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July 2008


The CIA's Special Breed: 35 Dogs Serve as K-9 Agents

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It takes a special breed to serve at the CIA. Actually several. K-9s, to be exact, that sniff out drugs and explosives both at the CIA and overseas in hot spots like Iraq and Afghanistan. There are 35 dogs in the K-9 corps, part of the Special Services Branch. But it's not all boring work. These ...

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Moscow Denies Litvineko Murder, Tells of Secret Poisons

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Moscow apparently never liked that it was fingered for the nuclear-poisoning death of former KGB agent and Kremlin foe Alexander Litvinenko in November 2006 in London. So when popular thriller writer Daniel Silva arrived for a research tour of the KGB's legendary HQ, Lubyanka, for his new book

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Caroline Kennedy for Obama's Vice President

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Former GOP foe Mitt Romney is the rage in Sen. John McCain's circles as the Republican moves to pick a running mate with good business and economic creds—and moderately youthful good looks. But if you want a really juicy rumor, consider who some key Democrats want for Sen. Barack Obama's No. 2: his ...

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A Plea From Obama's Biggest Berlin Fan

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It's a story you'd think the Obama campaign would embrace, and tomorrow we find out if it did. Little Josie Montgomery, who is of mixed race just like Sen. Barack Obama, has been trying to set up a meeting in Berlin so she can give him gifts for his daughters. Obama speaks in Berlin tomorrow as ...

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Big Day: Al Gore Friends Us on Facebook

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We didn't see this coming: Former Vice President Al Gore friended us on Facebook today. You know the E-mail: "Albert confirmed you as a friend on Facebook." Don't recall asking to friend him, but it's cool that he agreed anyway. Naturally, we headed right for his page and discovered that he's even ...

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Why the CIA Is Still Boss

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While the nation's intelligence world has greatly expanded since 9/11, the CIA continues to hold the top job when it comes to briefing and advising the president, a role that is not expected to change when a new administration comes into office. Officials for the first time confirmed that CIA ...

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An Apple for Jamie Lee Curtis

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In a major demonstration that they mean business when it comes to forcing education to the front of the issues this political season, a group formed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors this week pledged $5 million to ...

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The Whispers Poll: July 11, 2008

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Who would make a better first lady?

    Cindy McCain 50.8%

    Michelle Obama 49.2%

Which past first lady is the best model for the next presidential wife?

    Jacqueline Kennedy 35.8%

    Eleanor Roosevelt 28.4%

    Laura Bush 20.8%

    Hillary Clinton 15.0%

The Synovate eNation Internet poll was ...

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Fashion Rules: What a Croc

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U.S. troops don't get much of a chance to demonstrate their fashion prowess, so when Crocs recently showed up at PXS in Afghanistan and other Middle East bases, they were an instant hit. Facing tough rules requiring that all troops wear fatigues or prescribed T-shirts and shorts bearing their ...

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Greening of No. 48

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Irony of the week: Not only is NASCAR working to promote the Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay program that pushes fuel-efficient vehicles, but its drivers are also now getting into the act. Current Sprint Cup champ Jimmie Johnson tells us he drives an E85 Chevy Tahoe and conserves at ...

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Semper Fido

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It's hail and farewell to Sgt. Chesty XII, the mascot of the 207-year-old Marine Barracks in Washington. The 8-year-old bulldog—who doubles as the unofficial mascot of the entire corps—is hanging up his doggy dress blues this month after endearing himself to thousands who've seen him at the ...

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Beauty and the Beasts

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Lifelong beauty queen Dayle Haddon isn't just another pretty face on the world scene. The L'Oréal spokeswoman, author, and North Dallas Forty costar has jumped on board two big projects that we're going to be hearing a lot about: helping Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign and boosting ...

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Princely Gobbledygook

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NATO troops in Afghanistan were so impressed with Prince Harry 's military service there last winter that they've saved the chat-room messages he sent on the job. They're not for most, but not because they are steamy or gory. It takes a military pro to decipher them since most are written in ...

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Hanoi Hilton: the Movie

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In what could be a blockbuster boost for Sen. John McCain's presidential bid, a historical documentary filmmaker is opening up her archive that includes the last pictures taken of the Hanoi Hilton, the Navy pilot's POW cell, and his emotional reaction when shown those pictures. "It gives you some ...

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Grandpa Cheney Into the Sunset

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ILLUSTRATION BY JOE CIARDIELLO FOR USN&WRWhat's better than being vice president? Duh, president. But not if you're Dick Cheney. As he and President Bush prepare to leave the building, Cheney already has his sights set on what his family calls the best job ever: Grandpa to his six grandkids.

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Dick Cheney, Still Rested and Ready for Duty

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Give Vice President Dick Cheney credit for sticking to his heart healthy diet. Just look at this great picture of the fit veep. This was taken at a Maryland pony camp he was visiting this month. We have a story about the visit in the upcoming Washington Whispers column that goes live on the Web ...

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Capitol Hill Issue 1: Gas Prices

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When the Congress returns after the July 4 holiday, House and Senate Republicans plan to pounce on the energy and gasoline price issue, pushing Democrats to join in calling for more oil drilling. "That's all you're going to hear about next week," said a top Senate GOP aide. "People want something ...

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Cabinet Agencies Look to Next Administration

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The federal bureaucracy normally turns about as fast as a battleship. So with a new administration heading to town in about six months, some are already looking to ready their programs and workforce for whoever wins the White House: Sen. John McCain or Sen. Barack Obama. In focus today—the Veterans ...

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