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October 2008


Party Time for Obama and McCain Supporters

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From all accounts, it seems that this election night in Washington is going to be a big party night—especially for the Democrats. "Everybody I talked to has been really interested in going out," says Elizabeth Mullins, an area vice president for the Ritz-Carlton. "People just want an excuse to blow ...

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Human Rights Campaign
National Republican Congressional Committee
RNC
Republican Party
Democratic Party
McCain, John
Obama, Barack
DNC

For Government Officials, Journalism is War

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Advice on dealing with the next administration is pouring out all over. And none is as blunt as the press-shop skinny in a new guidebook from the Washington-based IBM Center for the Business of Government. "Your relationship with them will be adversarial," pens former Clinton spokesman Lawrence ...

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journalism

MoveOn.org's Free Barack Obama Pin

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MoveOn.org is double-teaming its fans this week with a long-promised Barack Obama pin and an urgent E-mail request from Al Gore to help the Democrats get out the vote on Tuesday. We're on MoveOn's media list, so when the offer for a free pin came in, we clicked "yes" just to see if ...

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Obama, Barack

John McCain's Syrian Straight Talk

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GOP presidential contender John McCain cultivates a tough-guy image when it comes to dealing with troublemaker nations like Iran, North Korea, and Syria. But when Syria's ambassador to Washington, Imad Moustapha, wrote to the Arizona senator during the campaign, he was pleasantly surprised at the ...

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McCain, John

A Thistle to Des Moines Register

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How cute. Sunday readers of the Des Moines Register, arguably one of the most important political newspapers in the country, are provided a fun column that gives roses to newsmakers who do good and thistles to those who don't. Well, to our shock, Whispers seems to be responsible for a thistle to ...

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Harkin, Tom

Hard Time on McCain's Air Straight Talk

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They may not get access or press conferences, but those who fly Air Straight Talk Express get cool trinkets. Our fave: McCain sunscreen, 30 SPF. And how about these bumper stickers? They may say different things, but for those on the road, they mean the same. How many times, for example, have you ...

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McCain, John

Sen. Tom Harkin's Dad Was a Moonshiner

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When the George Washington Spirits Society decided to add Sen. Tom Harkin to its exclusive group, he had a pretty good idea as to why: His dad was a home distiller. "When I was in high school, he made whiskey," says the Iowa Democrat. "I was a popular kid in high school," he adds. Harkin's ...

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Harkin, Tom

FCC Probes Pentagon Analysts

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The Federal Communications Commission has begun notifying several TV military analysts that it is probing congressional complaints that the pundits did not properly disclose their ties to the Pentagon when reviewing the war in Iraq on air. According to a copy of the October 2 FCC letter to one of ...

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Pentagon
FCC

The Media Babes of Foggy Bottom

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It's not as if they're going to pose for a "Girls of Foggy Bottom" Playboy spread, but the female-heavy press corps of the State Department is relishing its girlness nonetheless. Some 11 major news organizations have women covering Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice the highest number ever.

LISTEN ...

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media
State Department

Tom DeLay's Lucky Laundering Loophole

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In a very odd legal twist that his lawyers plan to milk, disgraced former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay may soon find himself free of money-laundering charges. The Texas turn: In a related case, judges found that in old money-laundering cases like the one DeLay faces, the law applied only to ...

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DeLay, Tom

The Senate Wants Its Furniture Back

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This isn't easy, but it's time to call out some of our nation's political heroes for a dastardly deed: pilfering the Senate's warehouses. That's right; LBJ, Harry Truman, and others. It's time for your heirs and museums to cough up the goods, including rare mahogany and walnut desks, swivel chairs,

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Senate
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