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September 27, 2008 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader lambasted the Democrats and Republicans on Friday as a "two-party dictatorship" that has squandered decades of power and allowed corporate greed to dictate American policy.
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January 5, 2008 | Robin Fields and Chuck Neubauer, Times Staff Writers
Dismissing a claim that Norman Hsu's right to a speedy trial had been violated because California authorities didn't fully pursue him after he fled from justice 16 years ago, a San Mateo County judge on Friday sentenced the former Democratic fundraiser to three years in prison for fraud. Hsu faces a number of other legal troubles. Last month a federal grand jury in New York indicted Hsu, 56, on charges of operating a large new Ponzi scheme and making illegal campaign contributions to Sen.
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May 7, 2008 | Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer
Tuesday's voting in Indiana and North Carolina put Hillary Rodham Clinton no closer to overtaking Barack Obama on the path to the Democratic presidential nomination. That now leaves Clinton with one overriding task: to make the path longer. For most of the year, June 3 beckoned as the end of an exhausting nominating calendar, the day that the final states hold primaries to choose between Clinton and Obama.
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April 11, 2008 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
Amid widespread concerns about the nation's mortgage crisis, John McCain outlined Thursday a proposal to help "well-meaning, deserving homeowners who are facing foreclosure" and called for a Justice Department investigation into possible "criminal wrongdoing" by unscrupulous lenders. The proposals marked a shift in tone from McCain's admonition two weeks ago against adopting a mortgage plan that would be "a multibillion-dollar bailout for big banks and speculators."
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June 17, 2008 | From the Washington Post
Former Vice President Al Gore stepped forward to endorse Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for president on Monday night -- an attention-grabbing event that came as no surprise but renewed the speculation about whether they might form a joint ticket. Obama's first campaign appearance with Gore, at the Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit, came after Gore announced his support in a blog item on his website, AlGore.com.
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April 13, 2008 | DON FREDERICK AND ANDREW MALCOLM
Most of the attention on the effect of Double O -- Obama and Oprah -- has been focused on how much the daytime television diva helped her home-state senator by endorsing him and appearing at all those rallies in Iowa and South Carolina with him. The 54-year-old Chicago TV hostess also helped raise a hefty chunk of change by loaning out her Montecito estate for that Barack Obama fundraiser last summer.
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December 15, 2007 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
She was a disciplined candidate atop a polished campaign, but Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is now mired in the most serious crisis of her 11-month bid for the White House, as a rolling series of missteps threatens to topple her as the Democratic front-runner. The large crowds that once came to see her have thinned. Trusted campaign surrogates have veered wildly off message.
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August 13, 2008 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
Eager to take down Hillary Rodham Clinton's toughest opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination, a top aide came up with a novel -- and hard-edged -- strategy. In a March 2007 memo to the candidate, Mark Penn, a longtime pollster and strategist for the Clintons, urged the New York senator's campaign to paint Barack Obama as "fundamentally" foreign. Clinton never embraced that theme, preferring instead to cast Obama as untested and too inexperienced to be commander in chief.
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August 15, 2008 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
A Democratic National Convention that is supposed to showcase Barack Obama will devote a considerable amount of time to Hillary Rodham Clinton and her family, with the two campaigns announcing an agreement Thursday to formally enter her name into nomination. The development means that during the state-by-state vote on a nominee for president, delegates will have the option of choosing Clinton rather than Obama -- giving supporters a chance to cheer her candidacy one last time.
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August 5, 2008 | Peter Nicholas and Janet Hook, Times Staff Writers
With the politics of energy shifting as rapidly as gasoline prices, Democrats, led by presidential candidate Barack Obama, are retreating from long-held positions and scrambling to offer distressed voters more immediate relief from spiraling costs. The change has been most striking on the campaign trail, where Obama said in a speech Monday that he would abandon his past position and support tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to quickly cut prices at the gasoline pump.
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