National Affairs: Straws in the Wind

Like an autumn gale the political winds swept through the U.S., stirred the blood of politicos in both parties, carried a week's heavy crop of political straws. Among the straws:

¶Pausing in San Francisco after a one-day speaking trip and a huddle with northern California's Democratic leaders, Front Runner John Kennedy all but took himself out of next June's California primary, tempting though the 81 delegate votes were. "Every Democrat with whom I've discussed it in California in the last twelve months has been reluctant to have a serious interparty split," said Kennedy. And,...

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