Split Decision

Bush's job-approval ratings are sky high--so why does he keep getting walloped on Capitol Hill?

After Sept. 11, George W. Bush launched the Breakfast Club, a meeting held every two weeks or so with the top four leaders in Congress. The idea was to make the lawmakers feel important by treating them to scrambled eggs, coffee and the President's personality. But the Breakfast Club has not met since Feb. 27. That morning Bush led the group--Democrats Tom Daschle and Dick Gephardt and Republicans Trent Lott and Dennis Hastert--on an hour-long tour of the world, briefing them on Afghanistan, Pakistan and his recent trip to Korea, Japan and China. But the next morning Daschle and Gephardt learned...

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