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August 2010


If Murkowski Loses, Republican Leadership Could Be All Male

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Some Republican leaders are worried about the monolithic nature of GOP leadership in Congress—it is almost wholly composed of white men—a fear which the apparently impending defeat of Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the Senate GOP conference secretary, would only exacerbate. If she loses, no woman or ...

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2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Murkowski, Lisa
Pelosi, Nancy
Boxer, Barbara
Rodgers, Cathy McMorris
Fiorina, Carly

Approval Ratings Down, Obama Still Tops Biden, Clinton, McCain

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President Obama's popularity continues to tumble, but at least he'd still win today in a do-over of the 2008 presidential election, according to a new Washington Whispers poll.

But pity Vice President Joe Biden, Obama's well-traveled and loyal deputy. Put in our mix of five candidates to choose from ...

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Obama, Barack
McCain, John
Biden, Joe
Clinton, Hillary
Dole, Bob
Ford, Gerald
Romney, Mitt
elections

Gingrich Book Aligns With Tea Party Pitch

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If former House Speaker Newt Gingrich does jump into the 2012 GOP primary, as some of his friends suggest, his new book, Valley Forge, and the planned November release could be key.

Indications are that Gingrich, with coauthor William Forstchen, who together have penned seven books, will hit the ...

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Democrats Attack 'Hatred' From Limbaugh, Fox's Beck

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Rush Limbaugh has been rapped by the White House on several issues, most recently the auto bailout. Fox's Glenn Beck has also been a regular target of liberals, most recently for scheduling a protest at the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech.

Now ...

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Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Obama, Barack
Kaine, Tim
Fox News
Beck, Glenn
Limbaugh, Rush
Republican Party
Democratic Party

Washington Times Feud Good News for Paper

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The Moon family feud that has nearly destroyed the Washington Times appears to have a sunny side. Insiders say that family members eager to rehabilitate the paper are looking to take control from Preston Moon, who put it on the market after trying to close it. And Unification Church founder Rev.

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Washington Times

Ex-NASA Director Sean O'Keefe, Son Recovering From Crash

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A day after being airlifted off a mountain side, former NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe and his son Kevin are recovering from the aircraft accident that took the life of former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens. Family officials said that both have asked for each other from their Anchorage hospital beds.

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10 Republicans Who Could Replace Michael Steele

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Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has had more political comebacks than Bill Clinton, ducking calls for his head over verbal gaffes and spending issues. Each time, he seems to come back stronger in the eyes of his aides. But soon he'll have to decide if he wants to run for ...

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Steele, Michael
Republican Party
Clinton, Bill
Coleman, Norm
Bush, Jeb
Giuliani, Rudolph
Gillespie, Ed
Rove, Karl
Palin, Sarah
McCain, John
tea party

Zogby: Obama, Democratic Message Is Failing

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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 81:

"BP ...

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Zogby, John

Laura Bush's Hiking Trip

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Ex-senator, presidential wannabe, and now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes the cake as the busiest former first lady. But Laura Bush gets the silver medal. Since moving to Texas, she's done over 200 events, many tied to her new book Spoken From the Heart. Now, she says on her Facebook page,

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Clinton, Hillary
Bush, Laura