After a campaign destined to help redefine American politics, Sen. Barack Obama convincingly captured the U.S. presidency Tuesday, making him the country's first black leader.
Obama stressed the importance of the moment to around 70,000 supporters during an outdoor rally in Chicago's Grant Park, telling them that "change has come."
Blog: Obama's Victory Marks Transformative Moment in American Politics
October 30, 2008
Viewers Flock to Comedy Shows for Dose of Campaign Humor Sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live has seen its ratings soar in recent weeks as viewers have tuned in to watch skits about political candidates and campaigns. SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels and head writer Seth Meyers discuss political comedy.
In Final Election Stretch, Newspapers Weigh In With Endorsements As Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain make their final cases to voters in critical states, newspaper editorial boards are weighing in with endorsements of the candidates. Editors from across the country detail which candidates their papers backed and why.
Candidates' Successes, Slumps in Polls Often Echoed by Media Coverage Results of a Project for Excellence in Journalism report indicate media coverage of Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama often mirrors their standing in the polls. A media critic and journalists weigh the impact of the recent findings and the role of media coverage in the 2008 race.
October 22, 2008
Impact of Race on Election Remains an Unknown Factor With Election Day near, questions over how race will impact voter choices in the first presidential election with an African-American candidate representing a major party remain a looming factor. Analysts discuss the role race has -- and has not -- played in the contest.
October 21, 2008
Obama's Record Fundraising Widens Gap With McCain Barack Obama's presidential campaign hauled in $150 million in September, igniting debate over the viability of public financing. Political analysts examine the sources of the cash, funding strategies for John McCain and the impact on fundraising in future elections.
Contention Permeates Final McCain, Obama Debate The two candidates for the presidency engaged on the economy, health care, abortion and other issues in Wednesday night's third and final debate before the election. Political analysts and historians discuss whether either senator emerged victorious.
October 15, 2008
Analysts Preview Final Presidential Debate Wednesday marks the final meeting of the two major presidential candidates in a debate, where they will discuss the relevant issues. Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss what will be in play during the debate.
Biden, Palin Take Spotlight in Highly Anticipated VP Debate Vice presidential candidates Sen. Joe Biden and Gov. Sarah Palin will face off Thursday in their only debate -- a meeting political-watchers say could earn record levels of viewership. Reporters who have been covering Biden and Palin offer insight.
September 19, 2008
Wall Street Upheaveal Puts McCain, Obama to the Test Wall Street's woes put the economy at the top of the campaign agendas of John McCain and Barack Obama this week as the two sought to shape their views on government regulation and other issues. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks examine reactions to the crisis.
September 16, 2008
Presidential Contenders Call for Financial Industry Regulation Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama promised tighter government regulation of Wall Street Tuesday as they struggled to address the country's economic woes from the campaign trail. Campaign advisers debate the candidates' proposals to regulate the investment industry.
September 15, 2008
Obama, McCain React to Wall Street's Turmoil Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama pushed their proposals to reform Wall Street Monday as the financial sector reeled from the demise of Lehman Brothers and the selling of Merrill Lynch. Political reporters discuss the latest campaign news.
Candidates Sharpen Attacks as Campaigns Pick Up Speed As the presidential hopefuls race toward Election Day, the campaigns are taking an increasingly sharper tone both on the campaign trail and in television ads. Political reporters discuss the impact of the latest developments.
September 08, 2008
Candidates Pitch Messages of Change in Battlegrounds The presidential candidates began their first full week of campaigning following their official nominations by visiting key battleground states Monday. Political reporters discuss the status of the campaigns and what lies ahead.
September 05, 2008
Presidential Tickets Offer Women Voters More Choices Although female voters had been leaning Democratic so far in this presidential campaign, Gov. Sarah Palin has brought new appeal to the Republican ticket for socially conservative women. Two analysts examine issues that concern women and how these will influence their vote, especially for Hillary Clinton's former supporters.
GOP Confronts Obstacles to Uniting Party for McCain During the GOP convention, the Republican party has worked to shore up its party unity and combat a fragmented image along conservative lines. Gary Bauer, a former Regan administration official and head of the "American Values" group, and former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift measure the effectiveness of the party's efforts.
September 02, 2008
Joe Lieberman Says McCain Can Bridge Partisan Divide Independent Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, a long-time backer of Sen. John McCain, made the case for McCain's ability to work across partisan lines as a potential president at the GOP convention. Following is text of his speech to the RNC.
September 02, 2008
Shields, Brooks and Historians Offer Insight on RNC's Day Two At the close of the Republican convention's second day, political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks and historians Michael Beschloss and Richard Norton Smith examine the strengths of the night's speeches and the rally for the GOP party in St. Paul.
McCain Spokesman Defends Palin Pick and her Privacy Amid growing controversy surrounding the personal and professional life of Sarah Palin, Tucker Bounds, a spokesman for the GOP campaign, asserts her strengths as a running mate, her appeal on the ticket and her family's right to privacy.
September 02, 2008
Shields and Brooks on RNC Lineup and the Bush Factor As the Republican National Convention resumes with its first full night of prime-time speakers, analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks assess the Sen. John McCain's vice presidential pick, the speeches ahead and the issues at play within the Republican party.
