December 29, 2005 Journalists can't seem to resist predicting the future despite the high risk of looking foolish. One reason is that the temptation to play the seer is strong. Another is that we are lured into peeking over the hill by the need to evaluate where we are right now.
December 22, 2005 For a column that often revels in the politics of the past, it's the time of year to look at the people who left us and assess the impact they made.
December 19, 2005 Humorist Brian Unger responds to last week's news that the National Security Agency (NSA), under the direction of President Bush, has been electronically eavesdropping on Americans within U.S. borders. Unger worries that NSA computers can't distinguish between terrorist chatter and harmless American humor.
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December 15, 2005 To listen this week to the fourth and final installment in President Bush's series of speeches on the Iraq war was to experience waves of deja vu. The speeches sounded much like each other and looked backward more than ahead at what Americans should expect to see in Iraq.
December 13, 2005 If you're confused about how, who and how much to tip this holiday season, you're not alone. Alex Chadwick speaks about the ins-and-outs of holiday tipping with Michelle Singletary, Day to Day regular personal finance contributor and the author of "The Color of Money" column for The Washington Post.
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December 12, 2005 Jack Abramoff pledged millions of dollars to various interests and causes at home and abroad, putting competing demands on the former lobbyist's finances. E-mails released as part of a Senate investigation shed light on the pressures he faced.
December 9, 2005 Topics include National Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean's comments against the war in Iraq, and Hurricane Katrina victims testify in Congress about their treatment by aid and rescue workers. Guests: George Curry, editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service; Mary Frances Berry, history professor at the University of Pennsylvania; and Michael Meyers, executive director of the New York Civil Rights Coalition.
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December 8, 2005 Finding itself embattled over the war in Iraq, the Bush administration has launched a major offensive -- not on the war front, but on the home front, in hopes of reversing the president's slide in the polls.
December 2, 2005 Both Sen. John Kerry and President Bush mentioned the Sept. 11 attacks this week. Kerry cited "9-11" as a key reason for his presidential election loss, and Mr. Bush cited it at the beginning of a speech on Iraq. But polls indicate terrorism is not at the top of the public's list of concerns.
December 2, 2005 With President Bush's polling numbers at all-time lows and Americans still skeptical about the prospects for a satisfactory result in Iraq, the last thing the GOP needs right now is another front-page ethics scandal.
December 1, 2005 When President Bush outlined his "plan for victory" in Iraq at the U.S. Naval Academy this week, he was specifically targeting people who supported him and the war in 2004 but who have since had serious doubts about both.
November 23, 2005 Congress leaves Washington for its Thanksgiving recess with several issues pending, including spending and taxes. A catchall bill is one solution many old hands on the Hill now foresee. But the beleaguered GOP leadership may not have the clout to make it work.
November 23, 2005 A shift in public opinion polls against the president's Iraq policy sends political shudders through the halls of Congress.
November 17, 2005 The old saw about journalists says they're supposed to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Right now, it's the news media that stands accused of being too comfortable. And media executives are the ones feeling too afflicted.
November 17, 2005 On opposite sides of the Atlantic, President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair face similar resistance to their policies on Iraq and the treatment of terrorism detainees.
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