March 21, 2003 A major U.S. air offensive begins in Baghdad, with hundreds of missiles raining down on Iraq's capital city. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says the Iraqi leadership is starting to lose its hold on the country. NPR's Ron Elving and Larry Abramson report.
January 28, 2003 The economy? The war in Iraq? Health care? As President Bush prepares his State of the Union address, what's your take? What message do you want to hear from the president in his address? Guests: Ron Elving * NPR Washington Editor David Frum *Author of The Right Man Bob Boorstin * Former speechwriter in the Clinton administration Siegfried Buschschulter *Washington Bureau Chief, Deutschland Radio
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January 27, 2003 NPR's Ron Elving profiles Sen. Don Nickles (R-OK), the new chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, who will have a critical role in helping President Bush try to get his budget through Congress. Nickles has been in the Senate since the early years of the Reagan presidency. Sen. Nickles has made elimination of the estate tax a top priority.
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December 20, 2002 The resignation of Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) as Senate Republican leader -- and incoming Senate majority leader -- leaves Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN) the apparent favorite to assume Lott's leadership post. NPR's Alex Chadwick discusses developments with NPR Washington Editor Ron Elving.
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December 15, 2002 Former Vice President Al Gore says he will not seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004, ending months of speculation about a possible repeat bid for the White House. Hear NPR's Ron Elving.
November 26, 2002 Tony Cox talks to NPR's Senior Washington Editor, Ron Elving, about the new Department of Homeland Security.
November 6, 2002 Guests: Stu Rothenberg * Political Analyst * Editor, The Rothenberg Political Report Governor Mario Cuomo * Former New York Governor * Counsel at the law firm Willkie, Farr & Gallagher, New York, NY * Author, The Blue Spruce (Sleeping Bear Press, 1999) and Reason to Believe (Touchstone Books, 1996) Clarence Page * Syndicated Columnist, The Chicago Tribune Sarah Binder * Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute * Political Science Professor at George Washington University * Phone from her office in DC 202.797.6079 Ron Elving * NPR's Washington Senior Editor Most of the votes will be counted, so what does it all mean? On Talk of the Nation, join guest host Lynn Neary for a look at the effects of the mid-term election on Congress, the issues and even the 2004 presidential race. What happened in your neck of the electorate?
November 4, 2002 With control of Congress at stake in Tuesday's elections, President Bush crosses the country in a last-minute bid to boost Republican candidates. Meanwhile, some Senate races are virtual shoo-ins. Hear NPR's Don Gonyea and Ron Elving.
November 4, 2002 While the most publicized races are often the close ones, the reality is that much of the makeup of the new Congress can already be foreseen. Robert Siegel talks with NPR Washington Editor Ron Elving about some of the Senate races where the outcome appears virtually guaranteed. (4:00)
October 29, 2002 The death of Sen. Paul Wellstone sends both major political parties scrambling as the Nov. 5 general election nears. Who will control the Senate? Hear more from NPR's Bob Edwards and Ron Elving.
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October 16, 2002 The mid-term election is less than three weeks away, and control of Congress hangs in the balance. Karen Grigsby Bates gets a preview of the key races and issues from Ron Elving, senior Washington editor for NPR News, and Amy Walter, a political analyst for The Cook Report, a political newsletter.
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