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September 2007


The Nanny's Diary: Nix Cancer, Take Senate

Look out, Arnold Schwarzenegger. We've discovered another Hollywood celeb quietly plotting her way to political stardom despite all the big thinkers who shrug her off as a ditz. It's Fran Drescher, the nasally New Yorker who starred in the popular 1990s sitcom The Nanny, and she's taking Washington ...

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cancer

Bush Bounty: Any Letter for $5,000

There's one area where it's not "like father, like son" for the Bushes. President Bush has hand-written so few letters that an autograph dealer tells us he has upped his reward for one to $5,000. "I'll buy everything," says Momentsintime.com curator Gary Zimet. While the former President George H.

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Bush, George W.
Bush, George H.W.

Top Hillary Adviser Has Tunnel Vision

It's the talk of Georgetown: What's Mark Penn, Sen. Hillary Clinton's chief strategist and pollster, doing building a tunnel between his two houses on O Street nw? Among the suspicions: It's a hideout for Clinton should she become president and face a terrorist attack. Or it's a lazy man's way to ...

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Sputnik Invades Smithsonian

The Russians are here, the Russians are here. Sputnik, the little craft whose 1957 launching by the Soviet Union led to the space race, has been given the prominent position at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum once owned by the Wright Flyer, the world's first plane and an American ...

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Smithsonian
space

Live, From the Bus, It's the McCains

She inherited her mother's looks and her dad's gift of gab. But Meghan McCain—yes, that McCain—is proving a true original on the presidential hustings. During a campaign bus swing through New Hampshire with Mom, Cindy, and Dad, GOP candidate Sen. John McCain, Meghan regaled reporters with tales of ...

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McCain, John
McCain, Meghan

A White House Christmas Wedding

Talk about coincidence. The new White House ornament is out, and it features a White House wedding. No, not first daughter Jenna's, but the first ever in the president's house, that of Grover Cleveland to Frances Folsom in 1886. While the latest buzz is that Jenna and fiancé Henry Hager are ...

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White House
Cleveland, Grover

The Little Guy Gets a Hand

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Two House Democrats plan to join two House Republicans this week in a rare bipartisan move to help small-town pharmacies in their fight for faster reimbursements from the federal government's Medicare Part D program. Reps. Marion Berry, an Arkansas Democrat, will join Republican Reps. Anthony ...

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Congress
Medicare

Kikkoman, the 'Shoyu' of Official Washington

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Today's quiz—and product endorsement: Did you know that there is only one soy sauce accepted in official Washington circles? Retired Gen. Richard Myers, a former Joint Chiefs chairman, tells us that in 1971, while he was stationed in Japan, friends "introduced us to Kikkoman. Up until that time,

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U.S. Sees Putin Back in 2012

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Just because Russian President Vladimir Putin is barred, like U.S. presidents, from running for a third consecutive term doesn't mean he's done with the Kremlin. Administration and business leaders with ties to Russia see him running again in 2012 after one term of his handpicked successor ends.

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Putin, Vladimir
Russia

A Bush Quirk: Flies in the Oval Office

President Bush has a thing about noises. First we learned that he absolutely hates when a cellular phone starts ringing during meetings. Now we're told that he can't stand buzzing bugs in the West Wing. Former Press Secretary Tony Snow says that when a little black fly shows up, Bush gets to work ...

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Bush, George W.

Duty Calls, Spoiling Carter's Hunt

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Here's proof that former President Jimmy Carter takes his retirement job as an election observer very seriously. Breaking with a 12-year tradition of joining former White House Press Secretary Jody Powell on a late November hunting trip on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the ex-prez and others with ...

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Carter, Jimmy

Bobbling for the Colonel

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Oh, they are artsy at PETA sometimes. Consider the latest pub

licity bid by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. To promote their campaign to push KFC to better treat the chickens it is going to kill, the group sent us a bobblehead featuring Colonel Sanders, bloodied and holding a butcher ...

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PETA

Some Friend, W's Mexican Amigo

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At the White House, the president has got to be muttering "some friend" when he pores over the new autobio from his old buddy Vicente Fox, Mexico's former leader. That's because Fox raps his border pal as stubborn and "the cockiest guy I have ever met in my life." Revolution of Hope, out next ...

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Bush, George W.

A Hawk in Treasury Boss's Future

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Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson makes no secret of how much he likes his job. "It scares me how close I came to not doing it," he says with a chuckle. Still, with just 15 months left before his term ends, he's already looking to the future. And it includes placing identifying bands on the legs of ...

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birds
Paulson, Henry

Next Best Thing to Golfing With Bubba

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For golf lovers who also happen to be Clinton fans, the Clinton Museum Store has a perfect gift: Bubba's clubs. Store director Connie Fails tells us that Bill Clinton has offered for sale signed clubs from his personal collection. Included are 12 drivers, seven putters, and seven irons. "Some are ...

