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Washington Whispers

May 2009


CNN's Larry King on the Left

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Interviewer Larry King's on-camera politics are inscrutable. But the CNN host comes clean about his lefty views in his autobiography, My Remarkable Journey, which landed in bookstores this week. King worries the disclosures might affect his objective image. "I ...

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CNN

Don't Kill Reagan, Says Gov. Haley Barbour

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Enough already with the talk in GOP circles that it's time to put a stake through Ronald Reagan's heart. Just the opposite, says self-described Reaganite Haley Barbour, Mississippi's two-term governor and a former Republican National Committee chairman. The time ...

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Reagan, Ronald

More Air Traffic Controllers On the Way

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

A flood of new air traffic controllers may soon be on the way to replace the tsunami of retirements in America's airport towers. Whispers hears that the administration is planning to hire some 1,200 this year and many after that. What's more, formerly disgruntled ...

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FAA
airlines

Michael Reagan Defends Michael Savage

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Radio host Michael Reagan, whipped up by Britain's ban on conservative shock talker Michael Savage, has a message for London: You're chicken. Reagan, eldest son of the Gipper, says governments like London's are afraid of Muslim radicals. "They are trying to ...

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London
Reagan, Ronald

Obama's Faces Reality on War, Health Insurance

Pollster John Zogby regularly updates our Obamameter. Each week, Zogby uses his polling, expert analysis, and interaction with major players to come up with a rating of between 1 and 100. Unlike his polls, the Obamameter is his judgment on the performance of the president once multiple factors are ...

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Obama, Barack
Zogby, John

4 Dark-Horse Republicans in 2012: Pawlenty, Sanford, Huntsman, and Cantor

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

You already know the names of the Republican stars expected to run for the 2012 presidential nomination: Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, and Sarah Palin. But with the party divided over the direction it wants to go and a slew of others eager to get in ...

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candidates
Cantor, Eric
Huntsman, Jon
Sanford, Mark
Pawlenty, Tim
Republican Party

Howard Dean Inks Contract With CNBC

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

If you think you've seen more of Howard Dean recently than when he was Democratic National Committee chairman, well, you have. A healthcare consultant, Dean has inked a contract with CNBC, putting him on shows like Squawk Box. And now he's circled back to his ...

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Dean, Howard
CNBC

Correspondents' Dinner Party Notes: Steele Calls Obama's 'Wassup' Brotherly Love

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By Nikki Schwab and Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

The annual press-politics party weekend is over, but Whispers isn't done until we call attention to a few of the highlights, starting with President Obama's well-received Leno-ish monologue at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday ...

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McCain, Meghan
Palin, Todd
Limbaugh, Rush
Emanuel, Rahm
Jarrett, Valerie
Buchanan, Pat
Steele, Michael
Obama, Barack

A Forgetful Streak in Congress

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Here's how ditzy some in Congress are: The clerk of the House reports that she has to replace up to 15 lost voting and security cards for elected representatives a day, sometimes day after day. Unlike many workplaces, there's no penalty for losing a card. One ...

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Congress

Obama's Reached His High; Now Reality Knocks

Pollster John Zogby regularly updates our Obamameter. Each week, Zogby uses his polling, expert analysis, and interaction with major players to come up with a rating of between 1 and 100. Unlike his polls, the Obamameter is his judgment on the performance of the president once multiple factors are ...

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Zogby, John
Obama, Barack

Congressional Play: More Middle School Than Shakespeare

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By Nikki Schwab, Washington Whispers

Members of Congress are known for giving long-winded speeches on the House and Senate floor, so it shouldn't be a stretch for them to recite a little faux Shakespeare. Well, it was last night. Lawmakers and political journalists gathered on stage to perform A ...

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Wicker, Roger
Norton, Eleanor Holmes
Congress
Harman, Jane
Wasserman Schultz, Debbie
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