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“Ridiculous counterproductive stupid" Those are the words chosen by US State Department spokesman PJ Crowley to describe the country’s treatment of Pfc Bradley Manning, the alleged WikiLeaker being held in solitary confinement in a military jail Crowley to describe the country’s treatment of Pfc Bradley Manning.

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As White House press secretary Robert Gibbs prepares to assume the vaguely defined role of outside consultant to Barack Obama's next campaign, the president has picked Gibbs' replacement in Jay Carney, who has already run in Obama's close circles.

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Wednesday was a big day on Capitol Hill, what with the 112th Congress convening with a Republican at the helm of the House and with the announcement of a significant change in the Obama administration: Press secretary Robert Gibbs will leave his post in February.

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Tribesmen in western Pakistan captured Pakistani Taliban spokesman Maulvi Said Muhammad, aka Maulvi Omar, and turned him over to authorities Tuesday, according to The New York Times.

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The innovator of the Snow job says he'll be leaving the White House before George W. Bush, but it won't be for health reasons: "I've told people when my money runs out, then I've got to go." Press secretary Tony Snow's spintastic rhetorical flair will surely be missed by a president always in need of damage control and a blogosphere that has grown attached to those "did he just say that?" moments.

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No, it shouldn't be surprising that Bush is reportedly picking from the ranks at Fox News for a replacement for McClellan. More interesting, perhaps, is what Snow has said about Bush in the past: "An Embarrassment," "Impotent," "Doesn?t Seem To Mean What He Says."

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