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January 23, 2006

The U.S.  Supreme Court refused Monday to decide if states may restrict candidates for judgeships from political party activities and soliciting campaign contributions.
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An aide to President Bush told NBC News Monday that Bush’s photographs in the company of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff amount to a coincidence and shouldn’t be interpreted any more seriously than that.
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The Justice Department's voting section, a small and usually obscure unit that enforces the Voting Rights Act and other federal election laws, has been thrust into the center of a growing debate over recent departures and controversial decisions in the Civil Rights Division as a whole.
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January 22, 2006

Former President Gerald Ford underwent more treatment for pneumonia Saturday at a hospital where he was admitted a week earlier.
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Pakistan's prime minister visits Washington this week at a time of increased tension between the two allies, with thousands demonstrating in Pakistan to denounce a U.S. airstrike that killed civilians Jan. 13.
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At least five photographs show President Bush with the lobbyist at the center of a corruption scandal, Time magazine reported Sunday.
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January 18, 2006

Republicans are using town meetings and other outreach efforts to try to tamp down senior citizens' outrage over the complicated and troubled new Medicare prescription drug program.
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Democrats Wednesday unveiled their cure for ethics scandals,  including shutting down ”pay-to-play” arrangements that created unusually close ties between lawmakers and lobbyists.
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In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a lower court was wrong to strike down New Hampshire abortion restrictions.
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While the national abortion debate is now focused on the Supreme Court, both sides expect crucial battles to unfold this year on the state level .
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Montana Republican Senator Conrad Burns is having a hard time shedding campaign donations linked to indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. NBC News' Joel Seidman reports from Washington.
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Ex-President Ford was hospitalized and given antibiotics to fight off a bout of pneumonia.
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The suspension of Bill Clinton’s law license in connection with the Monica Lewinsky affair ends Thursday, but an aide declined to say whether the ex-president is seeking reinstatement.
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January 17, 2006

Rejecting a Bush administration attempt to punish doctors who help terminally ill patients die, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Oregon’s one-of-a-kind physician-assisted suicide law.
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A day after Hillary Clinton blasted the Bush administration and compared the GOP-controlled House of Representatives to a plantation, Republicans said the New York senator was out of line.
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Former Vice President Al Gore on Monday called for a federal investigation of  President Bush's domestic surveillance policy.
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Will Congress react to the Supreme Court’s ruling by passing a law to give the Bush administration the power to stop assisted suicide?
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FACT FILE: GOP House leadership race
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January 13, 2006

U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, who lost his House leadership post, now has another worry: an unprecedented four-way primary for the seat he’s held comfortably for 22 years.
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Embattled Ohio Republican Bob Ney is in talks with House Speaker Dennis Hastert about resigning a House committee chairmanship, a  senior House GOP aide told The Associated Press on Friday.
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