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golf
Clinton, Bill

Sex, Anna Nicole, and Lawsuits Sell

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All those threats of lawsuits aimed at former TV reporter Rita Cosby, author of the salacious book about Anna Nicole Smith, don't seem to be hurting sales much. We're told that Blond Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith's Death is set to debut as No. 10 on the New York Times

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books

Out Loud: September 16, 2007

"Like, I've got cancer. I want to fight cancer, and I want to spend time with my family."

Tony Snow, on his last day as White House press secretary, rejecting plans to run for office

"I'm prepared to tell you that Americans are getting fatter and dumber."

Mike Gravel, a Democratic presidential ...

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cancer
Snow, Tony
Reid, Harry
Dodd, Chris

Tony's Future: Fighting Cancer

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He has been bitten by the White House bug twice, first as former President George H. W. Bush's speechwriter and then as W's spokesman, but Tony Snow says a future political post is off his list for now. In an exit interview with reporters, though, he says that running for office still looks good.

"I ...

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Snow, Tony
cancer

Who Matters Most? Will, Not Coulter

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If you're a George Will fan, and it seems that most of us are, then this won't be a surprise. Media Matters, the progressive media watchdog, finds that he's the king of newspaper columnists. In its list of the top 100 columnists, he leads with his column published in 368 papers with a total ...

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Will, George

The Wall Is Attacked

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Who Damaged 'the Wall'?

The U.S. Park Police are on the hunt for whoever sprayed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and paving stones with light oil last week. Jan Scruggs, head of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, says the oil was discovered Friday.

"We really don't know who did it," says fund ...

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Bush's Top Hog Rider Revs It Up for Safety

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There's something about a Harley-Davidson that even top Bush aides like Chief of Staff Josh Bolten , Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, and others can't resist. "It's just the persona of that sound, that bike, that is so much a part of American culture," says Transportation Secretary Mary Peters,

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A General We Know: David Petraeus

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Iraq war boss Gen. David Petraeus has become a household name. A new Winston Group poll finds he has a high—76 percent—name identification, boosting expectations for his upcoming report on the troop surge. "With that level of name ID," says Winston's Myra Miller, "people are aware of who he is and ...

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Petraeus, David

Family Ties Drive Civil War Effort

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As a history buff and former Navy secretary, it shouldn't surprise many that Virginia Democratic Sen. Jim Webb is a fan of preserving Civil War battlefields. But there's something more. In explaining his push to extend the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program for an additional five years, he ...

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Webb, Jim
Civil War

Hillary's Blue-Ribbon Farm Day

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It's that time of year again when lawmakers and top Hill aides eagerly await their invitation to what most call the best industry reception of the year: New York Farm Day, hosted by Sen. Hillary Clinton. "It's magical," says organizer Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine and Grape ...

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Clinton, Hillary
New York

Applause for New Bush Flack Perino

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They liked Tony Snow, but congressional spokespeople and communicators are also happy to see that former Hill aide Dana Perino has been tapped to replace the retiring spokesman. "Dana is very well liked and treats people on Capitol Hill with respect because she once worked there herself as a press ...

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Perino, Dana
Snow, Tony

Out Loud: September 9, 2007

"We're kicking ass."

President Bush, to Australian Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile, when asked about his trip to Iraq en route to Sydney

"Thanks for the question, you little jerk. You're drafted."

Sen. John McCain, in a humorous response to a high schooler who asked if the 71-year-old Republican ...

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Bush, George W.
McCain, John
Obama, Michelle

Read Leonardo DiCaprio's E-mail

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We told you that Sen. John Kerry let the Hollywood star use his extensive, 3 million-name E-mail list to promote the new movie The 11th Hour. Now read what he wrote.

Our climate crisis demands action, and to get action we need awareness and activism — so I'm really happy to see great work being done ...

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Kerry, John
environment

Hewitt Maps 60 Minutes for College

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The media guru who brought us 60 Minutes has a new idea: Take a miniversion of the regular ratings leader to the Internet and target the most-sought-after spending group, affluent college kids. "I look around and I see an awful lot of corporations that stay out of television news because they can't ...

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media
internet
students

Karl Rove, Still Behind the Curtain

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President Bush's behind-the-curtain adviser, Karl Rove, is expected to reprise that role for the prez in Texas, we hear. Now retired from the White House, Rove is planning to take charge of the Bush library and museum, including the design, fundraising, and planning for what insiders are calling a ...

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Rove, Karl
Bush, George W.

Kerry E-Mails: See DiCaprio's Movie

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Sen. John Kerry and hunky actor Leonardo DiCaprio are teaming up again, this time to save the world. Three years after the Titanic star endorsed Kerry's presidential bid, the Democrat is returning the favor by promoting DiCaprio's global warming movie, The 11th Hour, to his 3 million-name E-mail ...

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Kerry, John
environment
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