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MEDIA FIREWORKS: MCCAIN PLEADS WITH NY TIMES TO SPIKE STORY
The Drudge Report ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2007 | Matt Drudge

Posted on 12/20/2007 7:47:55 AM PST by sitetest

Edited on 12/20/2007 9:24:12 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

MEDIA FIREWORKS: MCCAIN PLEADS WITH NY TIMES TO SPIKE STORY

Thu Dec 20 2007 10:56:57 ET

Just weeks away from a possible surprise victory in the primaries, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz has been waging a ferocious behind the scenes battle with the NEW YORK TIMES, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned, and has hired DC power lawyer Bob Bennett to mount a bold defense against charges of giving special treatment to a lobbyist!

McCain has personally pleaded with NY TIMES editor Bill Keller not to publish the high-impact report involving key telecom legislation before the Senate Commerce Committee, newsroom insiders tell the DRUDGE REPORT.

The paper's Jim Rutenberg has been leading the investigation and is described as beyond frustrated with McCain's aggressive and angry efforts to stop any and all publication.

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The drama involves a woman lobbyist who may have helped to write key telecom legislation.

The woman in question has retained counsel and strongly denies receiving any special treatment from McCain.

Rutenberg, along with reporter David Kirkpatrick, has been developing the story for the last 6 weeks.

Rutenberg had hoped to break the story before the Christmas holiday, sources reveal, but editor Keller expressed serious reservations about jounalism ethics and issuing a damaging story so close to an election.

McCain campaign officials Rick Davis, Charlie Black and Mark Salter are also said to have met with the NEW YORK TIMES in an effort to halt publication.

Developing...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; corruption; dirty; drudge; election; elections; fredthompson; hillary; huma; mccain; nyt; romney; spiked; whoisleft2008
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
Um, no. I believe it's been pretty much established that the L.A. Times story was the one involving Hillary! and Huma, which still hasn't seen the light of day.

This one sounds more like an influence-peddling issue, not a sex scandal.

151 posted on 12/20/2007 10:38:19 AM PST by JennysCool (Merry Christmas!)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Rove you magnificent basterd!


152 posted on 12/20/2007 10:41:16 AM PST by omega4179 (Bring me the broomstick of the wicked witch of the west.)
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To: meandog

I think McCain COULD possibly get a newspaper to pull a story for him.

He’s spent so much time sucking up to the drive-by media on everything from illegals to guns to campaign finance reform.

Quite a track record.


153 posted on 12/20/2007 10:43:38 AM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: ladyjane

I heard he left his first wife because she was dying from something.

The “heiress” looks young enough to be his duaghter.

By the way, I think Coors is the Nadir of Bottled beer - it tastes like bubbly water. Hate the stuff.


154 posted on 12/20/2007 10:45:34 AM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: sitetest

It seems like just yesterday, McQueeg was the New York Times’ golden boy.

It’s so sad to see a good friendship go bad. Truly heartbreaking.


155 posted on 12/20/2007 10:47:03 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard ("and alllll the children are insane")
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To: sitetest
...McCain has personally pleaded with NY TIMES editor Bill Keller not to publish the high-impact report involving..

McCacain: But I thought we were friends... please? (to NYT).

LOL... This rep race it's turning out to be more FUN I ever expected it to be!... and those Iowans... what a bunch! :)

156 posted on 12/20/2007 10:48:43 AM PST by ElPatriota (Duncan Hunter 08 -- I am proud to support this man for my president)
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To: ElPatriota
Dear ElPatriota,

“This rep race it’s turning out to be more FUN I ever expected it to be!”

I’ve been chuckling, myself. A guilty pleasure.


sitetest

157 posted on 12/20/2007 10:52:08 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: ZULU
I think McCain COULD possibly get a (New York Times) to pull a story for him. He’s spent so much time sucking up to the drive-by media on everything from illegals to guns to campaign finance reform. Quite a track record.

Right, well, I presume you believe in Santa Claus too? Or that Mitt, Rudy, Huck, and FRed, really did long to do their duty and join the military during Vietnam and were soo-o-o-o-o disappointed that they got defered by ministry chores, schools and high draft lottery numbers? Or, they, really are going to round up all those illegals and ship 'em back to Mexico, small business labor be damned!

158 posted on 12/20/2007 10:57:33 AM PST by meandog (I'm one of the FEW and the BRAVE FReepers still supporting John McCain)
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To: meandog

We need pics of the woman lobbyist to see if he’s guilty.


159 posted on 12/20/2007 10:58:35 AM PST by umgud (no more subprime politicians)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Gee, this couldn’t have anything to do with getting Hillary elected? Or giving Guiliani a primary come-from-behind victory?


