November 29, 2007 One year ago, Trent Lott asked the voters of Mississippi for six more years in the Senate and the voters said yes. Now he wants to leave after serving just one of those years. Some of his constituents are sure to feel abused by the turnabout.
November 24, 2007 Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving talks about how voters perceive the issue of electability in a field of presidential candidates that includes a woman, an African American and a Mormon.
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November 21, 2007 The Bush White House can give thanks this week for a better set of talking points on the stem-cell debate, progress in Iraq and the Mideast, and more. Yet amid the relative good news, the administration also was reminded of the challenges its last year in office will bring.
November 14, 2007 When the National Right to Life Committee endorsed Fred Thompson for president, the conservative group was looking past his voting record and public positions on matters relevant to life. Instead, the group was looking at the issue of his electability.
November 13, 2007 The National Right to Life Committee is expected to endorse Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson, the actor and former senator from Tennessee. It is another sign that the support of social conservatives is unusually diffused as early primary voting approaches.
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November 12, 2007 The political landscape in Iowa is quickly changing. Barack Obama appears to be narrowing the gap with Hillary Clinton, while Mitt Romney appears to be leading among Republicans.
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November 5, 2007 Michael Mukasey's nomination for attorney general is pretty much guaranteed to reach the Senate floor. Two Democrats have announced they will support the former judge in Tuesday's Senate committee vote.
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November 5, 2007 The confirmation of Michael Mukasey as the new attorney general is now assured. That will be seen as yet another insult to the anti-Bush Democrats who expected everything to change after the elections of 2006.
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.
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