study for our lesson in managing the media. (See yesterday's <a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/001091.html">installment</a> for lessons from President Bush.) <a href="http://www.editorandpublisher.com/editorandpublisher/headlines/arti cle_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1788727">Editor and Publisher</a> says that "Ventura never really had the talent to demagogue the media the way pros such as Spiro Agnew and George Wallace could in the 1960s or Hugo Chavez can today. More pouter than populist, tough-guy Jesse Ventura threw hissy fits instead of roundhouse rights... Ventura's press-bashing was so clumsy that he couldn't even make the news media look arrogant." <br /><br /> Brian Lambert, media critic for the <a href="http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/news/local/4887389.htm"> St. Paul Pioneer Press</a>, says "By my reckoning, today is Tuesday, the day after we in 'the media' were to begin 'fearing' our formerly esteemed governor." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Jesse Ventura ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Candidates Face Compressed Primary Season STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/07/2003 08:51:30 AM ----BODY: "Like birds on a wire, Democratic presidential wannabes are flapping their wings and leaving the perch at the same time. Or are they more akin

to lemmings?" <a href="http://www.thenation.com/capitalgames/index.mhtml?bid=3&pid=272">Th e Nation</a>'s David Corn asks. Democratic presidential candidates have "strong motivation to move fast," with frontloaded primaries meaning "there won't be much time for any one candidate to build momentum by winning here and there over the course of a couple months." <br /><br /> However, none of this stops the <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0107/p11s01-cogs.html">Christian Science Monitor</a>'s Godfrey Sperling from making an early prediction of the top contenders: "Don't be surprised too much if Mr. Lieberman and Mr. Kerry are still out front at primary time with Mr. Gephardt close behind."<br /><br /> <b>Update</b>: <a href="http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/opedcolumnists/52707.htm">Dick Morris</a> notes "The Democratic '04 sweepstakes will begin with a very odd situation: Each of the first three caucuses or primaries features a candidate from a state next door. And in politics today, a home-field advantage can kill you. Why? Because it raises expectations that are tough to meet." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Democratic presidential primaries ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Gephardt Will Not Run For Re-Election STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/07/2003 08:44:27 AM ----BODY: "Whether he wins or loses his bid for the presidency," Rep. Dick Gephardt (D-MO) "has decided against running for re-election next year to the U.S. House seat that he's held for 26 years," the <a

href="http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/News/0A34379ED51C 308B86256CA7001A33D7">St. Louis Post-Dispatch</a> reports. <br /><br /> Meanwhile, the <a href="http://www.dmregister.com/news/stories/c4789004/20161601.html">Des Moines Register</a> notes that Gephardt hired Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack's (D) 2002 campaign manager, "to run what the outgoing House minority leader hopes will be a second winning Iowa caucus campaign." And the <a href="http://www.theunionleader.com/articles_show.html?article=17149">Man chester Union Leader</a> notes Gephardt is no stranger to the Granite State either. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Gephardt ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Governors Tone Down Inaugural Celebrations STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/07/2003 08:30:02 AM ----BODY: "In keeping with the economically unsettled times, many governors-elect are settling for inaugural celebrations with a little less pomp and circumstance," <a href="http://stateline.org/story.do?storyId=280044">Stateline</a> reports. "Martinis, tuxedos and lobbyists are out. Barbecues, blue jeans and families are in." <br /><br/> They also provide a list of <a href="http://www.stateline.org/story.do?storyId=279780">inauguration dates</a> for the of the 36 governors elected elected last November. ----EXTENDED BODY: -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Clinton Moves Into Senate Leadership STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/07/2003 08:10:38 AM ----BODY: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) said that "she expected an announcement today of Democratic Senate leadership appointments, and an aide said she would probably be named chairwoman of the party's Steering and Coordination Committee," the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/07/nyregion/07HILL.html">New York Times</a> reports. <br /><br /> Meanwhile, a <a href="http://www.knoxstudio.com/shns/story.cfm?pk=POLITICALSPOUSES-01-0603&cat=WW">McClatchy Newspapers</a> piece observes: "Political spouses used to be women walking demurely behind their husbands and listening with fixed smiles to speeches they had heard at least a hundred times. No more." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Hillary Rodham Clinton ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Desk Jockeying in the Senate STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/07/2003 08:06:13 AM ----BODY: "With the opening of the 108th Congress, a biennial scramble begins in the Senate -- for the best seats," the <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB1041893311532809024,00.html?mod= home%5Fpage%5Fone%5Fus">Wall Street Journal</a> reports. "As with most things in the high chamber, the seating chart reflects seniority, politics, sometimes pettiness and even poignancy." <br /><br /> For a guide to all the new (and old) players, get the <a href="http://www.votenet.com/usch/index.cfm?referrer=politicalwire">U.S. Congress Handbook</a>. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Senate convenes ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Graham Wasn't Bluffing STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/06/2003 11:35:54 PM ----BODY: Sen. Bob Graham's (D-FL) "declaration last week that he is 'seriously considering' seeking the Democratic presidential nomination wasn't

