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February 2008


Arlington Feels Surge's Success

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Last year's troop surge hasn't just made things better in Iraq. Fewer active duty service members are being buried at Arlington National Cemetery. "It's not as busy," says Superintendent John Metzler. He says that the facility, which is running out of space, has averaged 124 war-related burials a ...

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Iraq war (2003-2011)

Lift a Pint for a New Federal Holiday

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Finally, a federal proposition we can all get behind. The gang at Guinness is pushing Proposition 3-17. Yes, March 17, St. Patrick's Day. The goal: Make it a federal holiday. "The spirit of St. Patrick's Day is too much to contain in one day alone," Master Brewer Fergal Murray tells us. "By ...

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holidays

Out Loud: February 28, 2008

"Um, Medved—Medvedova, whatever."

Sen. Hillary Clinton, at the Democratic presidential debate last week in Ohio, stumbling over the name of Russia's likely new president, Dmitri Medvedev

"At least we've got somebody older than me in the race. That's good."

Sen. John McCain, the 71-year-old GOP ...

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Finally, the D.C. Madam Heads to Court

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The alleged D.C. Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey has had her share of trouble keeping a lawyer. But now a judge has stuck her back with a lawyer she fired from her case last year, and the case is finally headed to court. Palfrey, accused of running a high-end prostitution ring inside the District, made ...

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politics

Love Happens

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Onetime Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Dennis Kucinich and his wife, Elizabeth, are still speaking out for peace and love. Look at this E-mail he sent around and also check out Elizabeth's video.

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Kucinich, Dennis

Woodruff's Kids to Tell of His Recovery

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ABC newsman Bob Woodruff's long recovery from a brain injury suffered in an IED attack in 2006 in Iraq is turning a new page. Literally. He tells us that in the upcoming paperback version of his hit book, In an Instant, his kids will write of how they dealt with their father's injury, coma, and ...

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Iraq war (2003-2011)

House Revolt: Don't Take My Lights!

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Bravo to the architect of the Capitol for slashing energy costs with new efficient equipment, making the air better by planting 175 trees, and going green in new car and truck purchases. But, say staffers, let's not make it hard to read. That's what some in the Ford House Office Building say as ...

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Out Loud: February 15, 2008

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"That is just rubbish, just excavated from someone's nose and then spread on those bits of paper."

Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, decrying news reports that he is wealthy

"I want to reassure the French. I am 40, I am normal, serious, conscientious, simple, even if I am privileged."

Carla Bruni,

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Laura Bush Cheers Aide's Smart Car

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She was on a waiting list for three years when the call finally came through to first lady Laura Bush's chief of staff, Anita McBride. "Ma'am, your smart car is finally here." Yup, McBride is one of the first in Washington to snag a tiny, 40-mpg, Daimler AG car. "My husband said if you are going to ...

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Bush, Laura
cars

Out Loud: February 7, 2008

"There's no sense of shame today...I think it's wrong. They're sluts. And I don't mean just the women. I mean the men, too."

Larry Liston, a Colorado state representative, blasting unwed, pregnant teens

"They got the idea for the Seinfeld 'puffy shirt' from me."

Sen. Hillary Clinton, mocking her own ...

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A Fit Obama Pleads: 'I'm No Ralph Kramden'

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ILLUSTRATION BY JOE CIARDIELLO FOR USN&WRHe may not be the fitness freak that Republican Mike Huckabee is, but nobody's going to confuse Democratic Sen. Barack Obama with a couch potato. A regular gym rat, he takes pride in his slim and trim good looks. So you can imagine his shock when USA ...

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