November 21, 2007 The Bush White House can give thanks this week for a better set of talking points on the stem-cell debate, progress in Iraq and the Mideast, and more. Yet amid the relative good news, the administration also was reminded of the challenges its last year in office will bring.
November 14, 2007 When the National Right to Life Committee endorsed Fred Thompson for president, the conservative group was looking past his voting record and public positions on matters relevant to life. Instead, the group was looking at the issue of his electability.
November 5, 2007 The confirmation of Michael Mukasey as the new attorney general is now assured. That will be seen as yet another insult to the anti-Bush Democrats who expected everything to change after the elections of 2006.
October 24, 2007 Despite all the televised debates and heavy media coverage, a poll finds that only half of the public is paying much attention to the presidential race. But, then again, pushing the 2008 election into 2007 was never a response to voter demand.
October 17, 2007 The growing sentiment among Republican stalwarts is that former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani is well-equipped and positioned to outlast Republican competitors. He is also seen as having the best chance to beat Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in 2008.
October 10, 2007 Being mentioned in the same breath as Ronald Reagan remains the single best credential a Republican can have. But Fred Thompson fails to live up to the comparison, and in attempting to do so, he might cheat himself out of becoming the candidate he could be in his own right.
October 2, 2007 Republicans have found the unifying issue they need to rally their party and lift their election chances in 2008 — and it is an issue with a human face. The face belongs to Hillary Clinton, and the issue is the prospect of her becoming president.
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
August 1, 2007 It's awfully early to be talking about the people who are married to the people running for president. But with so many campaign issues surfacing ahead of schedule, Judith Giuliani, Jeri Kehn Thompson and Bill Clinton are making plenty of headlines.
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