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Presidential campaigns. Romney out; McCain seeks unity "Sen. John McCain yesterday told conservatives to overcome past disagreements and trust him to carry their banner on national security and cutting spending," Romney Out, McCain Looks Ahead "Sen. John McCain effectively sealed the Republican presidential nomination yesterday when former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney abruptly left the race." Romney quits GOP race, stunning conservatives "Sen. John McCain moved significantly closer to the Republican presidential nomination Thursday when former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney unexpectedly announced he was ending his campaign for president," Romney failed the 'authentic' test " the collapse of Romney's campaign contains an important reminder that what impresses in political backrooms does not always impress voters. A long list of political assets, and the support of party leaders, is not enough to make up for a failure to connect with voters and to deliver a clear, consistent message."
Evangelicals. Evangelical Leader Endorses Huckabee "James Dobson, one of the nation's most prominent evangelical Christian leaders, backed Mike Huckabee's presidential bid, giving the former Arkansas governor a long-sought endorsement as the Republican field narrowed to a two-man race." Huckabee on track to play the spoiler "Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is a tremendous long shot for winning the Republican presidential nomination, but he has the potential to undermine Sen. John McCain's general election prospects," Evangelicals divided "A lack of enthusiasm for McCain among some evangelicals could lead to a lower voter turnout, which may tilt the election in favor of the Democrats."
Democratic campaign. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama go head-to-head in fundraising "Raising money at a furious pace, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama kicked off the next phase of their neck-and-neck fight to secure the Democratic presidential nomination as several contests loom immediately ahead."
Stimulus. Congress Approves Stimulus Package "Congress gave overwhelming final approval to legislation that would send government payments to most American households and grant tax incentives for business investment," Congress OKs $168-billion stimulus package "In a rare bipartisan compromise, Congress approved a two-year, $168-billion economic stimulus package that will send rebate checks to millions of low- and middle-income Americans, including senior citizens and disabled veterans." Long recession seen "The U.S. economy has entered a recession that will be more painful and drawn out than the usual downturn,