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August 2008


Obama's Dynamic Duo, Axelrod and Plouffe, Predicts Close Fall Election

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David Plouffe (left) and David Axelrod.

DENVER—Top aides to Sen. Barack Obama said today that they have seen significant gains in voter support in key battleground states, but add that the election will still be close. "This is a close election. There's not a whole lot of play," says chief campaign ...

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Plouffe, David
Axelrod, David
Obama, Barack
Democratic National Convention

Putin Roars at the U.S.

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If anyone doubted that Vladimir Putin is really in charge of Russia, here's more evidence that the prime minister remains the boss. U.S. officials reveal to Whispers that he issued back-channel threats that the 2,000 Georgian troops U.S. jets delivered home from Iraq after Moscow's invasion of ...

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The Democratic Convention's Parents Brigade

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Managing the Democratic National Convention has just gotten easier. All those parents of convention organizers who arrive just to "help" their kids are finally being put to work. "Come convention time," says spokeswoman Natalie Wyeth, "everyone comes out of the woodwork, this year more than ever."

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Mitt For Veep Hits D.C. Streets

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Somebody pushing Mitt Romney as Sen. John McCain's running mate has hit Washington streets with posters like these to promote their guy. We hear that Romney remains on the vice presidential short list, behind Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. But it is promotions and campaigns like these that have some ...

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McCain, John
Romney, Mitt

Petraeus Outranks Physical Training Uniform

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More complaints on the military fashion front. This time, it's the gym, or physical training, uniform Air Force troops must wear in Afghanistan and Iraq when out of their official uniform. Seems the PT uniforms have a lining that's too tight, something an ongoing redesign might fix. So, the airmen ...

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Petraeus, David

McCain's Poll Stability Boosts GOP Morale

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The apparent stability of Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign, the candidate's ability to stay close to foe Sen. Barack Obama in the polls, and better than expected fundraising have all combined to boost Republican Party morale. "We feel a lot better than before," a key party aide tells ...

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McCain, John

Maybe a Cheap Lunch is Okay for Congress

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Democrats and Republicans think that Congress might have gone too far in barring lobbyists from opening their wallets at the local McDonald's or Quiznos. We hear that both sides are starting talks about allowing lobbyists to buy staff aides or members a cheap sandwich or drink, reversing course ...

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Nader Still Thinks He Can Win

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When you know you're in a losing battle, it's best to find a larger meaning of "victory," and that's what independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader has done. "I define winning in many ways," he says. "One is that you keep the agendas alive." Next, "you bring a lot of young people in. A lot of ...

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Nader, Ralph

Why McCain Went Negative

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Didn't like Sen. John McCain's "Celebrity" ad featuring snapshots of Paris and Britney? Sorry. It's probably just the beginning of a long, negative campaign. And here's the reason, according to our friends at the Quinnipiac University Poll: "This election is about Sen. Barack Obama, not that ...

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McCain, John
Obama, Barack

The Black Panther Party and Obama

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They like Sen. Barack Obama's progressive style of politics, but some 1960s-era radicals are questioning the candidate's recent swing to the middle on some big issues. "I like Barack Obama," says Bobby Seale, cofounder of the Black Panther Party. "I'm a progressive," he says. "The progression has ...

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Obama, Barack

Republicans, Not Democrats, are the Whine-Os

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Republicans who cast themselves as the rugged whiskey-drinking pistoleers dueling brie-and-Chablis liberals had better take a good look in the mirror. Gallup finds that Republicans are more apt to name wine as their fave alcoholic beverage by a robust 10 percentage points. Grapes are preferred by ...

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Clinton, Hillary

One Nation, Under a New Obama Salute

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George Bush had his three-fingered W salute that supporters flashed when greeting him at presidential campaign events in 2000. And now, if a Los Angeles creative agency gets its way, Sen. Barack Obama will see fans meet him with his own salute like the one above. "Our goal is to see a crowd of ...

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Obama, Barack

To Democrats, McCain's Potential Vice Presidents Are the 7 Dwarfs

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Jumping the gun on Sen. John McCain, the Democratic National Committee has singled out the Republican's rumored top seven potential vice presidential picks on a new website designed to highlight just how close to current Vice President Dick Cheney they are. "It doesn't matter who he picks," says ...

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Fiorina, Carly
Thune, John
Romney, Mitt
Crist, Charlie
Pawlenty, Tim
Cheney, Dick
McCain, John
Obama, Barack