160 posted on 12/20/2007 11:01:58 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Tuesday, December 18, 2007___________________https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: sitetest
McCain: The only Republican among the Keating 5

161 posted on 12/20/2007 11:03:45 AM PST by Uri’el-2012 (you shall know that I, YHvH, your Savior, and your Redeemer, am the Elohim of Ya'aqob. Isaiah 60:16)
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To: TitansAFC; meandog; therut; Laissez-faire capitalist; MARTIAL MONK; napscoordinator; sportutegrl; ..
Details are sketchy on this but I decided to ping everyone just so you are aware.

The McCain List.
162 posted on 12/20/2007 11:05:19 AM PST by Norman Bates
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To: JennysCool

Um, okay. Except that isn’t really fully ‘established’. Just rumored. Secondly, if you read what Drudge says carefully, you’ll note the apprehension about publishing the story, as well as the curious fact that the lobbyist has also strongly denied any special treatment, which says to me that it’s really related to something else other than influence peddling.

It’s all speculation of course, but so is the stuff about it being Hillary. The two stories do seem to match up to me.


163 posted on 12/20/2007 11:06:19 AM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (John Cox 2008: Because Duncan Hunter just isn't obscure enough for me!)
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To: NeoCaveman

Thank you.


164 posted on 12/20/2007 11:06:57 AM PST by Norman Bates
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To: sitetest

It’s yet to be proven any of those angles are true. I never paid much attention to Drudge but he isn’t raising my opinion of him with these rumor stories.


165 posted on 12/20/2007 11:08:38 AM PST by Norman Bates
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

I think the sort of “special treatment” they’re talking about here is where you get a no-bid contract or a chunk of federal funding without having to leap through the usual hoops.

I just don’t get a “sex scandal” out of what’s been reported.


166 posted on 12/20/2007 11:10:30 AM PST by JennysCool (Merry Christmas!)
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To: meandog

McCain is a leftist media prostitute. They would LOVE to have him as the Republican candidate.

That way the public can choose between Hillery and Hillery light.


167 posted on 12/20/2007 11:10:52 AM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: xzins

Yeah.

This story has Mitt’s finger prints all over it.


168 posted on 12/20/2007 11:12:16 AM PST by BoBToMatoE
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To: PurpleMan

And these guys are civil SERVANTS? Now I can fully understand why these people can’t identify with the average American people.They tell us to conserve energy but what do they do? We have yet to use our heat to save money! No carbon credits so that we can use all the energy we want!


169 posted on 12/20/2007 11:12:55 AM PST by red irish (Gods Children in the womb are to be loved too!)
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To: Norman Bates
Dear Norman Bates,

“It’s yet to be proven any of those angles are true.”

That’s true. However, if Mr. McCain has retained the services of Mr. Bennett, then he is taking the story extremely seriously.

I find this bit of double-talk especially amusing:

“McCain acknowledged that his presidential campaign aides have had discussions with the newspaper regarding its inquiries.

“’I have not been in talks with The New York Times. They’ve been communicating with our staff and with us,’ McCain said.”

From: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8TLB7JO1&show_article=1

He acknowledges discussions with the New York Times, but disclaims talks with the New York Times.

That’s not Drudge speaking, that’s a quote from the Senator himself.

ROFLMAO!!!


sitetest

170 posted on 12/20/2007 11:14:22 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: JennysCool
Dear JennysCool,

“I just don’t get a 'sex scandal' out of what’s been reported.”

At this point, it’s just speculation. But here’s the hint form Drudge’s report:

“The drama involves a woman lobbyist who may have helped to write key telecom legislation.

“The woman in question has retained counsel and strongly denies receiving any special treatment from McCain.”


sitetest

171 posted on 12/20/2007 11:16:50 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: sitetest

McCain isdone. Stick a fork in the old coot.


172 posted on 12/20/2007 11:17:16 AM PST by Palladin (Cackle..cackle..cackle. Hillary laid another egg.)
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To: sitetest

The drama involves a woman lobbyist who may have helped to write key telecom legislation.

The woman in question has retained counsel and strongly denies receiving any special treatment from McCain.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


173 posted on 12/20/2007 11:21:40 AM PST by Rick.Donaldson (http://www.transasianaxis.com - Visit for lastest on DPRK/Russia/China/Etc --Fred Thompson for Prez.)
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To: JennysCool

Perhaps I have a dirty mind, I guess. When I hear a politician is accused of wrongdoing with a female lobbyist who also denies any ‘special treatment’, the first thing that pops into my mind is some sort of relationship or sex scandal. Also, hiring Clinton’s sex scandal lawyer is another tipoff.

Who knows...not I, but it does kind of seem to fit together to me. The part about them not wanting to report on it really was what brought the whole ‘secret sex scandal’ thing to mind in the first place.


