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November 2008


The State Department Goes YouTube

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers.

You may think that its post-9/11 policies are out of date, but the State Department's venture into the digital world is nothing to scoff at. Its year-old "DipNote" blog has 2 million viewers, and top spokesman Sean McCormack has just gone YouTube in the ...

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State Department
YouTube

Fans Push Palin for President in 2012

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers.

For conservative Republicans looking for a fresh face, Sarah Palin wasn't just the GOP flavor of the month. We hear that several conservatives from the Bush and Reagan administrations are quietly mobilizing a draft movement to make the Alaska governor a 2012 ...

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Palin, Sarah

Kids Get Close Up With the Captiol Visitors Center

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Twenty thousand kids and teachers can't be wrong. At least that's what the new Capitol Visitor Center hopes. In a dry run to test the new tourist facility on the Capitol grounds before officially cutting the ribbon next month, groups from Close Up, the Washington classroom program, are being ...

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Who Will Be Chairs of the RNC and DNC?

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The end of election season means it's the traditional time for both the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee to pick a new chairman. Because he's a bit busy, Obama might wait to choose. We hear campaign organizer Paul Tewes is in the mix. President Bush is said to like ...

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RNC
DNC

Scarborough's Morning Joe is Hotter than Imus

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It wasn't in his obit, but you can chalk up another TV innovation to the late, great NBC newsman Tim Russert. As Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough tells us, it wasn't until a couple of months after he replaced Don Imus as the star in the MSNBC morning slot that his three-hour political chat got ...

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Imus, Don
MSNBC

Christian Science Monitor Breakfasts Are Still On

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The shift from print to digital doesn't mean that the famous Christian Science Monitor newsmaker breakfasts will end with the elimination of the daily paper in April. No way, not after making history in many of the 3,600 gatherings over bacon and eggs, says Washington Bureau Chief David Cook.

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Is Debbie Wasserman Schultz the New 'Speaker In Waiting'?

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With Barack Obama offering the chief of staff gig to Rahm Emanuel, who, as House Democratic Caucus chairman, ranks fourth in the party's House hierarchy, there's already speculation about who will move up the chamber's chain of command. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was prodded last night by ...

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House of Representatives
Democratic Party
Emanuel, Rahm
Obama administration
Obama, Barack

CIA Reaches Out to Obama

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Moving quickly to establish ties to the incoming Obama administration, CIA Director Mike Hayden urged staffers to "do what we can to ensure a smooth, effective transition to a new administration." In a memo to Langley workers, Hayden put them on notice that they now have two customers to serve ...

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CIA
Obama, Barack
Hayden, Michael