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November 2011


Romney Backer Norm Coleman Likes Michele Bachmann As VP

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He doesn't claim to know her post-presidential campaign plans, but fellow Minnesotan Norm Coleman, a Romney backer, believes Rep. Michele Bachmann has what it takes to be vice president.

"She could serve well," he says of the Minnesota lawmaker who once led the polls for the Iowa caucus. "I think ...

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Declassified Memo Hinted of 1941 Hawaii Attack

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Three days before the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt was warned in a memo from naval intelligence that Tokyo's military and spy network was focused on Hawaii, a new and eerie reminder of FDR's failure to act on a basket load of tips that war was near.

In the newly ...

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Pentagon Warns of Smallest Force Since WWII

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The pathetically predicable failure of the House-Senate debt "super committee" to do as ordered and produce $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years has sent top Pentagon officials scrambling to morph their futuristic and modestly budgeted war strategy into a Kmart blue light special that could ...

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Bachmann Restarts Bid With New Book

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Rep. Michele Bachmann is restarting her limping presidential campaign today with a new book that accuses the president of running a "gangster government," and reveals her plan to build a coalition of singles, soccer moms, Hispanics, blacks and Asians to win in the GOP primaries.

"I will drive a ...

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Pakistan Says It Can Live Without U.S. Aid

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 In comments that could rile Congress, Pakistan's ambassador to the United States today said that his country doesn't seek U.S. aid, but ending it would hurt U.S. relations with the Pakistani people.

"Pakistan does not want to remain dependent on American assistance. We are well beyond that point. A ...

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TSA's Bid to Make Nice with Travelers Crashes

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The Transportation Security Administration's new efforts to make nice with travelers frustrated with aggressive security screenings has crash landed, with Americans saying that four of their five top frustrations at the airport are TSA-related.

A new survey provided to Whispers from the U.S. Travel ...

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travel

Hitler's Treaty Signing Desk Set To Be Auctioned

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With the public's desire for World War II artifacts already hot, a new find that symbolizes the world's appeasement of Adolf Hitler is about to explode on to the historical auction market.

Our friends at Alexander Historical Auctions reveal today that they plan to auction off Hitler's solid cast ...

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Ohio Union Vote Good For Obama

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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: 147

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Ohio

Glenn Beck's Dark Christmas Story of Abuse

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Conservative radio host Glenn Beck has been wanting to tell a story for years, one that he hopes will "wake those up who've been trained to believe in lies like 'it's my fault,' 'it's not so bad,' 'he won't do it again,' or 'verbal abuse isn't really abuse,'" he says in the introduction to his book ...

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Beck, Glenn

Colin Powell Breaks Into Song

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell channeled Broadway star Chita Rivera at a recent gala at the State Department, breaking into song while recounting a memory from his time in office. 

Powell said that upon meeting the star of West Side Story, he gave Rivera a scare by telling her she'd created ...

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Obama Is On the Rise

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: 145

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Obama, Barack
Zogby, John