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A veteran of the Washington scene, CBS News Senior Political Editor Dotty Lynch provides an inside look at the issues and personalities shaping the political dialogue in the nation's capital and around the country.

Feb. 25: Charting the field for the 2002 gubernatorial races.

Feb. 19: No changes in campaign spending laws will take effect until after the 2002 U.S. Senate elections. So get ready for one more season of big money and negative ads.

Feb. 11: The Enron scandal could give campaign finance reform the boost it needs.

Feb. 4: He's kept a low profile since the dark days of Florida, but Al Gore is making his return to the national stage.

Jan. 28: Is another run for the White House in Dick Gephardt's future? A look at the House Minority Leader's prospects.

Jan. 19: The perception of President Bush as he concludes his fist year in the White House is a far cry from what anyone could have imagined when he took his oath of office.

Jan. 14: Washington's latest scandal has a familiar ring – big money, powerful connections and renewed public distrust of government.

Jan. 7: Bill Frist, senator and doctor, talks about his plans to revive the Republican Party's strength in the Senate.

Dec. 20: A holiday wish list for Washington's naughty and nice.

Dec. 17: Even though the spotlight has been off politics, top Washington strategists have been busy planning the 2002 midterm elections.

Dec. 10: New Republican Party Chairman Marc Racicot's soft-spoken manner may be just what the GOP needs.

Dec. 3: Some of the most powerful women in Washington have pushed the issue of how women are treated in Afghanistan to the top of the political agenda.

Nov. 19: The Democratic Party can learn a few things from a new study of the 2000 Florida presidential election.

Nov. 7: A well-run campaign, the support of the enormously popular incumbent and deep, deep pockets spelled victory for Mike Bloomberg in New York.

Nov. 2: Rudolph Giuliani's name isn't on any ballots this Tuesday, but he could help decide some races.

Oct. 26: The terror attacks may not have had as much impact on off-year elections as you think.

Oct. 19: Tough times make us yearn for home, even if sometimes it wasn't really that good.

Oct. 12: Think outside the box, but use some good judgment once you're out there.

Oct. 5: Before the tragic events of Sept. 11, the talk around Washington was of who would be leaving government service. But, once again, government service is hot.

Sept. 29: Rudy Giuliani wants New Yorkers to "get back to normal." But the mayor's effort to stay in office despite term limits is anything but normal.

Sept. 22: As the new czar of homeland security, Tom Ridge will face challenges from bureaucrats, not just terrorists.

Sept. 15: The spirit of national unity and resolve is alive and well in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

Sept. 12: Assessing President Bush's response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Sept. 7: A look at some of the fall political season's biggest races.

August 31: Support for labor unions grows as economy goes south.

August 3: A host of mysteries for the dog days of August.

July 27: A look at the ethical and political debate over federal funding of stem cell research.

July 20: Katharine Graham, Hillary Clinton and Chandra Levy provide examples of how women are faring in the world of Washington power and politics.

July 13: President Bush's poll numbers are inching up, and some Republicans say to build on this momentum he needs to appeal to an unlikely constituency – Democrats.

July 6: Get ready for more political drama in Florida, where a high-profile Democratic field, possibly including Janet Reno, will take on Jeb Bush in next year's governor's race.

June 29: Bill Clinton makes his first speech in Washington since January's long goodbye.

June 22: Senator John Edwards is wowing Washington and the political chattering class - will he be the Democrats' choice for president in 2004?

June 8: The city's mayoral race didn't make history, but did prove some old truths about local politics.

June 1: A look at the key "off-year" elections around the country.

May 25: Getting to know Tom Daschle, the Senate Majority Leader-in-waiting.

May 18: A look at the politics behind the Bush administration's national energy report.

May 11: What's happened to electoral reform, once the hot-button issue in Washington?

May 4: The manners and mores of Washington through eyes of a veteran journalist, the late Meg Greenfield.

April 28: Some perspective on the first hundred days of the Bush presidency.

April 19: As Timothy McVeigh awaits execution for the Oklahoma City bombing murders, a new study finds a decline in the anti-government "Patriot" and militia movement he championed.

April 12: A warning to Al Gore as he contemplates another run for the White House: Don't run the same race twice.

April 4: Political maverick John McCain continues to be a thorn in George W. Bush's side.

March 30: Something shocking is happening in Washington: On the campaign reform issue, lawmakers are acting against their own self-interest.

March 23: Women seeking executive office still face an uphill battle. Currently, just four of 50 U.S. governors are women.

March 16: A toast to a late great man of the House: former Speaker Tip O'Neill.

March 9: While Bill Clinton figures out his future, other Democrats are trying to emulate his past. No, not Monica and Marc, but the Clinton of '92 who came from nowhere to beat a president named Bush.

March 4: President Bush is reaching out beyond the DC press corps to sell his massive tax-cut plan.

Feb. 23: Hugh Rodham is the most recent family member to humiliate a president, but he is hardly the first. Remember Billy Carter?

Feb. 16: Love ain't easy in the nation's capital. Just ask President Bush and Sen. Hillary Clinton, who spent Valentine's Day apart from their spouses.

Feb. 9: The Bush presidency appears to be off to a solid start. But the president's biggest challenge is proving that he's really the man in charge.

Feb. 3: Terry McAuliffe, the new head of the Democratic Party, is a master fundraiser and the brainchild behind the Clinton White House coffees and Lincoln Bedroom sleepovers.

Jan. 24: Why did Al Gore lose the election? A panel of Democratic leaders placed the blame on the candidate — and on each other.
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