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July 2009


Blue Dogs, Beer Summit, Hurt Obama's Message

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. The Obamameter, however, is not a generic job approval number. Instead, the Washington Whispers Obamameter is ...

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Zogby, John
Obama, Barack

George W. Bush Still an Early Bird

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Retirement hasn't had any impact on former President George W. Bush's internal clock. Just as when he was in Washington, associates say he rises early and gets to his Dallas office virtually every day at 7 a.m. And he stays until midafternoon. What's there to do ...

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Bush, George W.

Pentagon to Change Two-Front War-Fighting Strategy

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

The Pentagon's two-front war-fighting strategy is going the way of the battleship: to the junkyard. A recognition of shrinking budgets and the reality that World War II isn't likely to repeat itself, the emerging plan will be a big change for the military. Marine ...

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Pentagon

White House Christmas Ornament Revealed

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

It's the most wonderful time of the year again, when the White House Historical Association reveals its new White House Christmas ornament to Whispers. This year's a beaut: a colorful, two-sided hanger that features the first tree with electric lights, an ...

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White House

A Government Bailout for the Media?

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By Nikki Schwab, Washington Whispers

First Wall Street. Then Detroit. Now the media? That's the talk among some in the news biz who want a government bailout. "I would argue it is the only answer," says John Nichols, the Washington correspondent for the Nation, a liberal magazine. His argument: The ...

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journalism

A Tougher Obama Takes on Critics

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. The ObamaMeter is not a strictly poll-based job approval number. Instead, the Washington Whispers ObamaMeter is ...

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Zogby, John
Obama, Barack

New Daily Kos Blog Looks to Empower

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

He still calls himself a newbie in the political activism world, but after seven years, even Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas Zúniga knows it's time to update his hugely popular progressive site. "I've got a pretty good thing going. It's a big risk for ...

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blogs

Pelosi's 'Three Tenors' on Healthcare Reform

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

They don't have the looks or voices of the originals. But that wasn't really the point when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dubbed the chairmen working on healthcare—Reps. George Miller, Henry Waxman, and Charles Rangel—"the three tenors," a reference to Luciano ...

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Pelosi, Nancy

Tax Group: Obama's $4 Trillion Tax Increase

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Americans for Tax Reform doesn't like taxes or President Obama much. But even Obama fans might choke on the additional 10-year tax bill that the group tallied under the president's plans: $4 trillion. Americans for Tax Reform figures $2.3 trillion more if the Bush ...

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Obama, Barack

Harry Potter and Arne Duncan Fight the Summer Reading Slide

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By Nikki Schwab, Washington Whispers

Sorry, Lord Voldemort, but the evil sorcerer of the Harry Potter novels and the blockbuster movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has nothing on the real threat to legions of school kids: the summer reading slide. But that's where Education Secretary Arne ...

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Jarrett, Valerie
Emanuel, Rahm
Gibbs, Robert
Axelrod, David
Duncan, Arne
Department of Education

5 Favorite Websites of Daily Kos Founder

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

He runs the top progressive/activist site, Daily Kos, and has a new paperback version of his latest book—Taking on the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era so this week seemed a good time to ring up Markos Moulitsas Zuniga for a little chat. He told ...

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blogs
media

Michelle Obama's Volunteer Force: Local Kids

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Running the social side of the White House is hard work, especially because staff and space are so limited. But first lady Michelle Obama has found a willing volunteer force: local kids in after- school programs. First, she brought some in to help her tend her new ...

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Obama, Michelle

Historic Whispers: Ted Kennedy's Political Future

Astronauts may have first walked on the moon 40 years ago this July, but in Washington a lot of the chatter was about Chappaquiddick instead. The accident involving Sen. Ted Kennedy that killed Mary Jo Kopechne occurred on July 18, 1969 and the controversy slowly picked up steam. By August,

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Kennedy, Ted

Patrick Murphy: "I Sleep In My Office"

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By Amanda Ruggeri, Washington Whispers

Being in Congress isn't such a swanky job. Just ask two-term Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy. "I sleep in my office on a little air mattress, OK," he says. "I know that's not very glamorous." And he sleeps only four or five hours a night before ...

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The Buzz on Michelle Obama's Honey

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

The first beehive has finally produced some honey, and we hear it tastes and looks splendid. First beekeeper Charlie Brandts tells us that it has a hint of citrus, a sweet local trait, and that the first honey pull totaled 43 pounds. But don't look for it at the ...

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White House
Obama, Michelle

Reporters Scold Off-the-Record Officials

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Reporters have had it with officials abruptly going "off the record" at public events and conferences. Now some are calling for an end to it. "If you're giving a speech to the public, and especially if the organizers have made it open to the press, don't declare ...

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journalism

Sarah Palin Could Make $2 Million By Resigning

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Resigning Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's payday could top $2 million, says a publicist who knows her well. And that's just for speeches, not a book or TV gig. "She needs the cash, and by quitting now she can probably make a couple million in the next year," says the ...

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Palin, Sarah

Obama Hurt by Job Losses, Honduras Coup

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. The Obamameter, however, is not a poll-based job approval number. Instead, the Washington Whispers Obamameter ...

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Zogby, John
Obama, Barack

Senate Leaders Warn of Sotomayor Crush

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Sotomayor is coming; Sotomayor is coming. That's the warning message to senators and staffers in advance of next week's start of the hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonya Sotomayor. In a message to Senate offices and in posters on the Senate side, the ...

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Sotomayor, Sonia

Obama Tries to Keep Key Supporters Happy

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. The Obamameter, however, is not a poll-based job approval number. Instead, the Washington Whispers Obamameter ...

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Zogby, John
Obama, Barack
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