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December 2009


Week 50: No Runs, Hits, Errors

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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 50:

"The ...

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Obama, Barack

Whole Grains Council: Feed Obama's Sweet Tooth

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

President Obama is a freak for White House pastry chef Bill Yosses's pies but limits his snacking. To feed his fix, the Whole Grains Council is suggesting healthful grains. "He needs to throw away that old idea that things that taste good and are good for you ...

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Bush Recovering From Presidentialitis

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

George W. Bush is finally recovering from presidentialitis. Recent visitors tell us that the Decider has had difficulty adjusting to life outside of the White House. But now he's in great spirits, looking younger and wrapping up work on his autobiography. New on ...

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Bill Clinton Wants to Supersize His Library

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Reagan's has an Air Force One. Bush's has a TBM Avenger like the one he flew in World War II. And in the bigger-is-better world of presidential libraries, only Hoover's is smaller than former President Clinton's. All of which has Clinton itching to expand his ...

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Podesta: Democrats Prepared for Battle in 2010

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

In 1994, the year of the "Republican revolution," John Podesta was the Clinton White House staff secretary. So he has a pretty good sense of whether the Democrats are again doomed to lose control of the House, as some Republicans of that era are now predicting.

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Gridiron Gridlock Over Twitter

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Washington's media big shots were all shook up earlier this month when the stodgiest of clubs—the Gridiron Club—unexpectedly allowed scribes at the annual off-the-record dinner to Twitter what they saw, like Sarah Palin's funny skit about the 2008 campaign and her ...

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Poll: Most Want to Crash White House Gates

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Turns out that the White House gate-crashers weren't the only ones thinking that the No. 1 target is President Obama's house. In our new Synovate-eNation poll, a bunch of people say they stand ready to follow Tareq and Michaele Salahi, who crashed the India state ...

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Ronald Reagan's Communist Touch

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Ronald Reagan biographer Craig Shirley, out with his latest page turner, Rendezvous With Destiny, chronicling the Gipper's winning 1980 campaign, reminds us just how much the cold warrior hated communism. "After Reagan was re-elected in 1984," Shirley writes, "the ...

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Panetta's Italian CIA Holiday Party

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

This year's off-the-record CIA holiday party—a prized ticket—was served Panetta family style. The son of Italian immigrants, Director Leon Panetta ordered up Italian fare in the agency's famed lobby for senior administration and congressional officials, foreign ...

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Progressives Call for 10-Year Wait To Balance Budget

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

The Center for American Progress, a close ally of President Obama, today outlined a new plan to balance the budget but said that it shouldn't happen for 10 years. The reason: Doing it now would make the recession worse.

In a new report, "A Path to Balance," CAP ...

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A Wine Club at the National Rifle Association

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Think of an outdoor sport that lends itself to sipping a good wine, and you're likely to settle on something like fly-fishing. Not shooting and hunting. That's more like beer and whisky territory. But in its latest fundraising drive, the National Rifle Association ...

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Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Regular Guy

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

He's the second-ranking House member, but Majority Leader Steny Hoyer doesn't act like a prince. No, the longtime Maryland Democrat remains close to his regular-guy roots. For example, he brings his own shirts to the dry cleaners, mows his lawn, and personally ...

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McCain Is in Re-election Battle to Win

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Conservative rabble-rousers who think they can scare Sen. John McCain—whom they consider too moderate—into quitting his re-election bid had better back off. Aides say he's running to win, despite polls showing him in a tossup with an undeclared GOP candidate.

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