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Bush’s hard sell ain’t selling

By DALE McFEATTERS Despite the usual Democratic jeering and sniping from the sidelines, the battle over warrantless eavesdropping taking place in the Senate Judiciary Committee is between two branches of government,…

Divided Nation Syndrome

By BONNIE ERBE Divided nation, divided nation. Sometimes I think if I hear that phrase just one more time, I'll scream. In a country where a 55 percent margin of victory…

Time to admit defeat on Social Security

BY DAN K. THOMASSON Holy Methuselah, Mr. President, not another bipartisan commission to study the impact of aging baby boomers on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid! …

So much for tax reform

By MARY DEIBEL President Bush wants Congress to make his tax cuts permanent law and to sweeten tax breaks for Health Savings Accounts. …

Bush’s budget headaches

President Bush sent his GOP allies in Congress an austere budget for next year that is filled with political land mines and flush with difficult choices. …

Right wing says Bush sold them out

Conservatives have long had doubts about whether or not George W. Bush is really one of them and the big government programs the President proposed in his State of the…

Congress reluctant to give up junkets

The public outcry over abuses of Congressional travel has not deterred members of Congress from resisting efforts to limit their junkets to exotic lands. Even the man picked to replace…

Specter questions legality of Bush’s domestic spying program

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has not adequately justified why the Bush administration failed to seek court approval for domestic surveillance, said the senator in charge of a hearing Monday on…

Domestic spying provides GOP loyalty test

Since George W. Bush became president, Republicans in Congress have nearly always marched in lock step with him. In large measure, their clout as lawmakers was enhanced by standing shoulder…

Bush’s National Guard restructuring plan ain’t flying

By LIZ SIDOTI A Pentagon plan to restructure the Army National Guard has sparked bipartisan outcries in Congress even before President Bush's formal proposal, showing the clout of a force that…