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February 2009


Pollster Frank Luntz: Uniter or Traitor

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

He helped craft the House GOP 1994 Contract With America, was declared the hottest pollster in the country, and just performed a political triple-double: Advising governors and House and Senate members from both parties. So, is Frank Luntz, the former Republican ...

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An Italian Makeover for Philadelphia

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

With some help from Rome, this is the Year of Italy in Philly. Consul General Luigi Scotto tells Whispers that it starts March 1 with the annual Philadelphia Flower Show, where the theme is "Bella Italia." Says Scotto: "It will be like visiting Italy." Then in ...

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Did John Kerry Represent an Art Thief?

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Right-wingers love to tar Democratic presidential candidates as soft on crime and terrorism, often using a criminal figure to hype their message. Most recently, President Obama had Weatherman Bill Ayers. Most famously, Michael Dukakis had furloughed felon Willie ...

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An Opening Prayer for a Congressman and His Staff

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

The No. 3 House Republican, Indiana's Mike Pence, describes himself this way on his Internet site: "A Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order." So it shouldn't be too surprising that before plunging into GOP politics on many mornings, he gathers ...

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Obama Talks the Talk with Foreign Leaders

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

When it comes to the niceties of diplomacy, new President Obama already sounds like an old hand. Take his first call to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak this week to talk trade and North Korean issues. We've confirmed that he opened with the traditional "

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Barack Obama's Red Lotus Plant

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Talk that President Obama wants to appoint a White House farmer has already prompted one greenhouse company to name a lotus in honor of the new prez. Lilypons, a big Maryland supplier of water plants, is now selling a Nelumbo lotus called the President. "It is ...

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Army Guys are Hooked On 'Army Wives'

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By Anna Mulrine, Washington Whispers

It kind of falls into the same category as "don't ask, don't tell": Army guys are getting hooked on the Army gals' hit Army Wives on Lifetime. One officer sheepishly tells us that he watches it to relax and reveals that a lot of his foxhole buddies like the show.

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