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December 15, 2005

President Bush reversed course on Thursday and accepted Sen. John McCain’s call for a law banning cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment of foreign terror suspects.
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Four years after the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon, how willing is Congress to still support extraordinary measures to fight the threat of al Qaida and its jihadist allies?
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Former Wisconsin Sen. William Proxmire, a political maverick who became Congress' leading scourge of big spending and government waste, has died, a congressional official said Thursday.
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Massachusetts's Republican governor, Mitt Romney, announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election next year, and analysts believe that presidential ambitions may be behind his decision.
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December 14, 2005

Since January, President Bush has seen a steady decline in his overall job performance, the economy, and Iraq. But the free-fall seems to be over, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
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President  Bush has spoken thousands of words in recent week to re-sell the Iraq war to Americans. But one photo-op from Bush’s sales campaign spoke louder than all the words: a picture with Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in it.  By Howard Fineman.
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The weekend Florida Democratic Party’s conference found members  upbeat, if not downright boastful, about picking up seats in next year’s midterm elections -- and perhaps even taking back control of Congress.
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December 13, 2005

Former President Ford, suffering from a cold, was in the hospital Tuesday for what his chief of staff called routine medical tests.
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The top Democrat on the Senate committee investigating Jack Abramoff’s Indian lobbying is returning $67,000 in donations he collected around the time he took actions favorable to those Abramoff clients.
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In a round of speeches on Iraq, President Bush is combining fresh expressions of steely resolve with sobering acknowledgments of how unexpectedly hard the task has been.
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December 12, 2005

President Bush expressed a no-tolerance stance on the use of torture by the United States in the war on terrorism in an exclusive wide-ranging  interview with NBC News anchor Brian Williams.
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Last week the House voted to extend the 15 percent tax rate on capital gains and dividends. Here's why nine Democrats bucked their leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who denounced the bill as “immoral."
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The Supreme Court said Monday it would consider the constitutionality of a Texas congressional map engineered by Rep. Tom DeLay that helped Republicans gain seats in Congress.
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President Bush offered encouragement to war-weary Iraqis on Monday as they began voting in parliamentary elections, saying no country has formed a democracy without "challenges, setbacks and false starts."
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During much of 2004, Karl Rove’s lawyer was on notice that his client, a senior aide to President Bush, might have disclosed Valerie Plame’s CIA status to a Time magazine reporter.
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December 10, 2005

Former Minnesota Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy, whose insurgent campaign toppled a sitting president in 1968 and forced the Democratic Party to take seriously his message against the Vietnam War, died Saturday. He was 89.
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December 7, 2005

These are murky times in Washington, when getting a handle on the truth seems especially difficult. By Howard Fineman.
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In defense of his war policy, President Bush highlighted the progress the country has made since the U.S. invasion.
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House Republicans decided Tuesday to stop casinos, massage parlors and liquor stores from cashing in on tax breaks for businesses in Gulf Coast communities ravaged by hurricanes.
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A GOP state lawmaker won a special election Tuesday to fill a vacant congressional seat in traditionally conservative Orange County after a race that featured a bitter debate about immigration policy.
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