174 posted on 12/20/2007 11:22:47 AM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (John Cox 2008: Because Duncan Hunter just isn't obscure enough for me!)
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To: ZULU

The story I heard was the first wife was in a bad accident coming back from a POW/MIA fund raising event. She had been very active in the POW/MIA movement. When McCain returned home his wife was disabled. Somewhere along the way he met the heiress. Not sure if it was before or after he divorced his first wife.


175 posted on 12/20/2007 11:24:13 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: sitetest

I wonder if this is the “sitting senator” rumor that has been swirling around.


176 posted on 12/20/2007 11:26:22 AM PST by Politicalmom (Huckabee is the GOP's Jimmy Carter. Are you ready for Huck the Schmuck to plunder your pocketbook?)
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To: sitetest
Just weeks away from a possible surprise victory in the primaries....

BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

Sure, McLame was on the verge of vaulting over Rudy, Mitt, Fred, and Mike. And monkeys might fly out of my butt.

177 posted on 12/20/2007 11:27:42 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat ((I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!))
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To: ZULU

I went to www.ask.com and put in “mccain wife disabled” and got the following in the first link:

“McCain dumped his first wife after she had been disabled in an auto accident. Although this woman had worked tirelessly to get him released from captivity, he did not hesitate to betray her with other women upon finding her crippled when he returned home.”

I goes on to talk about her family and drug problems. Her family is one of the richest in Arizona. Ol John did alright for himself!


178 posted on 12/20/2007 11:29:33 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: Politicalmom

Could be.


179 posted on 12/20/2007 11:31:43 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: sitetest
I refer you to my #166.

"Special treatment" doesn't have to be of a sexual nature, you know.

Not saying it isn't, just that it doesn't have to be.

180 posted on 12/20/2007 11:32:10 AM PST by JennysCool (Merry Christmas!)
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To: ZULU

181 posted on 12/20/2007 11:32:20 AM PST by BubbaBasher (WWW.TWFRED08.COM)
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To: JennysCool
Dear JennysCool,

I refer you to #171:

“At this point, it’s just speculation.”

and:

“But here’s the hint...”[emphasis added]

In that working with lobbyists is inherently a form of special treatment, and one that is hardly the stuff of scandal, one must ask the question, what’s the big deal?

Maybe there is none. But that rather leaves wanting an explanation for the fact that Mr. McCain has apparently hired Mr. Bennett.

If all this were about a lobbyist helping to write a piece of legislation that wasn’t even passed, I think that Mr. McCain would be chuckling at the feebleness of the attempt to smear him.

We’ll see what comes of this, but as far as speculations go, sex scandal is at least as good as any.


sitetest

182 posted on 12/20/2007 11:37:54 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

I sense skepticism on your part.


183 posted on 12/20/2007 11:42:11 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: sitetest

Well right now.... Just another yawn.


184 posted on 12/20/2007 11:47:46 AM PST by CindyDawg
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To: sitetest

The silliness will give way to one standing viable candidate: DUNCAN HUNTER.


185 posted on 12/20/2007 11:54:56 AM PST by Fitzcarraldo
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To: JLS

This is what I know about the Keating 5:

“Although the evidence is in conflict on this, it appears that Senator McCain at some point communicated to Senator DeConcini that he was unwilling to put a lot of pressure on Chairman Gray or to negotiate on behalf of Lincoln. This was passed on to Charles Keating.

Senator McCain’s refusal to go along with Mr. Keating’s agenda regarding the regulators caused Mr. Keating to call Senator McCain a wimp. Word of this remark reached Senator McCain through Senator DeConcini’s office. As a result, when Senator McCain and Mr. Keating met on March 24, 1987 to discuss the upcoming meeting with Chairman Gray, they had a heated argument. . . . Mr. Keating left in an angry state. This argument ended Senator McCain’s personal relationship with Charles Keating.”
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CE7D61138F935A25752C1A966958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all

Is there something different that you know?


186 posted on 12/20/2007 12:01:07 PM PST by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?" "Because it's judgment that defeats us.")
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To: 1Old Pro

“Toast....right. This is what I know about the Keating 5:

“Although the evidence is in conflict on this, it appears that Senator McCain at some point communicated to Senator DeConcini that he was unwilling to put a lot of pressure on Chairman Gray or to negotiate on behalf of Lincoln. This was passed on to Charles Keating.

Senator McCain’s refusal to go along with Mr. Keating’s agenda regarding the regulators caused Mr. Keating to call Senator McCain a wimp. Word of this remark reached Senator McCain through Senator DeConcini’s office. As a result, when Senator McCain and Mr. Keating met on March 24, 1987 to discuss the upcoming meeting with Chairman Gray, they had a heated argument. . . . Mr. Keating left in an angry state. This argument ended Senator McCain’s personal relationship with Charles Keating.”
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CE7D61138F935A25752C1A966958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all

Is there something different that you know about the Keating 5?


