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August 2009


Bee Advocates Miffed With Dr. Oz's Misdiagnosis

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

With all the problems honey bees are facing, the last thing the busy bugs need is a bad diagnosis from a celebrity TV doctor. But that's exactly what Oprah's Mehmet Oz and colleague Mike Roizen issued in their newspaper column this week in mischaracterizing how ...

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Post Office Eyes 1,600 More Branch Closings

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Already looking to cut some 3,200 post offices as it grapples with higher costs and business robbed by E-mail, the Postal Service has hinted it might up that count by 1,600 more branch closings. But don't get mad if your post office ends up on the chopping block.

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Former Peace Corps Volunteers Called Back to Service

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Former Peace Corps volunteers are getting a second chance to make a difference. The National Peace Corps Association is calling on the old Africa Corps to offer solutions to the ills of sub-Saharan Africa, especially those faced by women. "We've lived in these ...

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Sarah Palin and Jeb Bush Poised to Lead Town-Hallers

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Some call it the next conservative revolution, but whatever we dub the antigovernment ire at tea parties and town halls, there so far appears to be no elected official leading the charge. "It's a faceless movement," says a former Bush adviser, who credited media ...

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Limbaugh, Rush
Paul, Ron
Palin, Sarah
Gingrich, Newt
Huckabee, Mike
DeMint, Jim
Jindal, Bobby
Romney, Mitt
Toomey, Pat
Bush, Jeb

Did Obama Jump the Gun on Rosh Hashana?

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

You know how Republicans sometimes whine that if President Bush and his aides had taken some of the kinds of moves President Obama and his associates have, the critics would be on the Bushies like white on rice? Well, they might have a good case with Obama's early ...

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Judaism
Obama, Barack

CIA: Panetta Secure as Director

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

The CIA is pushing back hard on insider rumors that Director Leon Panetta, in turf battles with Congress and the national intelligence director, is frustrated and thinking about leaving at his one-year mark in February. "That's complete garbage," spokesman Paul ...

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Panetta, Leon
CIA

Town Hall Anger Headed to Washington

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

The angry Americans expressing themselves at lawmaker town halls around the country are heading to Washington. A planned September 12 taxpayer march on Washington, initially focused on taxes and corporate bailouts, is gaining momentum from the recent town halls ...

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It's Up to Obama on Healthcare

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 simply a poll-generated job approval number. Instead, the Washington Whispers ...

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Zogby, John
Obama, Barack

CIA's Panetta Woos Congress

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Despite recent tiffs, the CIA sees its relationship with Congress improving. Sure, the agency and Capitol Hill, especially House Democrats, have clashed over Bush-era antiterrorism techniques. But CIA Director Leon Panetta "has been working very hard," says one ...

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Congress
Panetta, Leon
CIA

Obama's Poll Numbers Seem to Bottom Out

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-generated job approval number. Instead, the Washington Whispers ...

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Obama, Barack
Zogby, John

Former NIH Director Befriends Kennedy's Dog

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By Nikki Schwab, Washington Whispers

Portuguese water dogs, like Bo Obama, are apparently experts on personality. Just ask Elias Zerhouni, former director of the National Institutes of Health. Zerhouni, a George W. Bush appointee, had to meet with Ted Kennedy, who was chair of the confirmation ...

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Newsmax to Open D.C. Bureau

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Newsmax is the latest of the new media to play the contrarian. While mainstream media are shrinking, Newsmax plans to open a five-person Washington bureau, joining growing outlets like Huffington Post. For Newsmax, "it's an Obama expansion," says boss Chris Ruddy.

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media
journalism

A Fight for Bernanke's Job

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Hang in there, Ben Bernanke. Fans of your work as a first-term Federal Reserve chief are going to bat with their White House friends to quash rumors that President Obama is thinking about naming economic aide Larry Summers or Fed official Janet Yellen as your ...

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Bernanke, Ben