At least two aides to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and two Democratic congressmen received travel expenses initially paid by lobbyist Jack Abramoff on his credit card or by his firm, internal records of the lobbying firm show.
Normally a presidential job-approval rating as low as George W. Bush’s would be an indication of impending doom for his second-term legislative agenda and to his party’s fortunes in the congressional elections next year. Recent polls show Bush’s overall rating as low as it has ever been, around 47 percent.
Justice Anthony Kennedy – a conservative by background but a swing vote on social issues _ has become the poster boy, on the part of those calling for President Bush’s most controversial judicial nominees to confirmed by the U.S. Senate, for why the president should get to install judges he really wants rather than capitulate to liberals and moderates.
President Bush’s plan to shore up Social Security by reducing promised benefits for all but low-income retirees is meeting resistance from some Senate Republicans, casting new doubt on Bush’s top domestic priority, Republican aides and officials said.