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April 2007


And Now, It Will Be Tenet's Turn to Dish

JOE CIARDIELLO FOR USN&WRWe're just a month away from what could be the biggest storm yet over who knew what before 9/11 and about those weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, as former CIA Director George Tenet finally tells of those troubled days. We hear vaguely that in At the Center of the ...

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Tenet, George
books

The Woman of Whitewater

Susan McDougal, the bit player of the Clinton-era Whitewater scandal, is making a comeback. We hear that Hollywood producers are looking at making a story of her life. You remember her: She was the young woman once married to scandal figure Jim McDougal who went to jail for 18 months instead of ...

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No Brown Bags for CentCom Chief

Tongues are wagging down at U.S. Central Command in Florida where the new boss's style seems to be irking a few subordinates. They tell us that unlike former CentCom head Gen. John Abizaid, new boss Adm. William Fallon is more formal-and demanding. Examples: He wants an admiral's mess installed and ...

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Fallon, William

An Identity Theft Waiting to Happen?

A mundane trip manifest of reporters who traveled to Latin America with President Bush has turned colossally controversial because the White House included personal ID info on the E-mail sent to news bureaus. The key ingredients of identity theft-Social Security and passport numbers and dates of ...

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journalism
White House

Spreading the Good News Brand

For those who thought former CNN anchor Daryn Kagan would fail with her good news website, sorry. DarynKagan.com is not only as hot as the host herself, but Kagan has found a new outlet for her special style of reporting: PBS. Come June, she airs Breaking the Curse, a documentary about a mom who ...

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Kagan, Daryn
journalism

Thankfully 'Idol' Is Over by Bedtime

President Bush isn't the only one who's early to bed, early to rise. Add Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who hits the hay at 9:30 p.m. and rises early to exercise. During a grueling Middle East swing last week aimed at reviving a dormant peace process, Rice explained why she delayed a ...

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Rice, Condoleezza

Who Knew? Teddy's a Lobsterman

We've been eagerly awaiting our press preview copy of In the Kennedy Kitchen, by family chef Neil Connolly, figuring it would have some tasty fish and lobster recipes. It arrived last week, and it's full of great Cape Cod menus. But you won't believe how Connolly got those lobsters for his bisque ...

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Kennedy, Ted

Out Loud

"You know you botched it when people sympathize with lawyers."

President Bush, addressing the fired prosecutors controversy in a lighthearted address to the Radio and Television Correspondents annual dinner

"Members of Congress like to bitch and moan about a war but don't want to do anything ...

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Bush, George W.
Frank, Barney
Perino, Dana
Snow, Tony