exactly a well-conceived attention-getter," the <a href="http://www.thenewrepublic.com/doc.mhtml?i=20030113&s=crowley011303" >New Republic</a>'s Michael Crowley observes. "Graham offered his surprising news just two days before Christmas, with the political establishment off sipping eggnog." It was, in many ways, "a trial balloon floated in the dark of night. But people close to Graham say he wasn't just speaking off the cuff." According former chief of staff Charlie Reed: "He's very serious. He's got the fire." <br /><br /> <b>Update</b>: <a href="http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/politics/DailyNews/TheNote.html" >The Note</a> says Graham is meeting with DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe Tuesday afternoon. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Bob Graham ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Rove Recruiting STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/06/2003 11:26:40 PM ----BODY: "A mere 60 days after the last election, President Bush and his political seer, Karl Rove, have been preparing for the next, busily recruiting candidates to run against high-profile Democratic senators nationwide," the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A193912003Jan6.html">Washington Post</a> reports.<br /><br /> The <a href="http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/103097_murray07.shtml">Seatt le Post-Intelligencer</a> says the White House "has targeted" Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) "for defeat in 2004 by feeling out such potential opponents" as Republican Reps. Jennifer Dunn and George Nethercutt. -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Swinging For The Fence STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/06/2003 11:25:02 PM ----BODY: "Bush's sweeping agenda says one thing: This president is thinking big. His plans, from Iraq to Medicare, represent an agenda whose ambition rivals that of the most active phases of Ronald Reagan's and Bill Clinton's presidencies," the <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB104188821124425664,00.html?mod=p olitics%5Fprimary%5Fhs">Wall Street Journal</a> reports. "But how will he pull it off?"<br /><br /> Meanwhile, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/07/politics/07ECON.html">New York Times</a> says "White House officials rolled out statistics and new details of the president's tax plan in an effort to head off criticism." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Bush agenda ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Bush Enjoys Large Lead And High Approval STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/06/2003 11:19:35 PM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.ipsospa.com/pubaff/dsp_displaypr_us.cfm?id_to_view=1705" >Ipsos-Reid/Cook Political Report</a> "looks ahead to 2004 and finds that 43 percent of registered voters would definitely vote to reelect President Bush, 29 percent would definitely vote for someone else, and 25 percent are swing voters who would consider voting for someone else (and 3 percent are not sure)." Nonetheless, there is also a growing gender gap in all regions of the country and across all social groups. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Bush approval ratings ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Lieberman To Announce Next Week STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/06/2003 01:50:46 PM ----BODY: <i>The Hotline</i> reports that Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) "will tell a civics class at his high school alma mater in Stamford, CT, on 1/14 that

he's running for president." He'll then head to New York City to do morning show interviews and fundraising. ----EXTENDED BODY: 074322938X ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Joe Lieberman ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Managing Your Message STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/06/2003 01:33:19 PM ----BODY: <a href="http://www.newyorkmetro.com/nymetro/news/media/columns/medialife/n_ 8221//index.html">Michael Wolff</a> gives free media advice to politicians: "The press needs to be handled. If you're not taking care of me, stroking me, anticipating my whims -- and gently threatening me, too -- you must be doing something wrong. If you're not doing everything to get me to write positively about you, then you're a screwup. If you can't fool me, then you're the fool." (For more on this, see Chapter 10 of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0684834111/youwonnowwhat/">< i>You Won - Now What?</i></a>)<br /><br /> Wolff says George W. Bush has "the most spectacularly managed media presidency in the age of media presidencies" and speculates that he "may have received more consistently favorable notice than any president ever." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS:

media presidency ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Republicans Pick New York STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/06/2003 01:08:30 PM ----BODY: Republican Party leaders "chose New York as the site for their 2004 presidential nominating convention," the <a href="http://nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-Republicans2004.html">AP</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Republican convention ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: The 108th Congress Convenes Tomorrow STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/06/2003 09:25:30 AM ----BODY:

