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July 2010


Lobbying Royalty Celebrate 20 Years

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Though both Greek and English were in the air, everyone spoke the language of influence at a cocktail reception on Monday night honoring Mike Manatos, a member of one of Washington's most prominent lobbying families.

In a demonstration of how Washington lawmakers, administration officials, media ...

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Greece

Blind Side Actor Wants Michelle Obama's Help

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He's the newly famous actor who played alongside Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side, but with his size 22 shoes and offensive-tackle physique, Quinton Aaron knows the suffering of the obese kids who first lady Michelle Obama is trying to help. Not only is he considering starting a "fat camp" for ...

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Obama, Michelle

Healthcare, Unemployment Among Most Searched Bills

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Even months after a bill becomes law and falls out of the media spotlight, its popularity can remain undiminished online. Each week, THOMAS.gov, the Library of Congress website devoted to tracking legislation, compiles a list of the top-searched legislative items for the past seven days. Some of ...

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health care
Rangel, Charles
Frank, Barney
McDermott, Jim
Shadegg, John
Obey, David
Reid, Harry
Congress
health care reform

Jacksons, Blind Side Actor Boost Kids Program

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Georgetown almost came to a complete standstill last night when Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill, on a "date night," dined at the posh Cafe Milano just a block from a star-studded dinner for Children Uniting Nations, founded by uber Democratic insider, Hollywood entertainment biggie and ...

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Biden, Joe

Dick Cheney's Big Switch to E-mail

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As vice president, Dick Cheney never carried a BlackBerry, didn't E-mail or carry a laptop, and really never searched the Internet. An icon of the old school, he's also writing his biography on yellow pads which his daughter Liz Cheney then downloads into a computer. "He's a little set in his ...

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Cheney, Dick

Hollywood Cool to GOP, But Business Doesn't Waffle

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When it comes to Hollywood's funding of national Republicans, there is little to cheer about, unless you think Total Gym salesman Chuck Norris and Cheers star Kelsey Grammer's support of the party are notable. Because unlike the Democratic Party, which Whispers reported receives tens of thousands ...

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Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Brown, Scott
Kerry, John
Fiorina, Carly
Whitman, Meg
Klobuchar, Amy

Members of Congress Spent $160,000 on Parades

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Members of Congress don't just like bringing home the bacon. They also like tossing out the candy. Federal election reports reveal that lawmakers have spent $160,000 on parade goodies for the 2010 election. [See which industries give the most to Congress.]

Though the data does not extend up to July ...

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Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Berkley, Shelley
McMahon, Michael
Rodgers, Cathy McMorris
Camp, Dave

New Opera Focuses on Bill Clinton's Life

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If any recent president's life is the stuff of operas, it's Bill Clinton's. There's been comedy, drama, back-stabbing, shouting, crying, death, and many miraculous comebacks. But that's real life. Now art will be imitating life in a project coming together in Little Rock and meant to show how his ...

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Clinton, Bill

New Bush Book Not All Hugs and Kisses

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The first highbrow assessment of former President George W. Bush by those not associated with 43's administration is about done, and project boss Julian Zelizer of Princeton University promises that it's not a hit job. Discussing how his writers talked about Bush, he says, "I wanted them to get out ...

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Bush, George W.

ABC's Raddatz Shops Iraq Book to Hollywood

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She's already one of the hardest-working newswomen in town and soon Martha Raddatz, the ABC News war and White House correspondent, might have another job: movie consultant. That's because her book about a grim 2004 Iraq battle, The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family, is being shopped to ...

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Fox Raids Conservative Washington Examiner

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Here’s proof that the conservative upstart tab, the Washington Examiner, has elbowed it’s way into the city’s political establishment: Fox is raiding their political desk. We hear that Washington Examiner Political Editor Chris Stirewalt, is jumping to foxnews.com and will start at the end of the ...

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NASA, BP on PETA's Most Wanted List

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They've chased fast food restaurants and circuses for years, but for the first time People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has written a Most Wanted List of anti-animal targets. And they did it for Washington Whispers.

Some of the targets, like SeaWorld and Ringling Brothers, have been ...

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NASA
BP
PETA

CIA's Panetta Boosting Morale at Spy Agency

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He wasn't an obvious pick for the post, which is why rumors quickly swirled around CIA Director Leon Panetta after he was sworn in on Friday the 13th, of February 2009. Chief among them was that the former House and White House budget chief was a short-timer, with little interest in spy games. But ...

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Panetta, Leon
CIA