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GOP Presidential Field Just Got Smaller

Rick Perry drops out of the 2016 race

(Newser) - Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is dropping out of the race for president, ending his second bid for the Republican nomination and becoming the first major candidate of the 2016 campaign to give up on the White House. His struggling campaign has been strapped for campaign cash and stuck polling... More »

Clinton Makes Abe Lincoln Flub

GOP pounces on gaffe made on book tour

(Newser) - Illinois native and possible presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton started the second stop of her book tour yesterday by calling Abraham Lincoln a senator, CNN reports. Here’s what she was trying to do: During a speech in Chicago, Clinton compared the 2008 Democratic presidential primary between her and then-Sen. Barack... More »

Romney, Obama Nearly Tied in New Polls

CNN has president leading by only 3 points

(Newser) - So much for President Obama's unassailable lead: A handful of new polls are calling a close presidential race on the eve of Obama's first debate with Mitt Romney, CNN reports. CNN's latest poll found that 50% favor Obama and 47% favor Romney, a difference within the survey'... More »

Chris Christie Is Fat—So What?

'Girth doesn't equal character,' writes Frank Bruni

(Newser) - Sometimes, size does matter, such as in spelunking or squeezing into a middle seat on economy class flights. "But the presidency? That’s ludicrous," writes Frank Bruni in the New York Times , referring to recent sneering coverage of the portly Chris Christie and his presidential amibitions. There are... More »

Bachmann: 'I've Been a Fighter'

Rep does victory lap after big win in Iowa straw poll

(Newser) - If you can't turn the channel this morning without running into Michele Bachmann, do not adjust your set: The Minnesota rep is taking her victory lap on all five major network shows, reports Politico . Highlights:
  • On her leadership : "I've been on the front lines, and I have
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Lefty Leads Fujimori Scion in Peru Vote

Ollanta Humala leads by roughly 5%; recount could loom

(Newser) - Peru went to the polls today in a heated presidential election that put a leftist former military officer in a slight lead over the daughter of jailed ex-president Alberto Fujimori, reports Reuters. Early returns gave Ollanta Humala roughly a 52% lead over Keiko Fujimori's 47%, but overseas votes could... More »

Daniels: I Coulda Won Vs. Obama

But stands by decision not to run, says daughters needed privacy

(Newser) - Mitch Daniels thinks his chances of unseating President Obama would have been pretty good, had he decided to enter the 2012 race: "Yeah, I think so," he replied when asked if he could have won. "I mean no one can know.” But he emphasized that his... More »

Huntsman Defends Service to Obama

Ex-China ambassador gearing up for White House run

(Newser) - Jon Huntsman is officially back from China and today used his first public appearance to address Republican tongues wagging about the fact that the most recent boss on his resume is one Barack Obama. "Serve [America], if asked," Huntsman told the University of South Carolina's Class of... More »

Palestinians' Abbas May Not Seek Reelection

Move could be a feint to jump-start peace negotiations

(Newser) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not seek reelection next year, insiders say. Abbas has seen his credibility with Palestinians damaged during peace negotiations with the US and Israel, now stalled. “The president insists on not running in the upcoming election,” an official tells the Guardian, though some believe... More »

Clinton Won't Rule Out Second Presidential Run

But 'doubts very much' it will happen, says she's focused on State

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton had a hard time today saying she wouldn’t run for president again, the AP reports. Asked by Thai television whether again toss her hat in the ring, the secretary of State said it was “not at all on my radar screen.” Had she given up... More »

Obama Owes Her Big Time

Winfrey's endorsement gave candidate huge boost, especially during primaries

(Newser) - As an early backer of Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey may have made the difference in the close primary contest against Hillary Clinton, Jake Tapper writes for ABC’s Nightline. One statistician estimates Winfrey—whose choices for her book club, for example, have an astronomical impact on book sales—delivered between... More »

Obama 'Auntie' Lives in Boston Public Housing

Zeituni Onyango trying to stay out of campaign spotlight

(Newser) - Across town from Barack Obama’s Ivy League alma mater, his “Auntie Zeituni” has been living in a public-housing apartment decorated with photos of the Democrat. Zeituni Onyango—a tall, feisty woman Obama writes about meeting in Kenya—works for a stipend as a resident health advocate but made... More »

Obama Razing Mac's Lead in Arizona

Even Mondale won his home state

(Newser) - One Arizona poll indicates that the presidential race is within 2 percentage points in John McCain’s home state, the Arizona Republic reports. McCain leads 46% to 44%, but the 3-point margin of error makes the race a toss-up, according to the Arizona State University poll. Republicans have an edge... More »

Obama Up by 8 Points in Polls

But new Reuters poll finds lead shrinking as McCain hammers on economy

(Newser) - As John McCain's campaign appears to be foundering, Barack Obama's lead continues to grow, reports Bloomberg. The Democratic candidate was up 8 points over McCain in an average of 16 polls released during the last week. The previous week, Obama was up about 6 points. A single new poll released... More »

Paris for President: Campaign Music Vid

Watch video preview for Hilton's spoof White House bid

(Newser) - It may look like the presidential race is over, but Paris Hilton wants you to know she's still in the running. The would-be "commander in bikini" has a new music vid, "Paris for President," coming out on Sunday. In the meantime, People's web site has... More »

GOP's Weld Jumps Ship, Backs Obama

Ex-governor of Mass. could help swing votes in New Hampshire

(Newser) - The latest big Republican to jump ship, at least temporarily, is a former Massachusetts governor who supported Mitt Romney in the primaries. Barack Obama is a "once-in-a-lifetime candidate" with "common values" and "an ability to unite and inspire," says William Weld. The Democrats have Massachusetts in... More »

McCain Ranks High With Military: Poll

Nearly 70% of career service members say he's their man in November

(Newser) - Career members of the military are nearly three times as likely to vote for John McCain for president in November as Barack Obama, reports the Military Times. In a survey of 4,300 subscribers of the Army Times, Navy Times, Marine Corps Times, and Air Force Times—mostly older and... More »

Daily Show Evolves Into True Force

Serious guests, hard news drive impact on American dialogue

(Newser) - Oh, what a difference eight years makes. The Daily Show struggled with limited access and no respect during the 2000 presidential race, but in this election the show has emerged as “a genuine cultural and political force,” writes Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times. Not only are... More »

24 Actor: I Paved the Way for Obama

Haysbert says his role as a black prez may have helped the Dem

(Newser) - Dennis Haysbert likes to believe his portrayal as the first African-American US president on Fox's 24 may have helped pave the way for Barack Obama. "If anything, my portrayal of David Palmer, I think, may have helped open the eyes of the American people," said the 54-year-old actor,... More »

Obama Opens 6-Point Lead

But results also show trouble ahead for the Democrat

(Newser) - Barack Obama has a 6-point lead over John McCain in a new poll by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News. Obama leads 47% to 41%, twice the advantage he held a month ago. Despite the edge, however, the Journal notes that Obama shouldn't rest easy. He trails by 20... More »

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