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  John Edwards To Quit Presidential RaceJanuary 30, 2008 11:31 John Edwards will end his presidential bid today, a source close to his campaign confirmed, effectively narrowing the Democratic field to two contenders less than a week before the Super Tuesday round of primaries.

The former North Carolina senator is scheduled to speak in New Orleans this afternoon, an appearance originally billed as an anti-poverty speech but now expected to serve as the platform for ending a White House run that has been five years in the making.

Edwards, 54, the party's vice presidential nominee in 2004, has failed to win any of the Democratic primaries or caucuses so far, narrowly capturing second place in Iowa and finishing a distant third in his native South Carolina. However he has accumulated dozens of delegates in the process, and his backing could prove important to the remaining candidates.
  Kennedy: 'It'S Time Now For Barack Obama'January 28, 2008 13:48 Sen. Edward Kennedy backed Sen. Barack Obama for president Monday, saying, "It is time again for a new generation of leadership."

"It is time now for Barack Obama," the Massachusetts senator and brother of the late President Kennedy added.

He stood with Obama, his son, Rep. Patrick Kennedy, and his niece, Caroline Kennedy, before a screaming capacity crowd of students at American University in Washington.

"Like you, we want a president who appeals to the hopes of those who still believe in the American dream," he said.

"I've found that candidate. And it looks to me like you have too," he said.
  Bush To Make His Last State Of The Union AddressJanuary 27, 2008 07:13 It took long enough...

President Bush faces continuing concerns about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and unsettled world financial markets.

The White House is pressing Congress to approve an economic stimulus package, and the president has praised the bipartisan support he's getting on Capitol Hill.

"I think the three big issues President Bush will talk about in the State of the Union will be, first, the Iraq War -- he'll talk about all the progress being made," says Brian Darling, a congressional analyst with the Heritage Foundation in Washington. He adds, "I think the second big issue that will come up is obviously the economy, (which) is a huge issue, and the President's $145 billion stimulus package. And I'm sure there will be quite a bit of discussion about an issue that has been very important to the President -- global warming and the issue of America's dependence on foreign oil."

Candice Nelson is a chairwoman in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington. She says upcoming Congressional elections and Mr. Bush's low public opinion poll numbers present him with a tough challenge. "You know, things aren't going so well in Iraq -- you know a little better, but not great. So he really has to figure out what he can do to focus, to really focus, the attention of the Congress and the American public. And my guess is that he leads with the stimulus package, because that's something that they've been able to do very quickly on a bipartisan basis."

But with less than one year remaining in office, does Mr. Bush still exert influence on shaping his agenda?