187 posted on 12/20/2007 12:02:18 PM PST by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?" "Because it's judgment that defeats us.")
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To: sitetest

McCain has a long history of stifling consumer choice out of deference to the telecom and cable lobbies. You would pay less than half what you do for these services, and would have had a-la-carte cable choice for over 10 years if it were not for John McCain.


188 posted on 12/20/2007 12:06:07 PM PST by montag813 ("How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries!" -Churchill)
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To: Tulsa Ramjet

I know not to believe stories printed in the New York times.


189 posted on 12/20/2007 12:06:12 PM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: ladyjane

yeah, lets roll that around for speculative lather. wow, nice comment. While your at it, talk about Rush’s addiction too, and maybe Nancy Reagan’s astrology, maybe throw in Roosevelts’ polio.


190 posted on 12/20/2007 12:06:19 PM PST by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?" "Because it's judgment that defeats us.")
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To: 1Old Pro

okay, being that this is excerpts of a hearing,...give me a second...


191 posted on 12/20/2007 12:07:29 PM PST by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?" "Because it's judgment that defeats us.")
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To: Tulsa Ramjet

Also check to see if Keating was a campaign contributor to McLame.


192 posted on 12/20/2007 12:10:26 PM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: 1Old Pro

http://www.azcentral.com/news/specials/mccain/articles/0301mccainbio-chapter7.html

“Reluctant participant

Despite his history with Keating, McCain was hesitant about intervening. At that point, he had been in the Senate only three months. DeConcini wanted McCain to fly to San Francisco with him and talk to the regulators. McCain refused.

Keating would not be dissuaded.

On March 24 at 9:30 a.m., Keating went to DeConcini’s office and asked him if the meeting with the regulators was on. DeConcini told Keating that McCain was nervous.

“McCain’s a wimp,” Keating replied, according to the book Trust Me, by Michael Binstein and Charles Bowden. “We’ll go talk to him.”

Keating had other business on Capitol Hill and did not reach McCain’s office until 1:30. A DeConcini staffer already had told McCain about the “wimp” insult.

When he arrived, Keating presented McCain with a laundry list of demands for the regulators.

McCain told Keating that he would attend the meeting and find out whether Keating was getting treated fairly but that was all.”

My god. You are right. Guilty as charged. Give me a friggin’ break.


193 posted on 12/20/2007 12:13:33 PM PST by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?" "Because it's judgment that defeats us.")
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To: BubbaBasher

He doesn’t have his nose horn on.


194 posted on 12/20/2007 12:16:47 PM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: 1Old Pro

OF COURSE HE WAS!!!
Most people that have money in a state contribute to the U.S. senators of that state! Its as old as the republic. The question is, was anything done wrong, right?:

“In the end, the Senate Ethics Committee concluded that Senators Cranston, DeConcini, and Riegle had substantially interfered with the federal regulators’ enforcement processes at the request of Charles Keating. In August 1991, the Ethics Committee recommended to the full Senate the censuring of Cranston for reprehensible conduct. The other four senators were noted for questionable conduct. Cranston had already decided not to seek re-election, citing medical problems.”

Dude, you need to read up rather than sipping the kool-aid. As for myself, I’m looking at Fred, Duncan, and McCain just to let you know where I stand.

http://www.polisci.ccsu.edu/trieb/curr-tim.HTM


195 posted on 12/20/2007 12:18:26 PM PST by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?" "Because it's judgment that defeats us.")
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To: NeoCaveman
I have a feeling she looks "not guilty" but i want to see if myself....

If she looks "Not Guilty", this story is going to have much better legs, as they say in the news business...

196 posted on 12/20/2007 12:22:22 PM PST by gridlock ("I'd gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today" -- J. Wellington Wimpy)
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To: 1Old Pro
Also check to see if Keating was a campaign contributor to McLame.

Well, as you know he was ...big time. He, his friends and employees.

But, the only thing I'm aware of that could be proven is that he exercised bad judgment, which he still does today, which is why I could never vote for him.

197 posted on 12/20/2007 12:33:21 PM PST by evad
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To: gridlock

“If she looks ‘Not Guilty’, this story is going to have much better legs, as they say in the news business...”

ROFLMAO!!


198 posted on 12/20/2007 12:33:26 PM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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Jon Francois Kerry, who served in Vietnam, advises Big John McNutt in his time of crisis,

"You know Johnnie boy, your problem is (besides the fact that I married into more money than you did, he he) is that you just didn't bring back enough Purple Hearts from Viet Nam. You see, when I served in Viet Nam, and Cambodia, and almost won the war single-handedly ... "


199 posted on 12/20/2007 12:34:34 PM PST by webschooner
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To: sitetest

Once a Keating Five always a Keating Five.


200 posted on 12/20/2007 12:38:56 PM PST by rod1
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