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June 2008


Obama's Second TV Ad Hits Issues

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Sen. Barack Obama's effort to define himself in 18 battleground states took a new turn today when he started airing an ad titled "Dignity," which heralds his limited legislative experience as a boon to middle Americans. According to the campaign, "the spot highlights Senator Obama's decision to ...

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Obama, Barack

A Little Brain Surgery Doesn't Slow Kennedy

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ILLUSTRATION BY JOE CIARDIELLO FOR USN&WRMemo to those who bought into the story line that Sen. Edward Kennedy's brain cancer was the beginning of the end of his life in politics: It wasn't. In fact, associates, friends, and even political foes say that Teddy has come roaring back, albeit ...

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Kennedy, Ted

Trading a Pantsuit for a Judge's Robe?

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Expectations among Senate Democrats are rising that if elected president, Barack Obama will reward Sen. Hillary Clinton's support with a Supreme Court nomination when one opens. "It's the talk up here," says a key Senate aide. While confirmation would be difficult, the move is being encouraged by ...

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Clinton, Hillary

It's Payback Time for Rudy Giuliani

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He didn't do much to help his own presidential campaign, but Republican Rudy Giuliani is ready to hit the trail for House and Senate candidates this fall. He first plans to help those who backed his stillborn campaign, like embattled Washington Rep. Dave Reichert. He'll also help Sen. John McCain

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'Little Stretch' First for Big Tim's Show

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Washington TV insiders are leaning toward NBC White House reporter David Gregory as the likely long-term replacement for Tim Russert on Sunday's Meet the Press. Russert's successor has been the hot topic in media circles ever since he died June 13 after suffering a heart attack. Sources close to ...

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Russert, Tim

Homeboys Franken, Ornstein, Friedman

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What do Al Franken, the comic and Senate candidate; Norman Ornstein, the "King of Quotes"; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Friedman; and Joel and Ethan Coen, Oscar winners, have in common? They're all homeboys from the same Minnesota "incubator" town, St. Louis Park. Why "incubator"? Because ...

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'Obamanomics,'the GOP Version

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First there was "voodoo economics," then "Reaganomics," and now a Democrat finally has his own economic label: "Obamanomics." And as with the previous two, it's the critics who are coining the phrase, in this case the No. 3 Senate Republican, Tennessee's Lamar Alexander. Addressing Democratic ...

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Obama, Barack

Taking a Shot at TR's Birthday

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It was just about 100 years ago that outgoing Teddy Roosevelt penned some details to the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. about a .405 rifle he wanted to tote to Africa once he wrapped up his two terms as president. And now, on the 150th birthday of the famed hunter and conservationist, Winchester ...

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Out Loud: June 27, 2008

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"This is an I-told-you-so moment."

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, calling Sen. Barack Obama's emergence as the Democratic Party nominee the crowning moment for the civil rights movement

"He wants to appeal to white guilt. You appeal to white guilt not by coming on as black is beautiful, black is powerful.

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Don't Blame Biofuels for High Chicken Prices

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It's a smear against corn farmers, they say. So the New Fuels Alliance and FoodPriceTruth.org are mounting a campaign to push back on charges in the media and on Capitol Hill that biofuels that use corn and other agricultural products are the reason food prices are up. "The biggest reason food ...

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Be Nice. It's W's Birthday

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It's not exactly the card a lot of Americans would send to President Bush on his 62nd birthday, but the Republican National Committee is at least making it easy for fans and others to send their wishes to the White House. As you can see below, the RNC sent us the tasteful E-card, which it calls a ...

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McCain, John
Bush, George W.

Democrats Detour Bush's Legacy Express

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A rolling museum of the bad parts of President Bush's eight-year legacy hit the road today in the form of a 28-ton, 45-foot bus that plans to hit the hometown of every House and Senate Republican who has voted with the president at least 90 percent of the time. First stops: the Dayton, Ohio,

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Bush administration

Can Congress Save the Little Honey Bee?

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The House this week joins the Senate in considering the plight of the tiny honey bee. In advance of a House hearing on the status of colony collapse disorder, the name given to the disappearing bee syndrome, some 21 House and Senate Democrats and Republicans will join Burt's Bees and Häagen ...

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Tim Russert’s Final E-Mail to CIA

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Shortly before collapsing and dying, NBC's Tim Russert was answering E-mail, including an RSVP for CIA Director Mike Hayden's Air Force retirement ceremony. The CIA had invited Russert to join others in the media to attend what's billed as a personal and reflective retirement ceremony this Friday ...

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Russert, Tim

Truman to Obama, Wallace Signs 'Em Up

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ILLUSTRATION BY ISMAEL ROLDAN FOR USN&WRHe's the son and stepson of two famous newsmen. But when Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace was ripped by Bill Clinton for a "conservative hit job" in a confrontational 2006 interview, it wasn't the headlines Wallace was mulling over when Bubba fled the ...

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First Jesse Ventura, Next Ralph Nader?

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Ralph Nader's bid to win the White House might not be as hopeless as people think. Consider wrestler Jesse Ventura, says Nader's team. He started with little support in the polls, got invited to the Minnesota gubernatorial debates, and eventually won after people got a chance to compare him with ...

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That's My Flag Pin, Too, Says Dean

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Howard Dean, the outspoken Democratic Party boss, doesn't want to talk about why Sen. Barack Obama does or doesn't wear an American flag pin. "The discussion is silly," he offers. But he does like to say why he sports a wavy flag pin on his lapel. "I will tell you why I wear a flag pin and why I ...

