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How would David Axelrod of White House fame describe Israel's poorly timed announcement of housing expansion in East Jerusalem? "Destructive," "needlessly provocative," "an insult and an affront" and "inappropriate."

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I expected a federal government that has spent trillions salvaging the banks that got us into this mess to find the relatively minor sums needed to bail out California and other states that have been the victims of Wall Street’s dangerous games. But I didn’t count on the tough-love steeliness of the Obama administration.

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David Axelrod is not Karl Rove, so what's he doing in his office? Barack Obama was elected to bring change to Washington, but like his predecessor, he's bringing his top political strategist into the White House. The Boston Globe questions whether that's the best idea.

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Shortly after winning the presidential election, Barack Obama's campaign bigwigs sat down with "60 Minutes." Asked how they dealt with the candidate's race, David Plouffe and gang said they just didn't.

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Bush's brain gets inside the minds of Obama campaign manager David Plouffe and strategist David Axelrod to explain the president-elect's success: "Messrs. Plouffe and Axelrod understood that over the last 28 years only 11 of 20 eligible Americans on average cast a presidential ballot. They focused on registering and motivating the other nine who don't usually vote." Yes, he wrote "Messrs."

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David Axelrod and Rick Davis of the Obama and McCain campaigns, respectively, dispensed with the niceties on "Fox News Sunday."

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The New York Times sheds some light on the back-room dealings, global developments and veep-vetting sessions that went into whittling down Barack Obama's short list of vice presidential candidates to the final contender, who heard Obama's final pitch while at the dentist's office.

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After enduring the silly debate over who injected race into the presidential campaign, let's look at some recent numbers that indicate how Barack Obama could win this close election.

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