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February 26, 2007

Executive Relations

Executive Initiative

Political Economy: High, and Low, Cost of War
If Topic A is the war in Iraq, it might pay to take a step back and examine just how much defending the nation costs these days. Fortunately, the White House last week provided a helpful tool, buried on page 125 of a book called “Historical Tables” that’s part of every presidential budget request and is a favorite bedside companion for fiscal policy nerds.

Experts at Odds Over FISA Role In Terrorist Surveillance
National security experts disagreed Friday over the role of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in monitoring possible terrorist activities.


Democrats, White House Clash on Trade
For a time yesterday, it seemed as if a new bipartisan spirit was flowering between the Bush administration and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill over trade policy. Until, that is, flowers themselves entered the conversation during a Valentine's Day hearing.

Oil Prices, Imported Goods Push Trade Gap to Record
The U.S. trade deficit climbed to a record high for the fifth straight year, with 2006 imports exceeding exports by $764 billion, the Commerce Department reported yesterday.


Democrats Signal a Wider Battle Lasting the Rest of President's Term
After enjoying great deference in the conduct of national security for his first six years in office, President Bush now faces an assertive opposition Congress that has left him on the defensive.

Craig Crawford's 1600: Last of the True Believers
It would be easy to feel sorry for George W. Bush, given his many woes — rock-bottom poll ratings, a hostile Congress and unending bad news from Iraq. Easy, that is, until you realize just how much he still manages to get his way, even when the chips are down.

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