"Many of Congress's most colorful characters - South Carolina's Strom Thurmond, Georgia's Bob Barr and Ohio's James Traficant - have left town, but the problems they couldn't resolve remain the top priorities for the 108th Congress, which convenes Tuesday," the <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%257E64%257E1091642,00.h tml">Denver Post</a> reports. <a href="http://www.theolympian.com/home/news/20030105/frontpage/2037.shtml" >The Olympian</a> takes "a look at the people and personalities of the new Congress."<br /><br /> For a handy guide with information on all the new (and old) players, get the new <a href="http://www.votenet.com/usch/index.cfm?referrer=politicalwire">U.S. Congress Handbook</a>. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: congress convenes ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: California Republicans Have A Lott Problem STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/06/2003 09:14:04 AM ----BODY: "A 1999 newsletter published by a man looking to lead California's Republican Party included an essay suggesting the United States would be a better place if the South had won the Civil War," the <a href="http://sfgate.com/cgibin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/01/05/BA176544.DTL">San Francisco Chronicle</a> reports. "The report is another embarrassment both for California Republicans and for a national party still reeling from the outcry over Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott's widely quoted nostalgia for a time before civil rights moved to the political forefront." ----EXTENDED BODY:

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Ventura Drops Hints About Talk Show STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/06/2003 09:10:45 AM ----BODY: "Even if outgoing Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is only in negotiations with MSNBC to have his own program, the former wrestler sounds as though he's jumped into the ring," <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/wire/Entertainment/reuters20030106_44.html">V ariety</a> reports. "Throughout last weekend's long farewell, Ventura was dropping hints about his next job, which could involve the third-place cable news network." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Jesse Ventura ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Daschle Likely To Run For President STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0

CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/06/2003 09:08:33 AM ----BODY: Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) "says he is leaning toward forming an exploratory committee to decide if he will enter the race for the Democratic nomination," the <a href="http://www.argusleader.com/news/Mondayarticle1.shtml">Sioux Falls Argus Leader</a> reports. He toured his home state "over the weekend to visit with friends and seek comments on his future." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Daschle ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Roll Call Goes Subscription STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/06/2003 09:03:08 AM ----BODY: <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/">Roll Call</a> is back with a new site design and an additional publication day, but is no longer free to nonsubscribers. (The good news? Political Wire remains free, though you're encouraged to make a <a href="https://www.paypal.com/xclick/business=TDGoddard%40aol.com&item_nam e=Political+Wire&item_number=PW&no_note=1&tax=0&currency_code=USD">donati on</a>.) ----EXTENDED BODY: B00006KVNI

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: What's Next For Jeb? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/06/2003 08:47:12 AM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/state/4881161.htm">Miami Herald</a> writes the story many around the nation are already talking about. "Even before he's begun his second term, Gov. Jeb Bush is facing questions about his next political step. Will he run for president in 2008?" Interestingly a challenge to Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) in 2006 is unlikely. Friends say Bush "dismisses the idea of serving in the Senate, where he can have little direct influence on policy, the part of his job he enjoys most." However, the <a href="http://www.gopbi.com/partners/pbpost/epaper/editions/today/news_e38 1bf7e849af11f0060.html">Palm Beach Post</a> says Bush is also "dismissing" talk of a White House run. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Jeb Bush ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Edwards Focuses On South Carolina STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/06/2003 08:41:47 AM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.thestate.com/mld/state/news/politics/4877924.htm">Columb ia State</a> notes that Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) "faces numerous challenges in his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination -- not the least of which is the critical South Carolina primary on Feb. 3, 2004. He must win it." Meanwhile, the <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/2003010617825860.htm">Washington Times</a> covers Edwards' appearance on <i>This Week</i>. And the Washington Post wonders whether Edwards campaign for "regular people" is "Gore Lite or an echo of Clinton '92?" <br/><br/> <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/issues/48_44/politics/69-1.html">Roll Call</a> says Edwards' "decision to form a presidential exploratory committee last week has Republicans salivating about a potential pickup, as Democrats quickly assess their options for his replacement." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: John Edwards ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Gephardt Is In STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY:

