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Democrats jockeying for top Obama Cabinet postsupdated: Fri Nov 07 2008 11:16:00

To the victor belong the spoils, and after eight years out of the White House, Democrats want to be spoiled with high-profile jobs.

Obama begins transitionupdated: Fri Nov 07 2008 11:16:00

CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser explains how Obama is already planning his takeover.

Official: Obama could name more administration picks Fridayupdated: Thu Nov 06 2008 22:53:00

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.

VP guessing gameupdated: Fri Aug 22 2008 23:17:00

CNN's Mary Snow looks at the buzz leading up to Barack Obama's announcement of a vice presidential running mate.

Campaign: Obama's VP choice to be announced Saturdayupdated: Fri Aug 22 2008 23:17:00

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.

Obama: I've decided on my running mateupdated: Fri Aug 22 2008 05:56:00

Sen. Barack Obama said he has decided on his running mate, but he's not saying who it is.

Democratic headlinerupdated: Wed Aug 13 2008 16:57:00

CNN's Paul Steinhauser explains why the addition of Mark Warner as a DNC keynote speaker is important.

Ex-Virginia governor to give keynote at Democratic conventionupdated: Wed Aug 13 2008 16:57:00

Former Virginia Gov. and Senate candidate Mark Warner will deliver a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention this month.

Hagel won't endorse McCain or Obama, spokesman saysupdated: Tue Aug 12 2008 21:51:00

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.

The view from Iraqupdated: Tue Jul 22 2008 02:32:00

Obama and McCain stake their positions on Iraq. But what do Iraqis think? CNN's Morgan Neill reports.

Obama finds 'consensus' in Iraq for U.S. troop withdrawalupdated: Tue Jul 22 2008 02:32:00

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.

Rice sends guidance on embassy assistance for candidatesupdated: Mon Jul 21 2008 16:02:00

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.

Time.com: Obama's Trip: Substance or Drive-By? updated: Mon Jul 21 2008 11:30:00

The Democrat's visit is generating little attention in the Iraqi media -- and little expectation of policy change

Time.com: How to Pick a Veepupdated: Thu Jun 12 2008 02:00:00

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

Time.com: Does McCain Have a Vets Problem?updated: Tue May 20 2008 18:45:00

The war hero opposes a popular bill to boost veterans' benefits. And the Democrats will make sure voters know it

About 8,000 'surge' troops will remain in Iraq, Pentagon saysupdated: Mon Feb 25 2008 19:21:00

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.

U.S. senators forced to make emergency landing in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Feb 21 2008 15:55:00

A helicopter carrying three U.S. senators was forced to make an emergency landing in Afghanistan Thursday, military and congressional sources tell CNN.

Domenici announces his retirement from Senateupdated: Thu Oct 04 2007 21:11:00

Republicans' tough task of taking back control of the Senate next year now looks even tougher.

Agriculture secretary to resign; Senate run expectedupdated: Thu Sep 20 2007 10:32:00

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.

Analysis: Hagel's decision a blow to GOP's Senate prospectsupdated: Mon Sep 10 2007 18:08:00

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.

Hagel calling it quits when term endsupdated: Sun Sep 09 2007 06:43:00

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.

GOP's Hagel joins calls for Gonzales' resignationupdated: Wed May 16 2007 22:28:00

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.

Hagel hints at a 2008 run with New York's Bloombergupdated: Mon May 14 2007 10:34:00

Expressing dismay over the Republican Party's trajectory, Sen. Chuck Hagel said Sunday that an independent presidential bid would be good for the nation.

Withdrawal timeline survives Senate voteupdated: Tue Mar 27 2007 19:45:00

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.

War critic Hagel delays decision on presidential runupdated: Mon Mar 12 2007 08:08:00

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.

GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel to announce political plansupdated: Wed Mar 07 2007 20:28:00

Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel is expected to announce his decision on a presidential race Monday in his home state of Nebraska.

7 GOP senators to force debate on troops in Iraqupdated: Thu Feb 08 2007 08:34:00

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.

Bipartisan resolution opposes Bush plan on Iraqupdated: Wed Jan 17 2007 12:15:00

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.

Poll: Two-thirds of Americans oppose more troops in Iraqupdated: Fri Jan 12 2007 08:58:00

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.

GOP senator: Bush plan could match Vietnam blunderupdated: Thu Jan 11 2007 10:28:00

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: This is not what Americans voted forupdated: Wed Jan 10 2007 00:59:00

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.

Hagel: U.S. should pull out of 'mismanaged' Iraqupdated: Sun Nov 26 2006 20:52:00

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.

GOP senator: 'No good options' in Iraqupdated: Sun Aug 06 2006 21:35:00

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.

Key Republican breaks with Bush on Mideastupdated: Mon Jul 31 2006 17:12:00

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.

Concerns raised over Guard border planupdated: Sun May 14 2006 10:47:00

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.

GOP senators offer immigration planupdated: Wed Apr 05 2006 08:58:00

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.

U.S., Iraqi officials take sides on civil war debateupdated: Sun Mar 19 2006 12:35:00

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.

Bipartisan call for wiretapping probeupdated: Tue Dec 20 2005 15:52:00

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.

Cheney raps Democrats on war chargesupdated: Thu Nov 17 2005 10:45:00

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."

Hagel: Iraq war has destabilized Mideast, resembles Vietnamupdated: Sun Aug 21 2005 12:15:00

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.

Hagel: Iraq growing more like Vietnamupdated: Thu Aug 18 2005 22:12:00

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.

Sheehan leaves antiwar camp updated: Thu Aug 18 2005 18:40:00

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.

Time report fuels Guantanamo criticismupdated: Mon Jun 13 2005 04:06:00

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.

Under age, under the influenceupdated: Fri Jun 03 2005 10:43:00

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.

Senators seek Powell's advice on Boltonupdated: Fri Apr 22 2005 17:15:00

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.

Hagel 'troubled' by Bolton allegationsupdated: Mon Apr 18 2005 07:42:00

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.

Pentagon runs clandestine intelligence-gathering infrastructureupdated: Sun Jan 23 2005 17:56:00

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.

Signature on death letters fuels Rumsfeld criticismupdated: Sun Dec 19 2004 01:41:00

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.

Tough question starts Washington firestormupdated: Fri Dec 17 2004 14:33:00

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.

So who's waiting in the wings for 2008's show?updated: Sat Nov 06 2004 20:53:00

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.

Hastert's al Qaeda comment draws fireupdated: Sun Sep 19 2004 19:11:00

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.

McCain: Bush not straight enough on Iraqupdated: Sun Sep 19 2004 15:56:00

Several Republicans and Democrats took President Bush to task on Sunday's talk shows over his repeated assertions that all is well in Iraq.

Iraqi leader: Saddam trial could begin in Octoberupdated: Sun Sep 19 2004 12:38:00

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 cautious about Iraqi transferupdated: Mon Jun 28 2004 15:13:00

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.

Pentagon officials grilled about war's costupdated: Wed Apr 21 2004 12:06:00

The Bush administration has failed to provide a realistic assessment of how much the war in Iraq will cost taxpayers, lawmakers charged Wednesday.

The Raimondo fiasco updated: Thu Mar 18 2004 12:10:00

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.

Kerry's victory lap, continuedupdated: Thu Mar 11 2004 01:59:00

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.

Fortune: Second Place Really Mattersupdated: Mon Aug 14 2000 00:01:00

George W. Bush can't be elected President unless he allays fears that he's a lightweight. Al Gore can't win without California. These imperatives will strongly influence the candidates' choice of r...

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