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Democrats and Their Hair

(11) Comments | Posted April 18, 2007 | 2:01 PM

Of course the cut matters; just ask Hillary. Or Samson.

But what is it with Democrats and their hair? (And why is it again that we care?)

These country boys, like Bill Clinton and John Edwards, whose recent FEC report shows he gets $400...

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Appreciating the Best Part of Being Mom

(15) Comments | Posted April 11, 2007 | 11:27 AM

I was in a hotel somewhere, Milwaukee I think, watching Diane Keaton on some talk show, and she was having the best time ever, reading a transcript of the phone conversation she'd had earlier that day with her kids. Oh, I thought, so this is what I put people through...

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Elizabeth Edwards' Unflinching Acknowledgment of Mortality

(32) Comments | Posted March 28, 2007 | 2:42 PM

After you have cancer, people both do and do not want to know how you are. It isn't that they don't care, exactly. But often, it is hard for them to hear anything other than one word: Great! If you said the truer thing -- I hope I'm OK, but...

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If That Were Me

(2) Comments | Posted March 26, 2007 | 5:18 PM

One of my friends had to pull the car over after hearing the news about Elizabeth Edwards on the radio. A few of us who have had breast cancer, too, called each other -- to curse, mostly, and offer up an "amen" to her decision, their decision.

We'd amen...

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Webb: "I Don't Believe There Are Parallels Between Vietnam And Iraq"

(123) Comments | Posted March 26, 2007 | 11:49 AM

WASHINGTON - Virginia Senator Jim Webb, who runs his office on military time, is not yet indifferent to keeping people waiting, and he apologizes for the imprecision of his schedule. "They're like three root canals behind here," he says, looking around what he apparently sees as the world's most elaborate...

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Triumphant Return To Hill For Gore

(63) Comments | Posted March 21, 2007 | 3:29 PM

WASHINGTON - Who doesn't love a good redemption narrative? OK, not everybody is wired that way. But there was at least a little bit of Douglas MacArthur returning to the Philippines all over again today when Al Gore took Capitol Hill -- and pleaded for a second chance for our...

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Prominent Conservatives Launch Effort To Restore "Civil Liberties Under Assault By Executive Branch"

(134) Comments | Posted March 20, 2007 | 11:29 AM

Four prominent conservative thinkers are set to launch a campaign "to restore checks and balances and civil liberties protections under assault by the Executive Branch," arguing that, "since 9/11, the President has acquired too much power."

Former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr, who led the effort to impeach President...

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Edwards On His Third-Choice Status: "Lord, No; I Am One Of The Frontrunners"

(76) Comments | Posted March 20, 2007 | 10:37 AM

COLUMBIA, South Carolina - There is no question that John Edwards is even more relaxed on the presidential campaign trail this time around; in an interview before a campaign rally here yesterday, he took off his shoe to get in a good long foot scratch. (Nose to Senator: Argh.)

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Capitol Hill Hooked As Glam Spy Breaks Silence

(255) Comments | Posted March 16, 2007 | 5:53 PM

WASHINGTON - It's hard to remember the last time a live blonde got this much attention, and even the Republicans on the House oversight committee that heard from Valerie Plame Wilson today seemed in awe of the glam spy outed by the Bush administration.

"If I seem a little...

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Dem '08 Frontrunners Call For Gonzales Resignation

(15) Comments | Posted March 14, 2007 | 10:26 PM

The three leading Democratic presidential candidates all called today for the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales over the widening U.S. attorney scandal.

Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards was first and most fiery in his denunciation of the president's former personal lawyer, calling stories confirming White...

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Murtha: "Hillary, I Don't Know Where She Is'' On Iraq..."McCain Is Too Old..."

(28) Comments | Posted March 14, 2007 | 1:37 PM

WASHINGTON - Congressman Jack Murtha is just not that interested in what his critics have to say: When it comes to Iraq, "Everything I've said from a year and a half ago has turned out to be true!" he said, jabbing the air with both index fingers for emphasis during...

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Mechanical Glitch Ignored In Now Contested Florida Congressional Race

(53) Comments | Posted March 13, 2007 | 3:51 PM

WASHINGTON - Last August, Election Systems & Software sent Florida election officials a letter informing them of a glitch in their electronic voting equipment -- a problem that should be fixed before Election Day in November "to avoid any potential issues at the polls."

Instead, the problem...

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Dems Dump FOX: Obama Comments "Went Too Far"

(441) Comments | Posted March 9, 2007 | 4:32 PM

The Nevada Democratic Party today backed out of a FOX News-sponsored presidential debate after Fox President Roger Ailes's recent remarks jokingly comparing Democratic Senator Barack Obama to al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

In a joint letter faxed today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Tom Collins, the...

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Clarence Thomas: Affirmative Action Not Needed... Even Though My Office Is "All White Males"

(113) Comments | Posted March 8, 2007 | 1:02 PM

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas famously opposes affirmative action, and clearly feels slandered by the suggestion he ever benefited from such a thing.

So, if we no longer need such programs, how's that working out in Thomas's own office?

Not well, as it turns out: "Mine...

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Hillary Addresses Faithful At DC Luncheon

(36) Comments | Posted March 6, 2007 | 4:31 PM

WASHINGTON - Either someone spiked the iced tea with Xanax, or more than a few women were on a duty date with Hillary Clinton at the EMILY's List luncheon here today.

These were Hillary's peeps, no question, yet both the speaker and her audience were more subdued than one...

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Selma Showdown: Obama, Clinton Converge On Activists

(61) Comments | Posted March 4, 2007 | 6:57 PM

SELMA, Alabama - There was no clear-cut first-place finisher in today's battle of the bands here on Martin Luther King Street, where Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama spoke at the same time in churches just a block apart.

But it was one of those occasions where...

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Romney Borrows A Page From The Coulter Playbook

(336) Comments | Posted March 2, 2007 | 5:31 PM

WASHINGTON - The whole point of an Ann Coulter is to let everybody else in her party look terribly reasonable by comparison, and kind.

And today's performance, in which she called John Edwards a "faggot" and mocked Al Gore's weight, was another instant classic of the genre.

"I was going...

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Conservative Bush-Bashing Convention

(94) Comments | Posted March 1, 2007 | 12:55 PM

WASHINGTON - Except for the low-heeled pumps, this could almost be a Netroots convention. Well, that and guys handing out Brownback bumper stickers.

Still, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference that began this morning is a three-day extravaganza of activism in which purists, not pragmatists, are on...

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Sen Nelson: "We'll Take Up The Iraq War Again And Again And Again"

(34) Comments | Posted February 28, 2007 | 1:38 PM

At a breakfast for Nebraskans visiting Capitol Hill this morning, lawmakers cheered the high price of corn, which is up around $4 a bushel, wished their state a happy birthday -- it will be 140 tomorrow -- and were only slightly less genial about the war in Iraq.

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Governors Told Not To Ask Questions About Iraq Troop Withdrawal

(87) Comments | Posted February 27, 2007 | 10:48 AM

Before their Iraq briefing at the White House yesterday, the nation's governors were instructed that they were not to ask any pesky questions about a timetable for bringing the troops home.

So by the time California's Arnold Schwarzenegger was on his third question about a timetable for bringing the...

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