January 29, 2007 In recent interviews, President Bush and Vice President Cheney have taken different approaches to selling their troop buildup in Iraq. You could call it a variation on the old hard-cop, soft-cop routine. But both are also careful to state the U.S. commitment in terms of a wider, regional and ideological struggle — rather than in terms of Iraq itself.
January 27, 2007 The Iraq war has been a highly divisive issue for Republicans and Democrats. Now there are signs that it has become a unifying force for some members of the two parties.
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January 22, 2007 One day before President Bush delivers his State of the Union address, a new poll offers only bad news. The survey by The Washington Post and ABC News puts Bush's approval ratings at the lowest point of his presidency.
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January 21, 2007 President Bush will give his State of the Union address to the nation Tuesday night. What can we expect the president to say in the midst of an unpopular war effort and the wake of a sea change at the ballot box?
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January 20, 2007 With the 2008 presidential election looming, a small window of opportunity exists for the White House and Congress to find common ground and accomplish some goals for the American people. But what's the best way to do it?
January 15, 2007 The fight over future Iraq policy promises to be the top political story this week. The White House is aggressively promoting its new policy, despite strong opposition from Congress and the American public.
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January 10, 2007 Democrats, who now control Congress, are expressing skepticism about President Bush's move toward expanding the troop presence in Iraq. Some are talking about steps to limit the scope of the increase. But in the end, Democrats are likely to do little about it.
January 9, 2007 Anti-war activists will find themselves frustrated by President Bush's call for increased U.S. troop levels in Iraq, and by the Democrats' inability to stop the administration from following through.
January 8, 2007 Congressional leaders are already speaking out about President Bush's new Iraq strategy, slated for release later this week.
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January 3, 2007 Pelosi is hailed for having reined in disparate views within the Democratic Caucus. Now, she'll have to keep that discipline in place, while balancing the demands of her liberal base with those of more conservative party newcomers.
January 2, 2007 Recent days have been marked by a number of milestones -- the death of former president Gerald Ford, the execution of Saddam Hussein and U.S. service deaths in Iraq exceeding 3,000. Now we await another potential milestone -- President Bush's speech on a new Iraq policy, and whether it will include a troop surge.
December 20, 2006 President Bush moves to close the books on 2006 at a news conference dominated by Iraq and the looming challenge of a Democratic Congress in 2007. Asked if he would favor a surge in troop levels even if U.S. military commanders do not, Mr. Bush called that "a dangerous hypothetical question."
December 18, 2006 Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has come out against the idea of increasing troop levels in Iraq -- even temporarily. What does that mean for the idea of a "surge" in forces that was floated by some political and military figures?
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December 14, 2006 Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD), is recovering from emergency brain surgery in a Washington, D.C., hospital. He reportedly suffers from a condition that can cause severe bleeding in the brain. The senator's condition could affect the balance of power in the Senate.
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December 14, 2006 Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota was recovering from brain surgery Thursday at George Washington University Hospital. As official Washington extended good wishes for his recovery, it also puzzled over the effect that his illness may have on control of the Senate.
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