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November 2010


Jeb Bush Says Sarah Palin Is 'Fantastic'

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, on the list of dark horse candidates of many Republicans eager for him to challenge President Obama in 2012, has rejected his mother's slap down of Sarah Palin, calling the Tea Party favorite's political skills "fantastic." In an obvious but diplomatic counter to ...

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Bush, Jeb
Palin, Sarah
Bush, Barbara
2012 presidential election
tea party
White House
CNN
Zogby, John
Bush, George W.
Obama, Barack

Pollsters Say Obama Will Win Re-election in 2012

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Could President Obama be the luckiest guy in politics? Maybe so. Despite the November 2 election debacle, his cellar-dweller ranking in approval polls, and his status as Washington's modern-day Rodney "I don't get no respect" Dangerfield, the best and brightest of the Democratic Party see him as a ...

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Obama, Barack
Clinton, Bill
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Democratic Party

Obama is the Top Presidential Traveler

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He's only been in office for less than two years, but at the rate President Obama is flying Air Force One around the world, he is destined to become the most traveled president in history—and also the most costly, when it comes to travel expenses. [See photos of the Obamas behind the scenes.]

Of the ...

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Eisenhower, Dwight D.
Bush, George H.W.
Bush, George W.
Nixon, Richard M.
Kennedy, John
income tax
Obama, Barack
Clinton, Bill
Ford, Gerald
Carter, Jimmy
Johnson, Lyndon

Next Tea Party Target: Corporate America

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Jesse Jackson isn't the only activist that can use corporate boycotts for political purposes. Starting next year, the huge Tea Party organizer FreedomWorks will urge supporters to punish huge corporations like General Electric and Johnson and Johnson for backing President Obama's progressive ...

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health care reform
energy policy and climate change
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Reid, Harry
Pelosi, Nancy
Jackson, Jesse
2010 Congressional elections
Congress

Voters Still Miffed at Obama's Wars

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The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan didn't play a major role in the midterm elections that devastated Democrats, but Americans think that the best way for President Obama to come back would be to make good on his promise to withdraw troops.

The new Washington Whispers poll found that 40 percent believe ...

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national security terrorism and the military
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
Iraq war (2003-2011)
Obama, Barack
2010 Congressional elections
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Biden, Joe

Menthol Ban Could Boost Kid Smoking

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A ban on menthol in cigarettes might be an obvious way to curb kiddie smoking, but a new survey of anti-smoking regulations in Canada finds that getting tough only results in a black market of smokes that are cheaper and easier for kids to get.

As the Food and Drug Administration considers a ban on ...

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FDA
smoking and tobacco

10 Reasons Obama Is Floundering

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There's a reason why few in Washington are calling the floundering President Obama the next Comeback Kid. That's because unlike the most famous Comeback Kid of all, Bill Clinton, the Obama White House is riddled with self-doubt, finger-pointing, and a lack of direction.

That's part of the assessment ...

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Obama, Barack
Clinton, Bill
White House
Obama, Michelle
Emanuel, Rahm
Summers, Larry
Geithner, Tim
Clinton, Hillary
Bachmann, Michele
Palin, Sarah
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Dole, Bob
deficit and national debt
unemployment

GOP: Real Change Has Arrived

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Barack Obama has delivered the 2010 victory line to the new class of Republican lawmakers coming to town: "Change has come to America."

What was once the Democratic mantra following the Bush presidency has been lifted by the GOP in two new Senate Republican Conference videos that herald the election ...

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health care reform
tea party
Democratic Party
income tax
deficit and national debt
2010 Congressional elections
Obama, Barack
Congress
Republican Party
Alexander, Lamar

CNN's Blitzer Does the 'Dougie'

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Wolf Blitzer really can bust a move. And even better, he can do it "Dougie" style.

Breaking out of his comfort zone, "The Blitz" appeared at the Soul Train Awards Wednesday night as a presenter where performer Doug E. Fresh showed him the moves to his hip-hop dance, the "Dougie," that's sweeping the ...

