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September 2010


Alaska's Joe Miller Slaps Lisa Murkowski's Write-In Bid

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Joe Miller isn't very sympathetic to Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the reigning queen of the state's political dynasty he defeated in the recent Republican senatorial primary. In fact, he thinks she's abusing her donors by shrugging off her defeat to mount a write-in campaign that political analysts ...

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tea party
Palin, Sarah
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Miller, Joe
Murkowski, Lisa

New Book Tells CIA, MI-6 Secrets

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Langley types with a penchant for history are digging through the 800 pages of The Secret History of MI-6: 1909-1949, the first authorized history of the British Secret Intelligence Service, written by Keith Jeffery. Think the CIA is tight-lipped? MI-6 only admitted its existence publicly in 1994.

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CIA
espionage

Surge in Military Suicides Tops Pentagon's 'Emergency' Issues

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A dramatic surge in troop suicides has become the Pentagon's top "emergency" issue, though the brass doesn't know how to curb the tragedies. Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that while suicides have been on the rise since 2004, the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan ...

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national security terrorism and the military
Pentagon
Mullen, Mike
suicide
Iraq war (2003-2011)
War in Afghanistan (2001-)

Top Democrat Cites 10 Healthcare Reform Pitfalls

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One of President Obama's architects of the historic healthcare reform, Tom Daschle, is warning that unless the still evolving "Obamacare" is instituted perfectly, Democrats could pay in the next three elections. "A lot of things have to go right for these changes to work," Daschle writes in a new ...

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health care reform
Daschle, Tom
Obama, Barack
Republican Party
health care
Democratic Party
Medicare
2012 presidential election
2010 Congressional elections

Sarah Palin's 2012 Opportunity

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The odds-on favorite to win the GOP presidential nod in 2012 is none other than Sarah Palin, according to a statistical formula developed by Villanova University Prof. Lara Brown. The professor's figuring is bad news for presumed hopefuls like Rep. Mike Pence, Sen. Jim DeMint, ex-Gov. Mitt Romney,

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Palin, Sarah
2012 presidential election
Pence, Mike
DeMint, Jim
Romney, Mitt
Gingrich, Newt
Barbour, Haley
Bolton, John R.
Republican Party

Obama Approval Ratings Moving Up

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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 sees the president's week ending.

John Zogby on Week 88:

"For ...

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Obama, Barack
Democratic Party
Republican Party
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Zogby, John

White House Blog Goes Into Election 2010 Battle Mode

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The White House Blog, the administration's Web site used mostly to explain President Obama's programs and help Americans wade through the federal bureaucracy, has taken a decidedly political pre-election tone. Some days a how-to guide to his government while on others a lively daily presidential ...

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2010 Congressional elections
Congress
White House
Obama, Barack
Boehner, John
Republican Party
Democratic Party

Zogby: Polling Shows "Small Bump" In Obama Approval Ratings

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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 sees the president's week ending.

John Zogby on Week 87:

"The ...

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Zogby, John
Obama, Barack
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Boehner, John
Castle, Mike
Republican Party
Democratic Party

Kerry In Line to Replace Clinton at State?

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Word on Capitol Hill is that Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee with a well-worn passport to the world's hot spots, is in the mix to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who's been hinting of an exit before the end of President Obama's first term. Kerry, as chairman of ...

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Obama, Barack
2004 presidential election
Clinton, Hillary
Kerry, John
Menendez, Robert
Feingold, Russ
Castro, Fidel

State Fair Cravings: Walleye-On-Stick, Beer-on-a-Stick, Pork Sandwiches, and Other Favorites

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Of all the annual events in every state, there's only one that attracts electioneering politicians and demands that they gorge on the most notable hot treat: State Fairs. With the State Fair season about half over, Whispers asked some notable Washingtonians and politicians for their favorite State ...

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Brown, Scott
Lugar, Richard
Franken, Al
Thune, John
King, John
Alexander, Lamar
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Schumer, Chuck
Klobuchar, Amy
2012 presidential election

Talk Starts Of Boehner For President

Election 2010 Will Make GOP More Conservative

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No matter which party has the majority in the House or Senate after Election Day, one thing is already clear: Republicans are going to be a whole bunch more conservative. "Both the House and Senate will have the feel of the House class of '94, people coming to Washington to shake things up," says ...

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Republican Party
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Coburn, Tom
DeMint, Jim
McConnell, Mitch
Murkowski, Lisa
Bennett, Robert
Collins, Susan
Snowe, Olympia
Castle, Mike
deficit and national debt
Miller, Joe
Gillespie, Ed
Obama, Barack
federal budget

Zogby: For Obama, Now Or Never To Gin Up Base

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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 sees the president's week ending.

John Zogby on Week 86:

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Obama, Barack
Republican Party
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
Zogby, John
Democratic Party
9/11
national security terrorism and the military
2010 Congressional elections

At Least 17 Republicans in 2012 Presidential Election Field

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When Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told us this week that the 2012 GOP presidential field will be "wide open," we had no idea just how many Republicans might be marching to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada for the opening caucuses and primaries. Including Barbour, who will decide ...

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2012 presidential election
Barbour, Haley
Palin, Sarah
Romney, Mitt
Gingrich, Newt
McCain, John
2008 presidential election
Daniels, Mitch
Republican Party
Huckabee, Mike
Thune, John
Daschle, Tom
Pawlenty, Tim
Pence, Mike
DeMint, Jim
Paul, Ron
Bush, Jeb
Bolton, John R.
Jindal, Bobby
tea party
2010 Congressional elections
federal budget

Haley Barbour Sounds Open To 2012 Presidential Race

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Count Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour almost in on the 2012 Republican presidential primary. While focused on his role as chairman of the Republican Governors Association in expanding the number of GOP statehouses around the country in the midterm elections, he hasn't closed the door to running for ...

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Huckabee, Mike
Republican Party
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
debt
employment
2012 presidential election
Barbour, Haley

History Will Love Obama, But Will Voters?

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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 sees the president's week ending.

John Zogby on Week 85:

My ...

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Zogby, John
Obama, Barack
Mideast peace
Iraq war (2003-2011)
Hurricane Katrina
health care reform
health care
economy

Little C-SPANs Sprout Up Across Nation

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Upstart state public affairs TV stations, modeled after C-SPAN, are lobbying Washington for a little respect and maybe a tiny slice of the federal budget pie. Working under the umbrella group, National Association of Public Affairs Networks, the 20 state networks are eager to be recognized in the ...

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Congress
government

Playboy's Hefner Spars With GOP Over Rep. Sanchez Lunch at Mansion

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Playboy's Hugh Hefner has a pet congresswoman, and now a tweet about a private fundraising lunch at the Playboy Mansion with California Rep. Loretta Sanchez is catching some heat from Republicans and putting the lawmaker in an unwanted spotlight.

It all started when Hefner on Tuesday announced ...

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TAGS:
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Republican Party
Twitter
National Republican Congressional Committee