February 26, 2007 President Bush will get his troop buildup in Baghdad, and with it, one more chance to help the Iraqi government restore order in the capital. Whether it succeeds or fails, the troop surge could become an exit strategy in itself.
February 26, 2007 Vice President Dick Cheney met with leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan this past week; and former Vice President Al Gore political prospects after a triumphant night at the Oscars.
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February 19, 2007 After the weekend Senate vote on an Iraq resolution, Congress faces political jousting over an upcoming bill to fund military operations in Iraq.
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February 14, 2007 On the second day of the House of Representatives' debate of a resolution protesting President Bush's plan to boost U.S. troop levels in Iraq, a dozen Republicans who plan to vote for the measure speak up. Many are expressing regret that diplomatic avenues haven't been explored.
February 13, 2007 We have to wonder what Rove, President Bush's political guru, would say if the White House had a horse in the race for 2008. It doesn't, of course, and that's one big reason the presidential field is so wide open – and so fast out of the gate.
February 12, 2007 Democratic leaders in Congress want to officially express their disapproval of President Bush's new plans for Iraq, but they keep running into Republican roadblocks.
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February 6, 2007 Here's an old lesson about the Senate that we learned anew this week: You can build a bridge between the two parties, but you can't make either one cross it. The continuing war in Iraq is the issue, the unavoidable question in American public life — and already the key to the presidential election in 2008.
February 5, 2007 President Bush on Monday released what will surely be the most scrutinized budget of his presidency to date, a $2.9 trillion package that includes big increases for defense spending, corresponding cuts in popular domestic programs and an assumption that tax revenues will continue to grow.
February 5, 2007 The White House is asking for another quarter-trillion dollars to spend in Iraq and Afghanistan over the next 20 months. Meanwhile, the Senate is now mulling procedural questions in a debate over a resolution on the Iraq war.
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January 29, 2007 In recent interviews, President Bush and Vice President Cheney have taken different approaches to selling their troop buildup in Iraq. You could call it a variation on the old hard-cop, soft-cop routine. But both are also careful to state the U.S. commitment in terms of a wider, regional and ideological struggle — rather than in terms of Iraq itself.
January 27, 2007 The Iraq war has been a highly divisive issue for Republicans and Democrats. Now there are signs that it has become a unifying force for some members of the two parties.
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January 22, 2007 One day before President Bush delivers his State of the Union address, a new poll offers only bad news. The survey by The Washington Post and ABC News puts Bush's approval ratings at the lowest point of his presidency.
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January 21, 2007 President Bush will give his State of the Union address to the nation Tuesday night. What can we expect the president to say in the midst of an unpopular war effort and the wake of a sea change at the ballot box?
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January 20, 2007 With the 2008 presidential election looming, a small window of opportunity exists for the White House and Congress to find common ground and accomplish some goals for the American people. But what's the best way to do it?
January 15, 2007 The fight over future Iraq policy promises to be the top political story this week. The White House is aggressively promoting its new policy, despite strong opposition from Congress and the American public.
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