MSNBC Political Reports
March 13, 2006
March 13: One of the GOP's early straw polls indicates that Sen. Bill Frist is the current front runner for the 2008 White House race. NBC's David Gregory reports.
March 13: MSNBC's "Hardball" host Chris Matthews talks with "Today" show anchor Matt Lauer about the GOP contenders for President.
Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., is proposing censuring President Bush for authorizing domestic eavesdropping, saying the White House misled Americans about its legality.
President Bush launched a new public relations drive Monday to counter growing American opposition to the Iraq war, saying "We will not lose our nerve."
Abortion-rights activist Kate Michelman said she won’t be a candidate in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race.
March 12, 2006
Former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle, accusing the GOP of spreading a message of fear, says he is weighing a 2008 presidential bid. “I haven’t ruled anything out or anything in at this point,” Daschle said in an interview Saturday.
An AP-Ipsos poll finds that the American public is, as one analyst put it, “rock solid in its absolutely contradictory opinions” about abortion.
President Bush was the main attraction at an annual political press roast Saturday night, but Vice President Dick Cheney was the main target of the humor.
The United States probably can stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons without military action, but use of force, subject to congressional approval, is still an option, U.S. lawmakers said Sunday.
March 11, 2006
The climax of a three-day gathering of Republican activists from 37 states came Saturday in Memphis, Tenn., as Frist won an early test of strength for 2008 GOP presidential contenders.
March 10, 2006
Sources tell Hardball that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., plans to shock his supporters tonight by asking them to not vote for him in Saturday's presidential straw poll by The Hotline.
A federal judge ordered the CIA on Friday to turn over classified intelligence briefings to Vice President Dick Cheney’s former top aide to use in the aide’s perjury trial.
Interior Secretary Gale Norton is resigning after serving more than five years as the Bush administration's point person on the environment and natural resources, the department said Friday.
The post-Bush Era enters the political equivalent of spring training season this weekend as Arizona Sen. John McCain and other Republican presidential contenders trek to Memphis to try out their rhetoric on a gathering of 1,800 GOP activists.
Tim Russert, NBC News’ Washington bureau chief and host of "Meet the Press," discusses the politics of port security, Iraq and corruption.
President Bush said Friday that the political storm over the Dubai ports deal sent a bad message to U.S. allies in the Middle East.
An opinion poll released Friday shows President Bush is losing favor with more Americans, even Republicans, and a growing majority no longer consider him a strong leader against terrorism.
The collapse of a port-management deal has devastated the White House and raised questions about its ability to lead even fellow Republicans.
March 9, 2006
Abortion is far less divisive in the rest of the world compared to the U.S.: Over the past 10 years, more than a dozen countries have made it easier to get abortions.
President Bush signed a renewal of the USA Patriot Act on Thursday, a day before 16 major provisions of the old law expire.