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A Moving Force In Fight for Bush's Judicial Nominees
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A Moving Force In Fight for Bush's Judicial Nominees

BY Jeffrey H. Birnbaum

Every Monday morning for months, veteran Washington lawyer C. Boyden Gray has plotted strategy via a conference call with the heads of groups that want to ease the confirmation of President Bush's judicial nominees. He has also spent many hours raising millions of dollars for the cause.

05/24/2005
The Forces That Set the Agenda
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The Forces That Set the Agenda

BY Jeffrey H. Birnbaum

In the grand scheme of things, Social Security isn't the nation's biggest fiscal problem. That's not my view. That's the assessment of Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a Bush political appointee before he became head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, who says that looming financial calamities in Medicare and Medicaid are larger and more immediate worries in a strictly budgetary sense.

04/24/2005
Housing Ills Blamed On NIMBY, Regulation
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Housing Ills Blamed On NIMBY, Regulation

BY Sandra Fleishman

Excessive regulation and not-in-my-back-yard thinking deserve much of the blame for the nation's shortage of affordable homes, federal housing officials said yesterday. And that's a situation that hasn't changed in 14 years, since then-housing secretary Jack Kemp issued a report that was seen as a challenge to environmentalists and anti-growth advocates.

02/15/2005
Conservatives Join Forces for Bush Plans
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Conservatives Join Forces for Bush Plans

BY Thomas B. Edsall

With billions of dollars at stake, a large network of influential conservative groups is mounting a high-priced campaign to help the White House win passage of legislation to partially privatize Social Security and limit class-action lawsuits. Corporate America, the financial services industry, conservative think tanks, much of the Washington trade association community, the Republican Party and GOP lobbyists and consultants are prepared to spend $200 million or more to influence the outcome of two of the toughest legislative fights in recent memory.

02/13/2005
Holiday Parties: The Merry, the Manic and the Mellow
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Holiday Parties: The Merry, the Manic and the Mellow

The holiday party marathon staggered to a finish over the weekend, a final chance to be merry and bright before the obligatory joyous celebration with the relatives. "We've been out every night for the last week and a half," said a jolly Jack Kemp at Thursday's open house at the Spring Valley home of Patricia and Dick Carlson. The party was fanny-to-fanny with 240 festive folk (mostly Republicans, a few Democrats) like pundit Tucker Carlson, former Senate candidate Jack Ryan and lawyers Boyden Gray, Bob Bennett and Joe DiGenova. "Merry Christmas!" DiGenova boomed. "I refuse to say 'Happy holidays.' " And, in case we didn't get it, he led his tablemates in a rousing rendition of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."

12/20/2004
The Cost Of Being Blue
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The Cost Of Being Blue

BY David S. Broder

The division between the red and blue Americas has become a familiar topic for political talk shows. But it is a lot more than that. It has real-world consequences, effects that can be measured in hundreds of millions of dollars in federal spending. The county-by-county maps, displaying vast expanses of red where George W. Bush prevailed for the second time in the Nov. 2 election, show a spreading Republican tide big enough to produce his overall 51 percent majority vote. Those blue dots on the map are the pockets of Democratic resistance, where John Kerry was able to win.

11/28/2004
Tax Reform Veterans See Hurdles Ahead
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Tax Reform Veterans See Hurdles Ahead

BY Jonathan Weisman and Jeffery H. Birnbaum

The two primary architects of Congress's last major tax reform say President Bush so far has failed to lay the groundwork for his ambitious tax agenda and will have to invest a vast amount of political capital to succeed in broadly simplifying the tax code.

11/24/2004
Opinion Backs Davis's Effort To Grant D.C. Vote in House
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Opinion Backs Davis's Effort To Grant D.C. Vote in House

BY Spencer S. Hsu

A former senior Justice Department official in the Bush administration has concluded that a constitutional amendment is not needed to grant the District voting representation in the House. The 25-page opinion by Viet D. Dinh, a former assistant U.S. attorney general, was commissioned by Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) as part of his effort to grant the District a vote in the House. Davis, chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, called Dinh's conclusion a key development.

11/20/2004
Help at Home
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Help at Home

BY David S. Broder

Of all the Cabinet secretaries who have served in recent decades in Washington, none have done more to energize their bureaucracies than Jack Kemp and Henry Cisneros. Running the backwater Department of Housing and Urban Development between 1989 and 1997, Republican Kemp and Democrat Cisneros used their competitive drive and enthusiasm to draw attention to what may well be America's most neglected issue.

09/23/2004
Upholding Policies Paramount In Campaign for Second Term
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Upholding Policies Paramount In Campaign for Second Term

BY David S. Broder

In December 2000, when George W. Bush learned -- after five extra weeks of suspense -- that he had won a bare majority in the electoral college, despite losing the popular vote, he faced an immediate choice. He could husband his limited political capital, postpone proposals likely to engender strong opposition in a 50-50 Senate and hope for a greater public mandate in 2004 that would permit bolder policies in a second term. Or he could act as though he had won 100 percent of the power of the presidency, despite the muddled outcome of the race.

08/29/2004

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