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March 2009


Former Aides Come to George W. Bush's Defense

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

They knew the dissing of W was coming, since both presidential candidates used former President Bush as a punching bag last year. So when Barack Obama took over, some Bushies vowed to play defense when W's record was maligned. Thus was born www.43alumni.com, an ...

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Bush, George W.

Mike Huckabee Filling Paul Harvey's Slot?

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

He's not replacing Paul Harvey on the deceased radio giant's near 1,200 stations, but Mike Huckabee will be getting his 15 minutes of fame. ABC Radio, wowed by listener reaction to the former Arkansas guv, says the stations Harvey fed will now get the Huckabee

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Huckabee, Mike

Smile, You're on 'Lobbyist Camera'

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Washington's antilobbyist frenzy is about to get a) tougher or b) sillier. Here's what's under consideration: Meetings between lobbyists and administration officials would be filmed and posted on the Internet. The goal, of course, is transparency. The impact, say ...

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Mitch McConnell's March Madness Dream Job

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

He was student body president as an undergrad at the University of Louisville. And later, as a law student at the University of Kentucky, he was president of the student bar association. So when it comes to college basketball, Senate Minority Leader Mitch ...

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McConnell, Mitch

Roger Ailes on His 'Date' With Courtney Friel

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

A funny little comment from Fox News Channel entertainment reporter Courtney Friel about how she got her gig—dating the boss—has gotten messy on the Web, and now that boss, Roger Ailes, is weighing in with a little kidding of his own.

It all started when Friel was ...

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Capitol Hill Drives Foreign Cars, Not American

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Sorry, Motown, but there appears to be a pretty severe bias against American cars on Capitol Hill. At least when it comes to what's parked in the lots around Congress. As Detroit's Big Three fight for survival by claiming their cars are the best, there isn't much ...

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Congress

Billy Corgan is a Rock Star for C-SPAN

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By Nikki Schwab, Washington Whispers

Bald-headed rocker Billy Corgan might not look the geek, but the Smashing Pumpkins lead man is a C-SPAN junkie. "When I did my last album, C-SPAN was kind of my TV-watching," Corgan tells Whispers. "Watching C-SPAN and learning about the government was my way to ...

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Trent Lott's Car Choice: Mini Cooper

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By Nikki Schwab, Washington Whispers

He didn't need a car when he was the Senate majority leader, but now Trent Lott drives a black-and-silver Mini Cooper. "I didn't have a car because my wife had a 12-year-old Honda and, in Mississippi, I have a Nissan truck—we represent Nissan—but I love the Mini ...

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Lott, Trent

CIA Denies Helping Nazi Adolf Eichmann

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

A gripping new book about the hunt and seizure of Nazi Adolf Eichmann, implementer of the "final solution," includes this stunning charge: The CIA knew his alias and his Argentina address but didn't tell Israel. Hunting Eichmann by Neal Bascomb says the CIA balked ...

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CIA