September 26, 2006 The National Intelligence Estimate is a classified document compiled periodically by 16 spy agencies. The current document includes a devastating indictment of U.S. policy in Iraq. But can a top-secret report tip the balance in the upcoming congressional elections?
September 25, 2006 A recent National Intelligence Estimate -- a report compiled by several American intelligence agencies -- warns that the continued U.S.-led occupation of Iraq is increasing the threat of global terrorism by spurring radical Islam.
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September 21, 2006 With the debate in Congress still unresolved, former President Bill Clinton is just the latest high-profile figure to express his views on how the U.S. should treat prisoners suspected of involvement in terrorism.
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September 18, 2006 Sometime this week, President Bush have to make a deal with the Senate Republicans who sidetracked his plans for dealing with terrorism prisoners. It won't make anybody happy, but a deal must be struck that will allow the White House to declare victory, and the Republican Party to move on.
September 18, 2006 Senate Republicans may work to craft a compromise this week on President Bush's legislative proposals for interrogating and trying suspected terrorists. Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving discusses the controversy and prospects for a solution.
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September 12, 2006 At critical moments through the history of the Bush administration, Vice President Dick Cheney has stepped out to set the theme and the tone. And despite all the talk of his diminished influence, he has just done it again.
September 11, 2006 President Bush marks the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by visiting all three sites where hijacked planes crashed five years ago. Senior Washington, D.C. editor Ron Elving talks with Alex Chadwick about the political challenge faced by President Bush and his administration, five years after the attacks.
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September 4, 2006 The last three election cycles saw Democratic hopes dashed on Election Day by presidential strategist Karl Rove and his allies. Right now, Rove & Company’s winning streak is unbroken. But a few factors this fall may make the outcome different.
September 4, 2006 Polls show that less than one-third of Americans feel good about the country's direction and even fewer feel good about the direction of Congress. With the elections coming up in November, Congress has only a few weeks to change that feeling, yet neither the House nor the Senate is likely to do much in those weeks that's likely to help the situation.
August 28, 2006 Two notable anniversaries mean two weeks of highly predictable media frenzy are upon us. Many days of remembering Hurricane Katrina will give way to even more days of recalling the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. However tempting it may be now to call 9/11 the president's finest moment -- and Katrina the opposite -- history may well reverse both judgments.
August 28, 2006 President Bush returns to the Gulf Coast on Monday to survey the rebuilding efforts one year after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and other coastal cities in Mississippi and Alabama.
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August 15, 2006 As the fifth anniversary of the Sept.11 attacks nears, many people are wondering how effective the U.S.-led response has been in making another attack less likely.
August 8, 2006 What do Democrats, Republicans, Independents and NPR's Brian Naylor all share in common? They're watching the primaries today in Connecticut, to see if disgruntled Democrats toss out the man who almost became the nation's vice president: Sen. Joseph Lieberman. Voters either seem to love him and praise him for having the courage to side with Republicans when he thinks they're right, or voters detest him for allegedly being a hypocrite and a whiner. Meanwhile, a new poll is sure to make Republicans across the whole country more nervous. An ABC News/Washington Post survey released yesterday evening suggests that more voters are fed up their current members of Congress than at any time since 1994. And remember what happened back then? Democrats out in the House, Republicans back in? This new poll reinforces the even scarier findings (scary if you're a Republican) of NPR's own survey a couple weeks ago. It found that key districts which went Republican last time around have flip-flopped and are now leaning Democratic. "What is surprising," says Ron Elving, our Washington editor, "is that the 2006 Democratic candidates were favored by an aggregate of six percentage points." Ron says that's an 18-point swing -- in other words, a big deal.
August 7, 2006 For weeks now, the Bush administration has resisted calls for an immediate cease-fire in Southern Lebanon, urging instead that the warring parties and their sponsors negotiate "a durable peace." More recently, they embraced a "cessation of hostilities." Now, they want to address the "root causes" of the conflict.
August 7, 2006 President Bush says a joint U.S. and French cease-fire resolution is the best route to end fighting between Israel and the militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon. The U.N. Security Council is currently considering that resolution, which Bush says will help restore Lebanon's sovereignty.
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