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Entries by Wendy Button

The White House Press Correspondents Dinner: With Millions Unemployed and Soldiers Dying Abroad, It's Time to Crack Some Jokes and Slap Some Backs

(466) Comments | Posted April 30, 2010 | 11:05 AM

There is no other time than the night of The White House Correspondents Dinner when Washington is more out of touch with the country it guides and informs.

With the black ties and dresses, shiny hair and sparkling diamonds, bad jokes and back-slapping, it would be hard to tell...

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My Story of John Edwards' Mess

(439) Comments | Posted February 10, 2010 | 12:00 PM

Please remember the people of Haiti, who need us now more than ever. Go to to do your part.

The truth has a way of finding us in the strangest of places. I found out that former Senator John Edwards was finally going to admit...

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Will One Senator Stand Up for Women?

(112) Comments | Posted December 21, 2009 | 12:47 PM

This year seemed so promising for women, but on a snowy Saturday, women took it on the chin. In a bargain that would make Faust blush, senators and the White House asked women to give up some of our privacy and reproductive health care decisions in order to get Senator...

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Not about Governor Sarah Palin, Just The Edwards Scandal

(91) Comments | Posted September 17, 2008 | 1:41 PM

What a political scandal feels like to a staffer--current, former or "it's complicated"--is an awful lot like grief.

There are stages. There is the initial chaos where the stories appear fast and furious like punches only Palin, Craig, Vitter, Foley, Spitzer, and Clinton, etc staffers can...

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56,654 Hurt in Iraq

(6) Comments | Posted October 1, 2007 | 4:17 PM

There have been so many lies told about the war in Iraq it is hard to keep track of them all: weapons of mass destruction, September 11th, and the escalation will bring about a political solution. There have been so many lies that Pinocchio's nose could stretch all...

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In Defense of John Edwards

(108) Comments | Posted June 18, 2007 | 3:42 PM

For three decades, Bob Shrum put words together for some of our greatest leaders. He understands the power behind a word, a phrase, and a story. That is what makes his statements about former Senator John Edwards in his new tell-all book, No Excuses: Confessions of a Serial Campaigner so...

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A Growing Stain at The Nation

(136) Comments | Posted November 16, 2005 | 1:14 PM

Here we go again. Our political rhetoric has taken a turn toward danger. In the days since Veterans Day, some of the language has been dishonorable and it will surely inflict more sorrow if we do not condemn certain callous words.

Oh no, this has nothing to do with...

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Skip Bill O’Reilly and Watch Bob Loblaw Instead

(8) Comments | Posted November 7, 2005 | 2:24 PM

Tonight, skip Bill O’Reilly and watch Bob Loblaw instead. That might be obvious to most Democrats. But most people aren’t Democrats and most people don’t watch cable news in primetime. Unless you’re a junky, you’re probably never going to say, “Hey, did you see Chris Matthews last night?”


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One Year Ago

(25) Comments | Posted November 3, 2005 | 10:55 AM

The other day, I found a piece of paper with one of the last things I wrote for Senator John Edwards in the 2004 presidential campaign. It reads, "We've waited a long time for this moment. For months, we've told you that help is on the way. For months, we've...

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16 Questions on "Official A"

(7) Comments | Posted October 31, 2005 | 10:38 AM

This is how I hope the first 16 questions unfold at the White House briefing.

1) Does “Official A” still work at the White House?

“The White House will not comment on investigations that might or might not be still going on.

2) Does the president plan to fire “Official...

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We Can do Better Than "We Can do Better"

(17) Comments | Posted October 25, 2005 | 11:06 AM

In recent weeks, the message coming from the Democratic Party—my party—is a slogan from the past. We’ve brought back “We can do better” a phrase used by President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

It makes sense to borrow something old, especially language that connects to Senator...

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Fire on the Plane

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2005 | 4:07 PM

With “The West Wing’s” TV presidential campaign in full swing, many people are asking me two questions. First, “Is that what it’s really like?” Of course not, it’s TV. Scheduling meetings and message meetings are never that jazzy. They’re more like watching the Lawrence Welk Show on a slow day....

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Bush's Speech: Strong But Hard to Trust

(12) Comments | Posted September 16, 2005 | 12:27 AM

There is a great American tradition. We gather around the fireplace, the radio, the TV, the computer -- even that patch of concrete in Times Square -- in times of crisis to listen to our president speak. Even if we disagree with most of the things the president has done,...

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Katrina: Where Are the Great Words in this Time of Darkness?

(10) Comments | Posted September 7, 2005 | 12:48 PM

Where in the world are the great words leaders are supposed to utter in these times of darkness? Why has this tragedy made it so difficult for leaders to speak with the clarity that seemed to come effortlessly from New York in those dark September days?

So far the...

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