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February 16, 2006

Senate Intelligence Chairman Pat Roberts said he has worked out an agreement with the White House to change U.S. law regarding the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program.
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The Senate Judiciary Committee is calling for an investigation into whether the FBI retaliated against its highest-ranking Arabic-speaking agent, a new letter reveals.
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Damage-control experts in both political parties agree: The handling of Vice President Dick Cheney’s hunting accident has been a disaster, a case study in how not to handle bad news.
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The Senate overwhelmingly rejected an effort Thursday to block renewing the Patriot Act, the 2001 law passed weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks to help the government hunt down terrorists.
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All but two of the vice presidents in the past 50 years have either run for president or become president when their predecessor died. Dick Cheney, unlike almost all his recent vice-presidential predecessors, will not run for president. This allows him to sail above the normal rules of political behavior.
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Vice President Dick Cheney says he has the power to declassify government secrets, raising the possibility that he authorized his former chief of staff to pass along sensitive prewar data on Iraq to journalists.
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February 15, 2006

Read a transcript of Wednesday’s Fox interview with  Vice President Dick Cheney, who spoke about the shooting accident that injured  Harry Whittington.
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We asked our readers to offer their opinions on Vice President Dick Cheney's hunting accident. Here are excerpts from some of the responses we received:
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The federal Department of Homeland Security quickly became overwhelmed by Hurricane Katrina despite having personnel and supplies in place, Secretary Michael Chertoff told a Senate panel Wednesday.
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Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday will make his first public comments on the accidental shooting of a hunting partner.
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February 14, 2006

Katharine Armstrong, whose family owns the ranch where Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot a hunting partner, is a registered lobbyist who has been paid to lobby the White House, according to records.
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A sampling of hunters and gun enthusiasts in interviews and in the blogosphere finds different opinions about who was at fault in the Saturday shooting accident involving Vice President Cheney and Texas lawyer Harry Whittington.
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Opponents of a $140 billion trust fund for asbestos victims forced leaders to withdraw it Tuesday, but Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said he had the option of reviving the measure again.
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The Democratic blogosphere was abuzz Tuesday with the news that one of its heroes, Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett, had dropped out of the Ohio Senate race.
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Rock the Vote turns 16 this year, but the birthday for the organization that has used Madonna, R.E.M. and other music stars to get  young people involved in politics is anything but sweet.
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Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett, a Bush administration critic who had been recruited by Democrats to run for U.S. Senate, said Tuesday he was dropping his campaign and declared his political career finished.
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The political echoes from a single shotgun blast on the Texas prairie continued to reverberate across the nation Tuesday, growing especially loud in the nation's capital as journalists scrambled to piece together the full story behind Vice President Dick Cheney's accidental Saturday shooting of a hunting companion.
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Vice president's shooting incident triggers a fusillade of wisecracks, and a withering blast from White House press.
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The Virginia Senate voted Monday to ban smoking in restaurants and virtually all other public places, an extraordinary sign of cultural change in a state that is home to the worldwide headquarters of Philip Morris and whose agricultural economy has been rooted in tobacco farming for almost 400 years.
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February 13, 2006

Many U.S. companies reap huge rewards in return for the money they spend on D.C. lobbyists.
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