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Sinatra: Her Boots Might Walk Again

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There is no hiding the frustration singer Nancy Sinatra feels in Sen. Hillary Clinton's loss in the presidential primaries to Sen. Barack Obama. "I was disappointed in the Democratic result, and now I don't know what I'm doing," says the star known for hits like "These Boots Are Made for Walkin.' "

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Huckabee Bikes His Way to Dorkdom

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It's not the normal way to draw attention to a vice presidential bid, but former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has rarely been conventional. And that certainly goes for his new mode of transportation: riding through Little Rock, Ark., on a Specialized or Trek bicycle. "My kids think I ...

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Convention Cars Burp Green Fuel

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Both the Democratic and Republican national conventions are going green when it comes to cars. General Motors has been tagged to supply hundreds of cars that use E85, a mix of 85 percent ethanol. At the gop convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul in early September, the cars will run on "Freedom Fuel"

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Bush 41, the Daddy of Barbecue

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Family picnics at his Houston or Kennebunkport, Maine, homes often have former President Bush in an apron hovering over a grill, and now we can tell you what he barbecues on. "He's been our customer since the 1990s," brags George Shore of Houston's Pitt's & Spitt's, the maker of custom smokers and ...

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Out Loud: June 13, 2008

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"I think that in retrospect, I could have used a different tone, a different rhetoric."

President Bush, on his tough-guy language leading up to the war with Iraq that included phrases like "bring them on" and wanted "dead or alive"

"I thought basketball was dirty, but it's nowhere near as dirty as ...

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Franken Win Would Mean a Bad Year for Republicans

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Sen. John Ensign.
What would be a sign that it's going to be a dreadful election night for Republicans? A win by Al Franken, says Sen. John Ensign, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Ensign's setting the bar pretty low for Republicans this election cycle, hoping at ...

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Obama Winning the Jones Soda Election

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First it was jeweler Ann Hand who started a popularity vote between Sens. Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and Barack Obama based on the sales.

Now, Jones Soda Co. is getting into the act by testing which candidate can sell the most of their Pure Cane Soda. Jones is selling the soda for the pricey ...

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Obama, Barack

Nancy Sinatra in Her Dad's Boot Steps

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Look out. Nancy Sinatra has her boots on again. The singer known for her 1966 hit "These Boots Are Made for Walking" is leading a parade of performers lobbying Congress today and Wednesday to get money for artists when their songs are aired on the radio. It's a campaign her dad, Frank, once led ...

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Bush Is Set to Pass Baton of Bad News

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ILLUSTRATION BY JOE CIARDIELLO FOR USN&WRNow that we finally have the fall presidential campaign set up between Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain, the business of getting them up to speed on all the world's hot spots that Washington has its fingers in begins.

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2008 Veepstakes: Who and Why

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Trial balloons of possible Democratic and Republican vice presidential candidates are choking Washington's skies now that the primaries are over. Most we've heard before, but some are new and moving up the lists. For example, there's some talk that Sen. Barack Obama, should he ignore Sen. Hillary

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Sleepless in Denver and Minn-St. Paul

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Panic is starting to settle in for many of those traveling to the presidential nominating conventions just over two months away, Whispers hears. The problem: Hotels are booking fast. Organizers for the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul and the Democratic Convention in Denver ...

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GOP vs. Democrats on Facebook.com

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It was a big moment for the GOP last week when it surpassed the Democratic Party's number of Facebook members. At one point, the Republican National Committee's site had 11,739 supporters to the Democrats' 11,200. The GOP tells us it uses Internet social networks to woo new voters and keep them ...

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Mike Wallace, on the Comeback

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Veteran CBS 60 Minutes newsman Mike Wallace is on the mend after a recent fall in his New York home that scared doctors still watching his recovery from triple bypass surgery in January. "He's doing really well," says his son Chris Wallace, the Fox News Sunday host who checked in on him while at ...

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FOBs Hope to See More of Clinton

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Arkansas Friends of Bill who know Bubba best expect Bill Clinton to return home more often now that the missus is out of the presidential race. Clinton always gets rock star attention when he returns home, and that means something now that Sen. Barack Obama is in the national spotlight. FOBs tell ...

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White House Whinny at Saratoga

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One of the most successful traveling White House exhibits is trotting into the glamorous Saratoga racing meet in August. "White House Horses," a display of pictures and info on famous equines used by presidents before cars, has added the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga ...

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Out Loud: June 6, 2008

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"We had Cheneys on both sides of the family—and we don't even live in West Virginia."

Vice President Cheney, making a joke about his family tree. He later apologized to West Virginians.

"If you take that 50 percent who just don't want to vote for Clinton and add it to whatever element there might be ...

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The GOP Takes On Obama-Rezko Online

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A long-planned and well-orchestrated communications plan by the Republican National Committee to draw attention to Wednesday’s fraud and money-laundering conviction of Obama fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko is getting credit for working. Party officials and even some in the media said that the ...

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Obama's Jewel Heist

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On the last day of the presidential primaries, Sen. Barack Obama is showing his overwhelming strength in the Ann Hand rhinestone pin poll.

Sen. Hillary Clinton has been dead in the water for a long time as Hand's Obama pin has reached sales of more than 1,200. And Sen. John McCain has continued ...

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