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.