May 30, 2006 Speaker Dennis Hastert has finally emerged from Tom DeLay's shadow to become the House's dominant personality. But the move is made difficult by a battle with the Justice Department over an FBI search of a congressman's office and Republican lawmakers' worries about the midterm elections.
May 29, 2006 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has threatened to quit his post if the White House returns evidence seized in an FBI raid of Rep. William Jefferson's congressional office as part of a corruption investigation. Several lawmakers say the search breached the separation of powers called for in the Constitution. Justice Department officials say the search was valid. Alex Chadwick and Ron Elving discuss the dispute.
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May 22, 2006 Official Washington usually takes its temperature by looking at one political thermometer: the president's approval rating. But with President Bush mired in the 30-percent range, the new measurement of choice is the number of Republican House seats considered at-risk in November.
May 22, 2006 Noah Adams speaks with NPR senior Washington, D.C., editor Ron Elving about the political challenges facing President Bush in the week ahead. His administration's war on terrorism and national-security issues have long been Bush's political trump card -- but with public support for the war in Iraq flagging, the GOP faces a tough 2006 election.
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May 18, 2006 In Senate confirmation hearings, Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden faces tough questions over his role in the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program, which he insists is legal, and his ability to transition to a civilian agency.
May 16, 2006 Is President Bush's decision to deploy the National Guard along the Mexican border really about the border at all? Or is the cavalry being called to rescue the president from a crisis of another kind?
May 15, 2006 President Bush is set to give a prime-time speech Monday night to announce details of a new policy on immigration. Noah Adams discusses the president's speech and other events likely to dominate the week in politics with NPR senior Washington, D.C., editor Ron Elving.
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May 14, 2006 President Bush will address the nation Monday evening. His topic will be immigration, and his address follows a week of increasing controversy between the administration's national security efforts and protecting civil liberties. Host Liane Hansen talks with NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving about the president's efforts to take the political initiative as his approval ratings continue to fall.
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May 8, 2006 Alex Chadwick speaks with NPR senior political editor Ron Elving about what Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden might expect when President Bush sends his name to the Senate for confirmation as new director of the CIA.
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May 6, 2006 Like a lot of other things that shock us in Washington, the sudden resignation of CIA Director Porter Goss turns out to be anything but surprising. It was, in fact, predictable. The more you think about it, the more you have to be surprised we were surprised.
May 5, 2006 Why is Porter Goss resigning as director of the Central Intelligence Agency after less than two years on the job? There has been much turmoil since the former Florida congressman joined the administration.
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May 1, 2006 Recent days have brought glimmers of hope of a turnaround for President Bush. They have also brought signs of how tough a turnaround will be. White House strategists have a major comeback in mind for the thousand days President Bush has left in office. But how to make it happen?
May 1, 2006 Alex Chadwick talks with NPR's Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving for a look ahead to the week in politics. Among the topics: the immigration debate in Congress and the ongoing crisis in Darfur.
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April 26, 2006 Congress is back in session this week after a two-week recess. Washington watchers are waiting to see when, how -- and even if -- the Senate will take up the contentious debate over revamping immigration policy. NPR Washington Editor Ron Elving helps explain what to expect.
April 24, 2006 Congress is back in session after a two-week recess. NPR senior Washington, D.C., editor Ron Elving joins Madeleine Brand with a preview of key issues on the legislative agenda. The Senate will be hashing out details of a controversial immigration bill and a supplemental spending bill for Iraq, Afghanistan and for Hurricane Katrina relief. Budget issues will top the agenda in the House.
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