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October 2010


Michael Steele Looks Stronger at RNC After 'Fire Pelosi' Tour

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They aren't laughing at Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele anymore. As he wraps up a six-week, 48-state tour on the RNC's "Fire Pelosi" bus tour, Steele looks as revived as the party he runs which is expected to see huge political gains in Tuesday's election.

Launched on September 15 in ...

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Steele, Michael
Pelosi, Nancy
RNC
Republican Party
tea party
Palin, Sarah
deficit and national debt

Clinton, New York's Top Razorback

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He may live in New York's tony suburbs and work in Harlem, but Bill Clinton still loves to yell "Wooo, Pig, Sooie!" The former Arkansas guv reveals that he remains a University of Arkansas Razorbacks addict—and not just for the basketball team, which he cheered in 1994 as president as it grabbed ...

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Clinton, Bill
football

Poll: Most Want Obama Fired In 2012

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, rapped by the White House for pledging to make Barack Obama a one-term president, seems to have the support of a majority of Americans. A new poll provided to Whispers says that 56 percent of likely voters want the president fired.

According to pollster Doug ...

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Huckabee, Mike
Palin, Sarah
Romney, Mitt
Republican Party
Democratic Party
tea party
McConnell, Mitch
2012 presidential election
Obama, Barack

10 Who May Replace Robert Gibbs as White House Spokesman

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With expectations high that White House spokesman Robert Gibbs will be elevated to either a top Obama adviser or named chairman of the Democratic National Committee, the administration and the media are buzzing over who'd replace the president's first press secretary. All indications point to a ...

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Obama, Barack
White House
Gibbs, Robert
Clinton, Hillary
Obama, Michelle
Democratic Party
CIA
Panetta, Leon
Gore, Al
Bush, George W.
Snow, Tony
DNC
Clinton, Bill

Coburn Plans Federal Hiring and Wage Freeze

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The hatred of Washington isn't confined to members of the House and Senate and President Obama and his top staff. Polls find that a majority of the public also isn't appreciative of the performance and pay of the federal workforce. After the elections, look for Republicans to jump on that mood.

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Republican Party
Obama, Barack
unemployment
deficit and national debt
Coburn, Tom
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Napolitano, Janet
Jobs, Steve
economy

GOP's 2012 Strategy Against Obama

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Approaching the 2012 presidential election, Republican Party insiders are increasingly stuck on the biggest hurdle they face when strategizing against President Obama. The debate: What kind of presidential candidate should the GOP nominate? Granted that conservatives and not moderates will rule the ...

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Obama, Barack
Republican Party
2012 presidential election
Democratic Party
Forbes, Steve
Thune, John
Gingrich, Newt
Barbour, Haley
Daniels, Mitch
Romney, Mitt
Pence, Mike
Palin, Sarah
unemployment
economy
employment
deficit and national debt
Congress

Van Hollen's Job Stinks, But Democrats Are Thankful He's Doing It

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Being the lead tackle of the House Democratic defensive line isn't a peachy job, as Rep. Chris Van Hollen will tell you. And frankly he should have known better before agreeing to strap on a helmet: The Marylander headed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2008, maybe the best and ...

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Van Hollen, Chris
Pelosi, Nancy
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Obama, Barack

Obama Starts To Revive African-American Vote

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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: 92

"As ...

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Zogby, John
Obama, Barack
2010 Congressional elections
Republican Party
Congress
Democratic Party
Reid, Harry
Boxer, Barbara
Murray, Patty

Glenn Beck Sparks Record Donations To Chamber of Commerce

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Fox News host Glenn Beck's eyebrow-raising $10,000 donation to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's campaign to help mostly Republican pro-business candidates sparked a record-breaking flood of small donor support to the Washington institution.

During his October 14 his radio broadcast, Beck said, "I ...

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Beck, Glenn
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Fox News
Republican Party
Obama, Barack
Democratic Party
health care reform
2010 Congressional elections

Happy Halloween: Obama Edges Palin, Pelosi for Scariest Mask

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The nation's three most polarizing politicians—President Obama, Tea Party activist Sarah Palin, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—won't be playing starring roles only on Election Day. Two days before, on Halloween, their faces are also likely to be scaring little kids around the country.

