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January 2008


Ann Coulter, in CPAC's Back Door

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She's always been outrageous, but when conservative Ann Coulter talked of 9/11 "rag heads" at the 2006 Conservative Political Action Conference and linked the slur "faggot" to Sen. John Edwards in a 2007 speech, CPAC's organizers decided to cut her from the list of speakers at the February 7-9 ...

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Coulter, Ann

A JFK Lucky Charm Oprah Ought to Buy

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Hey Oprah! Want to get a lucky—and timely—campaign charm for your guy, Sen. Barack Obama? Well for the bargain-basement price of about $150,000, our friends at Alexander Autographs have the very same gold Benrus watch that the Democratic National Committee gave to JFK during his 1960 campaign ...

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Kennedy, John

'Fines' for Saying Hillary or Barack

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There's a new rule at the Republican National Committee. Refer to the two leading Democratic presidential candidates simply as "Barack" and "Hillary" and you'll be fined $10. The reason: Using first names makes the candidates sound more likable but calling them "Senator Obama" and "Senator Clinton"

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Going Green Is No Secret at CIA

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We can't tell you where it is or we'd have to kill you, but the newest CIA campus somewhere in northern Virginia is winning kudos for being green. Built from more than 20 percent recycled materials and sporting features like waterless urinals and a roof covered in vegetation, two buildings on the ...

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Geraldo Raps Anti-Immigrant Media

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Fox News Channel's Geraldo Rivera has never been one to slink from a fight, especially when facing bigots. "There aren't many people in this country who have been called both a Spic and a dirty Jew in the same street brawl with neo-Nazis," he pens in the upcoming His Panic. But it still comes as a ...

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Out Loud: January 31, 2008

"I'm sure he's trying to capitalize on his Nobel Prize and fame."

Harold Vogel, of Vogel Capital Management, downplaying interest in Al Gore's plan to take his firm, Current Media, public with an initial stock offering

"Addiction is hard to overcome. As you might remember, I drank too much at one ...

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Huck Endorses Our Bobbles

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GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has endorsed our Capitol Bobbles, signing his own bobblehead in the pictures above. Our friend Jeff Wolsky, of webobble.com, which made our political bobbleheads, passed on these pictures taken by the Huckabee campaign. The campaign says that Huckabee "loves ...

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Huckabee, Mike

'Can You Hear Me Now?' Ask Pollsters

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Here's one reason political polling seems so screwy this year: More and more of us rely exclusively on cellular service. And finding cell users is pricey and hard. The folks at the Pew Research Center, who do lots of polling, estimate that it costs four or five times as much to find and interview ...

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politics
polls

John McCain's Bank Hears a Ka-Ching!

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The polls and voters aren't the only things buzzing over GOP presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain. After a long drought, his fundraisers are hearing the ka-ching of cash registers. A key moneyman says the financial landscape got so bad after McCain's campaign fizzled last summer that donors were ...

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War Is Still Deadly for Those Near It

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The news about fewer troop deaths has been a blessing in recent months with the surge taking charge of Iraq. But, as the National Counterterrorism Center grimly tells us, war is still hell. The center's database reveals new figures on the Iraqi death toll, and they're not good. In the first nine ...

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Iraq war (2003-2011)

Out Loud: January 18, 2008

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"Giuliani's dead. I mean dead. You know what I mean?"

Katie Couric, CBS News anchor, in outtakes loaded onto the Internet

"I brag on Barack Obama in every speech I give—every single one."

Bill Clinton, who has been hit for criticizing his wife's foe, the Illinois senator running for the Democratic ...

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This Time, a White House Twofer's OK

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ILLUSTRATION BY ED WEXLER FOR USN&WRWhat a difference a new century makes in presidential politics. Nearly 16 years ago, candidate Bill Clinton's offer of a two-for-one deal that included his wife, Hillary, fell with a thud. Now, at least among Democrats wowed by the front-running spouses,

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Hannah Montana Gold Pile for GOP

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Disney's Hannah Montana strutted through Washington last week, and it wasn't just the show's teen pop sensation Miley Cyrus who hit pay dirt. So did the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the group that funds GOP Senate candidates. A few weeks before the hottest show of the year arrived, the ...

