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Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been described as "what you get when you cross a political hack with a philosopher." Rich has been press secretary to Dan Quayle, when the former Vice President was a Congressman and a U.S. Senator; and to Newt Gingrich when Gingrich was House Republican Whip and, in 1996 became the communications director of the political office of Speaker Gingrich.

Articles By Rich Galen

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MULLINGS/Apocalypse Now ...or Never
May 25,2011

The prediction that the world would end last Saturday was the biggest bust since Geraldo opened Al Capone's vault or Lenin's Tomb (or whatever it was) and found it empty. For those in Alexandria who took Saturday off as a personal day, there is this preacher in - where? - California named Harold Camping who has made something

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MULLINGS/The Shot that Killed bin Laden
May 04,2011

At 12:09 am Monday, as I was watching the coverage of the events surrounding President Obama's announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden, I tweeted from my home in Old Town: "Wonder if we'll ever find out which member of the assault team took the shot that killed bin Laden?" The alert that the President would be making a rare

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MULLINGS/Barry in the Middle
Apr 13,2011

The deal to head off a government shutdown Friday night got done because a guy named Barry Jackson said it was done. Not one second before. I have no - zero - inside info on what in the press world is known as a "tick-tock" who said what to whom, and when they said it.

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MULLINGS/Press Secretary 101
Mar 31,2011

If I were Gen. Stanley McChrystal's boss, he not only wouldn't have to offer his resignation (I would have fired him), he would have had to pay his own cab fare home from Kabul. I would also fire every member of his staff - civilian and military - who could have, but did not, intervene in the decision for McChrystal

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Mar 23,2011

We met when we were at the dawn of our adulthood. We were freshmen together at Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio 45750. We were among the last students accepted so we were on the top floor in the oldest men's dorm. Seventeen-year-old kids with no idea what the world had in store for us or itself in 1964.

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MULLINGS/Hard Guys to Love
Mar 09,2011

I want to be in favor of Federal funding for public broadcasting. I really do. I believe that a function of society is support of the arts. I choose to include Sesame Street - which premiered on November 10, 1969

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MULLINGS/54-40 or Fight
Mar 07,2011

There is growing discussion over the nature of country borders in the roiling region of Northern Africa and the Middle East. We should just call the region "NAME" to save typing.

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MULLINGS/Egypt Engulfed
Feb 02,2011

On December 17, a 26-year-old fruit vendor named Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest at his treatment by the local authorities in the Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid. That act led to massive demonstrations which led to the government of Tunisia being toppled which led to even more massive demonstrations

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