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June 12, 2008 | Tom Hamburger, Times Staff Writer
A political insider tapped by Barack Obama to vet potential running mates resigned Wednesday, saying he wanted to prevent a controversy over his personal finances from hurting the Democratic presidential candidate's campaign. The unpaid advisor, Jim Johnson, was chosen by Obama last month to serve on a three-member team screening prospective nominees for vice president.
February 19, 2009 | Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten
President Obama's campaign fund moved Wednesday to distance him from the burgeoning scandal involving Texas businessman R. Allen Stanford, donating the value of Stanford's $4,600 campaign contribution to a Chicago charity.
June 1, 2008 | Faye Fiore and Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writers
Barack Obama announced Saturday that he and his wife had resigned as members of their Chicago church in the wake of controversial remarks from its pulpit that have become a serious distraction to his presidential campaign. In a letter dated Friday to the pastor, the Rev. Otis Moss III, Obama said he and his wife, Michelle, had come to the decision "with some sadness."
December 23, 2008 | Associated Press
Hillary Rodham Clinton has written off $13.1 million in personal funds she lent to her failed presidential campaign, new disclosure reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show. Clinton lent the money in several installments last spring as she fought Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, a battle she ultimately lost. The former first lady and New York senator has been working to pay off the debt to clear the way for confirmation as Obama's secretary of State.
June 10, 2007 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
Sen. John McCain stopped by Tabu Ultra Lounge, next to the craps and roulette tables on the MGM Grand casino floor, and left with roughly $400,000 for his presidential campaign. Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani walked away from the Red Rock Casino with $100,000, courtesy of the owners of Station Casinos Inc., whose interests include Nevada and California gambling halls. Sen.
October 29, 2008 | Meg James, James is a Times staff writer.
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's half-hour campaign commercial is scheduled to run tonight on all of the major television networks -- except ABC. The senator from Illinois this month arranged to buy tonight's 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. slot on CBS, NBC and Spanish-language network Univision. Fox Broadcasting joined the field after Major League Baseball agreed to delay the start time of tonight's World Series game. Walt Disney Co.-owned ABC, however, initially balked at selling its 8 p.m.
February 14, 2008 | GEORGE SKELTON
If the old Navy pilot can tune out the siren song luring him to starboard, he might have an outside chance of navigating California's treacherous waters in November. Otherwise, he's headed for the rocks. Sen. John McCain's original course -- tacking sometimes to port, other times to starboard -- always was the most promising route to California. Independent-minded. Not a servant of anyone's ideology. Oriented toward the environment. Believes global warming is real and should be confronted.
December 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Mike Huckabee once advocated isolating AIDS patients from the general public, opposed increased federal funding in the search for a cure and said homosexuality could "pose a dangerous public health risk." As a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in 1992, Huckabee answered 229 questions submitted to him by the Associated Press. Besides a quarantine, Huckabee suggested that Hollywood celebrities fund AIDS research from their own pockets, rather than relying on federal health agencies.
October 24, 2008 | Larry Gordon, Gordon is a Times staff writer.
To many students at UCLA, Charles E. Young is a building or a street, not a breathing, teaching human being. After all, two prominent features of the Westwood campus are the Charles E. Young Research Library and Charles E. Young Drive, both named for the charismatic chancellor who led UCLA for nearly 30 years until he retired in 1997.
September 21, 2007 | Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer
In their quest for black voters, Democratic presidential front-runners Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama raced to Selma, Ala., six months ago to commemorate a historic civil rights march. Each used tightly scripted church sermons to declare their personal links to the freedom fighters of the 1960s.
December 5, 2008 | Peter Wallsten, Wallsten is a writer in our Washington bureau.
James Dillon, a onetime Republican activist who grew disgusted with politics, was so inspired by Barack Obama's candidacy that he joined the campaign's massive volunteer army, hosting house parties and recruiting supporters. But beyond influencing the November election, Dillon thought he was joining a new political movement that would be mobilized for big goals -- to end poverty or fix the healthcare system, or maybe to end the U.S. reliance on foreign oil.
December 3, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy and Martha Groves, McGreevy and Groves are Times staff writers.
More than 60% of Californians who were eligible to vote cast ballots in the Nov. 4 presidential election, the highest turnout since Richard Nixon and George McGovern competed for the office in 1972, elections officials reported Tuesday. The total includes all qualified citizens, including those who had not registered to vote. The percentage of registered voters who cast ballots statewide was 80.6% -- 81.9% in Los Angeles County.
November 28, 2008 | Don Terry, Terry writes for the Chicago Tribune.
A rainbow runs through Tyler Winograd's veins. His mother, Maile, is half black and half Chinese American. His father, Jeff, is white and grew up Jewish in Evanston, Ill. "I always check 'Other' on my college applications," Winograd said. But on election day, Winograd was filling out a different kind of form. The 18-year-old accompanied his parents to the polling place across the street from their Glencoe, Ill., home to cast a ballot for president for the first time.
November 14, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
A Roman Catholic priest told parishioners they should not take Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democrat supports abortion, and supporting him "constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil." The Rev. Jay Scott Newman said in a letter distributed Sunday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville that they were putting their souls at risk.
November 12, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
In his first interview since he conceded the presidential election, John McCain said that Sarah Palin did not damage his campaign, and he dismissed aides' anonymous criticism of her. "I'm so proud of her and I'm very grateful she agreed to run with me," McCain told Jay Leno during a "Tonight Show" interview. "She inspired people; she still does." McCain alluded to the difficult political environment for Republicans nationwide and said, "I could tell you a lot of things that we may have made mistakes on."
November 9, 2008 | Peter Wallsten, Wallsten is a Times staff writer.
As they review the results of Tuesday's election victories and begin looking toward future campaigns, some Democrats have settled on a rallying cry: Texas is next. It sounds improbable for the Republican bastion that produced President Bush and served as an early laboratory for Karl Rove's hard-nosed tactics.
February 14, 2007 | Mark Z. Barabak, Times Staff Writer
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney formally launched his bid for president Tuesday, joining a crowd of candidates in both parties denouncing Washington and the political status quo. "It is time for innovation and transformation," the Republican hopeful said. "I do not believe Washington can be transformed from within by a lifelong politician. There have been too many deals, too many favors, too many entanglements and too little real-world experience managing, guiding, leading."
November 6, 2008 | Tina Susman and Peter Spiegel, Susman and Spiegel are Times staff writers.
Presidential election exit polls showed that the economy was uppermost on the minds of most Americans. But when Baghdad-based Army Maj. Ian Howard cast his ballot, his top concern was whether this would be his last deployment to Iraq. So Howard, a lifelong Republican, threw his support to Barack Obama, who has advocated a swift withdrawal of U.S. forces. "I don't want to come back here for another tour," Howard said Wednesday.
November 9, 2008 | Don Frederick, Frederick is a Times staff writer.
Regardless of what I did for a living, I would have been following the presidential campaign -- obsessively. It's a deep-seated disorder, one that probably took root when the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon face-off unfolded before my 9-year-old eyes. As this similarly memorable race played out, I was allowed a vantage point made to order for such a character defect: blogger. It's an evolving craft, with few set-in-stone rules.
November 9, 2008 | Cathleen Decker, Decker is a Times staff writer.
As he vaulted into national acclaim with his 2004 Democratic convention speech, Barack Obama directly took on the assumption that his party should cede religious voters to the Republicans. "We worship an awesome God in the blue states," he said, pointedly adopting words from a song familiar to churchgoers, particularly younger ones.
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