July 30, 2007 This week, unofficial presidential candidate Fred Thompson will announce his second-quarter fundraising numbers and Congress will go on vacation. We discuss the Thompson announcement and what Congress will try to do before it takes a break.
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July 25, 2007 With heavy emphasis, President Bush framed the conflict in Iraq not as a sectarian struggle between long-feuding factions there, but as a duel between two outsiders — the United States and al-Qaida.
July 23, 2007 Monday night's Democratic presidential debate will provide an opportunity for some of the less well-known candidates to reach a mass audience, a chance they wouldn't be able to buy with their own financial resources. But a new Washington Post/ABC poll suggests that it's a two-candidate race among Democrats.
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July 18, 2007 Majority Leader Harry Reid's idea for all-nighter in the Senate focuses media attention on which Republicans vote for — and against — setting a withdrawal date for U.S. troops in Iraq.
July 16, 2007 This week the Senate continues its debate over military withdrawal from Iraq. We discuss what to expect to hear from the Senate floor.
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July 6, 2007 One by one, Senate Republicans are leaving the ranks of lockstep party loyalty and seeking their own paths on Iraq. But how far are they prepared to stray? Votes on amendments to the Pentagon programs bill — including the war in Iraq — will give Republicans myriad opportunities to step out of line.
July 2, 2007 Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) has pulled ahead of Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) in the presidential campaign fundraising race. Obama has raised $32.5 million in the second quarter of the year, putting him ahead of any other candidate.
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June 28, 2007 Looking for a week to sum up the second-term woes of George W. Bush? Look no further. From Iraq to immigration to the myriad legal struggles of the White House, this was the week when the wheels came off.
June 25, 2007 A four-part series of stories in The Washington Post examines the role of Vice President Dick Cheney in White House affairs. One point made in the series relates to the size of Cheney's staff, and his refusal to provide a list of employees.
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June 24, 2007 The week's political news includes discussion of closing the prison at Guantanamo; Vice President Cheney's assertion that he is not a member of the executive branch; and talk that the Iraq Study Group will return.
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June 20, 2007 New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg has departed the Republican Party for "unaffiliated" status. Many leaped to the conclusion that he will run for president as an independent candidate. But the billionaire may have more in mind than joining a crowded White House race.
June 18, 2007 The immigration bill is back on the table in Congress this week, but more than 20 amendments need to be hashed out and passage is far from assured.
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June 11, 2007 We discuss political developments this week: A Senate no-confidence vote on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is planned for Monday, and President Bush visits Capitol Hill Tuesday in an attempt to revive the immigration reform bill.
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June 10, 2007 The bipartisan immigration overhaul bill unraveled in the Senate this week, though supporters hope to revive it later. What happened? In part, opponents of the bill seemed more organized and passionate than its supporters, say Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving.
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May 29, 2007 The war in Iraq will end not with a sudden vote in Congress or a new president in the White House, but with a gradual process of disengagement. Looking back, it was never realistic to expect the Democrats' election triumph in November to reverse U.S. war policy.
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