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May 2008


Not-So-Typical Political Résumés

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You won't find a baker or candlestick maker in the 110th Congress, but there is a former butcher—Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, who plied the trade in a company store in his youth. A new report by the Congressional Research Service peers into the former lives of federal lawmakers and finds a ...

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Pakistan's New (Again) PR Man

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Regime change in Pakistan means a new public relations effort in Washington. The country is turning to lobbyist and Democratic strategist Mark Siegel, who held the lobbyist job the last two times the Pakistan Peoples Party was in power. Instead of focusing on military aid, Siegel is pushing to get ...

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Biden, Joe

Out Loud: May 30, 2008

"My BS-o-meter didn't flicker once around [Sen.] Harry Reid, and it usually goes crazy around politicians."

Pamela Anderson, after lobbying the Senate majority leader on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

"I'm a young person who's interested in politics, [and]I thought, 'Why not?'

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Gone Fishin’

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No Whispering this week, sorry. I’m out on the streams and will return next week. In the meantime, check out our blogs and news pages for the latest scoop. And don’t forget to take our Capitol Bobbles poll at right.

I'll be back Monday, June 2.

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In a Traffic Jam? Snap a Picture

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Memorial Day, road construction, and traffic jams. It's a given. But now you can do something while that guy is jack-hammering the road up in front of you. Take a picture, and upload it on a new interactive U.S. map of the nation's troubled roadways. The National Association of Manufacturers has ...

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travel
cars

Trade For Kids—and Dummies

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Trade Czar Susan Schwab is no dummy, but a lot of us are on her signature issue, and thankfully her office is helping to explain it at our level: On the Kids’ Page.

Over the weekend, newspapers around the country carried a simple-to-follow explanation of free trade, and Schwab's office is now ...

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Clintonista Warns: McCain Isn’t Bush III

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Sidney Blumenthal, a former senior adviser to President Bill Clinton and strategist for Hillary Clinton’s Democratic presidential campaign, went “off message” (his words) today with a warning to his party: Don’t run against GOP nominee John McCain by painting him as Bush III, because he’s not.

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Huckabee Apologizes to Obama

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We knew he issued a TV apology for telling an assassination joke to an NRA audience about Sen. Barack Obama, but now former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee reveals to us that he also made a personal apology call to the likely Democratic presidential nominee. Huckabee says it was blown ...

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Harry Reid Was Boring on Purpose

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has advice for budding book authors seeking the "Jon Stewart bump" from Comedy Central's The Daily Show. Don't try to be funny. Reid, who appeared on the show recently to promote his autobio The Good Fight, says he didn't come up with the slapstick others try. "I ...

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Reid, Harry

Fading Interest in the Gipper, JFK

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In the world of Americana, nothing is as valuable as items from the Camelot period. Or used to be. Purveyors now say that the shine is off John F. Kennedy because buyers are aging and the market is flooded. Bill Panagopulos, president of Alexander Autographs, the big Americana auction house, saw ...

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The Dirt on a Rosy White House Plot

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The roses are blooming again in the White House Rose Garden, a tribute to former first lady Edith Wilson, who renovated former first lady Edith Roosevelt's garden off the Oval Office into the Rose Garden. "There's no garden that compares to the White House garden. History was made there," says

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Out Loud: May 16, 2008

"It's not over until the lady in the pantsuit says it is."

Sen. Hillary Clinton, refusing to leave the presidential race

"Wouldn't taking his advice be a little like getting health tips from a funeral home director?"

Bill Burton, spokesman for Sen. Barack Obama, on advice from former Bush aide Karl ...

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John McCain Still Backs Closing Gun Show Loophole

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Amid some confusion over his positions on gun control, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain plans to tell a National Rifle Association meeting Friday that he still supports closing the gun show loophole. "He will reiterate his support for background checks at gun shows," said a ...

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Hillary Clinton Tells Us Why She’s Staying In

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Hillary Clinton just E-mailed us--Dear Paul--to explain why she’s staying in. Seems she thinks rival Sen. Barack Obama isn’t the kind of champion the nation needs.

Dear Paul,

There are some people out there who want to declare this race over now, before all the ballots have been counted or even ...

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I Want My E-mail Back

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President Bush reveals that when he finally leaves the White House, the first thing he'll do is resume E-mailing his buddies. "I can remember as governor, I could stay in touch with all kinds of people around the country firing off E-mails at all times of the day to stay in touch with my pals," he ...

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Bush, George W.
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Will Mississippi Come Through For Tom Cole?

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For Civil War history buff Rep. Tom Cole, tonight’s special election in Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District means a lot. It could determine if he’s the General Grant or General Lee of his House colleagues, emboldened with a victory and ready to stand for the next battle, or stuck with a ...

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Jenna Bush Wedding Pictures Tell the Story

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OK, a show of hands. Who got enough news about first daughter Jenna Bush’s Saturday wedding to Henry Hager at Dad’s Crawford, Texas, ranch? Now who thinks the White House should have opened the event to coverage, any coverage? Just what I thought. You got enough. At least that’s what the White ...

