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March 2011


Former Democratic Lawmaker Says Obama Takes Hit for Shutdown

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Despite the general view that the GOP will suffer politically in a government shutdown, it may be President Obama who takes the hit, according to a four-term House lawmaker. Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis, who ran unsuccessfully in his party's primary for Alabama governor in 2010, said that the ...

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unemployment
Republican Party
Obama, Barack
Davis, Artur
Democratic Party
deficit and national debt

Voters Think New Jersey's Christie Can Beat Obama

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the populist union-critic, has finally made it to the top of the heap. In a new IPOBE Zogby Interactive survey, one-in-five likely Republican voters say he would have the best chance to knock off President Obama 2012.

[See photos of the Obamas behind the scenes.]

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Republican Party
2012 presidential election
Obama, Barack
Palin, Sarah
Bachmann, Michele
Paul, Ron
Christie, Chris

New Report Shows Young Reporters Feel Overworked

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The sorry financial state of the media, especially among newspapers, which demand high productivity with little or no added pay, is burning out younger reporters, copy editors, and page designers. The scholarly report Journalism reveals that 75 percent of reporters and editors ages 34 and younger,

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White House Aide Ron Kirk Disses LeBron James

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As the United States trade representative who dreams of being the next NBA commish, Ron Kirk knows something about trading and basketball. If he ever gets the gig, look out LeBron James. When we asked him why he’d like Commissioner David Stern’s job, Kirk’s first thought was about James and his ...

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NBA

Meryl Streep Seeking Donations for Women’s History Museum

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You just know that when actress Meryl Streep asks, in a letter, who invented the cotton gin, you’re going to be in for a surprise. Hers? The contraption that revolutionized the textile industry was conceived by a woman, Catherine Littlefield Greene, not Eli Whitney. But it wasn’t “appropriate” in ...

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GAO Says $1 Coin Could Save $ 5.5 Billion

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Get ready for another push to make everybody lug around $1 coins. The Government Accountability Office says that scrapping the paper dollar in favor of the long-ignored $1 coin would save $5.5 billion over 30 years—after a costly start-up process, that is. (Coins, being more durable, don't need to ...

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It's TV, Not Political Office, for Lou Dobbs

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Feisty money talker Lou Dobbs is back, just not the way we expected when he abruptly quit CNN amid rumors he was going to run for the Senate or even the presidency. As he prepares to debut on Fox Business Network tonight, he tells us, "That is not something I wanted to do." Though, he 'fessed,

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Democratic Party
deficit and national debt
Republican Party
Congress
2012 presidential election
Paul, Rand
Dobbs, Lou

5 Ways Feminism Has Ruined America

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With the debate of feminism revived by Sarah Palin's recent claim that she's one of them, Phyllis Schlafly is jumping in with a new book that suggests the 1960s "women's revolution" movement is ruining women and the country. Written with her niece Suzanne Venker, The Flipside of Feminism provides ...

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Palin, Sarah

Mike Huckabee, Duck Hunter

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Likely GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee used to duck hunt quite a lot when he was governor of Arkansas. “I have gone as much as 40 days out of a 60-day season,” he tells our Suzi Parker. But now the Fox News and Citadel Media Networks radio star says he travels too much to muck around in ...

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Huckabee, Mike

8 Republican Attacks The Democrats Fear Most

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The Democratic Party has finished licking its wounds from the 2010 midterm elections and is now working to build up a war chest to fight Republican efforts to stop President Obama's agenda, according to a new fundraising letter from party boss Tim Kaine.

"As we face a Republican-controlled House of ...

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Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Democratic Party
Republican Party
health care reform
2012 presidential election
Kaine, Tim