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September 2006


Air of victory: Democrats are hiring

Some might call it cocky, others smart planning. But I've stumbled across the latest evidence that Democrats are preparing to take back the House of Representatives after 12 years in the minority. They're hiring! What started about a month ago with lists being drawn up by some Democratic House ...

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MPAA goes to the dogs

Dan Glickman, chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, told us today what a lot of us already feared: "The MPAA has gone to the dogs."

No, no, not the movies, but the MPAA's war on piracy. Glickman's gang has enlisted the help of a Northern Ireland dog team–Lucky and Flo in the ...

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The Kim Hume interview

It was big news in Washington's media world last week when Fox Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief Kim Hume announced she was retiring at the end of November. She and hubby Brit Hume set up the bureau in 1996 and have watched it become a dominant cable bureau. Now she's leaving to take time ...

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Allen looks to turn heritage issue positive

It's been a hard month or so for foot-in-mouth Sen. George Allen. First he utters the word "macaca" at an Indian-American worker for political foe Jim Webb. The press raps him for being a bigot. Then this week, hit with a couple of questions about his mom during a debate, he fumbles in revealing ...

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Tony Snow settling in

It's been almost five months since Fox Radio's Tony Snow became President Bush's press secretary, and it seems he's settling in just fine. In fact he's become the face of the White House to some, which may explain why people gravitate toward him when the president is on the road. Like when Bush ...

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Puppies and church

Who would have thought that a Democrat would use a church and a Republican a puppy for election ad backgrounds? Well it's happened, and both the TV ads are the talk of Washington. What the GOP is calling one of the best ads this season comes from a Democrat: Tennessee's Rep. Harold Ford. "Man, it's ...

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The Whispers pictures

I just realized that "Paullyblog" offers a chance to answer one pet peeve some have with Washington Whispers: Except for one large drawing, we don't run pictures or images of the people and things I write about. Well, gripe no more. On Mondays, I'll try to put up those images from the column. So ...

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This is one heck of a Confession

Coming to a TV news show and bookstore near you this week is something the Democrats need like a hole in the head: New Jersey's ex-Gov. James McGreevey, who quit his job and left his wife and kids after revealing his secret life as a gay man, goes public with the whole sordid affair to pitch his ...

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Another win for techie Republicans

You could say that the GOP tech machine is two-for-two this year. As in winning the 50th House District race in California earlier and yesterday helping embattled Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee, a liberal Republican, save his bacon in a primary challenge. GOP Political Director Mike DuHaime tells ...

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Did Dodi really pop the question to Di?

Nearly 10 years after Princess Diana died in a car crash in France, you might think Scotland Yard would be close to wrapping up its investigation into whether any foul play was involved. Yet the publication this week of a new exposé by Di's butler, Paul Burrell, has grabbed investigators'

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Bubba's still mad at ABC

Remember in The Godfather, when the consigliere played by Robert Duvall would negotiate nice with an enemy of the family? And if he didn't get his way, all hell would break out? You know, that horse head in the Hollywood producer's bed kind of stuff? Well, former President Bill Clinton's

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Eerie 9/11 mixed with politics

alt="Remembering 9/11"> Washington's been weird today, considering that it's the fifth anniversary of 9/11. With the exception of a huge American flag on the Department of Labor and some local shows of patriotism like the little flags stuck in the ground outside the town hall where I live in little ...

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Say it on your bumper

You can always tell an election is near when car bumpers start loading up with stickers. This Washingtonian doesn't mince words. If you see an interesting political bumper sticker or sign, take a picture and E-mail it to us for our new feature. The crazier the better, but remember: U.S. News is a ...

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Mourning In the Civil War Family

We've got some really sad news today. It's about the son of Jim Lighthizer, the likable champion and president of the Civil War Preservation Trust. The group says Conor Lighthizer, 28, died last week while he and his dad were hiking in California's King's Canyon National Park. The September 5 ...

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Merry Christmas: $2 Gas

You can learn a lot on vacation. Just back from Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland, the guy who gassed our pontoon rental let this slip: His distributor says two-buck gas is coming back, maybe by Christmas. We checked the tip out with K Street lobbyists and it seems right: Oil reps have said the ...

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All's quiet on 9/11

President Bush's way of honoring the 9/11 victims and families on Monday's fifth anniversary won't be a day-long speechfest or Clinton-style public hug. Insiders say he won't talk at the three disaster sites, the twin towers, Shanksville, Pa., or the Pentagon. Oh, yes, we're told that there are ...

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Smile, Greta's snapping

So when we recently interviewed Fox's Greta Van Susteren, she told us she's a techno whiz and camera nut. And here's the proof. In an E-mail she revealed what she carries with her every day. "Sony T 9 point and shoot....Sony High Def handycam...Blackberry 8700/phone......Motorola Q ...

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Odds and ends

Hey, check out the new gossipers over at the Washington Examiner. Yeas and Nays…Likely 2008 presidential candidate Sen. George Allen, the Virginia Republican, is interviewing pollsters…Word is that House Speaker Dennis Hastert would be nudged out — or advised to step down — if the GOP loses 10 ...

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Protester in Chief

Protester in ChiefGuess this White House protester isn't intimidated by the commander in chief — or the U.S. Secret Service agent eyeballing him.

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