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January 2011


Obama's 'Freeze' Rehashes Failed 2010 Try

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Tax and spending experts, echoed by Republican leaders, say that President Obama's plan to call for a spending freeze and earmark ban in his State of the Union address is deja vu all over again, to quote former Yankee Manager Yogi Berra. "He came out with the same thing last year," says a key ...

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Obama, Barack
Democratic Party
deficit and national debt
Republican Party
national security terrorism and the military
Congress
State of the Union

Huckabee Is Heading to Sarah Palin’s Alaska

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Mike Huckabee is putting on his Viking helmet and sailing to Sarah Palin territory. He’s guest-hosting a June “freedom” cruise to Alaska with Southern gospel groups. “It is going to be an exciting week to celebrate our freedom, our friends, and the foundational spirit that has made this nation ...

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Huckabee, Mike

Washington Times Starts Comeback, Hiring

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The rebirth of the conservative Washington Times is beginning this week. It's coffers loaded with millions of dollars and driven by an ownership that wants to bring the paper back to its original form, Times editors this week plan to begin hiring spree that will double the current staff.

"We are ...

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Reagan Son Claims Dad Had Alzheimer's as President

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2011 is a big year for Ronald Reagan fans, being the centennial of his February 6 birth in Tampico, Ill. But youngest son Ron Reagan is spoiling the good cheer with a new book that suggests the Gipper suffered from Alzheimer's disease while in the White House, a claim dismissed by Reagan's doctors ...

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Despite Critics, Palin's Buzz Is Positive

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Sarah Palin still has a magic touch, despite critics of her campaign tactics and reality TV show. At least when it comes to her "buzz value" on Internet blogs and social media, she's the cats's meow.

"Palin has just been pretty incredible," says Al DiGuido, CEO of Zeta Interactive, the digital ...

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Congress
energy policy and climate change
Jindal, Bobby
Gingrich, Newt
Palin, Sarah
Beck, Glenn
Obama, Barack
Huckabee, Mike
Clinton, Hillary
Cuomo, Andrew
Bloomberg, Michael
2012 presidential election

Gates, Mullen Departures Present Challenges for Obama

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The game of musical chairs already upsetting the White House starts soon at the Pentagon, where it could become an even bigger headache for President Obama. Not only is Defense Secretary Bob Gates leaving, but so is the Joint Chiefs chairman, Adm. Mike Mullen. And from the looks of things,

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national security terrorism and the military
Obama, Barack
Gates, Robert
Powell, Colin
Mullen, Mike
Petraeus, David

Newt Gingrich Should Tout Speakership in 2012 Bid, Advisers Say

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He’s a successful history author and Fox News commentator, but Newt Gingrich’s advisers are telling him that if he decides to run for the presidency, he needs play up his four years as speaker when many bipartisan policies were put into place. Working with former President Clinton, for example, he ...

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Congress
2012 presidential election
Gingrich, Newt
Daniels, Mitch
Clinton, Bill
Obama, Barack
deficit and national debt

Signals of an Obama Comeback in Sight

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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: 103

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Congress
Democratic Party
deficit and national debt
health care reform
Republican Party
Boehner, John
Obama, Barack
Zogby, John

Boehner’s Focus on Unemployment Helped GOP in 2010

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Becoming speaker has long been Rep. John Boehner’s dream. But it wasn’t until mid-2009 when he and his team, sensing voter dissatisfaction with President Obama’s policies and festering unemployment, got serious with a new strategy. Boehner chose a path Republicans rarely stick to, but win when ...

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Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Democratic Party
energy policy and climate change
unemployment
Republican Party
Boehner, John

After Giffords Shooting, Lawmakers See Little Change to Security

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Despite multiple security briefings on Capitol Hill in response to the Arizona assassination attempt on Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, top staffers believe most members will shun stepped up protection when visiting with constituents back home. [See photos of the Giffords shooting in Arizona.]

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gun control and gun rights
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Giffords, Gabrielle

The Top 12 Potential White House Press Secretaries

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The resignation and departure next month of White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs means that administration will soon have a much different face making its case in the lead up to the 2012 presidential election. But it's unclear who that face will be. Many insiders expect that deputy Bill Burton will ...

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Obama, Barack
Gibbs, Robert
national security terrorism and the military
Democratic Party
Olbermann, Keith

Clinton, Feingold Unlikely to Challenge Obama in 2012

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The rumored cast of potential Democratic challengers to Obama in 2012 is quickly fading. Associates say that recently defeated Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold isn’t likely to take on the president in a Democratic primary, and others like ex-Democratic Party boss Howard Dean and Secretary of State

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Feingold, Russ
2012 presidential election
national security terrorism and the military
Dean, Howard
Obama, Barack

Howard Dean Says Reagan Didn't End Cold War

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Outspoken former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean apparently isn't planning to celebrate Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday February 6, around which there are coast-to-coast events planned. Instead, the former Vermont governor is shrugging his shoulders, asking what all the fuss is about?

At a ...

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Congress
2012 presidential election
Democratic Party
health care reform
Republican Party
Reagan, Ronald
Obama, Barack
Dean, Howard