September 02, 2008
GOP Delegates Bring Strong Convictions to Convention At the Republican convention in St. Paul, GOP delegates have been discussing the economic downturn and their support for Sen. John McCain's policies. The NewsHour speaks with delegates from Michigan about their viewpoints and with political experts about the delegates' differences, similarities to voters.
September 02, 2008
'McCain-onomics' Put to the Test in Northern Virginia With the Republican convention underway in St. Paul, the NewsHour's economics correspondent Paul Solman speaks with Nancy Pfotenhauer, an adviser to Sen. John McCain's campaign, about the GOP presidential hopeful's economic policies and how they could impact everyday Americans.
September 02, 2008
GOP Women Defend Palin, Object to Questions About Her Family The choice of Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate has sparked a flurry of debate over balancing career and family and whether even raising such questions is gender bias. GOP Congress Heather Wilson and Mary Fallin give their insights on parenting and politics.
September 01, 2008
Shields and Brooks Weigh Impact of Subdued RNC on McCain Campaign Hurricane Gustav's brush with New Orleans on the first scheduled day of the GOP convention has changed the dynamic of the event. Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the convention's abbreviated first day and what lies ahead in the coming week.
Ahead of History-making Speech, Writers Look at Obama's Career Ahead of Thursday's eagerly-anticipated speech during which Sen. Barack Obama will accept the Democratic nomination and become first black American to lead a major party into the fall elections, a panel of Chicago writers discuss the Illinois senator's career path.
August 26, 2008
Shields and Brooks Assess Day Two of the DNC Ahead of Hillary Clinton's speech Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention, analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks weigh her role at the event and look ahead to Democratic vice-presidential pick Sen. Joe Biden's speech on Wednesday.
Marcus and Lowry Weigh Reactions to Georgia Crisis The Georgia-Russia conflict has put the foreign policy skills of Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama to the test. Analysts Ruth Marcus and Rich Lowry weigh the candidate responses and other political news of the week.
August 07, 2008
Ad Wars Heat Up as Campaigns Sharpen Tactics Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama are taking jabs at each other through a series of television ads, which are drawing attention on both the political and pop culture stages. Two analysts look at the themes and the spending behind the ads.
July 30, 2008
McCain TV Ad Draws Scrutiny for Distorting Facts A recent ad run by GOP Sen. John McCain alleged that his rival, Sen. Barack Obama, chose to skip a chance to meet with wounded troops because media was not allowed -- claims that have since been disputed. The Washington Post's Dan Balz and FactCheck.org's Brooks Jackson discuss the debate over the ad.
July 25, 2008
Shields and Brooks on Obama's Trip, McCain's Strategy This week on the campaign trail, Sen. Barack Obama conducted a high-profile overseas trip while GOP rival Sen. John McCain toured top election battleground states. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week in politics.
July 25, 2008
Media Dodges Accusations of Bias in Campaign Coverage As Sen. Barack Obama tours the Middle East and Europe with network evening news anchors in tow, the campaign of GOP Sen. John McCain has criticized the news media's coverage of the race - alleging that Obama has unfairly received more favorable press coverage. Media experts examine the debate.
July 23, 2008
Mideast Conflict Looms for Next U.S. President As the presidential hopefuls define their foreign policy agendas for the Middle East, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will continue to present a unique set of challenges to the next commander-in-chief. Analysts mull the obstacles to ending the decades-long conflict.
Obama, McCain Work to Highlight Views on Key Trade Policies With the economy a top campaign issue, presidential hopefuls Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama are working to shape their stances on international trade and free-trade policies. Analysts discuss the candidates' statements and the impact of trade policy shifts.
June 27, 2008
Shields, Brooks Take Up Campaign News, Court Rulings Presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama campaigned with former rival Sen. Hillary Clinton at a rally Friday in Unity, N.H. and the Supreme Court issues a week of weighty decisions. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks examine the week's political news.
June 23, 2008
Candidates Stump in Battleground Western States Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain took shots at each other over energy policy as they each toured Western states, hoping to drive home their message in what could be new battlegrounds this campaign season.
Web Tools Help to Reshape '08 Campaign Trail A new report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project finds that a record-breaking 46 percent of Americans have used the Internet, e-mail or cell phone text messaging to get news about the campaigns. Analysts examine how new Web-based tools are expanding the campaign trail.
June 12, 2008
U.S. Election Grabs Intense Interest Overseas The 2008 presidential election has sparked the world's attention, with some looking ahead to possible foreign policy shifts under a new administration, a new poll shows. Reporters from international media outlets gauge foreign reaction to the historic race.
June 12, 2008
Shields and Brooks on the Obama-McCain Race With the lengthy Democratic primary campaign in the rear-view mirror, the focus turns to the presidential campaign showdown between Sen. Barack Obama and GOP Sen. John McCain. NewsHour analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks answered your questions on all things politics.
June 10, 2008
McCain and Obama Trade Jabs Over Economic Strategies Presumptive presidential candidates Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain offered contrasting approaches to mend a sluggish economy this week, with Obama emphasizing an active government role in providing assistance and McCain calling for lower taxes and spending cuts.
McCain, Obama Aim to Redraw Electoral Map Presumptive presidential candidates Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama both claim that they can redraw the electoral map this year by courting voters from the other party's traditional base. Political analysts Stuart Rothenberg and Amy Walter discuss the 2008 electoral map.