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A Beginner's Guide Clinton Really Needed

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ILLUSTRATION BY JOE CIARDIELLO FOR USN&WRRobert Redford poses it at the end of The Candidate, but you know every presidential victor has asked it on election night: "What do we do now?" In the works for 50 years, there's finally an answer. Actually, it's more a handbook, and it comes from ...

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Gas Tax Holiday at GOP Convention?

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Sen. John McCain's proposal to suspend the federal gas tax as prices jump might make it into the Republican Party national platform at the GOP convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul, we hear. It's a lock if Sen. Barack Obama, who scoffs that it won't save much, is the Democratic nominee.

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There's Gold in Obama's Autograph

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His flashy "Barack Obama" signature or his pert "bo" initials signed by hand are hot in the autograph biz. Some of Sen. Barack Obama's felt-tipped autographs are going for $399. But beware. Because his signature is hurried with big letters and more like NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s than the ...

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Obama, Barack

Copying GM Better Than Harry Potter

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It could have been a smooth launch for the Department of Transportation's entry into the blogging world. But by choosing the title "Fast Lane" for Secretary Mary Peters's online blog, DOT was either asleep at the wheel or dizzy from the fumes of $4 gas, say critics. That's because it's the name of ...

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General Motors
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Falwell Joked: I'm Sleeping, Not Dead

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He's been called a hatemonger and televangelist money grabber, but the late Rev. Jerry Falwell was a regular guy who had an eclectic gaggle of pals and was a sucker for poor college kids. In wife Macel Falwell's new book, Jerry Falwell, His Life and Legacy, the GOP preacher who died last May is ...

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Falwell, Jerry

Out Loud: May 9, 2008

"There's no doubt that things feel better today, by a lot, than they did in March."

Henry Paulson, Treasury secretary, on the credit crisis

"I've been losing weight on this campaign. I hope there are some biscuits and grits."

Sen. Barack Obama, campaigning for president in Indiana

"We've broken the ...

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Clinton Makes the Case for Her Nomination

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Team Clinton is vowing to take its uphill battle against front-runner Sen. Barack Obama beyond the June 3 end of the Democratic primary season if neither candidate has yet captured 2209 delegates, which includes superdelegates and the disputed delegates from Michigan and Florida.

The Clinton ...

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Democrats Chart Huge Growth in Voters

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A new memo from the Democratic National Committee claims that voters are more than ready to shift from a Republican White House: They are showing up in historic numbers to back the Democratic presidential candidates.

"The message this election is clear: voters want change, not the third ...

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The New TV Money Honey

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There’s a new TV money honey, and Washington’s political and financial biggies are talking ABC’s Bianna Golodryga up big time. “She’s smoking,” says an administration official. Golodryga used to be with CNBC, home to the original money honey, Maria Bartiromo. When Bartiromo outgrew the sexist ...

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Will Hillary Ruin the 2010 Elections for Democrats?

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First the press counts her out, then the voters in North Carolina and almost Indiana last night and now Georgetown's fashion set are rejecting Sen. Hillary Clinton, too. We've been following the vote at Ann Hand's Georgetown jewelry store and it appears in the picture above that purchases of ...

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Yahoo Alert! Obama Buzz Big Entering Elections

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Yahoo tells us why Sen. Barack Obama could pull off a big surprise in tonight's elections. Reason: There is tremendous Internet search buzz on him in both Indiana and North Carolina. Here are Yahoo's details provided to Whispers:

The most recent “search buzz” stats for Indiana and North Carolina

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    Hardball Host Still Hints Senate Bid

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    How many times have we heard MSNBC's Hardball host, Chris Matthews, rant when potential presidential candidates like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg refuse to give a Shermanesque, iron-trap denial that they are planning to run? Well, it's apparently contagious. Amid indications he's working ...

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    Matthews, Chris
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    Funnyman Cleese Has Our Number

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    Comic British actor John Cleese says he has figured out our turbulent presidential politics. "You're always talking about being the greatest democracy in the world, and you're no good at it," he tells the Milken Global Conference in California, led by pollster Frank Luntz. Asked to size up the ...

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    Preservationists Dig Land Crash

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    Not everybody is boohooing the real estate market crash. Preservationists say that the huge drop in demand and price for land means they can gobble up targeted areas for a lot less. Take the Civil War Preservation Trust, which is trying to double the 25,000 acres of battlefields and sacred areas it ...

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    Out Loud: May 2, 2008

    "When Louis Farrakhan speaks, it's like E. F. Hutton speaks. All black America listens."

    The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Sen. Barack Obama's former minister, during an inflammatory speech denounced by Obama

    "I'm riding shotgun!"

    Sen. Hillary Clinton, thrilled to be riding in the passenger seat of a pickup

    "I ...

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    politics
    2008 presidential election
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