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February 2011


Poll: Newt Gingrich an Early Iowa GOP 2012 Favorite

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It made headlines last week when message man and Fox contributor Frank Luntz asked 26 Iowa voters about President Obama’s religion. Ten wrongly said he is Muslim. But lost in all of the hullabaloo was the game of political Survivor participants played that revealed former House Speaker Newt ...

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TAGS:
deficit and national debt
Daniels, Mitch
Thune, John
Huckabee, Mike
Barbour, Haley
Pawlenty, Tim
Romney, Mitt
Bachmann, Michele
Obama, Barack
Gingrich, Newt
Palin, Sarah
Republican Party
2012 presidential election
Congress

New Study Brings Bad News for Female TV Anchors

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A new scholarly study has some obvious but disturbing news for sexy TV news anchors. Not only are men so focused on looks that they don’t hear what’s being said, but they don’t think the women can handle heavy news beats. “There are real implications for women journalists,” says Indiana University ...

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Obama Approval at Just 46 Percent

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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: 108

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Zogby, John
Obama, Barack

Liberals Mobilize to Save PBS, NPR Funding

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Liberal groups, pubic radio, and TV stations and fans of Big Bird and All Things Considered are girding for a huge fight with House Republicans over a GOP plan to cut $100 billion in spending including zeroing out $430 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

"They probably think that no ...

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NPR
PBS

Thune Will Announce 2012 Plans This Month

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Republican South Dakota Sen. John Thune, expected to be popular among conservative voters in the GOP presidential primaries, will announce his plans by the end of the month, sources say. If he decides to get into the race, he would be the first to officially announce, likely speeding the ...

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TAGS:
Congress
2012 presidential election
Thune, John
Cornyn, John
McConnell, Mitch
Alexander, Lamar
Democratic Party
Republican Party

Groups Charge That CPAC Embraces Gays and Terrorists

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What a time for a conservative civil war. As Republicans bask in their 2010 election victories, a fight over Muslims and gays is crashing into the biggest righty confab: this weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference, run by the influential American Conservative Union. Instead of popping ...

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TAGS:
national security terrorism and the military
Republican Party
Romney, Mitt
Rumsfeld, Donald
Gingrich, Newt
CPAC

CIA's Panetta Shakes up His Spy Corps

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In a major shift to reinvigorate the post-9/11 spy world inside the Central Intelligence Agency, Director Leon Panetta has decided to change how the agency's National Clandestine Service operates, potentially impacting up to half the CIA's workforce. The shift is part of Panetta's long-range "CIA ...

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CIA
Panetta, Leon

House Changes Old Media Rules

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The last reference to the media’s Golden Age has been axed from House rules. It used to be that the speaker could­—but in recent times, at least, never did—allow a reporter from the Associated Press, United Press International, ABC, CBS, and NBC on to the floor of the House to report. Of course,

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Congress
Republican Party

Mission Accomplished, Imus May Leave Fox

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Less than two years into a reported $3 million, multi-year deal, shock jock Don Imus and Fox Business Network appear to be going their separate ways. Hired to get the new cable station headlines and draw in viewers, Whispers hears that the network considers his mission accomplished and is ...

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Fox News
Imus, Don