Jay Newton-Small

Jay Newton-Small is Washington 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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Take Back America

Not unsurprisingly, Obama won the Take Back America straw poll. The progressives today finish their annual three-day conference here in DC. A whopping 72% were for Obama, compared to 16% for Clinton, with just 12% saying they’d be happy with either. And 69% said Obama was better equipped to beat McCain versus 15% for Clinton. (See …

Campaigns Descend on Congress

Capitol Hill this morning was quite a scene with all three presidential candidates in residence. Campaign reporters hovered over the desks of their congressional counterparts. There was John McCain and Lindsey Graham chatting up Dennis Kucinich by the Ohio Clock. Were they seeking an endorsement? “No,” laughed Kucinich, who is still …

Speaking of Veep

Obama finally struck back at the Clintons’ sugestions that he would make a fabulous vice president, urging voters not to be hoodwinked and trotting out Bill Clinton’s own criteria for his VP choice in 1992.

Bill Clinton on CBS News on May 22, 1992:

Q. What’s–what’s the most important criteria, as far as you’re concerned?
A. Someone who

Outrageous – Update

Having highlighted Charlotte Allen’s disastrous op-ed for the Post’s Outlook section last Sunday, I wanted to follow up with this good dissection by Post ombudsman Deborah Howell of the paper’s thinking behind the story (not to mention Katha Pollitt’s smart critique from Friday). Kudos to Warren Bass for getting it right, though I’m …

The Question of Veep

Bill Clinton, campaigning in Pass Christian, Mississippi, today underlined the Clinton campaign’s latest favorite narrative: that they’d like to see Barack Obama as Hillary’s vice president.

I know that she has always been open to it, because she believes that if you can unite the energy and the new people that he’s brought in

City Slicker

Election day in Texas! And that means… cattle?
Obama this morning took a tour of the Future Farmers of America exhibit in Houston, Texas. We’d been promised a rodeo by his handlers and had been wondering: who rides rodeo at 8:30am? Turns out no one. And, alas, Obama didn’t go near any of the prize bulls and cows being groomed by …

Lap of Luxury

Responding to Karen’s post…

We did stay at the swanky Fairmont Hotel last night in Chicago, which had a nice spa and offered $60 specialty bathes that the hotel’s bubble bath connoisseur (talk about a career specialty!) can run for any guest. And tonight we’re staying somewhere pretty nice as well, though the Secret Service might …

A Micro Snap Shot of Obama’s Union GOTV in Ohio

I spent a good part of the last week looking at Obama’s sudden popularity with unions. Here’s my story, but there was some color that got cut out that I thought I’d share. If it is a true microcosm of what’s going on in Ohio, it’s really interesting.

The Obama campaign and its union partners are aiming to knock on a million

Blame Canada? Blame Obama

A couple of days ago I blogged about this CTV story that the Obama campaign had reassured the Canadian government the Illinois Senator’s populist rhetoric on NAFTA was simply for the primaries and that Canada shouldn’t worry. At the time, both the Canada government and the Obama campaign vehemently denied the story.

Turns out, thanks to …

Westerville: Part Two

Following up on Karen’s post.

The program at Westerville Central High began an hour late, due, in part to Obama’s tardiness from this morning and to the time it took for him to greet inside and outside overflow supporters here. Yesterday, the campaign ran out of the 1,700 tickets they allotted for this “smaller” town hall …


This is an unbelievable (and not in a good sense) editorial by Charlotte Allen in the Washington Post today.

The basic gist: women are silly for liking Obama and expressing it (or expressing enthusiasm in general for anything). Hillary Clinton is a terrible candidate and women on the whole are dumb. Two excepts:

Take Sen. Hillary

Blame Canada

Canadian TV (CTV) caused a kafuffle yesterday when they reported that a “senior member” of Obama’s campaign called the Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Wilson to warn him that the Illinois Senator would be taking some “heavy swings” at NAFTA but not to take such language too seriously as it’s all just “campaign …

Lewis Finally Makes Up His Mind

He’s for Clinton. He’s for Obama. He’s for Clinton. He’s not saying. And, wait, yup, he’s for Obama.

John Lewis FINALLY makes up his mind, telling the Atlanta Constitution Journal that neither Clinton nor Obama are returning his calls at this point.

“I did it because I felt I had to support Mrs. Clinton because of our friendship,”

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