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April 2008


Gone Fishin’

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No Whispering this week, sorry. I’m out on the streams testing out my new Orange Blossom fly on some brookies and will return next week. In the meantime, check out our blogs and news pages for the latest scoop. And don’t forget to take our Capitol Bobbles Poll at right.

I'll be back Monday, April ...

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Radio Daze for the Secret Service

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Nextel phone sales teams take note: The U.S. Secret Service might be interested in your chirping radios. That's because the agency charged with protecting the president has a big radio issue. Its radios are having an ever increasing problem talking to the White House radios. "We still are able to ...

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radio
White House

A Movie Tip for Future Spitzers

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Hanging with hookers hasn't been good for politicians. Consider reports about former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and sitting Louisiana Sen. David Vitter. Well, it turns out that there's a different choice pols could have considered, and thanks to a new thriller, Deception, everybody's about to get ...

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sex
movies

Tough for Obama but Scared of Bees

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He bravely helps keep all those slings and arrows from fellow Democrats away from pal Sen. Barack Obama, but it's the sting of the little bee that keeps Sen. Robert Casey up at night. Obama's point man in the Pennsylvania primary fesses up that he's scared of honeybees. At Penn State University to ...

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bees
Casey, Bob

Asian View on Money, Media

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Asian-Americans have a different view from most when it comes to spending the federal tax refund and choosing a source for political news. Our friends at Synovate, the global research firm, have provided Whispers with a huge new poll on voting trends that finds that most of us generally agree on ...

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Famous Phone Pals: Elvis, Nixon

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Friendship apparently meant more to Elvis Presley than politics. Egil "Bud" Krogh, the presidential aide who was convicted of running Richard Nixon's "plumber" unit and who also guided Elvis around the White House on Dec. 21, 1970, reveals that the King and the former president kept in touch even ...

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Presley, Elvis
politics

Out Loud: April 18, 2008

"If you live in Chicago, that means you're scraping ice every morning."

Sen. Barack Obama, providing examples of how he's a regular guy

"He's a bear. He always wants more. Hillary never asks for more, but Bill always asks for more."

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, on Bill Clinton's demand to appear at ...

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Reagan Fan Letter Lists His Best Movies

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Another great "get" by our friends at Alexander Autographs Inc., the firm that auctions off American memorabilia like presidential letters. It’s this Feb. 17, 1983 letter from former President Ronald Reagan to a film fan, bragging on the best movies he ever made. Here’s what Alexander wrote ...

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Reagan, Ronald

Mitt, Huck Look to Boost McCain

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If it looks as if they're campaigning for the GOP vice presidency, so be it, but Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee reveal that they're getting back into 2008 politics to beat back Democrats and get Sen. John McCain elected president. First Romney. He's still trying to figure out his avenue of influence ...

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McCain, John
running mates

Ghost of Clinton in Bush 9/11 Speech

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The ghost of Bill Clinton took center stage in President Bush's most important speech, his 9/11 address to Congress, we learn in a new book about White House ghostwriters from our own Robert Schlesinger. In White House Ghosts, he reveals to Bush and the rest of us that the prez's most memorable ...

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Bush, George W.
9/11

Cheer Wolf to Be King of D.C. Sports

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CNN's Wolf Blitzer isn't just a newsman. He's also a Washington sports nut, a regular at George Washington University men's basketball games, a midcourt season ticket holder for the Washington Wizards, and big fan of the new Nationals baseball team. Lately, he's tied both passions together, giving ...

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Blitzer, Wolf
sports

The Buzz on Bees Is Worse Than Ever

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Don't blame the deer when your garden flops and fruit trees don't produce this year. Bee experts tell us that the fuzzy pollinators are in a world of hurt and much worse than last year, when the mysterious colony collapse disorder was discovered. Federal bee counters reveal that the ...

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bees
farming

Ex-Anchor Kagan Sees TV Return

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It's been a little more than two years since CNN ended morning anchor Daryn Kagan's run, and now she's looking for a return—but on her terms. "A broadcasting gig would be nice," she tells us. "It would be nice to get back on the air. It could be radio. It could be television, a talk show." One ...

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Kagan, Daryn
radio

Out Loud: April 11, 2008

"Maybe the best thing they could do is to get faster runners."

Ari Fleischer, former Bush spokesman, in a lighthearted suggestion about how Olympic torch carriers can avoid protesters

"They don't want the whole pie. There are some who do, but most Americans feel blessed just being able to thrive a ...

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politics

New Legislation Adds Alert Noise to Hybrids for Safety

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Imagine for a minute that you live in a city, walk to work--crossing many intersections--and are blind. Dangerous, for sure, but you’ve learned to listen for car noises before stepping into the crosswalk. But how do you deal with those superquiet hybrids that are the rage in these days of ...

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Daryn Kagan: Getting a Haircut Got Her Into CNN

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Former CNN anchor Daryn Kagan has a message for budding national TV talent: It doesn’t matter where you went to school or how long your résumé is. Age, beauty, and even a cool haircut are the secrets to success. In her first book from her new and inspirational news adventure,

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