November 28, 2005 President Bush is set to speak about immigration issues Monday in a trip to Arizona. He advocates a "guest worker" policy as the best way to balance labor and border security concerns. Alex Chadwick talks to NPR senior Washington, D.C., editor Ron Elving about the challenges facing the president, and the growing Republican Party split over immigration.
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November 23, 2005 A shift in public opinion polls against the president's Iraq policy sends political shudders through the halls of Congress.
November 20, 2005 NPR senior political editor Ron Elving speaks with Liane Hansen about this week's political fireworks on Capitol Hill. Pro-military "hawk" Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) stunned Washington on Thursday when he introduced a resolution to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq "as soon as practicable." That led to a House session on Friday that led to a free-for-all, complete with name calling. President Bush's handling of the lead-up to the war in Iraq is now overshadowing all other issues and might have a substantial impact on next year's mid-term elections.
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November 17, 2005 On opposite sides of the Atlantic, President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair face similar resistance to their policies on Iraq and the treatment of terrorism detainees.
November 14, 2005 President Bush will visit China for three days beginning Saturday. NPR Washington, D.C., editor Ron Elving looks at what to expect from the president's trip, which will likely include a discussion of the enormous trade deficit between the United States and China.
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November 9, 2005 This week's off-year state election results were not about George W. Bush. While the Bush administration has official (or at least discernible) positions bearing on many of these contests, those positions bore remarkably little weight.
November 7, 2005 President Bush returns to the United States Monday afternoon from his trip to South America, where his plan for a hemisphere-wide free trade zone met resistance at the Summit of the Americas. Back home, he faces low poll numbers and continued controversy over the CIA leak investigation. Alex Chadwick discusses these and more of this week's political issues with NPR senior Washington, D.C., editor Ron Elving.
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November 2, 2005 The choice of Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court can be seen as the first day of the rest of President Bush's political life. This one decision may not be enough to reverse the president's declining fortunes, but it does recall the resolve he has shown in the past -- and that's a good place to begin.
October 31, 2005 NPR senior political editor Ron Elving talks to Noah Adams about the political response to the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. Elving says Alito's conservative rulings on issues such as abortion have many Democrats concerned.
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October 26, 2005 Amid all the troubles weighing down the Bush presidency, the Iraq remains the president's central problem. The CIA leak investigation, budget difficulties and dwindling poll numbers are all intertwined with the war.
October 24, 2005 Madeleine Brand speaks with NPR senior Washington, D.C., editor Ron Elving about the political week ahead, including possible indictments from the grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA operative's identity, new questions about the justification for the Iraq war and a look forward at Democratic strategy for the 2006 mid-term elections.
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October 20, 2005 Bush loyalists and conservatives have split over the Harriet Miers nomination and budget cuts to offset spending on Hurricane Katrina recovery. What is amazing about the tensions within the Republican Party is not that they are happening, but that they have taken so long.
October 17, 2005 White House political guru Karl Rove testified for a fourth time Friday before a grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA officer's identity. New York Times reporter Judith Miller also testified, but said she could not remember who revealed the identity of Valerie Plame. NPR senior Washington, D.C., editor Ron Elving speaks with Alex Chadwick about Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation.
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October 10, 2005 The question of what Harriet Miers will owe President Bush for naming her to the Supreme Court has been overshadowed by the conservative uproar over her selection.
October 10, 2005 Pat Buchanan and several other conservative pundits have raised objections to President Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court. Alex Chadwick speaks with Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving about the conservative backlash against the president's choice.
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