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For Rep. Sanchez, No Goodwill in Vietnam

A First Lady Not Afraid of the Muck

Speaking of Yawar . . . while he was doing big-deal diplomacy, his wife, Nasreen Barwari, was spotted at the glamorous Blue Plains sewage treatment plant. She's the country's public works minister and wanted to find out how utilities are overseen and operated here. The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority headquarters is at the plant.

Could start a trend for visiting first ladies?

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Terms of Endearment (The Washington Post, Dec 1, 2004)
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Friday's Question:
It was not until the early 20th century that the Senate enacted rules allowing members to end filibusters and unlimited debate. How many votes were required to invoke cloture when the Senate first adopted the rule in 1917?
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Billions and Billions of Jobs Dreamed Up

White House spokesman Scott McClellan talked Friday about one of the key reason's for President Bush's reelection.

"One of his top priorities," McClellan said, "is making sure that we are doing everything we can to keep our economy growing stronger and creating jobs. Because of the policies this president has implemented, our economy is growing stronger. And we are seeing strong job creation. Over the last 15 months, we've seen some 2.4 billion new jobs created. But there is more to do."

Résumé inflation?

Missed Deadlines and Star Search

Speaking of electoral matters, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), responding to a question from Fox News reporter Jim Mills, said her entry to the In the Loop Name That Tune Contest, the one to find a new theme song for the Democrats, would be: "The Best Is Yet to Come." Sorry. That's kinda lame, and the deadline was Monday.

Winners to be announced later this week.

Meanwhile, word is the search is narrowing for executive director of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, a job truly for those who enjoy being hammered. Two leading contenders are J.B. Poersch, chief of staff for Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I), and Karen Olick, chief of staff for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).


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