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John R. MacArthur On Iraq: "We're Seeing a Lot of Self-Censorship"

Marc Cooper | May 25, 2011 | Off The Bus
As the war in Iraq completes its fifth year this week, The Huffington Post is featuring interviews with and essays by those journalists, elected officials, policymakers and former military officials who spoke out early and boldly against what they saw as an inevitable disaster. They join our Iraq Honor Roll....

Clinton Campaign Cuts Back Wooing of Superdelegates

Marc Cooper | May 25, 2011 | Off The Bus
With the Democratic presidential race heading toward a possible climax Tuesday as four states including Texas and Ohio conduct their primaries, the lagging Hillary Clinton campaign has cut back its efforts to win over those superdelegates who have pledged to Barack Obama or who remain uncommitted. Instead, the former First...

McCain Lawyer's Long History Of Spin

Marc Cooper | May 25, 2011 | Off The Bus
Beleagured GOP candidate John McCain's choice for personal lawyer in the emerging favors-for-lobbyist scandal, Bob Bennett, has a long record of defending tainted politicians and political figures ultimately found responsible for the transgressions of which they were accused. Older brother of conservative moralist Bill Bennett, Robert S. Bennett gained...

Watch Obama's and Clinton's Top Latino Supporters Talk Strategy

Marc Cooper | May 25, 2011 | Off The Bus
Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are engaged in a fierce battle to capture the crucial emerging Latino vote during next week's set of Super Tuesday primaries - especially in the delegate-rich state of California. After Thursday night's televised debate in Hollywood, The Huffington Post spoke with the chief...

Obama And Clinton Play It Safe In Hollywood Debate

Marc Cooper | May 25, 2011 | Politics
Hollywood, Calif. -- The much-anticipated Tinseltown one-on-one Democratic debate tonight lacked much of the drama that had been widely predicted and proceeded on a relatively cordial tone, with candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama refusing to directly confront each other during much of the near two-hour long showdown. Some verbal...

Obama Woos Latino Vote Ahead Of Hollywood Debate

Marc Cooper | May 25, 2011 | Politics
Los Angeles, California -- Just hours before a dramatic one-on-one televised debate with rival Hillary Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama led his campaign into Southern California aiming to woo and galvanize the crucial Latino vote. Assembling a racially diverse, Latino-heavy collection of local elected officials at his side, Obama appeared at...

GOP Debate: Romney And McCain Attack Each Other's Conservative Credentials

Marc Cooper | May 25, 2011 | Politics
Simi Valley, California - During the final Republican presidential debate before next Tuesday's virtual national primary election, frontrunners John McCain and Mitt Romney verbally pummeled each other, repeatedly questioning the rival candidate's conservative credentials and arguing bitterly over the war in Iraq. Romney said he found it "offensive" that his...

Defeated Giuliani Endorses McCain

Marc Cooper | May 25, 2011 | Politics
Simi Valley, California - Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani formally ended his presidential candidacy today and threw his endorsement to John McCain -- though political analysts believe the endorsement will be of negligible benefit Calling McCain "an American hero," Giuliani announced: "I'd said before that if I had not...

Bill Clinton Ignites Ruckus Inside Casino Caucus

Marc Cooper | May 25, 2011 | Politics
Las Vegas, NV - Just minutes before local voters entered one of the controversial casino-based caucus sites at the Mirage resort Saturday morning, former president Bill Clinton made a surprise visit to personally lobby voters on behalf of his wife and to accuse her pro-Barack Obama union opponents of deliberately...

Bill Clinton Charges Voter Suppression In Nevada

Marc Cooper | May 25, 2011 | Politics
A half-hour before caucus sites opened in Nevada, former president Bill Clinton accused the powerful pro-Barack Obama Culinary Workers Union with deliberately misleading members who wished to caucus for his wife Hillary Clinton. In an exclusive dialog with The Huffington Post outside the doors of the caucus site at the...

Nevada: Barack Bets On Record Turnout

Marc Cooper | May 25, 2011 | Politics
Las Vegas, Nevada - Predicting a "record turn-out" for Saturday's presidential caucuses, Barack Obama closed out his Silver State campaign last night by mocking his opponents John Edwards and Hillary Clinton and arguing that he only could deliver profound political change. "We're glad that we placed our bet on the...

Bill Clinton: Super Surrogate

Marc Cooper | May 25, 2011 | Off The Bus
Boulder City, Nevada-- When it came to crunch time earlier this month during the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, Hillary Clinton called out and relied upon her most reliable and powerful political ally: her husband Bill Clinton. And with the Nevada caucuses coming up on Saturday morning, once again...

Nevada: Full Scale Union Ground War

Marc Cooper | May 25, 2011 | Politics
Las Vegas, NV -- Forty-eight hours to go before Saturday's Democratic caucuses and it's strictly battle-station mode at the headquarters of the 60,000 member Culinary Workers Union. By 8:30 a.m., more than 250 union staff and workers -- mostly Latino maids, cooks, and janitors who are the brawn and muscle...

Nevada Unions Pump Up For Obama

Marc Cooper | May 25, 2011 | Off The Bus
Throughout Nevada, union activists are mobilized and deployed to support rival Democratic campaigns. In this video, we see Dale Jackson of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) talking to government employees about the importance of Saturday's caucuses. ...

Video: John Edwards Disses Clinton On Social Security

Marc Cooper | May 25, 2011 | Off The Bus
John Edwards says he's not going anywhere, except straight ahead into this Saturday's Nevada cacuses. After an appearance at the Carpenters Union in Las Vegas Wednesday night, he spoke with a small group of reporters. The Huffington Post's Senior Editor, Marc Cooper, who was among the reporters, videotaped the...

John Edwards Not Planning to Quietly Fade Away

Marc Cooper | May 25, 2011 | Off The Bus
Las Vegas, NV - As he pinballs and caroms through Nevada union halls, vet centers and community meeting rooms packed with cheering, sometimes fervent crowds vowing to stand for him in this coming Saturday's caucuses, Democratic candidate John Edwards is showing absolutely no inclination toward quietly fading from the 2008...

Obama Storms Vegas and Chides Clinton

Marc Cooper | May 25, 2011 | Off The Bus
Henderson, NV -- Just three days before the "tie-breaker" Nevada caucuses this coming Saturday, Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama stormed through the Silver State today and chided rival Hillary Clinton's campaign, accusing her of distorting his position on social security and health care. "You may be getting some fliers, you...

Clinton Campaign Stung By Third-Place Finish

Marc Cooper | May 25, 2011 | Off The Bus
Des Moines - After a stunning defeat and finishing third in Thursday night's Democratic caucuses, Senator Hillary Clinton congratulated Barack Obama and John Edwards, and vowed to jumpstart her national campaign and win her party's nomination for president. "I am ready as I can be," Clinton told a crowd of...

Obama Strategist Axelrod: "Can't Help But Be Optimistic"

Marc Cooper | May 25, 2011 | Iowa
Speaking to Huffington Post and other reporters just hours before tonight's Iowa caucuses, Obama campaign top strategist David Axelrod said that, "He can't help but be optimistic about tonight's results." He described the energy bubbling at the Iowa headquarters as "incredible," but refused to predict exactly where his candidate...

McCain Irked By Ron Paul the Spoiler

Marc Cooper | May 25, 2011
Des Moines, Iowa - GOP presidential candidate John McCain is deeply worried that his resurgent national campaign may be stalled by a relatively strong showing in tonight's Iowa caucuses by the iconoclastic Ron Paul. The Arizona senator's campaign told the HuffPost that their candidate is concerned that Paul will finish...
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