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Will Bill Clinton become Obama’s salvation?

In 1994, a chastened President Bill Clinton overcame the loss of Democratic control of Congress by turning the extremes of the Republican Party on itself — demonizing both the House and Senate. What made the turnaround even more astounding was his public pronouncement after the mid-term elections that this was exactly planned to do. Clinton’s turning of the tables on Congress was a master touch by a political master and President Barack Obama, after getting burned in the 2010 mid-terms, appears ready to turn to the master for help in winning back the hearts and minds of the American voters.
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Major snowstorm batters East Coast

A post-Christmas blizzard zoomed up the East Coast Sunday, threatening to bring a  foot of snow and blizzards to New York City, New England and others areas Sunday, bringing holiday travel to a halt and overtaxing an already-strained emergency system. Airports grounded airplanes and road crews rushed to pre-treat roads as the Eastern half of the nation braced for a second-straight year of brutal holiday season. Asked on stranded motorist just outside Washington, DC: “Jesus Chris, is this now something we have to expect for every Christmas?” The worst is expected to hit the Northeast with up to 18 inches
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Republicans bring in sex pot to raise money

The Republican Party needs money to pay off some really big campaign debts so they are bringing in country sexpot LeAnn Rimes to peforms at a big-buck fundraiser at Washington‘s W. hotel on Jan. 4. Rimes, a child country singer who took the Britney Spears route to infamy by dumping her wholesome image and doing or skimpy oufits and outrageous behavior when she turned 18, seems perfect for the new GOP party. “Like Republicans, Ms. Rimes will do just about anything for money,” one GOP fundraiser tells Capitol Hill Blue. “My guess is there wont’ be much policy discussion while
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Republican chaos could help Obama

The great wall of GOP resistance, the Berlin wall of modern Washington politics, is already crumbling and threatening to the GOP takeover of the House and the gains in the Senate into just the sort of chaos that led to the Republican downfalls after the 1994 midterm elections. Besides multiple losses to President Barack Obama in the lame-duck session, the Republican Party’s fractured leadership in both the House and Senate is already disintegrating under pressure from extreme demands of freshmen members and growing dissension within the ranks. Newcomers unfamiliar with the way Washington works have already become problems for incoming
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Black author produces look at Jim Crow south

Growing up in segregated Memphis during the Jim Crow era, Augustus White III knew about those certain places off-limits to him as a black man — restrooms, diners and schools. He just didn’t pay racial barriers much mind. The son of a doctor and teacher became the first African-American to graduate from Stanford Medical School, the first African-American resident and surgery professor at Yale and later the first black department head at Harvard’s teaching hospitals. Now 74 and one of the nation’s leading orthopedic surgeons, White is releasing a memoir on his life. The book, “Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in
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Cell phones: The new activist tool

If you voted this fall, there’s a good chance you were texting about it. Twenty-six percent of adult Americans used their cell phones to encourage others to vote in November’s mid-term elections or to report back on conditions at their local voting sites, among other political activities, according to a survey issued Thursday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. In particular, 14 percent said they used their phones to tell others that they voted, while 12 percent used their handsets to receive election updates. Another 1 percent used an election-themed app to keep posted. If respondents used their
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Female suicide bomber kills 43 at Pakistan food aid center

A female suicide bomber detonated her explosives-laden vest killing at least 43 people at an aid distribution center in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, while army helicopter gunships and artillery killed a similar number of Islamic militants in neighboring tribal regions near the Afghan border, officials said. The bombing appeared to be the first suicide attack staged by a woman in Pakistan, and it underscored the resilience of militant groups in the country’s tribal belt despite ongoing military operations against them. The bomber struck in the main city in Bajur, a region near the Afghan border where the military has twice
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Life imitates art on ‘Law & Order’

A star of the TV series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” is getting her own taste of law and order — in real life. New York City prosecutors say Tamara Tunie was swindled of more than $1 million by her business manager. Tunie plays medical examiner Melinda Warner on the NBC show. According to court papers, Joseph Cilibrasi (chih-lee-BRAH’-zee) and his accounting firm started stealing from Tunie in 2002, listing himself as her husband to secure a credit card tied to her account. He is also accused of writing checks to himself. The 50-year-old Manhattan man pleaded not guilty
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The great Cuban egg bust

A Cuban-American father and daughter face a possible jail term or hefty fines after their attempt to bring 72 unhatched pigeon eggs from Cuba to the United States fell foul of U.S. Customs. The United States maintains a long-running trade embargo against Cuba that prohibits commercial imports from the communist-ruled island and often leads to seizures of illicit shipments of Cuban cigars destined for U.S. connoisseurs. But Rufino Blanco, 47, and Claribel Blanco Cuellar, 21, who pleaded guilty to wildlife smuggling in a Miami court on Wednesday, were prosecuted under U.S. federal laws which prohibit the import of fish or
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The Christmas the shoppers came back

Shoppers came back in force for the holidays, right to the end. After two dreary years, Christmas 2010 will go down as the holiday Americans rediscovered how much they like to shop. People spent more than expected on family and friends and splurged on themselves, too, an ingredient missing for two years. Clothing such as fur vests and beaded sweaters replaced practical items like pots and pans. Even the family dog is getting a little something extra. “You saw joy back in the holiday season,” said Sherif Mityas, partner in the retail practice at A.T. Kearney. A strong Christmas Eve
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