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January 6, 2006

Americans are leaning toward giving Democrats control of Congress, an AP-Ipsos poll found.
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Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s hopes of reclaiming his post suffered a setback Friday as fellow Republicans called for new leadership amid a congressional corruption scandal.
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January 5, 2006

WashPost: An internal battle is underway among House Republicans to permanently replace Rep. Tom DeLay (Tex.) as majority leader.
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Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday that remarks by Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., a Marine Corps veteran, are damaging to troop morale and to the Army’s efforts to rebound from a recruiting slump.
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Attempting to rekindle his image as a bipartisan populist, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger urged cooperation among lawmakers and proposed a sweeping $222 billion public works program that would require the largest bond package in state history.
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Tyco International, whose former CEO was a symbol of corporate corruption, admitted Thursday it is the Jack Abramoff client referred to as “Company A” in court documents describing the lobbyist’s scheme to funnel millions in lobbying fees to himself.
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President Bush and lawmakers have announced they are refunding or giving to charity some or all donations they or their political action committees received from once-powerful lobbyist Jack Abramoff, his associates or clients.
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December 21, 2005

A deal preserving the expiring portions of the terror-fighting USA Patriot Act may be in the works, Senate Judiciary chairman Arlen Specter said Wednesday.
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The year 2006 will be the angriest, most divisive season of political theater since the days of Richard Nixon. And with President Bush appearing more and more like Nizon 2.0, get ready to hear a chorus of calls for the “I-word”: impeachment.  By Howard Fineman.
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The Senate blocked oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge Wednesday, rejecting a measure that had been put into a must-pass defense spending bill in an attempt to garner wider support.
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The Republican-controlled Senate passed legislation to cut federal deficits by $39.7 billion on Wednesday by the narrowest of margins, 51-50, with Vice President Dick Cheney casting the deciding vote.
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Jeanine Pirro has decided to end her struggling campaign for the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2006 re-election bid and will run instead for state attorney general.
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Lawyers for Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff are talking with the Justice Department about his possible cooperation in a congressional corruption probe, a person involved in the investigation said Tuesday night.
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As Tom DeLay became a king of campaign fundraising, he lived like one too. He visited cliff-top Caribbean resorts, golf courses designed by PGA champions and four-star restaurants — all courtesy of donors who bankrolled his political money empire.
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December 20, 2005

Indicted former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff was secretly hired by Guam to fight a proposal in Congress to reorganize the Pacific island's judicial system, according to an audit just released by Guam's public auditor.
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When President Bush acknowledged a highly classified domestic spying program and Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W. Va., publicized his concerns, they pulled back a corner of the curtain protecting the supersecret world of the intelligence gathering and congressional oversight.
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Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday vigorously defended the Bush administration’s use of secret domestic spying and the expansion of presidential powers, saying “it’s not an accident that we haven’t been hit in four years.”
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Some Democrats say they never approved a domestic wiretapping program, undermining suggestions by Bush and his advisers that the plan was vetted in congressional briefings.
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December 15, 2005

A former business partner of Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty Thursday to fraud and conspiracy, and may be forced to testify against Abramoff as part of plea deal.
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The White House Thursday dismissed a claim by syndicated columnist Robert Novak that President Bush knows who leaked the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame.
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