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White House scrambles to offset Clapper’s gaffe

The government’s top intelligence official fumbled the Obama administration‘s message Thursday about embattled Moammar Gadhafi‘s fate, telling Congress that the Libyan leader will prevail in his fight with rebel forces there. It was the latest in a series of public gaffes for James Clapper, the director of national intelligence. Hours later, the White House distanced President Barack Obama from Clapper’s remarks. Obama does not think Gadhafi will prevail, a senior administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss Obama’s position on Clapper’s comments. The official reiterated Obama’s stand that Gadhafi has lost legitimacy and should leave power. Speaking
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Mike Huckabee: Winner or loser?

Were Mike Huckabee‘s recent gaffes enough to doom any presidential ambitions he still harbors? A calculated play for the Republican Party‘s base? Somewhere in between? The former Arkansas governor, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 and is considering another White House run, had to walk back two widely reported comments he made in radio interviews last week during a national tour to promote his latest book. First he referred to President Barack Obama‘s boyhood in Kenya. It was a mistake; a spokesman said Huckabee should have said Indonesia. Then Huckabee took on Hollywood and out-of-wedlock pregnancy. “One of the
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