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Sharron Angle and the makeup of the electorate
No refudiating this one
Speaking of new words, the new ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), came up - inadvertently, it appears - with a new one that might be of some use: "Wikiledia."
Chambliss unveiled the neologism Thursday afternoon at a hearing on the nomination of Stephanie L. O'Sullivan, a senior CIA official named to be principal deputy director of national intelligence, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's No. 2.
Chambliss obviously was referring to WikiLeaks but managed to combine WikiLeaks, Wikipedia and maybe even the mainstream media in one phrase. Not bad.
Clinton in a squeaker
We knew the race between Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her predecessor, Condoleezza Rice, for most-traveled secretary in the first two years in office, was going to be a nail-biter - and it was.
But, in the end, Clinton, with a late flurry of January jaunts - including a six-day 16,500-miler to the Middle East - broke the tape with a virtual last-minute, one-day trip on Jan. 30 to Haiti. (The two-year count, compiled by our colleague Glenn Kessler, ends on Jan. 31 because a new administration's Cabinet members aren't confirmed until late January.)
So, the final standings:
Clinton - 165 days on the road, 40 trips.
Rice - 163 days on the road, 39 trips.
Warren Christopher - 148 days, 28 trips.
Madeleine K. Albright - 146 days, 35 trips.
James A. Baker III - 139 days, 27 trips.
Colin L. Powell - 127 days, 29 trips.