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June 2011


Obama to Afghanistan-Bound Troops: 'I've Got Your Back'

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President Obama may have announced a 30,000 troop withdrawal from Afghanistan this week, but some are still headed to the war zone and the White House today is heralding his words of reassurance to some of them.

The White House blog today includes a post from Obama meeting 10th Mountain Division ...

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Obama, Barack
military
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
Afghanistan
national security terrorism and the military

Obama Alone in the Middle on Afghanistan, Libya, Budget

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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: 127

"The ...

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Republican Party
Obama administration
Obama, Barack
politics
federal budget
deficit and national debt
debt
Libya
Afghanistan
national security terrorism and the military
Zogby, John

K Street Shake-Up at Quinn Gillespie

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Longtime powerhouse PR and lobbying firm Quinn Gillespie Associates is losing one of its top Democratic guns, Manuel Ortiz, who is jumping to Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, we hear.

It's the buzz on K Street because Ortiz is a rare Hispanic lobbyist and was just named one of Washingtonian's "Top ...

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lobbying

Bachmann, Pawlenty, Gingrich Join Gold Standard Tour

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An effort so far limited to state legislatures to reintroduce the gold standard to government spending is moving to the presidential stage in a bid to get Washington to adopt the anti-inflation measure. This week, a group promoting the gold standard plans to run ads in Iowa, home to the first ...

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Bachmann, Michele
inflation
tea party
Gingrich, Newt
Cain, Herman
Pawlenty, Tim
Santorum, Rick
Johnson, Gary
politics

Boring 2012 GOP Field Has Activists Eyeing Christie, Thune, Huck

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The lackluster field of GOP presidential candidates, which polls show President Obama beating in next year's presidential election, has some Republicans itching to have Sen. John Thune, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, or Mike Huckabee back in the race.

"It's a weak field. Why wouldn't they rethink ...

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Huckabee, Mike
Thune, John
2012 presidential election
Bachmann, Michele
Christie, Chris

Michael Brown Evens Scores, Even If He Doesn't Mean To

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Michael Brown, aka "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job" of Hurricane Katrina fame, says he's not trying to even the score with his critics in Deadly Indifference, The Perfect (Political) Storm. "I just wanted to get it off my chest," he says of his new book on the August 2005 killer storm, which ...

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Rove, Karl
Jackson, Jesse
Lott, Trent
Hastert, Dennis
Bush administration
Hurricane Katrina
Bush, George W.
Brown, Michael
FEMA

Michael Brown: 'Fratboy' Bush 'Didn't Get' Katrina

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In his first book on the Hurricane Katrina disaster, former FEMA boss Michael Brown charges that he was victimized by Washington politics and bureaucracy and a “fratboy” President Bush that “didn’t get” how bad the situation in Louisiana was.

“He failed to comprehend the magnitude of the story, the ...

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national security terrorism and the military
Department of Homeland Security
Hurricane Katrina
Bush, George W.
FEMA
Brown, Michael
politics

Poll: Voters Like Palin-Trump 2012 Ticket

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Showing that the nation is ready for a reality show presidential contest, Americans want Sarah Palin to pick New York businessman and Apprentice host Donald Trump as her running mate if she runs for and wins the 2012 GOP nomination.

Some 25 percent picked The Donald over established politicians like ...

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Trump, Donald
Palin, Sarah
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Bush, Jeb
Bachmann, Michele
Paul, Ron
DeMint, Jim

GOP Pushes Balanced Budget Amendment

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Congressional Republicans are turning up the heat on Democrats to allow an up or down vote on a balanced budget amendment. In a letter to Senate Democrats that warns that the nation’s “ fiscal crisis” could undermine the military and make the United States look weak to the world, eight Senate ...

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Cornyn, John
Republican Party
Democratic Party
national security terrorism and the military
deficit and national debt
Congress
Boehner, John
Jordan, Jim

Fox's Huckabee Slams MSNBC's Matthews, Scarborough Over Bias

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Mike Huckabee, who decided against running for president to stick with hosting his Fox News weekend show Huckabee, is going to bat for the credibility of the cable channel’s reporters by challenging the bias of those on other networks, like MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and Joe Scarborough.

Huckabee, a ...

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Huckabee, Mike
Matthews, Chris
Fox News
Republican Party
ABC
MSNBC
media
Clinton, Bill
O'Neill, Tip
O'Reilly, Bill
Hannity, Sean
Murdoch, Rupert
politics

Obama's Chrysler Bailout Event Uses Ford Vans

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President Obama's effort today to herald how the auto bailout helped Chrysler and General Motors survive came with a reminder that the car maker that refused any cash, Ford Motor Co., was just as successful.

As the president greeted workers at the end of their shift inside Chrysler's Toledo,

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Obama, Barack

Top Democrat Sees Republicans Losing House in 2012

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If the most conservative Democratic election prediction comes true in 2012, Nancy Pelosi is just 19 months away from grabbing back the speaker's gavel from Republican John Boehner.

While he's not ready to boast about a victory yet, election math provided by Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the ...

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Boehner, John
deficit and national debt
Republican Party
Pelosi, Nancy
Israel, Steve
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
2012 presidential election
Democratic Party