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September 2008


White House Worries McCain Will Vote 'No' on $700 Billion Wall Street Bailout

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There are deep concerns in the Senate and in the White House that GOP presidential candidate John McCain, eager to break from President Bush, will vote against the $700 billion Wall Street bailout in a bid to show his maverick status. Senate leadership aides tell me that it's a "very real concern,"

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McCain, John
White House
Bush administration
government intervention
Senate
Wall Street

The First White House Christmas Tree

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It's that time of year again, and the new White House Historical Association Christmas ornament is ready. This year, it's a beaut. Harking back to the 1889-1893, one-term administration of Benjamin Harrison, the colorful ornament is of a large Christmas tree decorated with roping, candles, and ...

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Usher, Laura Bush Say 'Yeah!' to ServiceNation

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He's probably the most notable and famous hip-hop and R&B star in the world, but when Usher Raymond IV—simply known as Usher—joins first lady Laura Bush and a stage of political, philanthropic, and media stars on 9/11 in New York, his voice won't be offering songs. Instead, he'll be offering his ...

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Bush, Laura
Schwarzenegger, Arnold
Clinton, Hillary
McCain, John
Obama, Barack
Bloomberg, Michael
Crist, Charlie

The Debate Spin has Begun

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The conventions are over, and the presidential candidates are still close in the polls. So, naturally, all eyes are on the first debate between Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama on September 26, where voters and pundits expect one of the two to break out. "They are going to decide in the first ...

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McCain, John
Obama, Barack

Generation We's Apollo Project

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Some call the 95 million Americans ages 18 to 29 millennials. But after studying their interests and uncovering their desire to better the nation, entrepreneur Eric Greenberg came up with what he thinks is a better name: generation we. "They are not a 'me' generation; they are the 'we' generation,"

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Movie Stars and Cigarettes: Enough Already

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First it was sex. Then violence. Next, dirty words. And now, the movie ratings system, which turns 40 this year, is going after all that cigarette smoking on the silver screen. "We've added smoking as a factor in the movie descriptors," says Dan Glickman, president of the Washington-based Motion ...

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