October 24, 2007 Despite all the televised debates and heavy media coverage, a poll finds that only half of the public is paying much attention to the presidential race. But, then again, pushing the 2008 election into 2007 was never a response to voter demand.
October 22, 2007 Republican presidential hopefuls took jabs at one another during a debate in Orlando on Sunday night. The Democratic front-runner, Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, took some shots, too.
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October 17, 2007 The growing sentiment among Republican stalwarts is that former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani is well-equipped and positioned to outlast Republican competitors. He is also seen as having the best chance to beat Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in 2008.
October 15, 2007 Former Judge Michael Mukasey, President Bush's nominee for attorney general, is likely to be confirmed — after a lengthy hearing. Also this week in politics, the Democrats are trying to override Bush's SCHIP veto and former Sen. Fred Thompson has gone missing.
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October 10, 2007 Being mentioned in the same breath as Ronald Reagan remains the single best credential a Republican can have. But Fred Thompson fails to live up to the comparison, and in attempting to do so, he might cheat himself out of becoming the candidate he could be in his own right.
October 7, 2007 The Republican Party had a rough go last week. President Bush vetoed a popular health insurance program for children, secret administration memos allowing harsh interrogation techniques were revealed, and five GOP senators have chosen to step down at the end of their terms next November.
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October 2, 2007 Republicans have found the unifying issue they need to rally their party and lift their election chances in 2008 — and it is an issue with a human face. The face belongs to Hillary Clinton, and the issue is the prospect of her becoming president.
September 17, 2007 Before President Bush came to the Rose Garden this week and made Judge Michael Mukasey a household name, the White House conducted a selection process quite distinct from what we've come to expect: wide-ranging, pragmatic and bipartisan.
September 17, 2007 Congress can add the nomination of Michael Mukasey to list of issues before it this week. Also, Defense Secretary Robert Gates disagrees with the president over the proposed withdrawal of "surge troops."
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September 11, 2007 This week's Petraeus-Crocker show on Capitol Hill was every bit the public-relations triumph the White House was counting on all summer. Talk of a drawdown is being embraced as some sort of victory, but it's quite apparent that the U.S. simply has no other choice.
September 5, 2007 As the confrontation over Iraq unfolds in Congress this month, overshadowing everything else, both parties will be battling for control of the policy. And whichever party prevails will likely pay a heavy price for it next year.
September 1, 2007 Republican political departures are keeping Washington in the spotlight during what is often a quiet time for politics. Idaho Sen. Larry Craig is expected to resign Saturday in the wake of a sex scandal and Virginia Sen. John Warner announced Friday he will not run for a sixth term.
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August 29, 2007 August is supposed to be the month when big-time Washington decision makers get out of town to relax and recharge. But this August recess has been anything but a time-out for the power structure. The Washington wars have continued without interruption, and casualties have continued to mount.
August 27, 2007 We discuss Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' resignation and the problems Florida is creating by trying to move up its presidential primary election.
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August 25, 2007 The Democratic National Committee has decided to strip Florida of all its presidential convention delegates, unless the state holds its primary later than its planned date of Jan. 29 next year. The DNC met Saturday to try to slow the rush by the states to move up their primaries.
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