October 26, 2005 Amid all the troubles weighing down the Bush presidency, the Iraq remains the president's central problem. The CIA leak investigation, budget difficulties and dwindling poll numbers are all intertwined with the war.
October 24, 2005 The concrete building that houses the National Hurricane Center in Miami offers an unusual venue to experience a massive storm like Hurricane Wilma.
October 20, 2005 Bush loyalists and conservatives have split over the Harriet Miers nomination and budget cuts to offset spending on Hurricane Katrina recovery. What is amazing about the tensions within the Republican Party is not that they are happening, but that they have taken so long.
October 19, 2005 "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing," so said Vince Lombardi, the famous football coach. Commentator Frank Deford says Lombardi was on the right track, but left a few things out.
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October 15, 2005 There's a new James Bond -- again. Thirty-seven-year-old British actor Daniel Craig, previously known for his work in television dramas, will replace Pierce Brosnan. Craig's first film will be Casino Royale. Some say the replacement is a move to keep Bond from aging.
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October 12, 2005 This week: When Republicans turn against Republicans on Supreme Court Nominees.
October 10, 2005 The question of what Harriet Miers will owe President Bush for naming her to the Supreme Court has been overshadowed by the conservative uproar over her selection.
October 6, 2005 From topsy-turvy stances on the new Supreme Court nominee to the ethical problems facing Republican leaders, Washington seems in disarray these days. Both political parties are looking hard for their soul -- and for credible leadership.
October 5, 2005 NPR Political Editor Ken Rudin explains how two devastating hurricanes helped Herbert Hoover in the 1928 presidential election; and says it will be tough to dislodge Robert Byrd from his Senate seat (that is, if an opponent can be found).
September 29, 2005 Tom DeLay's indictment sent political shockwaves through Washington, but the House majority leader's legal woes aren't likely to change the equation much on Capitol Hill, Brian Naylor says in the latest Pennsylvania Avenue column.
September 27, 2005 Weakened politically by Iraq and Hurricane Katrina, President Bush must be even more careful in choosing his next Supreme Court nominee, Ron Elving says in the latest Pennsylvania Avenue column.
September 25, 2005 Debbie Elliott and New York Times Magazine Ethicist Randy Cohen discuss the dilemma of a listener who wants to know whether it's proper to speak to a parent who is verbally abusing his or her child in public.
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September 24, 2005 Two painful stories from two hurricanes show how hard it is to make the right life-or-death decision when it comes to evacuating the elderly. In New Orleans, seniors stayed and died. In Houston, they were evacuated... and died on the highway.
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September 22, 2005 There's a lot at stake politically for lawmakers in the investigations into the government's response to Hurricane Katrina, Andrea Seabrook writes in the latest Pennsylvania Avenue column.
September 19, 2005 The Bush administration wants to pay for the war in Iraq, and now the Katrina recovery, without raising taxes or realistically cutting federal spending. So that leaves borrowing, the option that requires nothing but letting it happen -- and China in particular is eager to finance our debt.
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