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Obama Tells Senate Dems to Step Out of the 'Echo Chamber' (Update: Video)

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President Barack Obama gave Senate Democrats a pep talk Wednesday, rallying the battle-fatigued and dispirited among them by reminding of the need to "finish the job" concerning health care and financial reform and recommending that they refrain from taking their cues from cable TV news and the blogosphere. Instead, Obama said, they would do well to get out and talk to ordinary Americans.

Get Ready for the GOP's New Talking Points

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Certain vigilant operatives from the blogosphere have caught wind of some key words and phrases that we might soon be hearing on Fox News, as Republican pollster and memo composer Frank Luntz has let fly with his latest manifesto on how to spin the news about happenings on Capitol Hill to the GOP's advantage.

The Obama Standard

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A good politician triumphs by adapting to the times and taking advantage of opportunities as they come. A great politician anticipates openings others don't see and creates possibilities that were not there before.

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Let us remember that Republicans had long targeted working mothers as the centerpiece of the culture wars. Now their heroine is the in-your-face governor who once said: "To any critics who say a woman can't think and work and carry a baby at the same time, I'd just like to escort that Neanderthal back to the cave."

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The Associated Press over the weekend challenged the very format of blogging, prompting an immediate boycott and, almost as quickly, a reversal. The blogosphere began organizing a bipartisan boycott after AP informed the Drudge Retort that its excerpts of AP stories -- some as short as 39 words -- were a violation of copyright. The news cooperative has since retreated, saying it will work toward "better and more positive" guidelines.

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So is the glass half full or half empty after Clinton's departure? Or to pick a better metaphor, is the "highest, hardest" glass ceiling now half shattered by the 18 million cracks or does it look as impermeable as ever after this unsuccessful battering?

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To think that I had never focused blame on this particular part of the male anatomy. But there was anthropologist Helen Fisher on the "Today" show explaining that Client 9's destiny was in his eyebrows. And his cheekbones.

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So how did the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination come down to a choice between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton? We have become so accustomed to their pounding each other relentlessly that we've forgotten that this is a remarkable endgame.

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The same conservatives sending Barack Obama love notes over the airwaves are likely to smear him from every angle if he secures the nomination. Obama says he is ready. Let's hope so.

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