November 27, 2006 Over the past three weeks, the power of President Bush has waned dramatically -- and not just because control of the Congress slipped from his grasp. Mr. Bush's popularity hasn't changed, but the perception of his importance has.
November 27, 2006 Hosts Madeleine Brand and Mike Pesca talk with NPR Senior Washington, D.C., Editor Ron Elving about the rising chorus of Democrats and Republicans calling for a timetable for withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
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November 20, 2006 In sum, the gubernatorial class of presidential candidates is a far cry from what it might be. It could be that in 2008, for the first time in nearly a generation, the voters will be forced to choose among Washington insiders when choosing their next president.
November 20, 2006 Madeleine Brand speaks with NPR's senior Washington, D.C., editor Ron Elving about this week in politics, including the Pentagon's three options in Iraq, and a proposal to reinstate the draft.
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November 13, 2006 Snuffed out by the voters, lame-duck lawmakers are summoned back to Washington by a force beyond their control: unfinished business. This year's lame-duck session has plenty on the agenda: appropriations bills, the Vietnam trade pact and the confirmation of Robert Gates are just a few.
November 13, 2006 Democratic Party candidates won a majority in both the House of Representatives and Senate in last week's midterm elections. But the current Republican majority still has some time left before the new Congress meets in January.
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November 6, 2006 An explanation of how NPR will project winners in the 2006 midterm elections.
November 6, 2006 Despite all the attention on the Senate, the main business of this election is control of the House, where the party with even the barest majority can set all the rules and call the tune every day. Regardless of outcome, the standard procedure of the Bush years will be a thing of the past in the 110th Congress.
November 6, 2006 As the campaign season enters its final day, the latest polls show that the Democrats' lead over Republicans is narrowing. However, new polls from CNN and Time suggest the Democrats still enjoy a double-digit lead among voters.
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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.
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