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February 7, 2006 A majority of Americans have come to believe that the war in Iraq wasn't worth fighting. A majority also disapproves of the way President Bush is managing it. Yet, the political pressure on Mr. Bush to change course doesn't seem that intense. Why not?
January 26, 2006 Many lawmakers genuinely want to reform the system that has been exploited by the likes of former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. But the investigation and scandal are just too good a political issue, at least for Democrats, to let go of too quickly.
January 20, 2006 All kinds of relationships lawmakers have with lobbyists are under pressure now in ways they have not been since the Republicans seized control of Congress in 1994.
December 23, 2005 Vice President Dick Cheney is making an aggressive push to defend executive power amid discord over revelations of domestic spying and President Bush's own admissions of "mistakes" in intelligence gathering ahead of the Iraq war.
December 16, 2005 With a series of speeches on Iraq, President Bush seems to have regained some of the Texas "swagger" that was missing for much of the past year. It may be a conscious effort to project a cooler demeanor, but will it help his standing with the public?
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 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.
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 19, 2005 Rep. John Murtha's dramatic reversal on the war in Iraq set off a firestorm of accusations and political jockeying. Once a solid vote in favor of the Iraq war, Murtha (D-PA) now says that U.S. troops should come home "at the earliest practicable date."
November 10, 2005 A wrenching case of donor's remorse is wracking Capitol Hill these days. Many lawmakers, especially Democrats, seem to regret the carte blanche they gave President Bush to fight a never-formally-declared war on terror shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks.
November 3, 2005 White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan has lost credibility with the press corps over the Valerie Plame matter. Now some speculate his only way out of the vise is to step down.
October 29, 2005 Republicans hold a major fundraising advantage at the national committee level, but there are behind-the-scenes signs that political troubles are hurting GOP fundraising. Peter Overby analyzes the results.
October 20, 2005 The White House under President Bush is usually a tightly-run ship. But the implication of top White House officials in the investigation of a CIA agent's name being leaked has thrown the administration off balance.
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.
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 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 16, 2005 Behind George W. Bush's rise to the presidency were a trio of his closest advisers -- the 'Iron Triangle.' But they've disbanded, and the president no longer has the kind of team who could give him advice and tell him when he's wrong, says NPR's Don Gonyea.
September 9, 2005 The political crisis caused by Hurricane Katrina is rapidly reorganizing Congress' priorities, David Welna says in the latest Pennsylvania Avenue column.
September 1, 2005 Fairly or not, lobbyist Jack Abramoff has come to symbolize Washington at its worst. Abramoff is being prosecuted in Florida on federal fraud charges. But Correspondent Peter Overby says the ripple effects reach all the way into the Beltway -- where its aftermath could resemble that of a small hurricane.
August 23, 2005 Cindy Sheehan's anti-war protest has exposed political weaknesses for President Bush and Democrats on Iraq, David Greene says in the latest Pennsylvania Avenue column.
August 11, 2005 President Bush is vacationing at his Crawford Ranch and Washington is the middle of its summer slowdown. But August hasn't been as quite as might be expected for the president in recent years, Don Gonyea recalls in the latest Pennsylvania Avenue column.
August 4, 2005 In the latest Pennsylvania Avenue column, Brian Naylor looks at the unusual compromises it took for Congress to pass the highway and energy bills.
July 28, 2005 President Bush has often found a political benefit in focusing on the war on terrorism. But in the latest Pennsylvania Avenue column, David Greene says support for the president's anti-terrorism policy may not be the political trump card it once was.
July 21, 2005 While the focus in Washington these days is on Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts, looming action on the Patriot Act and other legislation deserves attention, Andrea Seabrook says in the latest Pennsylvania Avenue.
July 7, 2005 In the latest Pennsylvania Avenue column, Peter Overby chronicles embattled lobbyist Jack Abramoff's attempts to join an elite Washington club.
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