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March 2008


The Irony Behind Fallon's Ouster

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Insiders say if you want to know why Adm. William "Fox" Fallon was eased out as the top brass in the Middle East, look toward Iraq, not Iran. Much analysis of his hasty retirement centered on his comments in Esquire opposing war with Iran. But the real issue that rankled the White House was ...

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Fallon, William

Lou Dobbs Irks Another Democrat

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He got another one. Lou Dobbs, the Howard Beale of CNN, that is. Former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer, a former Democratic Party chairman, tells us that he was watching Dobbs recently and turned mad as hell at the anchor's opinions. "I'm a news hound and I [sat] in front of the television," he says. He ...

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Dobbs, Lou

At 18, Socks the Cat Is Still Purring

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Socks lives! Really. The most famous White House kitty in recent memory is now 18½, and we hear he's cheering on his former mom, Sen. Hillary Clinton, in the presidential race. Socks still lives in Maryland with former President Clinton's executive secretary, Betty Currie, and spends his ...

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Eight Days a Week for Coach in Chief

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We knew President Bush was a workout nut, but we didn't figure this. Laura Bush recently joked to federal workers that the prez works out "eight days a week." The funny came during the first family's last pep talk to federal workers, which also featured a call to hit the gym. Bush urged his team to ...

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Bush, George W.

Out Loud: March 27, 2008

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"I say a lot of things... so if I misspoke, that was just a misstatement."

Sen. Hillary Clinton, on her erroneous claim that she landed under fire in Bosnia in 1996 as first lady

"I'm so sick of being called dumb because I like, you know, movies and music and fashion."

Meghan McCain, Sen. John ...

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Chief Teacher's Jeopardy! Lesson

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It takes more than just smarts to win at Jeopardy! Just ask Education Secretary Margaret Spellings. She recently came in second during a Celebrity Jeopardy! match, and she thinks she knows why first place eluded her: the clicker. Mastering the switch that indicates you know the question to Alex ...

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Spellings, Margaret
politics

Out Loud: March 13, 2008

"I don't think he's difficult. I mean it's just kind of like...whatever...I'm here for a purpose."

Ashley Alexandra Dupré, known as Kristen, describing in a text message detailed in a federal affidavit that she did not find her sex client, allegedly New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, to be a ...

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Fix Won't Bar Public From Tomb

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With a nasty crack screaming across the Tomb of the Unknowns monument, authorities are soon to settle on a fix for one of the star attractions at Arlington National Cemetery. But officials tell Whispers that the public won't be inconvenienced when visiting the tomb or watching the changing of the ...

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There Really Are Boy Scouts at CIA

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CIA Director and Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden this month gave back to a group that put him in his first uniform: the Boy Scouts. "Made it up to Life Scout," he told a group of elite Scouts picked to present the president and top officials with the Scouts' annual report to the nation. Hayden said ...

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Hayden, Michael
CIA

Not Exactly Move-In Condition

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Whoever wins the presidency this fall is going to be surprised by the poor condition of the White House. New budget papers indicate that the West Wing is set for a $172 million renovation over the new president's first term. And we're not talking about prettying up historic rooms or buying fancy ...

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Romney Medals in Religious Freedom

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It's not the gold medal that former Olympics boss and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney sought on the campaign trail. But his and his wife Ann's winning of the annual Beckett Fund Canterbury Medal recognizes one element of his failed bid cheered by fans of religious freedom. "Mitt and Ann ...

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Romney, Ann
Romney, Mitt

Lobbyist Z Is All About Ford X

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Ford's global lobbying chief, Ziad Ojakli, is fast becoming the Washington area's biggest salesman for the new Taurus X wagon. Z, as he's called, gets a new car about every year and just took delivery of the wagon. "I love it," he gushes about his titanium green model. And so does nearly everybody ...

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Ford
cars

Out Loud: March 6, 2008

"You know, if he wants me to show up, I will. If he wants me to say, 'You know, I'm not for him,' I will. Whatever he wants me to do; I want him to win."

President Bush, endorsing Sen. John McCain as the GOP presidential nominee and offering to help in the campaign

"You know where you get the best ...

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