November 30, 2004 Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge resigns, saying his only regret is that he could not make some security improvements sooner. Rumors of Ridge's resignation, the seventh in President Bush's Cabinet since the election, had circulated since the summer. NPR's Pam Fessler reports.
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November 30, 2004 Calling the move "a difficult decision," U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announces his resignation from the Bush administration. Ridge made a formal announcement in a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Ridge has served in the position since the department's creation in 2003. Hear NPR's Korva Coleman.
November 30, 2004 NPR's Noah Adams speaks with NPR's Don Gonyea about the resignation of Tom Ridge from his post as secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security -- the latest in a series of high-level resignations among President Bush's first-term cabinet members.
November 30, 2004 Some economists say the U.S. economy is growing -- but alarm bells went off in many markets last Friday when the dollar plunged to fresh lows against the Euro. For two views on the economic outlook for President Bush's second term, NPR's Tavis Smiley speaks with economist and author Julianne Malveaux and Stephen Moore, president of the Club for Growth and contributing editor to National Review magazine.
November 29, 2004 President Bush chooses Carlos Gutierrez, CEO of Kellogg Co., to succeed Don Evans as secretary of Commerce. A native of Cuba, Gutierrez began working at Kellogg as a truck driver and became president of the company in 1998. NPR's Andrea Seabrook reports.
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November 29, 2004 NPR's Alex Chadwick talks with Slate contributor Chris Suellentrop about some of the major political stories of the week, including President Bush's nomination of Kellogg CEO Carlos Gutierrez to head the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to hear a challenge to legally recognized gay marriage in Massachusetts.
November 29, 2004 Commentator Joseph C. Phillips says the high hopes placed on the youth vote during the last election, fell short because celebrities and catch phrases - do not a vote make.
November 23, 2004 Lee Hamilton, vice chairman of the Sept. 11 Commission, discusses Congress' failure to pass the intelligence reform bill this past weekend, whether it can be done before the end of the year and where intelligence reform might be headed. Hear Hamilton and NPR's Renee Montagne.
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November 22, 2004 Congress wraps up its 2004 session over the weekend without taking final action on the bill to overhaul the U.S. intelligence agencies, and passage before the end of the year appears unlikely. NPR's Pam Fessler reports.
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November 22, 2004 Last-minute bills often contain surprises, and Congress' 3,200-page spending bill is no exception. The bill is intended to fund most of the federal government's operations, but is also festooned with special features few had noticed. NPR's David Welna reports.
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November 22, 2004 Though the increase of African-American support for President Bush has been largely dismissed, conservative essayist Joseph C. Phillips says questions should be asked as to why more black Americans cast votes for the president's re-election.
November 22, 2004 Commentator Antonio Gonzalez talks with NPR's Tavis Smiley about Alberto Gonzales, the White House chief counsel tapped by President Bush to be the next U.S. attorney general.
November 22, 2004 The 2004 national election gave Republicans four more years in the Oval Office, as well as increased majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Now the GOP is flexing its new muscle, seeking to strengthen its legislative hand. NPR's Tavis Smiley talks about growing GOP influence with Donna Brazile, Democratic political strategist and former campaign manager for the Gore-Lieberman 2000 campaign, and Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA).
November 19, 2004 President Bush chose close confidants when making his Cabinet nominations this week, saying he can trust these aides to implement his policies. But there are questions about whether the president and his policies are best served by a close-knit circle of loyal advisers, or by a sampling of diverse points of view. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.
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November 19, 2004 NPR's Noah Adams and NPR's Juan Williams discuss the week's political events, including President Bush's trip to Chile this weekend to attend the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference.
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