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DENVER -- You can count Seneca Nation President Maurice A. John Sr. among those entranced by the Democratic convention. John is in Denver, along with former Seneca President Barry Snyder -- chairman of the Seneca Gaming Corp. -- and tribal counsel Robert Obawi Porter. “This is a special opportunity for me to represent the Seneca people at the Democratic convention,” John…

DENVER -- Not that anybody's counting, but it took 15 minutes of speechifying before anyone mentioned Sen. Barack Obama at this morning's New York delegation breakfast. And that wasn't the only sign of...well...restraint on the part of the New York delegation, which was wedded tightly to the presidential ambitions of Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York. State Democratic Cha…

DENVER -- Hillary Clinton today asked her delegates to support Barack Obama -- while also telling them they could still vote for her during Wednesday's Democratic National Convention. Making her first appearance at the convention where Democrats will nominate Obama as their presidential standard-bearer, Clinton stressed that she will do everything she can to get her oneti…

        Barack Obama will accept the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday in front of one of the largest crowds to ever witness such an event … and less than half of the size of the one that welcomed him in Germany a few weeks ago.    Why is that relevant?    Because Obama's recent and modest slide in the polls, which left …

   WASHINGTON … It's 3 a.m. You are in bed and before you fell asleep, you thought the country was safe.    But then, at 3 a.m., you receive a text message.    Could it be that someone has died?    Or that you're being called in for a work emergency?    No. This 3 a.m. text message is from Barack Obama. And it tells y…

      WASHINGTON -- So here's what three-time congressional candidate Jack Davis had to say about illegal immigration earlier this year:    "In the latter part of this century or the next, Mexicans will be a majority in many of the states and could therefore take control of the state government using the democratic process," Davis, …

    It has been common practice for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee to announce his pick for running mate just as the delegates gather over the weekend before the national convention opens on Monday. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois is signaling he is staying with this custom. Bets are he will announce his choice by Saturday.    As of Wedn…

WASHINGTON - Both presidential campaigns this week attempted to soften their stands on the issue of abortion. The platform committee for the Democratic National Convention, setting the stage for the nomination of Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, bid to woo pro-life voters with proposals aimed at reducing the need for abortions.     Sen. John McCain of Arizona, th…

       WASHINGTON - Barack Obama's presidential campaign got off to a puzzling start in reacting to Russia's invasion of the republic of Georgia, which had sent troops to help the U.S. pacify Iraq.        Hari Sevugan, a spokesman for the Illinois senator who is the Democratic hopeful, said the quick and firm response from Republica…

   Chris Lee, the Republican candidate to succeed Rep. Tom Reynolds in Congress, has had a good week.     And by all accounts, he hardly lifted a finger.   That's because Democrats have been beating each other up as well as tripping all over each other for the past few days. Lee just sits back and watches the "fun."   For Demo…

   WASHINGTON — So for at least some of the time when he was advocating "one America," John Edwards had two women.    Edwards admitted so much today, proving that the National Enquirer can be, like a broken clock, at least partially right some of the time.    The Enquirer weeks ago claimed that Edwards, the former North Carolina se…

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has called on President Bush to persuade the Chinese government to reconsider its order barring from attending the Olympic Games a U.S. gold medalist who is an activist on the issue of genocide in Darfus.         Joey Cheek, who won gold in speedskating in the 2006 Winter Games, said…

   One of the top Republicans in the House of Representatives campaigned in Buffalo for GOP congressional hopeful Chris Lee on Wednesday.    Rep. Tom Cole, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, spoke at a Buffalo Club gathering on Lee's behalf Wednesday morning.     Cole, successor to retiring Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-Clar…

   WASHINGTON —  So far, President Bush seems to be taking the advice given last week by Republican presidential hopeful John McCain to avoid open confrontation with the Chinese Communist dictatorship that is hosting the Summer Olympic Games that opens Friday.     In an interview with David S. Broder, columnist for The Washington Post, Sen. McCain…

WASHINGTON - When federal prosecutors arraigned Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, in a seven count corruption case on Thursday, his attorneys asked the court to have the trial transferred from here to his home state. The reason is in the numbers.   According to an analysis by the conservative group Taxpayers for Common Sense, federal spending in Alaska from all sources has…