DATE: 01/06/2003 08:38:12 AM ----BODY: As <a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/001064.html">reported</a> last week, Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-M)) officially announced his bid for president in a three-paragraph written statement. But the <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/News/C38DDADB1899 03F886256CA50015460F">St. Louis Post-Dispatch</a> notes he "is not following up his announcement with a blitz of newspaper interviews or appearances on the Sunday talk shows" and "wanted a 'low-key' rollout." <br /><br /> The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/06/politics/06GEPH.html">New York Times</a> notes "Gephardt may have staying power." One reason is highlighted by the <a href="http://www.dmregister.com/news/stories/c4789004/20143207.html">Des Moines Register</a>: Gephardt "has lots of friends in Iowa," which "might give him an early edge in the state's presidential caucuses against a growing list of Democratic contenders." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Richard Gephardt ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Democratic Primaries Promise To Be Lively STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/06/2003 08:33:56 AM ----BODY: "With 23 months left until Election Day, and Al Gore out of the race, the potential field of Democratic presidential candidates seems to be expanding almost hourly, suggesting that if nothing else, the party's primaries in 2004 will be lively and large," the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/05/weekinreview/05NAGO.html">New York Times</a> reports. But the <a

href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/2003010625501800.htm">Washington Times</a> notes a problem for Democrats: "Virtually all of the party's presidential hopefuls for 2004 are in Congress, an institution that has not sent any of its members to the White House since 1960." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: 2004 presidential race ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: They All Want To Be Like McCain STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/05/2003 11:02:17 PM ----BODY: "Nearly every Democrat dreaming of the White House is extolling" Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) "virtues as a candidate and modeling at least part of his campaign for 2004 after the witty maverick who attracted independent voters," the <a href="http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/005/nation/For_Democratic_hopeful s_the_mojo_that_want_is_McCain_s+.shtml">Boston Globe</a> reports. "McCain, who caught fire in cold New Hampshire and captured the imagination of Americans with his compelling story of courage, made 'authenticity' the catchword of the last campaign... McCain's personality, populist rhetoric, and unconventional tactics left a huge footprint on the political landscape." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: John McCain

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: An Invisible Aide Leaves Fingerprints STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/05/2003 10:57:35 PM ----BODY: "Josh Bolten is the White House aide you've never heard of who has his fingerprints all over just about every domestic policy concocted in the West Wing," the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/06/national/06LETT.html">New York Times</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Josh Bolten ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Frum's Book Not Liked By White House STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/05/2003 07:49:19 PM ----BODY:

"Former Bush speechwriter David Frum -- credited with the phrase '<a href="http://slate.msn.com/id/2061695/">Axis of Evil</a>' -- has infuriated top officials at the White House with his controversial new book,"<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0375509038/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/"><i>The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush</i></a>, "the first insider account of the George W. Bush administration," according to the <a href="http://drudgereport.com/frum.htm">Drudge Report</a>. <br /><br /> Frum has suspended his <a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/frum/frumdiary.asp">daily column</a> for 10 days while he is on a book tour. But he has an op-ed in the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/05/opinion/05FRUM.html">New York Times</a> in which he says "President Bush's domination of his party enables him to do much more than just lead his party. It has enabled him to change it." ----EXTENDED BODY: 0375509038 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: David Frum ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: In Indiana, Bayh Will Not Run For Governor STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/05/2003 07:47:35 PM ----BODY: Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) "won't be seeking a round-trip from Capitol Hill back to the Indiana governor's office," the <a href="http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/4/013727-2404092.html">Indianapolis Star</a> reports. ----EXTENDED BODY: -----

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Sharpton Will Run For White House STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/03/2003 10:43:53 PM ----BODY: Not wanting to be left out of what turned into a 2004 campaign announcement week (see <a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/001055.html">Edwards</a>, <a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/001064.html">Gephardt</a> and <a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/001061.html">Daschle</a>), the Rev. Al Sharpton declared that he too "will form a presidential exploratory committee, saying he is probably more qualified than any other Democrat seeking the White House," the <a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20030104/ap_on_el _pr/sharpton_white_house_2">AP</a> reports. Sharpton will file papers with the Federal Election Commission on Jan. 21.<br /><br /> <b>Update</b>: <a href="http://politics1.com">Politics1</a> says Sharpton may be currently violating campaign law. "A FEC records <a href="http://herndon1.sdrdc.com/fecimg/norcansea.html">check</a> on Friday showed that, in fact, Sharpton has not yet filed any FEC paperwork. Likewise, an IRS records <a href="http://eforms.irs.gov/search_result.asp">review</a> shows no documentation of Sharpton having any registered federal PAC or political committee. If these federal records are correct, then Rev. Sharpton must explain how he has been able to operate a 2004 Presidential site online at <a href="http://SharptonExplore2004.com">SharptonExplore2004.com</a> for months now." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT:

