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October 2009


War Deaths, Healthcare Turmoil Hit Obama

Pollster John Zogby updates our weekly Obama Report Card with a grade on the president's performance. Zogby uses his polling, expert analysis, and interaction with major players to come up with a grade and some comments that capture how he sees the president's week ending.

John Zogby on Week 41:

"Not ...

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Obama, Barack

Rats Prove Obama is Focused

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Don't question President Obama's focus. Consider: For his upcoming book Inside Obama's Brain, author Sasha Abramsky talked to many Obama friends and found this story. In Chicago, Obama started at a law firm located next to a Thai restaurant with a vermin problem. One day, during a meeting, Obama ...

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Under Armour Suits Up for Wounded Warrior Project

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

The Wounded Warrior Project, which works to help injured soldiers, is picking up a major partner today from the sports world: Baltimore's Under Armour. The sports clothing outfitter tells Whispers that it is designing special football uniforms to be worn by the ...

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Michael Jackson Is Still Helping the World

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

To many, he was the King of Pop. To critics of his lifestyle and quirks, he was Wacko Jacko. But to those in the nation's capital and worldwide focused on the plight of the hungry in Africa, Michael Jackson was the ambassador of hope. And the proof—legal documents ...

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Nobel Prize, Healthcare Victory Help Obama

Pollster John Zogby updates our weekly Obama Report Card with a grade on the president's performance. Zogby uses his polling, expert analysis, and interaction with major players to come up with a grade and some comments that capture how he see's the president's week ending.

John Zogby on Week 39:

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Obama, Barack
Zogby, John

Unusual Democratic Praise for Bush on Troop Surge

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

It doesn't happen often, but an influential Senate Democrat has given former President Bush credit for overruling his ground commanders and approving the Iraq troop surge. "Bush made the right decision, as it turned out," said Sen. Carl Levin, the Armed Services ...

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Time to Add Rep. Mike Pence to 2012 GOP A List?

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Officially, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, the No. 3 GOP House member, has been traveling the nation to help the 2010 crop of Republican House candidates raise money and attention. But with visits to California, Iowa, and now South Carolina, the buzz is growing that ...

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Afghanistan, Jobs Could Drag Down Obama

Pollster John Zogby updates our weekly Obama Report Card with a grade on the president's performance. Zogby uses his polling, expert analysis, and interaction with major players to come up with a grade and some comments that capture how he see's the president's week ending.

John Zogby on Week 38:

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Obama, Barack

Just Four Months In, Obama Starts Graying

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Everyone knows that with rare exceptions—like Ronald Reaganthe pressures and stress of the presidency turn hair gray over time. But in just four months, and pushed to the limit by the economy, a Supreme Court vacancy, the war in Afghanistan, and healthcare ...

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An Upside to Partisanship for Obama

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Does the partisanship and political anger in Washington have a sunny side for President Obama? Just maybe, says former Clinton spokesman Mike McCurry. "I think there is a new 'silent majority,' and it is the great middle of the political spectrum—the nearly 50 ...

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Wine Does the Trick for George H.W. Bush

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

We've discovered a link between former Presidents Jefferson and George H. W. Bush: vino. In previewing the new Culture of Wine exhibit at his library and museum in College Station, Texas, the 41st president tells Whispers: "It is a little known historical fact ...

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Jill Biden Welcomes Son Beau Home From Iraq and Thanks Troop Greeters

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By Nikki Schwab, Washington Whispers

Jill Biden stood, a relieved parent, at last night's Capitol Hill screening of the new documentary The Way We Get By as she announced that her son Beau had returned home safely from the Middle East. "Today I feel blessed because today, this afternoon, my son Beau ...

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