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PETA Takes Fight to Col. Sanders's Grave

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Its members have protested at Kentucky Fried Chicken stores and even burned Col. Harland Sanders in effigy. But now People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is going to the grave to target KFC—actually, Colonel Sanders's resting place, Louisville's Cave Hill Cemetery. Matt Prescott, PETA's ...

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Bee Buzz Grows; Help Is on the Way

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Honeybees are largely in winter dormancy now, huddled around their queen, but Washington is finally abuzz with talk of helping apiaries hit with a mysterious plague called colony collapse disorder. Included in the long-debated farm bill now moving toward the president's desk for signature is nearly ...

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Bin Laden's 411: Armed With a Cane

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Sen. John McCain has been promising that he'll nab Osama bin Laden if elected president. So we have a bit of warning for McCain from the National Counterterrorism Center should the Republican come face to face with the world's most wanted man. Bin Laden, says the center's flashy desk calendar,

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A Bush Boost? GOP Banks on It

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He's a poll cellar-dweller whom even GOP presidential candidates sneer at, but George W. Bush and some congressional backers see happy days for the prez this year. His fans have dubbed it his "legacy year," when they hope to lock in his achievements on the domestic front. Among the items Bush's GOP ...

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Huck's Campaign Dogs Take a Lickin'

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It was a scary story out of Iowa when the wires reported that Mike Huckabee's son and some friends were in a car wreck while returning home to Arkansas after the caucus the Republican presidential hopeful won. But what went unreported was what happened to Huck's three dogs, who had traveled on his ...

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Out Loud: January 10, 2008

"I am past the age when I can claim the noun kid."

Sen. John McCain, commenting on being called the GOP comeback kid after winning the New Hampshire primary

"If there's anyone left in the auditorium who wants to learn how to iron a shirt, I'll talk about that."

Sen. Hillary Clinton, New Hampshire's ...

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Dem Howard Dean's 528,468-Mile Journey

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ILLUSTRATION BY JOE CIARDIELLO FOR USN&WRPhew! What started as a groundbreaking but controversial bid to set up Democratic Party offices in every state, even red ones, has been completed, and party boss Howard Dean has the frequent-flier miles to prove it. Exactly 528,468, after a brief visit ...

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Gridlock for Gridiron Guests

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The annual spring Gridiron Dinner is among the most prestigious journalism events, but the front-loaded presidential campaign is messing with it. The problem: Big-shot guests, like six cabinet secretaries, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Fox's Bill O'Reilly, and some 29 others expecting to go,

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Is Socialism Part of Hollywood's Strike?

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It's supposedly about fair pay and getting a piece of the new-media profits, but is the Hollywood writers' strike also about a new socialism push? As it drags on, corporate chiefs like Fox's Rupert Murdoch are saying yes, and there seems to be some evidence. A key writers' guild adviser, for ...

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TV's 'Scud Stud' Enters Politics

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Way back in 1991, NBC's Arthur Kent, in all his TV good looks, won the title "Scud Stud" for his missile-dodging Gulf War reporting. Now he's back in the news, only this time he's the one firing the shots. Kent tells us that he's running for a seat in the Alberta, Canada, legislative assembly,

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Hot Dates for Republican Paul

More evidence Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul is on fire. He's got his own "Hotties for Ron Paul" pinup calendar. "This is simply a pretty package for a powerful message," says creator Juliet Annerino. While not as revealing as an Abercrombie & Fitch catalog, it still shows a lot of ...

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Helping Hand for Hurt Bomb Squads

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It has never been a great job, but in the Iraq war, where improvised explosive devices are a leading cause of injury and death, being a member of the military bomb squad is more dangerous than ever. Few know that better than Kenneth Falke, a former Navy Explosive Ordnance Device boss, and Sherri ...

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Duke's Mute, but It's Obama for Kitty

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Michael Dukakis went from standard-bearer of the Democratic Party to black sheep after his landslide loss to George H.W. Bush. But he's not done with politics. The 1988 Democratic nominee says he's impressed with his party's current crop of candidates, but only his wife, Kitty, will name a ...

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Out Loud: January 3, 2008

"Not very fun, is it? The news today just conjures up some frightening possibilities. Happy New Year."

James Paulsen, Wells Capital Management chief investment strategist, on oil prices, the Dow's drop, and the slowing economy

"The older you get, the less clothes you need. Your blood thickens."

Bill ...

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