To the victor belong the spoils, and after eight years out of the White House, Democrats want to be spoiled with high-profile jobs.
CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser explains how Obama is already planning his takeover.
President-elect Barack Obama could name other members of his administration on Friday, a day after he named Rep. Rahm Emanuel as White House chief of staff, an Obama transition official said.
CNN's Mary Snow looks at the buzz leading up to Barack Obama's announcement of a vice presidential running mate.
Sen. Barack Obama's choice for running mate will be announced to supporters in a text message Saturday morning, senior Obama campaign officials told CNN on Friday night, and a senior party official said it won't be Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Sen. Barack Obama said he has decided on his running mate, but he's not saying who it is.
CNN's Paul Steinhauser explains why the addition of Mark Warner as a DNC keynote speaker is important.
Former Virginia Gov. and Senate candidate Mark Warner will deliver a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention this month.
Sen. Chuck Hagel, a leading Republican voice on international affairs and an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq, won't endorse either major-party presidential candidate in 2008, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Obama and McCain stake their positions on Iraq. But what do Iraqis think? CNN's Morgan Neill reports.
Sen. Barack Obama said he found "a strong, emerging consensus" for the redeployment of U.S. combat forces from Iraq, with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki telling Obama he hoped American combat troops will be gone in two years.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told U.S. embassies overseas that they can support visits by presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain, but they must adhere to certain restrictions.
The Democrat's visit is generating little attention in the Iraqi media -- and little expectation of policy change
There's no right way to choose a No. 2. McCain and Obama have to decide what matters most: heft, diversity, party unity, regional balance, buzz -- or a combination of all five
The war hero opposes a popular bill to boost veterans' benefits. And the Democrats will make sure voters know it
About 8,000 of the 30,000 "surge" troops sent to Iraq in 2007 will not go home as planned this summer, the Pentagon said Monday.
A helicopter carrying three U.S. senators was forced to make an emergency landing in Afghanistan Thursday, military and congressional sources tell CNN.
Republicans' tough task of taking back control of the Senate next year now looks even tougher.
President Bush announced Thursday that Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns will resign his post. Johanns is expected to seek an open seat in the U.S. Senate from his home state of Nebraska.
Sen. Chuck Hagel's announcement Monday that he won't seek another term makes the Republican Party's already tough task of trying to take back the Senate in 2008 even tougher.
Sen. Chuck Hagel won't run for president in 2008 and will leave the Senate when his term ends in early 2009, a source close to the Nebraska Republican told CNN Saturday.
Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska joined calls for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign Wednesday, while Democrats questioned whether Gonzales had misled a Senate committee about the administration's no-warrant eavesdropping.
Expressing dismay over the Republican Party's trajectory, Sen. Chuck Hagel said Sunday that an independent presidential bid would be good for the nation.
Defying President Bush, the Democratic-led Senate on Tuesday turned back a Republican attempt to remove a call for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq from a $124 billion war-spending bill.
Outspoken war critic Sen. Chuck Hagel, a possible Republican presidential contender, said Monday he will make a decision on his political future later this year.
Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel is expected to announce his decision on a presidential race Monday in his home state of Nebraska.
Seven Republican senators, who support a resolution that opposes sending more troops to Iraq, are considering political tactics to force debate on the measure, which stalled in the Senate this week.
A bipartisan trio of senators on Wednesday unveiled a resolution opposing what Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton -- in proposing a separate bill -- called a "losing strategy" in Iraq.
Two out of three Americans oppose President Bush's plan to send more troops to Iraq, a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Friday indicates.
Perhaps the strongest worded opposition to President Bush's plan to send more than 20,000 additional troops to Iraq came from a fellow Republican on Thursday.
Democrats generally reacted with disdain and Republicans with cautious support Wednesday night after President Bush laid out his plan to increase U.S. troop strength in Iraq.
A leading Republican senator called Sunday for American troops to begin withdrawing from Iraq, declaring that a U.S. pullout is needed to head off "impending disaster" in the nearly 4-year-old war.
The United States has "no good options" left in Iraq, and the war "is not going to turn out the way that we were promised," an increasingly outspoken Republican critic of the war said Sunday.
Urging President Bush to turn all U.S. efforts toward "ending this madness," a leading Republican senator Monday broke with the Bush administration and called for an immediate cease-fire in the Mideast.
As President Bush prepared to address the nation on immigration, U.S. lawmakers and Mexico's president on Sunday raised concerns about the possible deployment of U.S. National Guard troops along the border.
In an effort to break an impasse on a pending immigration bill, Senate Republicans offered a proposal Wednesday that would allow many illegal immigrants now in the United States to eventually gain legal status.
On the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, officials from the war-torn nation and the United States differed on whether there is all-out civil war there.
Three Democratic and two Republican senators have sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate's Judiciary and Intelligence committees, asking for an "immediate inquiry" into President Bush's authorization of a secret wiretapping program.
Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday lambasted Democrats accusing the Bush administration of misleading the country on prewar intelligence about Iraq, calling their allegations "one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired in this city."
A leading Republican senator and decorated Vietnam War veteran said Sunday the Iraq war has destabilized the Mideast and is looking more like the Vietnam conflict a generation ago.
Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska on Thursday said the United States is "getting more and more bogged down" in Iraq and stood by his comments that the White House is disconnected from reality and losing the war.
The mother of a slain soldier who has camped outside President Bush's ranch for nearly two weeks to protest the war in Iraq left Thursday to tend to her ill mother.
The U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay is drawing fresh criticism following a Time magazine report on a logbook tracing the treatment of a detainee who officials believe was intended to take part in the September 11, 2001, attacks.
Thirteen years old and in search of a remedy for shyness and a way to bond with friends, Koren Zailckas made alcohol her steady companion.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has been pulled into the battle over the nomination of John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, but just what he is saying is not publicly known.
A leading Republican senator said Sunday that President Bush's pick for U.N. ambassador has his vote "at this point," but added that he was troubled by criticism of the nominee.
The Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency since 2002 has run a beefed-up intelligence-gathering and support unit that has authority to operate clandestinely anywhere in the world where it is ordered to go in support of anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism missions, a senior defense official said Sunday.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld faced renewed criticism Sunday from lawmakers, including one prominent Republican, after he said he has not personally signed letters sent to family members of troops killed in action.
A question asked in Kuwait last week set off a political firestorm in Washington this week. It's a political Play of the Week, on delayed response.
For President Bush, it's the beginning of the end. The U.S. Constitution limits elected presidents to serving two four-year terms, so the victorious incumbent will take a bow in 2008.
Top Democrats slapped back Sunday at a remark by House Speaker Dennis Hastert that al Qaeda leaders want Sen. John Kerry to beat President Bush in November.
Several Republicans and Democrats took President Bush to task on Sunday's talk shows over his repeated assertions that all is well in Iraq.
Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said Sunday that the trial of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein will begin in Iraq as soon as next month.
Lawmakers on Monday hailed the transfer of power in Iraq as a positive step toward democracy, but they also pointed out the security situation in the country remains unstable and emphasized that U.S. work in that country is unfinished.
The Bush administration has failed to provide a realistic assessment of how much the war in Iraq will cost taxpayers, lawmakers charged Wednesday.
The most charitable explanation of why President Bush's choice to be the government's manufacturing czar crashed and burned last week is sheer incompetence.
Sen. John Kerry continues his victory lap across Washington on Thursday, meeting with congressional Democrats and Sen. John Edwards, whose March 3 withdrawal from the '04 Democratic primary secured Kerry's place in history.
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