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August 2007


Dennis Miller Fights 'Buzz Kill' Talk Radio

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He's done comedy, tv, Monday Night Football, movies, and books, but Dennis Miller is fast finding that the best place to rant is talk radio. "It's my form of improv," he tells us. And the radio public seems to agree. After just five months on the air, Miller's Westwood One show has spread to 119 ...

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radio

Sorry Vlad, Topless Fishing Isn't Hip

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It may be the rage in Siberia, but pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin's fishing topless drew ughs in Washington. A Bush adviser says, "I'd rather have a flawed view of his soul than a clear view of his pecs!" "Man boobs," sneered another. GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee tells us ...

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Putin, Vladimir

Wedding Prep: Getting in Shape

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All eyes are on Jenna Bush as she readies for her wedding, still unscheduled. Insiders are expecting her to step up workouts at the la-la Sports Club/LA adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel near the White House where she sometimes trains. It's also the club used by Washington's major stars, including ...

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Bush, Jenna

Maybe Trading Up Soon at Justice

The buzz among top Bushies is that beleaguered Attorney General Alberto Gonzales finally plans to depart and will be replaced by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Why Chertoff? Officials say he's got fans on Capitol Hill, is untouched by the Justice prosecutor scandal, and has more ...

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Gonzales, Alberto
Chertoff, Michael

If Once Wasn't Good Enough...

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Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign isn't only a boon for conservative fundraisers and critics. Those who have a bone to pick with Bubba or his wife are also planning to use the campaign to air their grievances again. First up: Kathleen Willey, who alleges that President Clinton pawed her ...

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Clinton, Hillary
Clinton, Bill

CNN's 'Cookie Lady' Still Treating Staff

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A high-calorie tradition that started in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks is still going strong at cnn's Washington HQ thanks to the sweet tooth of Larry King Live senior editorial producer Carol Buckland. Surrounded by harried and hungry colleagues covering 9/11, she decided to bake some brownies ...

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CNN

She's No Charity Case: Rudy's Judi Dives In

T he Rev. Peter Larsen knows a little bit about political egos and society snobs. A former assistant at Washington's St. John's Episcopal, the so-called church of presidents, and now a pastor in New York's Hamptons and chairman of Southampton Hospital, he's seen 'em all. But he really didn't ...

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Bushies Game Obama's Chances

Well, it seems that some of the president's political advisers are catching Obama-mania. Insiders tell us that the team that once thought Sen. Hillary Clinton had a headlock on the Democratic presidential nomination now believes that challenger Sen. Barack Obama's chances are rising as voters take ...

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Obama, Barack
2008 presidential election

Huck's Pledge: He'll Run D.C.'s Streets

He's a world-class jogger who demands running time every day as he prepares for a marathon. But as president, would Republican former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee be satisfied running on Bill Clinton's South Lawn track? "What I'd rather do is sneak out into the streets and run," he says. "One of the ...

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Huckabee, Mike

Irregulars Lose Bush Press Pass

It's "use it or lose it" time for White House reporters. We hear that the West Wing, on orders from the U.S. Secret Service, is busting reporters who hold a coveted "hard pass"—giving them 24-7 access to the White House—but rarely go there. "The Secret Service is concerned that there are too many ...

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White House
media

Love at First Sight for Jenna's Guy

Laura Bush may have thought the two were just flirts years ago, but first daughter Jenna's fiancé, Henry Hager, felt it was love at first sight. "He knew when they started going out," says one pal, "that she was 'the one.'" Aw. While no date is set, advisers suggest that a White House ...

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Bush, Jenna

Payback for Ousting Daschle?

The word in Senate Democratic circles is that there's a bounty on the head of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The reason: payback for the 2004 GOP defeat of then Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle. McConnell's a pretty tough cookie, but he suffers high negatives in Kentucky because of his ...

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McConnell, Mitch
Daschle, Tom

Dean's 9/11 Debut Just Coincidence

In his last of a trilogy of books that detail Republican troubles, former Nixon counsel turned GOP critic John Dean artfully takes on the issue of government process, decrying media and politicians who ignore it. In fact, he begs voters to pick a president who's got some Washington experience so,

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politics

Pop Goes the Iowa Race

Mike Huckabee has been taking a victory lap since coming in a surprising second at last Saturday's GOP Iowa presidential straw poll, and now he's got another poll to crow about: At Channel 13's popular booth at the Iowa State Fair, the former Arkansas governor has surged into second place in the ...

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Iowa
2008 presidential election

Even Chelsea's Mad About Harry Potter

p>Add former and possibly fu ture first daughter Chelsea Clinton to those who are wild about Harry. On the release weekend for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, she was spotted reading the Potter finale on a plane ride from New York to Washington. "Seeing Chelsea Clinton reading the book," says ...

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Clinton, Chelsea
books

It's Do or Die for Columnist Novak

At 50, columnist Robert Novak figured he'd stay in the game for 15 or 20 years more. Now, at 76 and with his Prince of Darkness memoirs on the New York Times bestseller list, Novak tells us he'll write till he drops. "As long as I'm cogent enough to have somebody print it," he says, "I'll keep ...

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Novak, Robert

Joint Chiefs Handle: 'Midnight Mike'

Adm. Mike Mullen, a shoo-in as the next Joint Chiefs chairman, has a Navy nickname that's piquing curiosity inside the Pentagon. It's "Midnight Mike," a reference, we hear, to the ship driver's reputation for pushing his staff to burn the midnight oil. E-Ring subordinates can take heart, though.

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Mullen, Mike

Central High Still All About Politics

There looks to be a touch of irony at the ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of Democratic Arkansas Gov. Orville Faubus's refusal to let blacks into Little Rock's Central High School and Republican President Dwight Eisenhower's effort to force him. Organizers say the September 25 event is ...

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Arkansas

Bush Urged to Make Recess Picks

While Congress takes its monthlong break, President Bush is being urged to use his recess appointment powers to name new federal judges. "Bush should make recess appointments," says a key GOP senator. Republicans are dismayed that the Democrats haven't lived up to a pledge to vote on Bush's ...

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Bush, George W.

Tiger Woods Gets His Own D.C. Drink

Ever since Tiger Woods sank roots in Washington, the golf phenom has been the talk of the town. Now he's the talk at bars. The hot restaurant TenPenh has reinvented the nonalcoholic Arnold Palmer in favor of a spiced-up iced tea drink named for Tiger, who's part Asian. "It felt weird," says a ...

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Woods, Tiger
Washington, D.C.
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