MSNBC Political Reports
March 21, 2006
Bush said Tuesday the decision about when to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq will fall to future presidents and Iraqi leaders, suggesting U.S. involvement will continue at least through 2008.
Former Vice President Al Gore said Monday he’s not planning to run for president in 2008 but hasn’t ruled out a future in politics.
March 20, 2006
President Bush on Monday cited progress in stabilizing an insurgent stronghold in northern Iraq, saying he has “confidence in our strategy” of bringing peace to the country.
Marchers protesting the Iraq war tried to deliver a mock coffin to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Monday to mark the third anniversary of the Iraq war.
In a case tied to the Whitewater investigations, the Supreme Court refused Monday to consider an appeal by former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker to withdraw his 1998 guilty plea to tax conspiracy.
March 19, 2006
Republican efforts to craft a policy and political agenda to carry the party into the midterm elections have stumbled repeatedly as GOP leaders face widespread disaffection and disagreement within the ranks.
A top Senate Democrat said Sunday that President Bush should be held responsible if he violated the law in authorizing the domestic spy program. But Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said it is too early to tell if either censure or impeachment of Bush is called for.
The top commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said Sunday that U.S. troops likely will remain there for the next few years though the numbers will be scaled back as Iraqi forces gain strength.
March 18, 2006
A NEWSWEEK poll shows President Bush's approval rating dropping to new lows on domestic issues and rising public anger over Iraq and homeland security.
March 16, 2006
March 16: NBC's David Gregory asks White House spokesman Scott McClelland about the timing of the new military assault in Iraq and whether it had anything to do with President Bush’s slumping poll numbers.
President Bush is expected to get much of what he requested in a $92 billion House measure for wars and hurricane cleanup, but a provision on the controversial Dubai ports deal is a reminder that legislators are increasingly apt to part ways with the president.
An NBC/WSJ poll shows President Bush's ratings continue to drop to new lows, while a majority would now prefer a Democrat-controlled Congress.
Jessica Simpson -- singer, actress, and America's sweetheart in the minds of many fans -- came to town in her new role as a spokesperson for Operation Smile, the nearly 25-year-old nonprofit volunteer medical organization that performs free dental surgery around the world.
Lawyers for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby subpoenaed The New York Times, former Times reporter Judith Miller and NBC correspondent Tim Russert for documents related to the disclosure of an undercover CIA agent’s identity.
In August the anti-Joe Lieberman forces in the Democratic Party may get their chance for vengeance, as Ned Lamont, a Greenwich, Conn. cable television entrepreneur, tries to knock Lieberman off in the Senate primary.
The White House said Wednesday a revised policy on granting security clearances to gays and lesbians does not reflect a change in how the government will treat sexual orientation.
Rep. Katherine Harris will fight rather than quit her U.S. Senate campaign, saying she’ll spend $10 million she inherited from her father to revive her bid, which has been set back by her ties to a bribery scandal.
March 15, 2006
President Bush plans to issue a new national security strategy Thursday reaffirming his doctrine of preemptive war against terrorists and hostile states with chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, despite the troubled experience in Iraq.
A House committee Wednesday approved a bill aimed at stamping out the $12 billion Internet gambling industry by stopping businesses from accepting credit cards and other forms of payment.
March 14, 2006
A maverick Democratic senator from Wisconsin has forced his party and Congress to confront head-on the question of whether Bush should somehow be punished for secretly ordering warrantless wiretaps of U.S. citizens.