That's because ...

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2010 Congressional elections
tea party
Palin, Sarah
Beck, Glenn
Pelosi, Nancy
Obama, Barack
Bush, George W.

Meg Whitman for President 2012?

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She hasn't even won the governor's race in California and GOP presidential playmakers are talking about Meg Whitman running against President Obama in 2012. "You have to consider it, given the size of the state," says Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. And the ex-eBay boss is ...

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Whitman, Meg
2012 presidential election
2010 Congressional elections
Norquist, Grover
Obama, Barack
Republican Party

Why @Clairecmc, AKA Claire McCaskill, Doesn't Follow Anyone

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Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is always among the top five congressional users of Twitter. She has over 42,000 followers but unlike Congress's other leading tweeters, she follows nobody, a contrast she's coming under fire for.

In a recent post, she acknowledged the complaints, writing:

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McCaskill, Claire
Twitter
Democratic Party
Congress
McCain, John
Boehner, John
Cantor, Eric
DeMint, Jim

George Clooney Urges Obama, Media To Focus On Sudan

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"In case of fire, run outside and yell, 'Fire, Fire, Fire!'" Those were the simple safety instructions posted inside the small hut where actor George Clooney and John Prendergast, the founder of the Enough Project, stayed during their travels in the Sudan. On his way back to the United States,

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Democratic Party
Republican Party
Kerry, John
Pelosi, Nancy
Clinton, Hillary
Obama, Barack
Lugar, Richard

Game Change Authors Predict Biden-Clinton Duel In 2016

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The authors of Game Change, the most celebrated presidential campaign diary since Theodore H. White's The Making of the President, are issuing the paperback version of the best seller this week that includes a new afterword with a stunning prediction: Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State ...

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Biden, Joe
Clinton, Hillary
Republican Party
Democratic Party
2012 presidential election
Obama, Barack
McCain, John
Palin, Sarah

Intelligence Chief Says Intel Community Ashamed Of Leaks

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President Obama's head of intelligence says there's a "hemorrhage of leaks" going on in Washington, thanks to senior intelligence officials "who get their jollies from blabbing to the media." And it's so bad that it's making Obama anxious, causing shame in his intelligence operations.

Director of ...

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Office of the Director of National Intelligence
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
Obama, Barack
U.S. intelligence

A Gay Republican for President in 2012?

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Fred Karger, a Californian gay advocate who made a name for fighting to save Laguna Beach's famed gay club, the Boom Boom Room, plans to add a bit of spice to the 2012 GOP presidential race with his candidacy. His top issue is overturning the military's "don't ask, don't tell" rule. Krager wants to ...

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2012 presidential election
civil rights
Republican Party
national security terrorism and the military
LGBT rights
immigration reform

Sarah Palin Takes A Big Step Toward 2012 Run for President

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Former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is raising new speculation in conservative circles that she is already preparing for a 2012 presidential bid. In the latest and clearest example of her plans, Palin met with some 50 national conservative leaders Wednesday in ...

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Norquist, Grover
Reed, Ralph
Raese, John
Manchin, Joe
Republican Party
2012 presidential election
Palin, Sarah

Bill Clinton Wept Over the Monica Lewinsky Scandal

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Monica Lewinsky was the last thing on the mind of former Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Hugh Shelton at his final meeting with President Clinton, days before George W. Bush's 2001 inauguration. But in a rare look at the shame Bubba felt over the affair, it seems that Lewinsky and his own behavior were ...

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national security terrorism and the military
Iraq war (2003-2011)
Republican Party
Lewinsky, Monica
Obama, Barack
McCain, John
Clinton, Bill
Clinton, Hillary

Five Who Could Replace Bob Gates at the Pentagon

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President Obama's economic and management team aren't the only ones charting their course to the exits as the midterms roll around. Pentagon chief Bob Gates has been saying he wants to leave almost since he took the job back at the tail end of the Bush administration. He has said he hopes to retire ...

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2010 Congressional elections
Clinton, Hillary
Reed, Jack
national security terrorism and the military
Pentagon
Gates, Robert