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2009/1/27-2/1 [Politics/Domestic/President/Clinton] UID:52478 Activity:nil
1/27    http://www.realnews.org/index.php-option=com_content&task=view&id=59&Itemid=189.htm
        [Title: Hilary's Bush Connection. Summary: Ties to Alan Quasha.]
        \_ I knew hillary was evil!
        \- in case you are interested, the old white guy to the right of
           the clinton-bushco picture [chalmers johnson] is a former ucb
           prof who sort of went nuts.
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Click Here * PLEASE REMEMBER: RealNews will be getting your tip anonymously, so we won't be able to reply to your message. If you'd like a reply, or would like to contact us about anything else, please leave a real email address. Past Investigations The Man Who Conned Oprah The original 2006 investigation of James Frey by The Smoking Gun, which proved that the best-selling memoirist's "A Million Little Pieces" was based on a similar number of exaggerations. E-mail Page 1 of 5 The Clintons meet with the Bushes in the White House by RUSS BAKER and ADAM FEDERMAN | October 18, 2007 Research support for this story was provided by the Investigative Fund of The Nation Institute. IN THE CLINTONS' PURSUIT OF POWER, there is no such thing as a strange bedfellow. One recently exposed inamorata was Norman Hsu, the mysterious businessman from Hong Kong who brought in $850,000 to Hillary Clinton's campaign before being unmasked as a fugitive. 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