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Dec 14, 2011
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Washington Extra – Theater of the absurd

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No one said extending the payroll tax cut in Congress by December 31 would be a walk in the park. But did we really expect it to turn into another marathon with multiple detours?

After a rare display of bipartisanship on Monday on a spending bill to keep the government running through 2012, Tuesday gave way to another day of bitter back and forth, in which Democrats and Republicans aimed to out-maneuver and out-smart each other.

Dec 13, 2011
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Washington Extra – End in sight

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President Obama didn’t bite when asked by a White House reporter today if he still thought the U.S. war in Iraq was “a dumb war.” Back in 2002, he could get away with such a blunt statement. As president, and with the Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki at his side, he needed to be more subtle.

Up the two men went to Arlington Cemetery, their motorcade driving past the white grave stones of wars past and present, canon shots firing in the background, until they arrived at the Tomb of the Unknowns. A military band played both countries’ anthems, Obama stood with his hand over his heart for both songs while Maliki stood erect with his hands by his sides.

Dec 9, 2011

Washington Extra – Daily Double

WASHINGTON, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Two big events on
Capitol Hill grabbed our attention today. They revolved around
two men with some similarity in their surnames – Corzine and
Cordray. We’re likely to be hearing about both for some time.

Jon Corzine went before the House Agriculture Committee to
explain how futures brokerage MF Global went bust under his
command and what happened to the hundreds of millions of dollars
in customer funds. The former senator saw the tables turned on
him, but our reporters said he was a powerful presence at the
witness table and kept his cool under fire from lawmakers who
used to be his colleagues. He only cracked a bit when he was
asked about those who lost money, like farmers from the
lawmakers’ districts.

Nov 22, 2011
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Washington Extra – Turkey talks

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The good news? Thanksgiving will not be interrupted by eleventh-hour negotiations by the “super committee” to strike a deal to cut the burgeoning deficit. After months of work, the 11 men and one woman called it quits today. Their statement said “it will not be possible to make any bipartisan agreement.” No mention of the word on everyone’s tongues: failure.

Even in the early days of the super committee, we are learning, hope was in short supply. At one of the early breakfast meetings, members kept saying how hard it would be to reach agreement. South Carolina’s  Democratic Representative James Clyburn said to his fellow panel members: “Do you want to know what’s hard? Desegregating South Carolina in the 1950s. I met my wife in jail.”

Nov 17, 2011
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Washington Extra – Patriotic millionaires

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As Democrats and Republicans hunkered down on opposite sides of the Capitol on Wednesday, showing no signs of a compromise on slashing the deficit, a group called the Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength made its move.

Nearly 140 members wrote a letter to President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress to “do the right thing” and “raise our taxes.” Next they hit up the bipartisan “super committee,” laboring under a Nov. 23 deadline to reach agreement on the deficit or trigger unpalatable budget cuts.

Nov 15, 2011
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Washington Extra – Oppo on steroids

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Welcome to the new era of opposition research — one that is supercharged by SuperPACs and flung far and wide by Twitter. YouTube is soooo 2008.

In his Special Report “The golden age of oppo research”, our correspondent Tim Reid tells us that the combination of abundant money (post-Citizens United decision ) and great technology will take opposition research to a new level in 2012. Karl Rove’s  SuperPAC American Crossroads alone plans to spend $240 million on this election cycle, mostly attacking Democratic candidates.

Jul 16, 2011

Palin biopic now showing in theater not so near you

ORANGE, California (Reuters) – “The Undefeated,” a flattering documentary about Sarah Palin’s rise in American politics, opened in a handful of U.S. movie theaters on Friday, drawing die-hard fans of the Tea Party favorite from far away.

Distributors put the film in just 10 AMC theaters nationwide, mostly in reliably conservative markets like Dallas, Texas and Orange County in southern California.

Jun 17, 2011

Exclusive: Chipotle hires A-list lawyers for immigration probe

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Chipotle Mexican Grill has hired a team of Washington legal A-listers to shore up its hiring and handle a federal criminal investigation stemming from the discovery of hundreds of illegal workers in its popular burrito restaurants.

The Denver-based chain has been in hot water since audits by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) turned up large numbers of undocumented workers on payrolls in Minnesota, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Jun 17, 2011

Chipotle hires A-list lawyers for immigration probe

LOS ANGELES, June 17 (Reuters) – Chipotle Mexican Grill
(CMG.N: Quote, Profile, Research) has hired a team of Washington legal A-listers to shore
up its hiring and handle a federal criminal investigation
stemming from the discovery of hundreds of illegal workers in
its popular burrito restaurants.

The Denver-based chain has been in hot water since audits
by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) turned up
large numbers of undocumented workers on payrolls in Minnesota,
Virginia and Washington, D.C. [ID:nN20201127]

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      "Mary Milliken is Entertainment and Lifestyle Editor for the Americas since July 2013, based in Los Angeles. In 15 years with Reuters, she been bureau chief in Washington DC, the West Coast and South America and has organized news teams covering everything from presidential elections to economic crises to natural disasters. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese."
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