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How Hatch Wooed Palin, and the Right

The two people least surprised by Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Senator Orrin Hatch this week are Palin and Hatch. In the Twitter and Facebook era, they became political allies the old-fashioned way: through handwritten letters and personal phone …

Red-Hued New Jersey?

Middletown, N.J. — It takes Joe Kyrillos, a 52-year-old state senator, 15 minutes to reach his table at the New Monmouth Diner. It’s late in the afternoon and the crowd has thinned, but two silver-haired grandfathers want a word, and a youn…

Fischer Takes On Kerrey

Deb Fischer, a conservative state senator, shocked the political world on Tuesday by beating two better-financed opponents in Nebraska’s Republican Senate primary. She now faces Bob Kerrey, a former governor and senator, in the general election. …

Rand Rises

As Representative Ron Paul, a 76-year-old Texan, slows down his presidential campaign, libertarians are looking for their next champion. But their search will be short.
Over the past two years, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, the candidate’s chari…

Capitalizing on Bain

Newt Gingrich’s barbs against Bain Capital, Mitt Romney’s old investment firm, during the Republican presidential-primary campaign were merely an appetizer. Months later, the Obama campaign is launching its own Bain blitz, releasing a maudl…