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November 2009


GOP Infighting Spreads to the 'National Review'

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

The GOP fight between moderates and conservatives has now spread to the late William F. Buckley's conservative bible, National Review. Conservative elites like David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union, and former Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer, who ...

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media

Orson Welles's Political Ambitions

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By Maura Judkis, Washington Whispers

He made some major movies, with Citizen Kane king among them. But Orson Welles always harbored a desire to get into politics. Now, the director of the new movie Me & Orson Welles, Richard Linklater, says that Welles made the right decision staying in Hollywood.

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Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Duel Over Rum

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Now that the House has approved healthcare reform, the floodgates are opening for action on other pressing issues. Among them is settling the rum war between Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. At issue: Diageo PLC, the makers of Captain Morgan rum, is moving ...

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Pentagon Helping 80 Countries With AIDS Prevention

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

On the eve of the annual December 1 World AIDS Day, the Pentagon reports that it has expanded its program to help friendly militaries deal with the issue to 80 nations, including India and Russia. "This is a very important connection to other militaries," said ...

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AIDS/ HIV

Sen. Kyl Sees a Jimmie Johnson Era for NASCAR

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

No. 48 came through on Sunday to win the NASCAR crown, but for racing's biggest fan in the Senate, Jimmie Johnson is more than just the 2009 champ. Johnson, says Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, is now a living legend, already having captured three straight Sprint Cup ...

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sports
Kyl, Jon

2008 National Turkey Dies, but the Alternate Lives On

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Each year, a presidential pardon saves the National Thanksgiving Turkey and his "alternative" from the holiday oven. This year will be no different. President Obama gets his chance with the national gobbler on Wednesday.

Sadly, death typically comes soon afterward,

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World Wild Life Fund Runs the Olympic Torch Relay

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

The panda is the icon of the World Wildlife Fund, but it was 24 polar bears in the Arctic that grabbed the attention of CEO Carter Roberts last week. Roberts was in Canada, west of the Hudson Bay, participating in the Olympic Torch relay, a prelude to the Winter ...

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Olympics

Free Market Groups See Soda-Tax Conspiracy

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

There's more proof that the administration is high on soda taxes as a way to curb obesity and fund healthcare reform. Two pro-free-market groups have discovered a $1 million stimulus grant to the University of Illinois to fund a study of the relationship between ...

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taxes

Robert Gibbs Chides Press on Afghan Troop Surge Stories

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

In a classic standoff, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today stared down the White House press corps over last night's reporting that President Obama had settled on an Afghan war plan to send in 40,000 additional troops—and keep them there for a long ...

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War in Afghanistan (2001-)
military
Gibbs, Robert
Obama, Barack
national security terrorism and the military

Rumsfeld's New Shoulder and Hips

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has sent friends an update on the new charitable foundation he and wife Joyce founded in 2007. In the missive, the avid squash player also discloses that surgeons are rebuilding his 77-year-old frame. "Between working on my ...

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surgery
Rumsfeld, Donald

Huckabee Decries Third-Party Talk

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Mike Huckabee, the Fox celebrity, former 2008 presidential candidate, and former Arkansas governor, today slammed conservative third-party efforts as a way to guarantee that Democrats will win. Referencing the House race for the 23rd District in New York, he said ...

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Huckabee, Mike