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May 2009


James Baker Backs Reinstating the Draft

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Rep. Charlie Rangel, Congress's lone champion of reinstating the military draft, can count on another Korean War-era vet for support: Republican James Baker, a soldier in the Reagan and Bush administrations. Baker, secretary of state during the first Gulf War,

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Baker, James

Obama Steady and Very Strong at Day 100

Pollster John Zogby joins the Washington Whispers team to regularly update our new Obamameter. Each week, Zogby uses his polling, expert analysis, and interaction with major players to come up with a rating between 1 and 100. Unlike Zogby's scientific polls, the Obamameter is his judgment on the ...

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Obama, Barack

CIA's Mansfield Moves Out of Press Office

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Proving that once you're in the CIA you can never leave, longtime agency officer Mark Mansfield is bowing out as director of public affairs for another slot, clearing the way for new spy chief Leon Panetta to pick his own press aide. In the meantime, Mansfield's ...

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Panetta, Leon