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Blitzer, Wolf
CNN

Michele Bachmann's Plan to Fix the Economy

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, the spotlight-grabbing Tea Party leader in the House, has spent months pushing for changes to the tax code and federal spending to bring the deficit into line and now that she's in the majority party, she believes that those goals are finally "achievable." In remarks she was ...

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economy
tea party
Alito, Samuel
Steele, Michael
Bachmann, Michele
unemployment
Republican Party
Supreme Court
Pickens, T. Boone
employment
health care reform
Democratic Party
national security terrorism and the military
deficit and national debt
income tax
Congress

Ralph Reed: Obama Would Benefit From Christ-like Leadership

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Democrats would have had fewer losses on election Tuesday if President Obama had embraced a "Christ-like model of leadership," says Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. Reed, who used to run Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition, says a good leader is one who provides ...

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Democratic Party
Republican Party
2010 Congressional elections
2012 presidential election
Reed, Ralph
Palin, Sarah
Obama, Barack

Indiana's Mitch Daniels Eyeing 2012 Bid

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Mitch Daniels, the cautious conservative populist governor of Indiana, is taking the first steps to a likely 2012 Republican presidential primary bid, according to associates. An E-mail provided to Whispers by a very close Daniels confidant says that the successful two-term governor is seriously ...

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Republican Party
Daniels, Mitch
2012 presidential election
Obama, Barack
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Bush, George W.
Romney, Mitt
Barbour, Haley
unemployment
deficit and national debt

Blog Buzz Predicted GOP Wave in 2010 Election

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For the first time ever, the volume and tone of political bloggers writing about Tuesday's elections accurately predicted the outcome of the races. The so-called blog buzz only got one big race wrong: Jerry Brown's election as governor of California.

"The volume of posts coupled with the positive ...

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2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Obama, Barack
Democratic Party
Republican Party
2008 presidential election
McCain, John
Boxer, Barbara
Cuomo, Andrew
Whitman, Meg
Fiorina, Carly
Perry, Rick
Isakson, Johnny
Coburn, Tom
health care reform

Texas Gov. Perry Unlikely To Seek Presidency

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During his re-election to become Texas' longest serving governor, rumors swirled that Rick Perry was gearing up to run for president in 2012. After all, he has a book Fed Up: Our Fight to Save America From Washington hitting shelves in a couple of weeks, and future candidates typically use book ...

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Republican Party
Gingrich, Newt
Jindal, Bobby
Romney, Mitt
tea party
Perry, Rick
Palin, Sarah
2012 presidential election
DeMint, Jim
2010 Congressional elections
Congress

Top 5 Winners and 5 Losers in Historic 2010 Election

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There were more winners and losers in Tuesday's elections than ever before, and that's not even counting those impacted by the Republican wave like President Obama's agenda. That's a huge loser. And even some winners were losers, like embattled Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank who won reelection but ...

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Ayotte, Kelly
Republican Party
Democratic Party
tea party
Palin, Sarah
gun control and gun rights
health care reform
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Barbour, Haley
Boehner, John
Frank, Barney
DeMint, Jim
Kaine, Tim
Matthews, Chris
Obama, Barack
Miller, Joe
O'Donnell, Christine
Pelosi, Nancy
Reid, Harry
2012 presidential election
Bachmann, Michele

5 Ways Obama Can Come Back After Democratic Losses

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President Obama is already charting his comeback with the help of key Democrats. A handful shared their top six suggestions with Whispers. First, he will have to spin the election losses carefully, but forcefully, and then frame an aggressive agenda for the second part of his first term. Second, he ...

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tea party
2010 Congressional elections
Gates, Robert
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Lieberman, Joe
Clinton, Bill
Clinton, Hillary

Reagan Aide: 2010 Elections Like 1980 Landslide

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Does Ronald Reagan have a hand in today's elections which could usher in a potentially historic political shift much like the one he rode to the White House 30 years ago Wednesday? Some Reaganites think so.

"The 2010 mid-terms will be a seismic shift in the direction of the country as 1980 was,"

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2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Reagan, Ronald
tea party
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Obama, Barack