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February 6, 2006

Bush sent Congress a $2.77 trillion budget plan on Monday that would make his first-term tax cuts permanent while reducing government-funded programs to deal with huge deficits. Almost a third of those targeted are in education.
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People will assume more responsibility for their health care costs under President Bush's budget proposal.
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Gov. Christine Gregoire’s dog Franz, a “first dog” so popular with schoolchildren and state capital visitors that he had his own Web site, died after being struck by a car Monday.
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Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday defended President Bush’s eavesdropping program, testifying at a Senate hearing where the Republican chairman reminded him that “the president does not have a blank check.”
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As Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, here's a guide to the NSA debate.
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February 5, 2006

In this year's elections, Democrats appear poised to gain seats in the House and in the Senate for the first time since 2000.
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February 3, 2006

A  judge handling the CIA spy leak case on Friday set former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s trial date for January 2007, two months after congressional elections.
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The Pentagon Friday announced plans to increase special operations forces, expand psychological warfare and develop a program to counter biological terrorism.
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Potential 2008 Democratic presidential contender Evan Bayh urged his party to take on Karl Rove's charge that Democrats are weak on national defense.
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February 2, 2006

Rep. John Boehner's come-from-behind victory for House majority leader was  influenced decisively by members' election-year anxieties about the GOP's scandal-scuffed leadership.
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Congress sent President Bush a second five-week extension of the Patriot Act, while Senate negotiators hammered out a deal with the White House on renewing the antiterrorism law with new civil liberties protections.
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The Senate passed $70 billion in tax cuts on Thursday, one step in an effort that Republican leaders hope will preserve President Bush’s tax reductions for capital gains and dividends.
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Some White House e-mails were not archived in 2003, the year CIA agent Valerie Plame's name was allegedly leaked to reporters to discredit her husband.
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President Bush will request another $18 billion in federal relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina in his fiscal 2007 budget, the top rebuilding official said Thursday.
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Republicans chose Rep. John Boehner of Ohio as House majority leader Thursday to replace indicted Rep. Tom DeLay.
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February 1, 2006

The House on Wednesday approved — generally along party lines — Congress’s first attempt in eight years to slow the growth of benefit programs like Medicaid and student loan subsidies, sending the measure to President Bush.
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Antiwar protester Cindy Sheehan will have charges against her dropped following a scuffle over aT-shirt that she wore to the State of the Union, NBC News reported Wednesday.
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President Bush took his election-year agenda on the road Wednesday to convince Americans he is addressing their concerns about high gasoline prices, health care costs and other issues.
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Bob Shrum blogs, "George W. Bush finally found WMDs and they were right where he looked for them in that tasteless attempt at video-taped humor he played to the correspondents’ dinner in Washington is 2004-in and around his own desk at the oval office.  From there and his own speechwriters’ cubbyholes, came the Words of Mass Deception that he displayed to the country last night."
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