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Could Hillary Be the Next Vice President?

Trading jobs with Biden might help Democratic ticket: Jonathan Alter

(Newser) - Sure, Hillary Clinton has made it sound like there's no way she'll be President Obama's running mate in 2012. But no doesn't mean no "when politicians say it," writes Jonathan Alter at Bloomberg . Bob Woodward said last year that a Clinton-Biden job trade was... More »

Sarkozys' Sex Life So Hot It Stops Clocks

New book spills about why the French first couple is late so often

(Newser) - Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy once kept a head of state waiting for a meeting, but they had a good excuse—they were having sex. The revelation about the French president and his ex-supermodel wife gets juicier, ABC News reports: It involves the Obamas. No, not like that! Bruni-Sarkozy "... More »

Obama: Tea-Baggers Control GOP Agenda

President blames Republican opposition to the stimulus

(Newser) - New York has an early look at Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter's book on the Obama White House, The Promise. Tidbits (some newsier than others):
  • Obama tells Alter that GOP opposition to the stimulus "helped create the tea-baggers and empowered that whole wing of the Republican Party where it
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Obama, Biden Earn A-Minuses

Pundits offer wide-ranging report card

(Newser) - On President Obama’s 100th day in office, Mark Halperin of Time provides a White House report card:
  • Barack Obama: A-. “Instantly comfortable and highly skilled at the hardest job in the world.”
  • Joe Biden: A-: Operates "precisely in the manner he and Obama discussed
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White House Reporters Trade Puff for Access

The 'beat sweetener' laudatory profile is early-term tradition

(Newser) - Readers of just about any national news outlet might’ve noticed a flood of good press about top White House aides lately. It’s not coincidence, and it’s not bias, Michael Calderone writes for Politico. Called a “beat sweetener,” such pieces aim to cultivate sources by praising... More »

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