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February 2010


Scott Brown Trucks to D.C. From Boston

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Nothing's changed for Scott Brown when he drives to work, even though it's now in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol. The newly elected Massachusetts Republican senator still drives his 2005 green GMC Canyon pickup truck to the job.

Aides say that Brown has no plans to ...

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Brown, Scott
Senate

Palin as a Third-Party Candidate for President?

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

The growth of the right-leaning tea party movement has prompted talk of a third-party challenge to President Obama and the eventual GOP nominee. The reason: If tea party activists don't like the GOP nominee, they'll bolt. Many pollsters see Sarah Palin leading ...

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Palin, Sarah

Mitt Romney Does the Dirty Work

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

"I hate to weed," is how onetime and likely future GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney opens his latest political manifesto. "I've hated it ever since my father put me to work weeding the garden at our home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan," he pens in his ...

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Romney, Mitt

Indiana’s Governor Raps Bayh for Bailing Out

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Republican Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who preaches that political foes have to drop their guard and have "adult talks" about serious issues facing the nation, today hit moderate Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh for deciding not to run for re-election because of the ...

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Indiana
Senate

Calling for a National First Ladies Day

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Flags have a national day. Patriots too. There's even a National Spaghetti Day. So as the nation this month celebrates Presidents Day, isn't it time to acknowledge the women of the White House? We're proposing a long-overdue National First Ladies Day, of course.

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first ladies

Zogby: Obama Still on an Upswing

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Pollster John Zogby updates our weekly Obama Report Card with a grade on the president's performance. Zogby uses his polling, expert analysis, and interaction with major players to come up with a grade and some comments that capture how he sees the president's week ending.

John Zogby on Week 55:

The ...

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Zogby, John
Obama, Barack
polls

Seized Hiker Josh Fattal Is No CIA Agent

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

A close friend of hiker Josh Fattal, seized with two others in Iran and charged with spying, tells Whispers that his pal is no spy. "Josh definitely did not work for the CIA," says Benjamin Smith, a fellow hiker and Tufts University senior. "His interests are ...

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Iran
CIA

Nixon Manipulated From the Grave

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

They didn't call former President Richard Nixon "Tricky Dick" for nothing. Even in his death, it seems, he tried to pull a fast one, this time to aid the presidential campaign of 1996 Republican nominee Bob Dole.

In a new foreword of C-SPAN's Who's Buried in ...

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Nixon, Richard M.
Dole, Bob

Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck Top Tea-Party Picks

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Sarah Palin might have been the pick of those attending the weekend Tea Party Convention in Nashville, but a new Washington Whispers poll puts Fox's Glenn Beck on top of those Americans would like to see as the movement's leader. But Beck edges Palin out by just a ...

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Palin, Sarah

Eleanor Roosevelt Was No Hillary Clinton

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Hillary Clinton, arguably the most activist first lady in recent history, has regularly been compared to Eleanor Roosevelt, seen by White House watchers as the copresidency model. But now FDR's grandson Curtis Roosevelt, who lived with his grandparents in the ...

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Clinton, Hillary

John Dingell’s New American Car

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Democratic Rep. John Dingell knows cars, probably more than most lawmakers. He represents Michigan's car-industry-rich 15th District, home to Ford and the plant that makes the battery for the new Chevy Volt. He doesn't play favorites. His Michigan vehicle is a ...

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Pro-Obama Group Hits Airwaves to Push Financial Reform

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

President Obama is getting some support for his financial reform legislation from Americans United for Change, which is putting up an ad in Washington this week to attack big banks and promote his Consumer Financial Protection Agency. The ad for cable stations,

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