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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Care For a Mint With That Pillow?

Anyone wondering if tonight’s debate between Obama and Clinton would be sugar or spice you got your answer 16 minutes in: SPICE!

After a 16 minute somewhat testy but nicely substantive exchange on healthcare – Obama challenged HRC to lay out how she’d enforce her mandate and she accused him of leaving 50 million people out in the …

Edwards, What’s Taking So Long?

What is John Edwards holding out for? Attorney general? Secretary of Labor?

With each passing day the power of an Edwards endorsement is dwindling. Which begs the question: why didn’t he strike while the iron is hot? The progressive groups that endorsed him – and those whose sway he could’ve claimed if he’d endorsed earlier – …

Slinging Cheese Curds

When did Wisconsin get so nasty? In week dominated by tit-for-tat conference calls, mailers and tv spots filled with accusations and counter-punches the Obama campaign said today they expect this is just a preview for the Ohio and Texas contests on March 4.

“I would imagine that what your seeing in Wisconsin is just a precursor to …

Obama Claims the (Thorny) Crown

His blowout victories yesterday in the Potomac Primaries have prompted Barack Obama’s campaign to finally embrace his frontrunner status. After weeks of downplaying expectations, even before contests where he led in the polls by 20+ percentage points, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe today said: “We believe that it’s next to …

Obama is the Frontrunner

For anyone who thinks this race might be a tie, and yes, David Axelrod, that includes you, there’s a lot of evidence today that Obama is now the frontrunner. He leads in number of states won, he leads by his own campaign’s tally in pledged delegates, he is so far ahead in the money race that his opponent is borrowing money and he …

Inside Obama’s Party

It’s 8:30pm CDT in Chicago and Obama’s victory party at the Hyatt in downtown Chicago is just starting to fill up. Most of the select attendees are long time volunteers or donors. After a messy South Carolina victory party where hundreds of people, including many press, were locked out by the fire marshal, the campaign was very …

Dems Debating Debates

At a press conference all about lowering expectations, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe got a little peeved when asked about the Clinton campaign’s announcement today that she will be doing four more debates, calling the move a “tactic out of the second tier congressional campaign playbook so I’m a little surprised that we’ve …

Obama: “Clinton is the Favorite”

Senator Barack Obama cast his vote in his hometown of Hyde Park, IL today, quipping: “It was close but in the end I went for Obama.” He then paused to answer a couple of questions for reporters. He played down expectations, but in the end predicted that no clear winner will emerge from today’s voting.

“I still think that Senator …

Kerry-Obama, Full Circle

Four years ago John Kerry took the stage on a rainy April evening in Chicago. It was the day after the Illinois primary – the contest that put Kerry over the 50% threshold of Democratic delegates and made him nominee presumptive. He was there to campaign on behalf of the newly minted Democratic nominee to represent Illinois in the …

California, State of Women?

I was struck a few days ago by the blunt admission by Hillary’s California field director to me in an interview that HRC focuses her outreach, not only in California but in most states, almost exclusively on women. Which explains Obama’s feminine offensive yesterday with Michelle, Oprah, Caroline Kennedy and Maria Shriver, not to …

Maria Shriver for Obama!!!

In a shocker surprise endorsement, Maria Shriver — First Lady of California and Ahh-nold’s wife, just showed up at the Michelle Obama, Oprah, Caroline Kennedy rally in Los Angeles.

She’s taking the stage now, more to come.

Update:
Now that I’ve finally made it to LAX…

Shriver, wearing a suede brown western-style jacket, explained …

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