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January 2010


Ford CEO Mulally Shows Off Fleet, Style at Auto Show

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally led his personal tea party to Washington today to kick off the annual Washington Auto Show as America's only major carmaker to ignore the federal bailout and survive.

"I am so pleased we haven't used the precious tax dollars," he ...

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Rick Santelli Gets Credit for Tea Party Movement

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

It has been almost a year since CNBC reporter Rick Santelli’s Squawk Box rant against government debt and bailouts and his call for a new American tea party. Now, as the tea-party movement his comments sparked reaches into every political race in the nation,

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Zogby Gives Obama an F After Brown Win

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 53:

"No ...

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polls
Obama, Barack

Growing Support for Nuclear in D.C.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

The green movement and the administration's desire for new energy sources are having an interesting effect on nuclear power. It's finding favor with D.C.'s influentials. "There's a growing sentiment in this city" for nukes, says Thomas Donohue, president of the ...

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nuclear power

Michelle Obama’s Surprise for White House Tourists

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

It's the dream of every White House tourist: to catch a glimpse of the first family walking through the executive mansion.

But on Wednesday, Michelle Obama did that dream one better. She and first pup Bo surprised tourists with an impromptu receiving line in the ...

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Tim Kaine’s New Role: Bridge to the South

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

All eyes are on Tim Kaine as he becomes the full-time boss of the Democratic Party after turning over the keys to the Virginia governor’s mansion. Party big shots are eager to see what role he’ll play. Typically, party national chairmen take orders from the White ...

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Democratic Party

Secrets of Nazi’s Josef Mengele For Sale

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Few names make one cringe in horror like that of Josef Mengele, the Nazi concentration camp "doctor" who performed gruesome human experiments—especially on twin children—before dodging Allied troops and fleeing to South America in 1945. Yet despite some people's ...

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Becker's Fight Over Beer Tax Recalled

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

One of Washington's fabled lobbyists, Beer Institute President Jeff Becker, was buried today. But it wasn't the parade of top GOP officials, led by House Minority Leader John Boehner, who tipped off the importance of Becker, 51, who died Thursday after a long bout ...

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lobbying
Republican Party

Dorgan, Dodd a Fresh Problem for 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 51:

"The ...

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Zogby, John

Hamilton Says Attack Will Forever Change CIA

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Former 9/11 commission cochairman Lee Hamilton says the late December suicide bombing at a CIA base in Afghanistan will forever change how the agency handles informants. "This lesson is going to burn itself into the CIA. They will never forget this lesson," says ...

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Afghanistan

Roosevelt's Unhealthy Secrets

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Could a president be seriously ill in the 21st century and still cover it up amid mass media scrutiny? Yes, says Steven Lomazow, coauthor of the new book FDR's Deadly Secret. "The highest importance for national security is the health of the leader," the ...

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Roosevelt, Franklin Delano

Congress Spends $97 Million on Printing Documents

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

It's no surprise that on many topics, Congress has a "do as I say, not as I do" attitude. Like when it comes to the rush to force doctors to adopt digital files to cut healthcare costs. Seems Congress is slow to take that same medicine. The Congressional Research ...

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Congress

Buzz Grows for Petraeus for President in 2012

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

The buzz meter on Iraq-Afghanistan war boss Gen. David Petraeus running for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination is redlining. Just named one of Foreign Policy magazine's "Top 100 Global Thinkers," Petraeus, Whispers hears, has been selected to receive the ...

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Petraeus, David