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Lott Will Chair Rules Committee STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/03/2003 01:33:32 PM ----BODY: "Seeking to soften the blow from his ouster as the next Majority Leader, Republicans are likely to offer Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) the chairmanship of the Rules and Administration Committee," <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/pages/news/00/2002/12/news1223aaa.html">Rol l Call</a> reports. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), "who was in line to head the Rules panel in the 108th Congress, has agreed to step aside to allow Lott to retain some institutional power." The <a href="http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGA1H0YIIAD.html">AP</a> says Lott will also have seats on the Finance, Commerce and Intelligence committees. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Trent Lott ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Armey Admits It But Website Isn't Paying STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0

ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/03/2003 01:06:20 PM ----BODY: As you'll <a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/001004.html">recall</a>, TomPaine.com <a href="http://tompaine.com/op_ads/opad.cfm/ID/6945">offered</a> a $10,000 award to the first person able to prove the identity of "the Eli Lilly bandit," a congressman who inserted favorable language into the recent Homeland Security legislation that benefits Eli Lilly. But <a href="http://interestalert.com/brand/siteia.shtml?Story=st/sn/01030002aaa 05dac.upi&Sys=tdgoddard&Type=News&Filter=Politics">UPI</a> notes the website will not pay up even though former House Majority Leader Dick Armey has admitted he was the person responsible.<br /><br /> Meanwhile, <a href="http://www.usnews.com/usnews/politics/whispers/whisphome.htm">Washi ngton Whispers</a> makes an interesting observation: "Virtually every former top Armey aide has gone big time, either in the Bush administration or in private enterprise." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Eli Lilly bandit ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Hatch Interested In Supreme Court STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/03/2003 11:20:24 AM ----BODY:

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orin Hatch (R) "has been spreading the word" that "perhaps it's time his name should be sent to" his committee as the next Supreme Court nominee, the <a href="http://www.washingtonian.com/thismonth/capcom.html">Washingtonian</ a> reports. "Hatch has surfaced in the past as a potential Supreme Court nominee. If anything works against him now, it will be his age -- 68." But his "renewed interest in the court has confounded judge pickers at the White House. They worry that if they choose someone else, the powerful chairman might not be helpful." <br /><br /> There's more: "It now looks like Clarence Thomas, and not Antonin Scalia, would replace" Chief Justice William Rehnquist. "The juxtaposition of Thomas's breaking his usual silence to deliver an impassioned lecture against cross-burning and Senator Trent Lott's remarks on the virtues of the 1948 segregationist Dixiecrats was not lost on President Bush. He now believes that elevating Thomas would be the most dramatic way to return his party to being the party of Lincoln and not the party of Lott." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Supreme Court nominees ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Byrd To Play Confederate Army General STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/03/2003 10:30:06 AM ----BODY: Maybe it seemed like a good idea at the time. Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) "makes his screen debut as a confederate army general in the upcoming <i>Gods and Generals</i>, a film about the American Civil War," <a href="http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20021222-013428-5493r">UPI</a> reports. "Byrd appears in <a href="http://www.ronmaxwell.com/godsandgenerals/gg_july_11_small.jpg">ful l uniform</a>, something that is bound to get the attention of some who were outraged by recent comments from Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) praising the

1948 presidential run of South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond, who had a pro-segregation platform." The <a href="http://www.dailymail.com/news/News/2002121927">Charleston Daily Mail</a> interviews Byrd about his appearance. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Sen. Robert Byrd ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Is Bush Planning Multiple Wars? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/03/2003 09:34:04 AM ----BODY: No one seems to have caught this remark by President Bush, but it's taken right from the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/01/02/transcript.bush/">transcr ipt</a> of his press conference yesterday:<br /><br /> QUESTION: If we do have to go to war... <br /> BUSH: With which country? ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Bush press conference ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Lead Your Own Country STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/03/2003 09:17:17 AM ----BODY: <a href="http://www.nationstates.net/cgi-bin/index.cgi">NationStates</a> is a nation simulation game based on the forthcoming novel <i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0385507593/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/">Jennifer Government</a></i> by Max Berry. "You create your own country, fashioned after your own political ideals, and care for its people. Either that or you deliberately torture them. It's really up to you."<br /><br /> Also of note: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00006F7S8/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/">SimCity 4</a>, a computer game that allows you to "create and control the most life-like metropolis you can imagine" will be shipping next week. ----EXTENDED BODY: B00006F7S8 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: political simulation ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Borger Leaves "Face The Nation" STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY:

