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December 2011


New Obama Slogan: Not Superman, Just A Dude!

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Forget all of those Drudge Report headlines about the vacationing first lady's $2,000 sun dress, the president's six-plus hour golf outings, and their three-hour, $100-a-person dinner tasting at posh Alan Wong's restaurant in Honolulu.

Because the president's 2012 campaign has a new Joe Sixpack ...

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Obama, Barack

MoveOn Getting Desperate for Donations

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The Democratic activist and voter education group MoveOn.org, apparently starved of donations and in need of a quick $400,000, is stepping up its fundraising.

Just two days after it E-mailed supporters that it might have to shut down, the group's executive director dispatched another E-mail titled ...

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fundraising

Iraq Troop Return Is An Obama Promise Kept

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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: 152

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House Slapdown of Google-Facebook Set

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The normally unbeatable team of Google and Facebook are in for a rude awakening on Capitol Hill tomorrow when a rare alliance of Hollywood, conservatives and Fortune 500 firms is expected to stick it to the internet giants over online piracy.

Congressional sources tell Whispers that the House ...

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digital piracy
Congress

New Planned Parenthood Abortion Charges

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New charges from seven former workers—including a self-described "abortion doctor"—that Planned Parenthood used federal money for abortions despite prohibitions is expected to fire up Republicans seeking to shut off tax dollars to the massive family planning group.

In a letter to the House committee ...

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Planned Parenthood

Hillary Campaign Conspicuously Emerges

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Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is still alive and today it emerged from the shadows to remind supporters that she "made history" in the 2008 campaign and that mementos from that bid are now for sale.

In an E-mail, the Hillary Clinton for President campaign revived speculation that she is ...

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Clinton, Hillary

Should Trump Host a GOP Presidential Debate?

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Donald Trump, who's teaming with Newsmax ION Television to host an upcoming GOP presidential debate Dec. 27 in Des Moines, Iowa, is being slapped as a showman and inappropriate choice for moderator. But candidates like Newt Gingrich say Trump's the right pick because he's run for office, is a TV ...

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Trump, Donald

George Bush's Cheese And Crackers Diplomacy

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When it came to working through foreign policy in George W. Bush's White House, former national security advisor Stephen Hadley says a little cheese dip and soda pop always "sweetened people's dispositions."

During the last three years in the Bush administration, Hadley began hosting what he ...

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Clinton, Bill
Bush, George W.
Nixon, Richard M.
National Security Council
national security terrorism and the military

Would Cain's Endorsement Help or Hurt Gingrich?

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The hot tip in Washington today is that Herman Cain is considering endorsing Newt Gingrich for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. It's easy to question the value of a Cain endorsement, considering the baggage he brings related to charges of sexual harassment, but his strong ties to the Tea Party ...

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The Pentagon's Got Its Own Rat Pack

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With hopes of fostering their own musical duo a la Frank Sinatra and his pianist Bill Miller, or the great singer-keyboardist pair Mel Tormé and George Shearing, Pentagon bigs are putting out hints that their two top stars might soon form one of Washington's most ...

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Panetta, Leon
Pentagon
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