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September 2011


5 Reasons Sarah Palin Needs to Join 2012 GOP Race Now

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Sarah Palin is running out of time. So are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and any other Republicans mulling a bid for the presidency. The main reason: the political calendar is rapidly closing.

Of all those considering a late entry, Palin is the most likely to make the ...

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Palin, Sarah
Republican Party
2012 presidential election
Christie, Chris
Bachmann, Michele
politics

A New Democratic Attack for a New Ryan Plan

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As if his earlier proposal to reform Medicare didn't give Republicans a bad case of heartburn, a new health reform scheme from Rep. Paul Ryan to rewrite workplace health insurance and provide universal health coverage through tax credits is starting to give the GOP fits.

Earlier this week, Ryan

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Despite Job Security, Federal Workers Gripe About Pay

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Some federal workers just can't be pleased. Despite avoiding the massive layoffs, pay cuts, and harsh benefit reductions suffered by private sector workers, Uncle Sam's workforce is less satisfied with their pay than last year and generally less satisfied with their jobs than nonfederal workers,

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Quayle, Meese, Thompson Line Up Against Rep. Burton

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Long-time Indiana Rep. Dan Burton, a past survivor of tight elections, is in the fight for his political life again, this time facing a foe backed by former Vice President Dan Quayle, former Sen. Fred Thompson, former Attorney General Ed Meese, and several prominent conservatives.

Challenging the ...

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Insiders Say Palin, Christie Can Still Jump in 2012 Race

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Bill Clinton did it. And now as Republican operatives are trying to figure out if a populist Republican like Sarah Palin, Jeb Bush, or Chris Christie can get into the presidential race so late in the process and grab the nomination next summer.

Most Republican advisers say yes, but time is short.

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Palin, Sarah
Clinton, Bill
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Obama, Barack
Christie, Chris

Get Ready For the $1 Trillion Peace Corps

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Is the JFK-era Peace Corps, now 8,600 strong and in 75 countries, worth nearly $800 million to $1 trillion? That could happen under proposals being shown around Washington that would nearly double the staff of volunteers to 15,000 and greatly expand other operations.

Currently given $440 million to ...

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Kennedy, John

Top Dem: Obama Plans to Run Against Bush Again in 2012

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a chief surrogate of Barack Obama and leader of all Democratic governors, today said that the president's 2012 campaign will run against a familiar face: George W. Bush.

Charging that Bush and fellow Republicans socked the economy, destroyed the middle class and built ...

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2012 presidential election
Obama, Barack
Bush, George W.
2008 presidential election
Afghanistan
Republican Party
economy
health care
Democratic Party

10 Commentators the Right and Left Love to Hate

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Do you turn the channel when Keith Olbermann comes on Current TV? Does Rush Limbaugh make you crazy on the afternoon drive home?

As the 2012 election heats up, it seems like news commentators from both sides are becoming more provocative, leading Whispers to ask Washington's two prominent news ...

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Limbaugh, Rush
CNN
MSNBC
Fox News
Fox Broadcasting Co.
Hannity, Sean
Beck, Glenn
Matthews, Chris
Olbermann, Keith
media