DATE: 01/03/2003 08:49:57 AM ----BODY: Gloria Borger is "relinquishing her role on CBS's <i>Face the Nation</i> to co-anchor the CNBC program <i>Capital Report</i>, the only show on the business network that will be based in Washington," the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40112003Jan2.html">Washington Post</a> reports. CNBC is "expanding its presence in the capital at a time of declining ratings for business news." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Gloria Borger ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Who Runs For President? STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/03/2003 08:39:24 AM ----BODY: "It's one of the all-time great displays of sheer chutzpah: announcing your candidacy for president.," the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35842003Jan2.html">Washington Post</a>'s David Montgomery writes. "It takes a special kind of person to think so highly of his abilities and say so out loud. Every four years, about seven or eight do. The rest of us stare at the ceiling worrying about that stupid remark we made at the New Year's Eve party, or we think we're fat, or we know we're too incompetent to be co-managing a household or raising kids. And then there are those who can smile and earnestly argue that they should be what passes these days for King of the World." ----EXTENDED BODY: 0679746498

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Edwards Looks To Mudcat For Strategy STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/03/2003 08:28:13 AM ----BODY: Even before he <a href="http://politicalwire.com/archives/001055.html">announced</a> plans to pursue the presidency, Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) "had begun courting rural voters with a strategy very similar to the one used in 2001 by Virginia Gov. Mark Warner," the <a href="http://www.roanoke.com/roatimes/news/story142325.html">Roanoke Times</a> reports. In particular, "Edwards has sought out one of the chief architects of Warner's strategy - consultant Dave 'Mudcat' Saunders."<br /><br /> <b>Update</b>: <a href="http://thescrum.blogspot.com/#86897822">The Scrum</a> says "As far as Edwards' strategy for going from a single-digit to the presidential nomination, it's left to local media. South Carolina will be absolutely key to Edwards. Even from this far out, we feel that if he doesn't win there on Feb. 3, 2003, his presidential bid is pretty much over."<br /><br /> <a href="http://andrewsullivan.com/index.php?dish_inc=archives/2002_12_29_di sh_archive.html#90136101">Andrew Sullivan</a> is reasonably impressed, saying Edwards "has a touch of the Tony Blair about him: the slick yet somehow earnest combination. Hard to pull off." And <a href="http://slate.msn.com/id/2076280/">Will Saletan</a> makes a good observation: "Edwards may trail his 2004 competitors in stature and grasp of policy, but he's got a head start at honing a message." But <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A54282003Jan3.html">Howard Kurtz</a> says "the media, once so taken with

Edwards, seem to have grown a bit tired of his fresh-faceness."<br /><br /> The <a href="http://www.newsobserver.com/news/nc/story/2060996p1981207c.html">Raleigh News and Observer</a> says Edwards "declined on Thursday to say whether he would seek re-election to his Senate seat in 2004, but his presidential exploratory announcement elicited signals of interest in the Senate race." Potential candidates if he does not run include "two Democrats who ran for the Senate last year -- former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles... and former state House Speaker Dan Blue." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Sen. John Edwards ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Cheney And Rove Emerge As Most Powerful Advisors STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/03/2003 08:17:22 AM ----BODY: "The scope of influence wielded by Dick Cheney and Karl Rove is unrivaled in the White House and has served Bush well, but the pair's prominence has also been problematic at times," the <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB1041552000681285873,00.html?mod= politics%5Fprimary%5Fhs">Wall Street Journal</a> reports. An <a href="http://www.sanmateocountytimes.com/Stories/0,1413,87%257E11268%257E 1083912,00.html">AP</a> profile says though Rove is "painted by critics as the White House's all-powerful, all-politics, win-at-all-costs animal" he "shows at a closer look more mastery of policy, more willingness to make waves on politically sensitive matters -- and less command over Bush's decisions than conventional wisdom holds." ----EXTENDED BODY:

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Dean Focuses On Health Care STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/03/2003 07:36:14 AM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/bfpnews/news/1000h.htm">Burlingt on Free Press</a> looks at Howard Dean's (D) tenure as Vermont's governor and is not surprised he "is preoccupied with his new strategy for bringing universal health care to America." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Howard Dean ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Gephardt Will Make White House Bid STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY:

