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Obama, Huckabee win first 2008 US vote

Barack Obama took a big step on Thursday towards becoming the first black United States president as his campaign for change caught fire in Iowa and swept him past Hillary Clinton in the opening Democratic nominating contest. Republican underdog Mike Huckabee capped a stunning political rise to beat rival Mitt Romney in Iowa.

Obama, Clinton clash in YouTube debate

Hillary Clinton pounced on rival Barack Obama on Monday for his willingness to meet with some troublesome world leaders during a Democratic United States presidential debate starring a parade of questions posed through YouTube videos. The debate featured video questions submitted from around the world via the internet.

Obama launches White House campaign

Democrat Barack Obama launched his 2008 White House run on Saturday with a pledge to end the war in Iraq and bridge the partisan divide that has blocked political progress on issues from energy to healthcare. Obama (45) is a rising party star who would be the first black US president if elected.

Republicans risk losing US Congress

Democrats hoped to sweep Republicans out of power in the United States Congress on Tuesday after a bruising campaign dominated by discontent with the Iraq war and doubts about President George Bush's leadership. Democrats are on course to recapture control of the US House of Representatives for the first time since 1994, polls showed.

Fight for Congress up to voters now

Democrats looked to sweep Republicans out of power in the United States Congress on Tuesday after a bruising campaign fed by public worries about the country's future, discontent with the Iraq war and doubts about President George Bush's leadership.

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