June 28, 2006 The Texas redistricting plan broke up many solidly Democratic voter districts and helped to give Republican candidates an electoral advantage. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has invalidated a portion of the plan, what are the political implications?
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June 26, 2006 Do you call it the estate tax or the death tax? Is it "Social Security reform" or of "privatizing Social Security"? Are Democrats pushing a phased withdrawal from Iraqi or a policy of cut-and-run? The shorthand you prefer pegs where you stand.
June 26, 2006 The U.S. Senate begins debate Monday on a constitutional amendment to outlaw flag burning. The House of Representatives approved a similar measure last year.
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June 19, 2006 It may no longer be possible to have an honest, even-handed debate on what course in Iraq best serves American interests. And for that we have to thank the degree of partisanship that has come to dominate our politics, in Congress and beyond.
June 13, 2006 The news that Karl Rove will not be prosecuted in the CIA leak investigation ends months of speculation surrounding the man known as the 'architect' or 'boy genius' for his successful management of President Bush's campaigns -- and for crafting a presidential grand strategy for conservatism in the 21st century.
June 12, 2006 President Bush is meeting with advisors at a two-day policy retreat at Camp David to discuss the evolving strategy for the continued occupation of Iraq. NPR senior Washington, D.C. editor Ron Elving joins Alex Chadwick to talk about this and other issues likely to dominate the upcoming week in politics.
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June 9, 2006 It was not exactly the Red Meat Week they had planned, but on balance the week's news was quite palatable for the White House and its allies in Congress.
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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