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  1. Politics

    Pumping Up the Process

    May 19, 2004 06:58 PM

    In this morning's USA Today, Judy Keen clues us in to a dirty little political secret: The maneuvering that made the politics of rising gas prices a hot story Tuesday began over doughnuts and coffee Saturday morning at... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    We’re All in Kansas Now, Toto

    May 17, 2004 02:54 PM

    With both President Bush and Senator Kerry in Topeka, Kansas today to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, the Los Angeles Times' John M. Glionna treats us to a behind-the-scenes account of "[T]he biggest day... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    Fighting the Last War

    May 14, 2004 03:10 PM

    By Thomas Lang The 2000 election hangover lives on. Coverage of the 2004 election is already being shaped by the apparent lessons of the 2000 contest: The election will be close, one state can make all the difference. The... Continue reading

  4. Politics

    Sound-Bite Sampler

    May 13, 2004 01:51 PM

    Today the St. Petersburg Times' Adam C. Smith provides a refreshing account of Kerry's campaign appearance in Orlando. Smith shuns the "he-said"/"she-said" form these stories often take and challenges conventional wisdom about Kerry's ability to communicate -- that his... Continue reading

  5. Politics

    Houston (and Dallas) We Have a Problem

    May 11, 2004 01:16 PM

    Ralph Nader has kept a low-profile since he announced his candidacy for the presidency last February. Polling results measuring the independent candidate's support at 2-6 percent fuel most of the media attention. Yesterday, however, in an effort to... Continue reading

  6. Behind the News

    The Pull of Polls

    May 10, 2004 05:44 PM

    By Thomas Lang If the 2004 presidential campaign coverage were a sick child, it would certainly be suffering from an unprecedented case of the national poll virus. From the start of April through May 7, 15 separate organizations... Continue reading

  7. Politics

    Ambush by Pull-Quote

    May 4, 2004 03:44 PM

    We're not much into critiquing typographical devices here at Campaign Desk, but there comes a time. This is that time. Before an article is laid to bed at a magazine or newspaper, editors squabble over something called the pull-quote (also... Continue reading

  8. The Water Cooler

    Michael Kranish on Kerry’s Military Records and Power Walks with George H. W. Bush

    April 30, 2004 10:22 AM

    Michael Kranish Michael Kranish has reported from the Boston Globe's Washington D.C. bureau for the last 16 years. He served as the paper's White House correspondent for... Continue reading

  9. Blog Report

    Dems Get Defensive, GOP Parties Down

    April 29, 2004 12:13 PM

    It�s been a while since we�ve taken a look at the pilot fish blogs of the candidates themselves, so today we delved into a few � and a bracing experience it was. Perhaps feeling defensive about yesterday�s thunderstorm... Continue reading

  10. Politics

    Never Say Never

    April 28, 2004 04:20 PM

    "Hardball With Chris Matthews" is celebrating its 7th anniversary, and to mark the occasion it's lined up an all-star list of political celebrities, not to mention a nifty logo featuring a number 7 pool ball. John Kerry played the role... Continue reading

  11. Blog Report

    Raining on Kerry’s Parade

    April 28, 2004 12:01 PM

    Perhaps aware that April showers soon give way to May flowers, the blogosphere turned cumulous this morning and rained insults on John Kerry and his campaign, which it critiques as little more than a steady stream of mumbles, fumbles and... Continue reading

  12. Blog Report

    Kerry vs. Cheney, and the Crowd is Split

    April 26, 2004 12:03 PM

    Sen. John Kerry is set to unleash the campaign attack dogs on Vice President Cheney this week and the amateur (and former professional) campaign managers of the blogosphere are champing at the bit: Center for American Progress team captain, David... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    Hurt In The Fog of War

    April 22, 2004 05:08 PM

    By Thomas Lang How many ways can the press distort the picture painted by John Kerry's military service records? Yesterday, we hoped we had nipped this one in the bud with our report on the press's consistent failure... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    Lost in the Fog of War Records

    April 21, 2004 06:13 PM

    This past Sunday on "Meet the Press," Sen. John Kerry pledged to release all his available military records, a la President Bush. Kerry's vow came in the wake of a controversy that followed a April 14 Boston Globe article... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    Correction Time at the Washington Times

    April 20, 2004 11:42 AM

    As Campaign Desk noted yesterday, Tim Russert drudged up old news Sunday when he pressed Kerry to stand by his statement that leaders from abroad prefer him to Bush. And with old news comes old mistakes. One such mistake... Continue reading

  16. Magazine Report

    Bush: Admirably Strong or Disturbingly Stubborn? Cheney: Implacable Rasputin or Affable Uncle?

    April 20, 2004 10:10 AM

    Newsweek's major campaign story for the April 26 issue, "The Gospel according to George," plays along the Bush is "strong-but-stubborn" story line. As Campaign Desk outlined last week, this thesis appeals to reporters on two counts: It's... Continue reading

  17. Politics

    Catholic Consequence

    April 16, 2004 01:29 PM

    Yesterday afternoon Sen. John Kerry took a break from his usual campaign duties and slotted 45-minutes to meet with Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, who heads a panel investigating what penalties, if any, should be levied against Catholic politicians who vote... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    Mis-taking Bush’s Take

    April 14, 2004 02:47 PM

    Last night's Presidential press conference unleashed a press contingent intent on forcing President Bush to admit to mistakes made during his tenure. Accordingly, most news accounts contained a paraphrase of the question John Dickerson, Time magazine's White House correspondent,... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    Some Battleground

    April 10, 2004 11:39 AM

    At the conclusion of a March post investigating the ever-changing definition of a campaign clich� -- "battleground states" -- we warned, "If this thing keeps growing, there won't be many states left that someone, somewhere, has not... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    Taxing the Rich

    April 8, 2004 05:17 PM

    Almost buried in the papers by the horror of the unfolding Iraq story and the fanfare anticipating Condoleezza Rice's testimony before the 9/11 Commission, Sen. John Kerry last night delivered his anticipated campaign speech outlining specifics of his budget proposal.... Continue reading

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