February 24, 2006 The looming standoff over the sale of some U.S. port operations to a company owned by Dubai is only the latest confrontation between President Bush and Congress. But it may be the one that changes their relationship.
February 19, 2006 Vice President Dick Cheney's hunting accident dominated the news this week, but much more was happening in the nation's capital. Congress neared renewal of the USA Patriot Act and the House was caught up in technicalities over a budget bill.
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February 17, 2006 From the earliest days of the second Bush administration, Vice President Cheney has been asserting the primacy of the executive branch over other power centers in government. Moreover, he has been insisting on the right of the executive to exercise these powers with a minimum of oversight by others.
February 10, 2006 Images juxtaposed with a news story often leave a more indelible impression than the words of the story itself, and they often convey a subtly different message. Certain significant names or code words in the text can have much the same effect. Take the speech President Bush gave to the National Guard Association in Washington this past week.
February 6, 2006 President Bush has proposed a $2.8-trillion budget heavy on military spending, and also includes tax cuts and budget cuts to some popular entitlement programs. Alex Chadwick talks with NPR senior Washington, D.C., editor Ron Elving about the budget proposal and its prospects in Congress.
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February 3, 2006 During his State of the Union address, President Bush seemed to have placed his faith in the maintenance of things as they are. He and the Republicans are reverting to a strategy of holding the line -- at least for now.
January 30, 2006 President Bush will deliver his fifth state of the union address Tuesday. Alex Chadwick talks with NPR senior Washington, D.C., editor Ron Elving about what the nation and the world can expect from the president's speech.
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January 27, 2006 As he prepares to deliver his State of the Union message, President Bush challenges the perception that he's out of touch. And his administration has gone on the offensive on domestic spying and other issues.
January 23, 2006 President Bush today kicks off a new effort to gain public support for his policy of secret surveillance of phone and e-mail communications without judicial oversight. Alex Chadwick talks to NPR senior Washington, D.C., editor Ron Elving about the building controversy and other issues likely to dominate the week in politics.
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January 20, 2006 A new threat from Osama bin Laden comes just at the right time to help President Bush defend his policy of spying on Americans without obtaining warrants.
January 13, 2006 Once again, the power of television to create reality has overwhelmed a historical event. The ascent of Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court became inevitable this week because his performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on live TV sold the nation on his judicial image.
January 9, 2006 Madeleine Brand and Ron Elving, NPR's senior Washington editor, discuss Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Samuel Alito and the road ahead for U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX), who is currently under indictment in Texas. DeLay has given up his bid to reclaim his post as House majority leader.
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January 4, 2006 This year, some believe the Abramoff scandal will hobble the Republicans, who were recipients of roughly two-thirds of his lubricating largesse. But that will depend on who gets indicted, and whether the targets include names big enough to capture the public imagination.
January 2, 2006 With lobbyist Jack Abramoff possibly entering into a plea agreement with federal prosecutors this week, NPR senior Washington, D.C., editor Ron Elving talks about the culture of corruption in Washington.
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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.
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