September 17, 2007 Before President Bush came to the Rose Garden this week and made Judge Michael Mukasey a household name, the White House conducted a selection process quite distinct from what we've come to expect: wide-ranging, pragmatic and bipartisan.
September 17, 2007 Congress can add the nomination of Michael Mukasey to list of issues before it this week. Also, Defense Secretary Robert Gates disagrees with the president over the proposed withdrawal of "surge troops."
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September 11, 2007 This week's Petraeus-Crocker show on Capitol Hill was every bit the public-relations triumph the White House was counting on all summer. Talk of a drawdown is being embraced as some sort of victory, but it's quite apparent that the U.S. simply has no other choice.
September 5, 2007 As the confrontation over Iraq unfolds in Congress this month, overshadowing everything else, both parties will be battling for control of the policy. And whichever party prevails will likely pay a heavy price for it next year.
September 1, 2007 Republican political departures are keeping Washington in the spotlight during what is often a quiet time for politics. Idaho Sen. Larry Craig is expected to resign Saturday in the wake of a sex scandal and Virginia Sen. John Warner announced Friday he will not run for a sixth term.
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August 29, 2007 August is supposed to be the month when big-time Washington decision makers get out of town to relax and recharge. But this August recess has been anything but a time-out for the power structure. The Washington wars have continued without interruption, and casualties have continued to mount.
August 27, 2007 We discuss Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' resignation and the problems Florida is creating by trying to move up its presidential primary election.
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August 25, 2007 The Democratic National Committee has decided to strip Florida of all its presidential convention delegates, unless the state holds its primary later than its planned date of Jan. 29 next year. The DNC met Saturday to try to slow the rush by the states to move up their primaries.
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August 21, 2007 The White House seems to think Gen. David Petraeus' upcoming report on the Iraq war has become so important that it will now include the viewpoints of other officials. It has become such a linchpin of the defense of the war that the White House can't afford to gamble on its contents.
August 20, 2007 Gen. David Petraeus is scheduled to deliver his progress report on the war in Iraq on Sept. 15. But now there are suggestions that Petraeus will not be the only author of the report, and that members of the Bush administration will be involved.
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August 20, 2007 While the Democrats were debating in Des Moines, the president's chief political advisor was making a farewell tour of the Sunday morning talk shows. Karl Rove continued his very critical stance against Hillary Clinton, raising questions of whether he fears her, or is trying to make a martyr of her.
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August 18, 2007 Top stories in the news this week included the conviction on terror conspiracy charges of Jose Padilla in federal court, turmoil in the world's financial markets, staff changes at the White House and more trouble for Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.
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August 14, 2007 Karl Rove, widely regarded as the third most important man in the federal government, resigned this week. But many find it hard to believe that "the architect" can actually leave behind his advisory role.
August 13, 2007 Karl Rove is considered President Bush's closest adviser, dating back to the 1970s. Now he's leaving the White House.
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August 9, 2007 Nearly half the states in the country now plan to hold their 2008 presidential nominating events before Valentine's Day. No one wants this hyper-accelerated nominating calendar — not the states, the candidates or the media. Perhaps this year's rush will finally summon a moment of clarity on our nominating system.
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