July 31, 2006 Republicans in the Senate are expected to vote this week to raise the minimum wage by two bucks an hour, but they probably won't succeed because most of the Democrats will be voting no. What's wrong with this picture? Could the two parties have swapped positions on it overnight?
July 31, 2006 President Bush spoke to Florida business leaders about the U.S. economy Monday morning in the wake of a House vote to raise the minimum wage and cut estate taxes. NPR senior Washington, D.C., editor Ron Elving talks with Madeleine Brand about the issues the president has not been talking about in recent days.
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July 30, 2006 Host Liane Hansen speaks with political editor Ron Elving about this week's political news. Topics include pension reform, a new minimum-wage package and the meeting between President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair earlier this week.
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July 24, 2006 Overnight, the president's nomination of John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations relit the partisan fires in the Senate. Democrats sputtered to life after spending the months since November more or less in mourning.
July 24, 2006 This week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set review John Bolton's nomination to serve a full term as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. President Bush used what is known as a recess appointment to bypass a Senate vote and install Bolton as ambassador nearly one year ago.
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July 17, 2006 The old poker adage in for a dime, in for a dollar suggests that a hand good enough to bet on is good enough to keep betting on. For Republicans, there's been one hand good enough to keep betting on, and that's national security.
July 17, 2006 President Bush is on his way back from the latest G-8 summit, where discussion was dominated by the growing crisis in the Middle East. The strife between Hezbollah and Israel is already having an impact on domestic U.S. politics.
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July 16, 2006 The ongoing conflict in Lebanon, Israel and Gaza will have effects far beyond the Middle East. Guest host Sheilah Kast talks with NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving about what recent events might mean for U.S. foreign policy.
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July 11, 2006 How do you make a small fortune in a tough business? Start out with a large one. It's an old joke, but one with recurring relevance. Take the current White House spin on the deficit, for example. What's the surest way to make a $300 billion deficit sound like good news? Tell people it could've been more than $400 billion.
July 10, 2006 This week, Congress takes up three different plans for funding stem-cell research. NPR senior Washington, D.C., editor Ron Elving talks with Madeleine Brand about the ethical debate over the potentially life-saving technology, and other political news from Capitol Hill.
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July 5, 2006 The legendary singer/guitarist Bonnie Raitt, now touring to promote her 18th album (Souls Alike), stopped in for a "performance chat" with Talk of the Nation Host Neal Conan and a studio audience in NPR's Studio 4A. On hand with the nine-time Grammy Award winner was the four-piece band that's featured on the new album and that's been her touring unit since 2000 (Jon Cleary on keyboards, James "Hutch" Hutchinson on bass, Ricky Fataar on drums and George Marinelli on guitars). Half of the ensemble has been with her since the 1980s.
July 3, 2006 This is the fourth Fourth of July that American troops have marked in Iraq since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. How many more will there be? The question hangs over American politics for this year and beyond. And it presents a trap for both of the major parties.
July 3, 2006 A poll from the Los Angeles Times and the Bloomberg News Service finds substantial fractions of the U.S. electorate would refuse to vote for a presidential candidate based on that candidate's religious affiliation.
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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.
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