CATEGORY: DATE: 01/02/2003 11:19:27 PM ----BODY: Rep. Dick Gephardt (D-MO) "has decided to form a presidential exploratory committee, kicking off his second run for the White House in 14 years at an event later this month," the <a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20030103/ap_on_go _co/gephardt_democrats_1">Associated Press</a> has learned. <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/01/02/gephardt/">CNN</a> says "Gephardt's Capitol Hill office was caught off guard when an invitation for a January 22 fund-raiser was faxed around Washington."<br /><br /> The <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/News/BB8FF1406FEB 29FB86256CA300170A20">St. Louis Post-Dispatch</a> notes Gephardt "has a network of loyalists across the country, including key allies in organized labor. Perhaps most importantly, he has a sophisticated fundraising operation that will make him competitive with the other big-name candidates." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Gephardt ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Daschle Likely To Remain Democratic Leader STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/02/2003 09:05:34 PM ----BODY: In discussions with fellow senators about a possible presidential campaign, Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) has discussed "the leadership issue" and "what kind of transition period there would be if he were to

eventually step down as Senate Minority Leader," <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/01/02/daschle.bid/">CNN</a> reports. But Daschle "is leaning toward remaining in that post for the time being," a source says, "noting that former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-KS) didn't step down until he got the Republican nomination in 1998." (<b>Editor's note</b>: Dole actually stepped down in 1996 after he clinched the nomination, but was not yet formally nominated.) <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/02/26/politics/main502099.shtml ">Washington Wrap</a> says "the change in Republican Senate leadership has caused a re-evaluation of his strategy of how to use the minority leader position as a bully pulpit against President Bush."<br /><br /> <b>Update</b>: The <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB1041545187248097153,00.html?mod= politics%5Fsecondary%5Fstories%5Fhs">Wall Street Journal</a>'s <i>Washington Wire</i> has a slightly different take: "Daschle leans toward a presidential bid; some allies advised waiting until 2008. If he runs, he'd likely quit as Senate Democrats' leader by summer." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Daschle ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: In Massachusetts, Romney Takes Reigns STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/02/2003 04:47:40 PM ----BODY: "Signaling a sea change in a state with a storied tradition of partisan politics," Mitt Romney (R) arrived on Beacon Hill <a href="http://www2.bostonherald.com/news/local_regional/ap_romneytext01022 003.htm">today</a> "as the first truly independent candidate to become governor in the modern era," the <a href="http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/002/metro/A_new_politics+.shtml"> Boston Globe</a> reports. In his campaign, Romney "eschewed much of the

political favor-currying and special-interest endorsements that boosted candidates of the past as they climbed to power." Nonetheless, the <a href="http://www2.bostonherald.com/news/local_regional/dems01022003.htm"> Boston Herald</a> says "Romney is in for an old-fashioned schooling on the meaning of 'love-hate,' as he tries to push his reformist agenda through the Democratic Legislature that he's routinely blasted as stridently status quo." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Mitt Romney ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: For Bush, Senate Is Not A Rubber Stamp STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/02/2003 03:33:28 PM ----BODY: <a href="http://economist.com/printedition/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=1512051 ">The Economist</a> says President Bush "cannot rely on the new Republican-controlled Senate to do everything he wants." Instead, history suggests caution. "Not only is the majority razor-thin, but senators are a fiercely independent lot, often reluctant to do their president's bidding."<br /><br /> Meanwhile, <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/output/novak/cst-edtnovak02.html">Robert Novak</a> says incoming Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) may be too nice for the job. He continues: "It is a hard job, seldom blessed with success. The two most masterly majority leaders of my time--LBJ and George Mitchell--were Democrats who outwitted Republican presidents. Being the leader when the president is a member of the same party is less enjoyable and more difficult." ----EXTENDED BODY:

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: New Feature STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/02/2003 12:06:12 PM ----BODY: Due to popular demand, I've compiled a list of the <a href="http://politicalwire.com/links.html">best political websites</a>. It's not meant to be comprehensive; there are many other fine sites out there. But I think these sites, along with Political Wire, are the keys to understanding what's going on in politics today. Please feel free to send other suggestions as well. For future reference, a link to the <a href="http://politicalwire.com/links.html">page</a> is also in the top menu bar. ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: political web sites ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Kennedy Unbound STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0

CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/02/2003 09:25:15 AM ----BODY: "After 40 years in the US Senate, Edward M. Kennedy has transcended the family mythology and become his own man," the <a href="http://www.boston.com/globe/magazine/2003/0105/coverstory_entire.ht m">Boston Globe</a> magazine says in a profile. ----EXTENDED BODY: 0060957875 ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Edward M. Kennedy ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Lieberman Memoirs Panned STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/02/2003 08:45:56 AM ----BODY: <i>Publishers Weekly</i> doesn't like the new book, <i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/074323877X/ref=nosim/youwonn owwhat/">An Amazing Adventure</a></i>, by Sen. Joseph Lieberman and his wife and Hadassah, according to the <a href="http://www.ctnow.com/news/politics/hccaucus0102.artjan02,0,4756684.story?coll=hc%2Dheadlines%2Dpolitics">Hartf ord Courant</a>. "Readers expecting political insights, in-depth policy analysis or entertaining and gossipy insider information about the 2000 presidential election will have to look elsewhere than this diary-like account." <br /><br />

The book will be published Jan. 13, about the same time that Lieberman will announce he's seeking the 2004 Democratic nomination. The <a href="http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/stories/20030101/localnews/6887 68.html">Norwich Bulletin</a> reports Lieberman said "the only thing that could prevent him from running for President of the United States is his family." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Joseph Lieberman ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Three Governors Sworn In STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/02/2003 08:27:47 AM ----BODY: The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/02/nyregion/02INAU.html">New York Times</a> covers the swearing in of New York Gov. George Pataki (R), who asked state residents to "confront the state's fiscal problems with the same courage displayed in the days following Sept. 11, 2001."<br /><br /> The <a href="http://www.freep.com/news/politics/inaug2_20030102.htm">Detroit Free Press</a> looks at Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) who "took her oath Wednesday as Michigan's first female governor, calling for more civic involvement to help the cash-strapped government help families."<br /><br /> The <a href="http://www.abqjournal.com/news/818145news01-0203.htm">Albuquerque Journal</a> says New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) "entered office with a bang" prompting many to ask "Do the Democrats party better than the Republicans?" ----EXTENDED BODY:

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Edwards Will Run For President STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/01/2003 10:32:29 PM ----BODY: Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) "told a gathering of friends at his Raleigh home this afternoon that he is moving forward with a 2004 presidential bid," the <a href="http://www.news-observer.com/front/story/2057189p1978633c.html">Raleigh News and Observer</a> reports. Edwards "is launching an exploratory effort and plans to set up a committee with the Federal Election Commission in coming days that will allow him to start raising money for the presidential contest." <b>Update</b>: Edwards made it official on NBC's <a href="http://msnbc.com/news/853490.asp?0cv=CA00">Today Show</a>.<br /><br /> But Edwards is just first in a wave of coming annoucements. The <a href="http://www.ctnow.com/news/politics/hcjoetrip1230.artdec30,0,565858.story?coll=hc%2Dheadlines%2Dpolitics">Hartf ord Courant</a> says Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) will "make his candidacy official in mid-January at a still-unannounced Connecticut location." And the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/01/politics/campaigns/01DASC.html?ex =1042088400&en=7a77f2206729dbaa&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE">New York Times</a> says Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) "has told associates that he is likely to run for president in 2004 and will create a presidential exploratory committee sometime this month." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT:

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AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Kerry Leads The Money Race STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0 CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/01/2003 10:27:13 PM ----BODY: Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), "who for the past six years used his Senate reelection committee to lay the groundwork for a presidential bid, has taken an early lead in the fundraising contest for the 2004 Democratic nomination," the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/articles/A60783-2002Dec31.html">Washington Post</a> reports. Dick Gephardt (D-MO), "who did much the same with his reelection committee, is positioned to soon match Kerry" but "political strategists generally agree" that Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D- CT) "has the strongest potential base of fundraising support through his demonstrated appeal to Jewish contributors nationwide." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Kerry Gephardt Lieberman ------------

AUTHOR: Taegan Goddard TITLE: Democrats Look For Their Rush Limbaugh STATUS: Publish ALLOW COMMENTS: 0

CONVERT BREAKS: 0 ALLOW PINGS: 0 PRIMARY CATEGORY: CATEGORY: DATE: 01/01/2003 10:24:09 PM ----BODY: "Worried that their party has been outgunned in the political propaganda wars by conservative radio and television personalities, influential Democrats are scouring the nation for a liberal answer to Rush Limbaugh and the many others on the deep bench of Republican friends," the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/01/politics/01DEMS.html">New York Times</a> reports. <br /><br /> <a href="http://johnellis.blogspot.com/2002_12_29_johnellis_archive.html#901 30413">John Ellis</a> says "If Democrats believe that they are losing elections because the media is not liberal enough, then they really ought to just give up." ----EXTENDED BODY: ----EXCERPT: ----KEYWORDS: Rush Limbaugh ------------


				
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