December 20, 2006 President Bush moves to close the books on 2006 at a news conference dominated by Iraq and the looming challenge of a Democratic Congress in 2007. Asked if he would favor a surge in troop levels even if U.S. military commanders do not, Mr. Bush called that "a dangerous hypothetical question."
December 18, 2006 Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has come out against the idea of increasing troop levels in Iraq -- even temporarily. What does that mean for the idea of a "surge" in forces that was floated by some political and military figures?
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December 14, 2006 Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD), is recovering from emergency brain surgery in a Washington, D.C., hospital. He reportedly suffers from a condition that can cause severe bleeding in the brain. The senator's condition could affect the balance of power in the Senate.
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December 14, 2006 Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota was recovering from brain surgery Thursday at George Washington University Hospital. As official Washington extended good wishes for his recovery, it also puzzled over the effect that his illness may have on control of the Senate.
December 12, 2006 The war in Iraq could do to Republicans what the war in Vietnam did to Democrats. It is threatening to divide them -- not just for one or two election cycles but for a generation or more.
December 11, 2006 The 2008 presidential race is under way, and several candidates have already started their campaigns. One reliable way to determine which candidates are viable is to check their early campaign coffers.
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December 5, 2006 The first caucus votes for presidential nominations will be cast in Iowa just 13 months from now. The hurry-up calendar, combined with the wide-open fields in both parties, means candidates are beginning to accelerate their tempo of operations.
December 3, 2006 This coming week, the Bush administration and Congress will be focusing on Iraq and the changing policy of the United States: President Bush will meet with a prominent Shiite politician on Monday; Robert Gates faces confirmation hearings as Secretary of Defense; and the Iraq Study Group will make its report to Capitol Hill.
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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.
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