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June 2010


Zogby: Obama Shows Gutsy Leadership Firing McChrystal

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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 75:

"The ...

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Brian Lamb: C-SPAN Now Reaches 100 Million Homes

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

C-SPAN, the little cable company that could when it started 31 years ago by airing boring House and Senate floor action, has become the influential public affairs channel that did.

Founder Brian Lamb, the soft spoken brains behind the idea funded by other ...

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television

Dick Armey: Rand Paul Made an 'Amateur Mistake'

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By Alex Kingsbury, Washington Whispers

Tea Party founding father Dick Armey says Sharron Angle, the Tea Party-backed candidate seeking to oust Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, made a gaffe when she twice warned of "Second Amendment remedies" to America's problems, if she didn't win the Nevada ...

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Armey, Dick
Paul, Rand
Reid, Harry
Angle, Sharron
Congress
2010 Congressional elections

LeMieux on Obama, BP Spill: Roosevelt Didn’t Pledge 'To Kick Hitler’s Ass'

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

The stink raised by President Obama’s get-tough pledge to find some “ass to kick” for the Gulf oil disaster simply isn’t blowing away. Joining CNBC Squawk Box co-host Becky Quick in expressing dismay at Obama’s language is Florida Republican Sen. George LeMieux,

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energy policy and climate change
Obama, Barack
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
oil
LeMieux, George

Taco Bell PR Stunt Could Revive $2 Bill

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

A public relations stunt by one of the nation's largest fast-food chains could expand circulation of $2 bills, a favorite of collectors and older Americans. Taco Bell tells Whispers that they plan to go public with a campaign tomorrow when they will pay for a ...

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money

Wolf Blitzer, Sport Junkie

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer isn't just a fall sports fan when football, hockey, and basketball dominate. The host of CNN's Situation Room tells us that he's crazy for the Washington Nationals, major league soccer, and even the NBA draft. "The night Rand Paul won the ...

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Blitzer, Wolf
sports
Paul, Rand

Republicans Worry They Could Squander 2010 Opportunity

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

The political grass can hardly get greener for Republicans. President Obama's approval rating continues its downward spiral; Americans are angry about government spending and debt; fears of job losses and foreclosures continue to dominate the headlines; Democratic ...

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Republican Party
2010 Congressional elections
Obama, Barack
Pelosi, Nancy
Reid, Harry
Sessions, Jeff
McCarthy, Kevin

Obama Official: Terror Not the Enemy, Just a State of Mind

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By Alex Kingsbury, Washington Whispers

The administration has taken grief over its descriptions of the fight against al Qaeda, as when it swapped the "Global War on Terrorism" for "Overseas Contingency Operation." Now John Brennan, the president's counterterrorism chief, is fighting back. "Our enemy ...

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terrorism
Obama administration
national security terrorism and the military