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February 1, 2006

President Bush’s plan to deal with America’s oil addiction won some praise Wednesday but also criticism from environmentalists who said it doesn’t go far enough and free-market advocates who said it is meddlesome.
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NBC  News’ Washington bureau chief and host of "Meet the Press" discusses President Bush's 5th State of the Union address
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Five difficult years in office have left the White House straining under the weight of its own contradictions. That was abundantly clear in the State of the Union address.
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Iranian and Hamas leaders rejected President Bush’s call for change in his State of the Union address, but many Europeans welcomed his recognition that America’s gas-guzzling days must end.
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In his State of the Union address, President Bush waded into the middle of the debate over his warrantless domestic eavesdropping program, making a number of assertions that have been subject to intense debate.
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Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, said Tuesday “there is a better way” to govern. Kaine's comments were the official Democratic response to President Bush's State of the Union address.
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January 31, 2006

President Bush delivered his fifth State of the Union address Tuesday.  Here is a text of his remarks , as delivered.
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Coming off his most difficult year in office, President Bush used his State of the Union address tonight to try to give his administration a new start, if not a fresh face.
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Did President Bush persuade you in his State of the Union address that he has the right plan for the country?
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Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine gave the Democratic response to the State of the Union address Tuesday.  Here is a text of his remarks , as delivered.
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Since the State of the Union address became a prime-time television spectacle, no president has ever walked into the House chamber and seen in the front row his Supreme Court nominee who’d been sworn in that very day.
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January 30, 2006

An NBC/WSJ poll shows President Bush faces an electorate that continues to be dissatisfied with his job performance, increasingly wants U.S. soldiers home from Iraq and believes the GOP is associated more with special interests and lobbyists.
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Nevada Sen. John Ensign was treated at a hospital Monday after his car was hit head-on by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel, police said.
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In an exclusive interview with MSNBC's "Hardball," former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay blasted the “runaway prosecutor,” dismissed fallout from a disgraced lobbyist and said he remains focused on pushing a conservative agenda in Congress.
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After Social Security defeat, President Bush will in his State of the Union address do what other presidents have done when they face difficulty: change the subject.
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Two moderate and two conservative House Republicans put into writing last week what they say many of their colleagues quietly fear: the GOP's plunging poll numbers, rising public support for a Congress controlled by Democrats and the increasing belief among voters that the Republican Party is corrupt.
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The Bush administration is putting out a call for new community and church groups to get involved in HIV prevention and care in 15 target countries, most in sub-Saharan Africa. It is reserving $200 million specifically for groups with little or no government grant experience.
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January 29, 2006

President Bush's State of the Union address on Tuesday night marks the beginning of a midterm election year eagerly anticipated by Democrats and fraught with worries for Republicans.
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Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who took a leading role in the Terry Schiavo case, said Sunday it taught him that Americans do not want the government involved in such end-of-life decisions.
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