Jay Newton-Small

Jay Newton-Small is the congressional correspondent for TIME. Born in New York, she spent time growing up in Asia, Australia and Europe following her vagabond United Nations parents. A graduate of Tufts University and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, Jay previously covered politics for Bloomberg News. And, yes, despite the misleading name SHE is a she.

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Obama and SCOTUS

Barack Obama had some interesting thoughts on two of the Supreme Court decisions this week that would seem to indicate he’s trending to the middle. First, the court decided that child rape was not a Capital Crime. Obama told reporters yesterday that his decision to oppose the ruling was an emotional one as he has two daughters around …

Obama’s Plan

Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe spent a little over an hour briefing the Washington press corps at the DNC today. In a tone that could only be described as confident, Plouffe laid out their General Election strategy in a power point slide show. Here’s a brief summary:

1) Hold the states that Kerry won in 2004, which accounted …


My story out today on Obama’s swing to the middle as the General Election starts. My sense is it’s probably best to get through much of this stuff now during the summer lull and still months away from November for both candidates.

Obama Asks Donors to Raise Money For Clinton

Barack Obama asked his finance committee this afternoon to help Senator Hillary Clinton retire her debt. On a conference call that lasted about 45 minutes Obama made a personal plea to his top donors, telling them he considered it a personal imperative now that Democrats are all “one big family,” a donor who was on the call recounted …

Pelosi On Clinton

At a Christian Science Monitor breakfast this morning Nancy Pelosi was asked about sexism in the Democratic primaries. The highest-ranking woman to ever win U.S. public office seemed a little taken aback. “Is there sexism? Probably so. Is it responsible for the defeat? I really wouldn’t have the scientific knowledge – all of the …

Scott’s Big Day

All of the fireworks over Scott McClellan’s turncoat book finally culminated in last Friday’s kabuki testimony before the House Oversight Committee where Dems indulged in the word “impeachment” and the GOP tried their best to eat one of their own. But for all of the outrage, Scott’s book shouldn’t be that surprising. He’s …

Lieberman’s Liberation

Story today on Lieberman’s slow separation from the Democratic Party.

One detail that didn’t make it into the story:
Anyone looking for a hint at where Joe Lieberman’s loyalties lies need go no further than the foyer to his Senate offices. There the Connecticut Independent has a proud display of photos of himself with U.S. …

Southern Fried Obama

Obama’s biggest push in the South will be in Georgia, as I write today, North Carolina and Virginia. It’s interesting because according to the Joint Center — a non-partisan group that tracks black voters — his best shots are the states where Kerry won more than a quarter of the white vote and therefore the base starts out already more …

Gore Endorses Obama

Not that this comes as a surprise, but read his endorsement here if your interested. And Gore will appear with Obama tonight in Michigan for those of you looking for something to watch on cable tv tonight.

Hillary for Veep?

In a move bound to reignite speculation that Hillary might be offered the vice presidential slot, the Obama campaign announced that none other than Patti Solis Doyle, Clinton’s former campaign manager, would be “chief of staff to the vice presidential nominee.” A complete list of other senior positions they announced today is after …

Jindal’s Exorcism

Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal has been mentioned as a potential veep for McCain, and he may bring some, um, interesting talents to the table — such as excorism. This 1994 New Oxford Review article authored by Jindal, who converted to Catholicism in high school and is known for being very devout, has been kicking around the

Johnson Steps Aside

The Obama campaign just put out this statement:

“Jim did not want to distract in any way from the very important task of gathering information about my vice presidential nominee, so he has made a decision to step aside that I accept. We have a very good selection process underway, and I am confident that it will produce a number of

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