December 29, 2005 Journalists can't seem to resist predicting the future despite the high risk of looking foolish. One reason is that the temptation to play the seer is strong. Another is that we are lured into peeking over the hill by the need to evaluate where we are right now.
December 20, 2005 The Bush administration's defense for domestic spying is troubling, because it asserts a blanket authority with no discernible limits.
December 18, 2005 Revelations of a National Security Agency program to spy on Americans may have been a factor in a failed vote to reauthorize the Patriot Act. And Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) wins a battle with President Bush over an anti-torture amendment.
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December 15, 2005 To listen this week to the fourth and final installment in President Bush's series of speeches on the Iraq war was to experience waves of deja vu. The speeches sounded much like each other and looked backward more than ahead at what Americans should expect to see in Iraq.
December 8, 2005 Finding itself embattled over the war in Iraq, the Bush administration has launched a major offensive -- not on the war front, but on the home front, in hopes of reversing the president's slide in the polls.
December 5, 2005 Madeleine Brand speaks with NPR supervising senior Washington, D.C., editor Ron Elving about the upcoming week in politics. They discuss planned meetings between Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito and key members of the Senate, the return of the House of Representatives and the status of the indictment of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
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December 1, 2005 When President Bush outlined his "plan for victory" in Iraq at the U.S. Naval Academy this week, he was specifically targeting people who supported him and the war in 2004 but who have since had serious doubts about both.
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.
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