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Rough Sketch: July 6, 2008 - July 12, 2008

Pull Up a Chair, Mr. Rove

Karl Rove had never been so agreeable. The former chief strategist to President Bush was the only witness listed on the agenda for yesterday's meeting of the House Judiciary Committee, and he proved to be uncharacteristically contained. Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), chairman of the subcommittee holding the hearing, declared herself...

By Dana Milbank  | July 11, 2008; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Booted

The ghost of Rummy is proving difficult to exorcise. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has tried to sweep out the symbols of his predecessor's capricious reign, firing acolytes of Donald Rumsfeld and bringing glasnost to the Pentagon. But in one area, Rummy's Rules still pertain: the attempt to hide from public...

By Dana Milbank  | July 10, 2008; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Latin Lovers

Como se dice "pander" en Español? The closest translation seems to be saconería, or insincere flattery. In some Latin American countries, the panderer is a sobón, or kiss-up. Others say he's a chupamedias -- literally, one who sucks socks. But whatever you want to call it, Barack Obama and...

By Dana Milbank  | July 9, 2008; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Risky Business

The waiters were still clearing the breakfast dishes yesterday when John McCain's most prominent adviser raised the subject of erection enhancement. Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief who is now the Republican National Committee's "Victory Chairman," was discussing consumer-driven health insurance at a breakfast with reporters when she proposed "a...

By Dana Milbank  | July 8, 2008; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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