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May 2010


Jill Biden's Not-So-Secret Service

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By Kirk Shinkle, Washington Whispers

Jill Biden fit right in with the teachers as she offered commencement remarks at Columbia University's Teachers College last week. No wonder, as she's spent the last 29 years as an educator. But the Secret Service agents guarding the second lady stood out a ...

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Biden, Jill

Archivist Confident Clinton Library Can Deliver Kagan Docs

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Concerns raised by lawmakers last week and an anti-abortion group today about the availability of memos of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan stored in Bill Clinton’s Little Rock library are being eased by the nation’s top archivist who promises to provide them in ...

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Rep. Smith Hopes Megan's Law Goes Global

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

It's been nearly 16 years since 7-year-old Megan Kanka was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by a notorious sex offender, but she's still inspiring legislation beyond the 1996 Megan's Law, which helps Americans find out if a registered sex offender is living in their ...

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Zogby: Kagan Is a Smart Choice for Obama

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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 69:

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Feds Examine Massive Bee Loss

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

When the federal government recently reported that some 34 percent of all beehives were lost over the last winter, it didn't provide any perspective. Was that bad, or average? So we went to the honeybee industry trade magazine, Bee Culture, for the 411. "Imagine ...

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USDA
bees

Obama, Clinton, Palin Are Top Political Heros

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Finally there's a poll where Sarah Palin doesn't swamp her opponents. But she does come in second.

In a new poll provided to Washington Whispers and timed for this week's release of Brad Meltzer's Heroes For My Son, which we recently wrote about, Secretary of State ...

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Boehner: GOP House Majority Would Repeal Obama’s Healthcare Bill

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

House Minority Leader John Boehner last night vowed to pass a bill repealing President Obama's healthcare reform plan if the Republicans win control of the House in the fall elections. "If we win the majority we will have a bill on the floor to repeal the bill and ...

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Boehner, John
House of Representatives
Republican Party
health care
Obama, Barack
health care reform

A New Push for Term Limits

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

There's a new campaign to put some teeth into term-limit promises politicians make—and then break. The idea: a bonded term limit. It would require candidates to set aside cash or personal property before they enter office that would pass to charity if the vow is ...

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Congress
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