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  1. Behind the News

    Shadow Lobbying

    April 27, 2004 02:54 PM

    By Susan Q. Stranahan A largely behind-the-scenes lobbying effort is underway that could affect the manner in which campaigns are financed during this election, and many to come. That effort may also have the unintended effect of rocking the... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    Regional Focus, National Focus

    April 27, 2004 12:43 PM

    Four hours, a million bucks, and a policy speech. That sums up George Bush's visit to Minnesota yesterday. And depending on who did the reporting, the trip offered something for everyone covering the race. Jim Ragsdale and Bill Salisbury... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    Battlefield Plans

    April 26, 2004 02:33 PM

    For months, the national media has spoon-fed us this wisdom: Ohio is a make-or-break state for the Kerry campaign. Why Ohio, and what are the issues there? That's the question Carl Weiser of Gannett's Washington bureau tackled yesterday.... Continue reading

  4. The Water Cooler

    Ron Brownstein on Tail Winds, Floorboards, and Butterfly Wings

    April 23, 2004 10:11 AM

    Ron Brownstein Ron Brownstein is the national political correspondent and a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and an analyst for CNN. He joined the Times in... Continue reading

  5. Politics

    Anybody Get The License Number of That Truck?

    April 19, 2004 11:17 AM

    Every reporter learns early on that two different witnesses to a vehicular accident often offer wildly different descriptions. John Kerry appeared on "Meet the Press" yesterday, and, while it didn't exactly qualify as a car wreck, we here... Continue reading

  6. Politics

    Putting a Sock In It

    April 19, 2004 10:28 AM

    Column-writing is a brutal occupation. The beast is insatiable; it must be constantly fed. Some days you can serve up filet, some days stale fish sticks with freezer burn. In sitting down to write her regular Monday White House... Continue reading

  7. Blog Report

    Bloggers Go Global

    April 16, 2004 11:50 AM

    Amy Elizabeth Sullivan at PoliticalAims (who confesses a fondness for hockey over media gaggles) is still mulling some of George Bush's language during his Tuesday press conference. (She listened to it on radio, so no distractions from the <a... Continue reading

  8. Blog Report

    The Day After, The Tax Man Cometh

    April 15, 2004 01:12 PM

    A day after the post-Bush press conference cyber-frenzy, poli-bloggers as a group appear to have rolled over, sighed in exhaustion and reached for a cigarette. (Campaign Desk knows the feeling.) But while the mood is markedly mellower, it is... Continue reading

  9. Blog Report

    Rating the Prez & His Press

    April 14, 2004 11:29 AM

    The bulk of the Blog World undoubtedly is sleeping in this morning, having been up so late last night venting, er, composing. If the president's press conference stirred up nothing else, it did serve to get those creative juices flowing.... Continue reading

  10. Blog Report

    Ready for Prime Time

    April 13, 2004 12:15 PM

    George Bush's third prime-time press conference, scheduled for this evening, sent bloggers racing to their keyboards. Describing the president's decision to meet the media as "news that shouldn't be news," Amy Sullivan envisions a polite give-and-take, courtesy of... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    Accounting 101

    April 12, 2004 04:55 PM

    It's a good thing New York Times reporter Glen Justice isn't keeping the books over at the Kerry or Bush campaigns. He has a real problem with properly identifying campaign donors -- a real no-no in accounting circles, and not... Continue reading

  12. Blog Report

    Turning Up the Heat on Kerry

    April 12, 2004 01:03 PM

    While much of the blog world is still busy parsing the language of the most famous Presidential Daily Briefing ever and debating both the veracity of Condi Rice and the White House's level of engagement, a few contrarian pundits are... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    American-Statesman’s “Great Divide” Part II

    April 8, 2004 02:55 PM

    The bedrock of American democracy -- the give and take of ideas among voters with disparate beliefs -- is rapidly disappearing in much of the country. In its place is an increasingly isolated citizenry who live and work among those... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    Going the Extra Inch

    April 7, 2004 01:09 PM

    While the rest of the media is in full battle mode today speculating about national security advisor Condoleezza Rice's testimony tomorrow before the ten-member commission investigating the September 11th terrorist attack, USA Today's Mimi Hall is looking backward and <a... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    Background Noise

    April 6, 2004 11:32 AM

    Regular readers of Campaign Desk know we have a thing about anonymous sources -- and some gripes about how new rules that limit their use are being routinely side-stepped. Today, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank flips over the... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    The Austin American-Statesman Shows the Wai

    April 5, 2004 11:13 AM

    Nationwide, America appears to be almost equally divided, with Democrats and Republicans in a 50-50 balance. If nothing else, that ought to lead to plenty of spirited back-and-forth among friends and neighbors, right? Nope. Look closer and that balance goes... Continue reading

  17. Behind the News

    Where We Are, How We Got Here

    April 4, 2004 10:01 AM

    By Susan Q. Stranahan Is this presidential election campaign being covered any differently, or any better, than past campaigns? While there are seven months to go before the initial vote is tallied, there has already been plenty of election... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    Putting Us There

    April 1, 2004 03:59 PM

    Of this, voters in Ohio can be certain: Before November, they'll see plenty of the candidates and their surrogates. As a designated battleground state, Ohio is currently considered a toss-up between President Bush and Sen. Kerry. Voters also... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    The Sole of the Campaign

    April 1, 2004 02:37 PM

    Every once in a while here at Campaign Desk we amaze ourselves with our ability to spot trends long before anyone else. We read with interest today's New York Times report about a campaign appearance by Sen. John Kerry.... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    States of the Union

    March 30, 2004 12:07 PM

    George Bush and John Kerry aren't the only office-seekers cooing at babies, petting cows and giving high-fives this campaign season. Although the run for the White House has garnered most of the media attention thus far, races for control of... Continue reading

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