October 31, 2006 Presidential adviser Karl Rove, an architect of Republican political strategy, says he's confident his party will hold both chambers of Congress. He says that despite public polls that show Democrats have a strong chance of winning. Why is Rove publicly confident?
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October 30, 2006 Democrats are staring at what could be their best congressional election in 14 years. And they're worried that someone will come along and spoil it. Someone like Karl Rove, the White House strategist whose confidence leading up to the midterm elections has been downright spooky.
October 30, 2006 President Bush is on the campaign trail, stumping for Republican candidates a week before midterm congressional elections. He visits Georgia and Texas on Monday, before going west later in the week.
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October 24, 2006 With a month to go before the November midterm elections, top GOP strategists anxious about preserving their Senate majority decided it was time for a firewall. And the firewall they built ran right along the classic fault line that has characterized American politics since before the Civil War.
October 23, 2006 With two weeks before the midterm election, Democrats seem poised to take back the House of Representatives and even the Senate. But how accurate is that prediction? Republicans hope voters are more concerned about security, but a focus on Iraq plays better for Democrats.
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October 17, 2006 When you hear voters talking about "civil war" in Iraq, you know where this election is heading. Iraq was supposed to be called "the central front in the war on terror," in the words of President Bush and the rest of the Republican regime. But they seem to be losing the upper hand in dictating the terms of debate.
October 16, 2006 For most of President Bush's term in office, his fellow Republicans have presented a mostly united front in support of White House polices. But now, criticism of the Bush administration's Iraq policy is coming from some highly respected and powerful GOP lawmakers.
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October 10, 2006 It now appears there have been three Mark Foley landmines waiting to explode beneath the feet of congressional Republicans. The first two have detonated. But the third remains untouched: the fact that quite a few of the people who are essential to running the House are gay, and many of them are keeping it a secret.
October 9, 2006 President Bush has condemned North Korea's claims of a nuclear test, calling it "provocative" and "unacceptable. Madeleine Brand speaks with Ron Elving about what North Korea's reported actions might mean for a Bush presidency already absorbed by Iraq and Afghanistan.
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October 5, 2006 As the surreal scandal spawned by former Rep. Mark Foley's interest in former pages rounds out its first week, the man in the crosshairs is no longer Foley but House Speaker Dennis Hastert. He's become a political target in the criticial weeks before the midterm elections.
October 2, 2006 Political observers are buzzing about big stories leading the headlines -- new disclosures about former lobbyist Jack Abramoff's White House connections, a new biography of Colin Powell and President Bush's current strategy in Iraq in light of a new book claiming the U.S.-led occupation is going worse than the White House lets on.
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October 1, 2006 Notable political events of the past week include the leaking of the National Intelligence Estimate and the authorization of military tribunals.
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September 26, 2006 The National Intelligence Estimate is a classified document compiled periodically by 16 spy agencies. The current document includes a devastating indictment of U.S. policy in Iraq. But can a top-secret report tip the balance in the upcoming congressional elections?
September 25, 2006 A recent National Intelligence Estimate -- a report compiled by several American intelligence agencies -- warns that the continued U.S.-led occupation of Iraq is increasing the threat of global terrorism by spurring radical Islam.
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September 21, 2006 With the debate in Congress still unresolved, former President Bill Clinton is just the latest high-profile figure to express his views on how the U.S. should treat prisoners suspected of involvement in terrorism.
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