January 30, 2006 President Bush will deliver his fifth state of the union address Tuesday. Alex Chadwick talks with NPR senior Washington, D.C., editor Ron Elving about what the nation and the world can expect from the president's speech.
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January 27, 2006 As he prepares to deliver his State of the Union message, President Bush challenges the perception that he's out of touch. And his administration has gone on the offensive on domestic spying and other issues.
January 23, 2006 President Bush today kicks off a new effort to gain public support for his policy of secret surveillance of phone and e-mail communications without judicial oversight. Alex Chadwick talks to NPR senior Washington, D.C., editor Ron Elving about the building controversy and other issues likely to dominate the week in politics.
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January 20, 2006 A new threat from Osama bin Laden comes just at the right time to help President Bush defend his policy of spying on Americans without obtaining warrants.
January 13, 2006 Once again, the power of television to create reality has overwhelmed a historical event. The ascent of Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court became inevitable this week because his performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on live TV sold the nation on his judicial image.
January 9, 2006 Madeleine Brand and Ron Elving, NPR's senior Washington editor, discuss Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Samuel Alito and the road ahead for U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX), who is currently under indictment in Texas. DeLay has given up his bid to reclaim his post as House majority leader.
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January 4, 2006 This year, some believe the Abramoff scandal will hobble the Republicans, who were recipients of roughly two-thirds of his lubricating largesse. But that will depend on who gets indicted, and whether the targets include names big enough to capture the public imagination.
January 2, 2006 With lobbyist Jack Abramoff possibly entering into a plea agreement with federal prosecutors this week, NPR senior Washington, D.C., editor Ron Elving talks about the culture of corruption in Washington.
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December 29, 2005 Journalists can't seem to resist predicting the future despite the high risk of looking foolish. One reason is that the temptation to play the seer is strong. Another is that we are lured into peeking over the hill by the need to evaluate where we are right now.
December 20, 2005 The Bush administration's defense for domestic spying is troubling, because it asserts a blanket authority with no discernible limits.
December 18, 2005 Revelations of a National Security Agency program to spy on Americans may have been a factor in a failed vote to reauthorize the Patriot Act. And Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) wins a battle with President Bush over an anti-torture amendment.
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December 15, 2005 To listen this week to the fourth and final installment in President Bush's series of speeches on the Iraq war was to experience waves of deja vu. The speeches sounded much like each other and looked backward more than ahead at what Americans should expect to see in Iraq.
December 8, 2005 Finding itself embattled over the war in Iraq, the Bush administration has launched a major offensive -- not on the war front, but on the home front, in hopes of reversing the president's slide in the polls.
December 5, 2005 Madeleine Brand speaks with NPR supervising senior Washington, D.C., editor Ron Elving about the upcoming week in politics. They discuss planned meetings between Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito and key members of the Senate, the return of the House of Representatives and the status of the indictment of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
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December 1, 2005 When President Bush outlined his "plan for victory" in Iraq at the U.S. Naval Academy this week, he was specifically targeting people who supported him and the war in 2004 but who have since had serious doubts about both.
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