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April 2010


Financial Reform Battle Boosts Obama

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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 see's the president's week ending.

Pollster John Zogby ...

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Andrea Mitchell Gets a Parental Pass

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

An only in Washington moment: On Sunday, NBC's veteran reporter Andrea Mitchell was seen by our tipster, a long-time source, coming out of the Starbucks in the Spring Valley section of Washington. The always active newswoman was dressed in her white tennis outfit ...

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NBC

What Obama Can Learn From Bush

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

It's one thing for Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, or Laura Bush to quickly pen books bragging on what a good president W was. But when academics start weighing in on the positives of the recently retired president's policies, it's only natural to wonder if they're ...

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Supreme Court Denies C-SPAN Requests

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Transparency, apparently, isn't a word in Black's Law Dictionary. Just ask C-SPAN and its big media backers. Seven times they asked the court to immediately turn over audio tapes of oral arguments this term and seven times they were shot down. It's a worsening ...

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Supreme Court

Biden Gives Delaware a Boost

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

He may be the nation's vice president, but Joe Biden, Delaware's long-serving senator, is still most at home in the First State. Gov. Jack Markell says the veep calls him often, sometimes just to chat, other times to congratulate the guv for his successes, like ...

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Biden, Joe
Delaware

Nearly Two Decades Later, Clinton Wins on Healthcare

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By Jessica Rettig, Washington Whispers

It's taken nearly two decades, but Hillary Clinton is finally making a difference on healthcare. Clinton, who as first lady tried but failed to win congressional and public approval of national healthcare, is hitting home runs on the issue as President Obama's ...

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women's health
Clinton, Hillary
health care
health care reform
Schakowsky, Jan

Rumors Say CIA’s Kappes Will Retire

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

The rumor mill is spinning again at the CIA suggesting that Deputy Director Steve Kappes will retire soon. There are also rumblings of a larger shake-up to the administration's national security team, including job changes for White House Deputy National Security ...

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Hillary Clinton Pitches Art for New Embassies

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

One of the biggest construction booms ever is taking place under the State Department's guidance and now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is seeking help in decorating some of those 38 new embassies and other offices with art that helps tell the American story.

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Ronald Reagan: The Elvis of the Political World

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Ronald Reagan is fast becoming the Elvis of the political world, if the surge in events and sponsors around his 100th birthday in 2011 is any signal. John Heubusch, who runs the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, says he's adding new events every week to his ...

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10 Problems With the Income Tax

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

With it getting to be Tax Day, April 15, then it's time for the anti-tax brigade to start the chant: Kill the tax code. Leading the rally this year is Ken Hoagland, who is chairman of the Online Tax Revolt and who just penned The FairTax Solution.

His idea ...

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income tax

Troubles Ahead for Obama, Says Zogby

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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 see's the president's week ending.

John Zogby on Week 64:

"My ...

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Democrats Face Trouble in Hawaii Special Election

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The Republicans shouldn't even be playing in the Hawaii special election for the House seat opened when Democratic Rep. Neil Abercrombie decided to run for governor. But it's a sign of the poisonous political atmosphere for Democrats that a GOP candidate has a chance at seizing what is arguably ...

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Obama Is Gold Standard of Manners, Says Post

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

President Obama might not be up to everybody's standards when it comes to his politics or policies, but you've got to agree, at least he conducts himself with style and grace.

So says Anna Post, the great-great-granddaughter of the world's queen of etiquette, Emily ...

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Obama, Barack

Michaele and Tareq Salahi Push Cruise, Reality Show

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Washington's notorious couple Michaele and Tareq Salahi, whose eye-popping and illegal crashing of President Obama's first State Dinner last November cost a key White House aide her job and embarrassed the U.S. Secret Service, aren't done yet with their 15 minutes ...

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