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2006-09-03 22:04:39

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats enter the fall campaign with a clear edge in the high-stakes fight for control of the U.S. Congress, riding a wave of momentum that has them positioned to retake the U.S. House of Representatives and make significant gains in the Senate. President George W. Bush's low approval ratings and public dissatisfaction with the Iraq war, gas prices and the country's direction threaten Republican leadership in...

2006-09-03 08:49:57

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats enter the fall campaign with a clear edge in the high-stakes fight for control of the U.S. Congress, riding a wave of momentum that has them positioned to retake the U.S. House of Representatives and make significant gains in the Senate. President George W. Bush's low approval ratings and public dissatisfaction with the Iraq war, gas prices and the country's direction threaten Republican leadership in...

2006-08-05 10:21:03

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers will spend their month-long vacation trying to dispel criticism of a "do-nothing" U.S. Congress, ease concerns about the Iraq war and persuade unhappy voters to re-elect them in November. "For this summer vacation, re-election is job one," said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political science professor who tracks congressional races. "Many Republicans are scared, and they should be." The Senate took off early on...

2006-07-26 15:29:32

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush still supports a Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Maryland despite the candidate's criticism of him and the Iraq war, the White House said on Wednesday. Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele had said anonymously in remarks reported by The Washington Post on Tuesday that being a Republican was like "wearing a scarlet letter" and he did not want Bush to campaign for him this fall before November elections. Steele had spoken to a group of...

2006-05-23 09:43:10

By Alan Elsner TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) - Democrats in Arizona and across the nation believe they have a secret weapon in November mid-term elections: putting minimum wage increases on state ballots to boost turnout among supporters. In doing so, Democrats are taking a page from their opponents' play book. Republicans have used ballot propositions for years as a way to galvanize their political base, most notably in 2004 with referendums to ban same sex marriage. "The idea is to...

2006-02-10 14:35:58

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats are positioned for gains in governors' races in November and could capture governorships in many big battleground states, giving the party an early edge in the 2008 fight for the White House. Republicans must defend 22 of the 36 governors' offices on the ballot in November, including eight states where the incumbent retired or is barred from running again. Democrats defend 14 governorships but only one in...

2006-01-26 16:24:14

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats are riding a wave of momentum into November's high-stakes battle for the U.S. Congress, with high hopes for significant gains that could threaten Republican control of the House and Senate. Republicans enter the campaign after the toughest stretch of President George W. Bush's presidency, fueled by an unpopular war in Iraq, economic uncertainty, political scandals and Bush's low approval ratings. But...

2006-01-07 12:56:40

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush pressed the U.S. Congress on Saturday to cut nearly $40 billion in spending and extend tax cuts, steps he said will help keep the U.S. economy on track. "To keep our economy strong and secure the American Dream for future generations, leaders in Washington must make sound decisions," Bush said in his weekly radio address. With Vice President Dick Cheney casting a tie-breaking vote in a hectic pre-holiday session, the...

2005-11-08 23:34:11

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats swept tough and sometimes nasty governors' races in Virginia and New Jersey on Tuesday, dealing a setback to Republicans and President George W. Bush ahead of critical congressional elections next year. In Republican-leaning Virginia, Democratic Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine defeated former Attorney General Jerry Kilgore despite Bush's 11th-hour appearance on Kilgore's behalf. And Democratic Sen. Jon Corzine beat...

2005-11-08 22:12:13

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats swept tough and sometimes nasty governor's races in Virginia and New Jersey on Tuesday, dealing a setback to Republicans and President George W. Bush ahead of critical congressional elections next year. In Republican-leaning Virginia, Democratic Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine defeated former Attorney General Jerry Kilgore despite an 11th-hour visit to the state and a personal appeal from Bush. In New Jersey, Democratic...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.