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  • AP Poll: After Obama's 100 days, US on right track (Ron Fournier Amalgamated Propaganda Barfer)

    04/23/2009 11:55:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 1,575+ views
    AP on SFGate.com ^ | 4/23/09 | Ron Fournier and Trevor Thomson - ap
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Millions of people jobless. Billions of dollars in bailouts. Trillions of dollars in U.S. debt. And yet, for the first time in years, more Americans than not say the country is on the right track. In a sign that Barack Obama has inspired hopes for a brighter future in the first 100 days of his presidency, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows that 48 percent of Americans believe the United States is headed in the right direction — compared with 44 percent who disagree. The "right direction" number is up 8 points since February and a remarkable 31...
  • AP Poll: Americans high on Obama, direction of US

    04/23/2009 2:04:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 61 replies · 2,905+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 23, 2009 | Ron Fourner and Trevor Tompson
    For the first time in years, more Americans than not say the country is headed in the right direction, a sign that Barack Obama has used the first 100 days of his presidency to lift the public's mood and inspire hopes for a brighter future. Intensely worried about their personal finances and medical expenses, Americans nonetheless appear realistic about the time Obama might need to turn things around, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. It shows most Americans consider their new president to be a strong, ethical and empathetic leader who is working to change Washington. Nobody knows how long...
  • A.P. Seeks to Rein in Sites Using Its Content

    04/07/2009 6:58:06 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 21 replies · 983+ views
    NYT ^ | April 7, 2009 | Richard Perez-Pena
    Taking aim at the way news is spread across the Internet, The Associated Press said on Monday that Web sites that used the work of news organizations must obtain permission and share revenue with them, and that it would take legal action against those that did not. A.P. executives said they were concerned about a variety of news forums around the Web, including major search engines like Google and Yahoo and aggregators like the Drudge Report that link to news articles, smaller sites that sometimes reproduce articles whole, and companies that sell packaged news feeds. They said they did not...
  • Bill Ayers: Ward Churchill Was Fired in Witch Hunt

    03/05/2009 6:03:23 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies · 1,608+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 5, 2009
    DENVER -- William Ayers, the former Weather Underground radical whose past made him a lightning rod in the 2008 presidential campaign, said Thursday that fired Colorado professor Ward Churchill became the victim of a "witch hunt" after comparing Sept. 11 victims to a Nazi. "There's no doubt in my mind he was persecuted because of his politics," Ayers said before appearing with Churchill at a student rally on academic freedom at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ayers, Churchill and writer-activist Derrick Jensen were to speak later at an event titled "Forbidden Education and the Rise of Neo-McCarthyism."
  • [President-elect] Obama to boldly go where no geek has gone before

    12/24/2008 11:41:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies · 2,593+ views
    KBCI-TV / The Associated Press ^ | December 24, 2008 | Seth Borenstein
    Get ready for the geek-in-chief. President-elect Barack Obama used to collect comic books, can't part with his BlackBerry, and once flashed Leonard "Mr. Spock" Nimoy the Vulcan "Live Long and Prosper" sign. That and other evidence has convinced some of Obama's nerdier fans that he'll be the first American president to show distinct signs of geekiness. And that's got them as excited as a Tribble around a Klingon. Obama is good at "repressing his inner geek, but you can tell it's there," especially when he goes into nuanced explanations of technical_matters, said Benjamin Nugent, author of the book "American Nerd:...
  • [Supreme] Court: No review of Obama's eligibility to serve (Donofrio)

    12/09/2008 6:52:49 AM PST · by Mountain Mary · 24 replies · 3,643+ views
    AP ^ | December 9, 2008
  • Obama raised $745 million, twice as much as McCain

    12/05/2008 11:53:18 AM PST · by weegee · 45 replies · 1,187+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 5, 2008, 9:22AM | By JIM KUHNHENNN and JIM DRINKARD
    ...Obama reported raising $104 million in more than five weeks immediately before and after Election Day. It was his second biggest fundraising period and a fitting coda to a successful presidential bid that shattered fundraising records. ...Obama exceeded the combined finances of the two major parties' nominees four years ago. George W. Bush and John Kerry pulled in a total of $653 million in the 2004 primary and general election campaigns, including federal public financing money. Obama's prowess at attracting money, one of the many characteristics that defined his campaign, could well spell the end of a 30-year experiment in...
  • Bush: `I'm sorry' the economic crisis is occurring

    12/01/2008 11:12:35 AM PST · by WilliamReading · 137 replies · 3,407+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President George W. Bush expressed remorse that the global financial crisis has cost jobs and harmed retirement accounts and said he'll back more government intervention if needed to ease the recession. "I'm sorry it's happening, of course," Bush said in a wide-ranging interview with ABC's "World News," which was airing Monday. "Obviously I don't like the idea of people losing jobs, or being worried about their 401(k)s. On the other hand, the American people got to know that we will safeguard the system. I mean, we're in. And if we need to be in more, we will."...
  • Palin Sorts Clothes To See What Belongs To The RNC

    11/11/2008 12:37:54 PM PST · by steve-b · 46 replies · 342+ views
    AP ^ | Gene Johnson
    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spent part of the weekend going through her clothing to determine what belongs to the Republican Party after it spent $150,000-plus on a wardrobe for the vice presidential nominee, according to Palin's father. Palin and John McCain's campaign faced a storm of criticism over the tens of thousands of dollars spent at such high-end stores as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus to dress the nominee. Republican National Committee lawyers are still trying to determine exactly what clothing was bought for Palin, what was returned and what has become of the rest. Palin's father, Chuck Heath,...
  • Colorado Professors Join In Petition Supporting Bill Ayers (including Ward Churchill)

    10/30/2008 9:28:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies · 783+ views
    DENVER -- More than 3,200 supporters -- including former University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill -- have signed a petition protesting what they call the "demonization of Professor William Ayers." Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama's ties to Ayers have been questioned during the presidential campaign by critics who call the professor a "domestic terrorist." Obama's Republican opponent, John McCain, conducted a robo-phone call campaign in Colorado and several other states, calling into question Obama's connection with Ayers. The phone call campaign against Ayers began at the same time McCain told voters he wasn't concerned with "some washed up terrorist," during...
  • The AP Is Breaking More Than News

    10/26/2008 7:33:16 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 19 replies · 1,247+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 26, 2008 | Jay Newton-Small
    Any young journalist covering a presidential campaign is likely to have read Timothy Crouse's classic book on the 1972 election, "The Boys on the Bus." In the first chapter, the author describes the pecking order of print journalists. At the top of the food chain are the wire-service reporters, particularly the reporters from the Associated Press, the oldest of news organizations -- those hard-bitten, vigilant correspondents who set the agenda for everybody else. "Wire stories are usually bland, dry and overly cautious," Crouse wrote. "There is always an inverse proportion between the number of persons a reporter reaches and the...
  • Media Schadenfreude: Yahoo's "most emailed photos" of McCain from Yahoo News

    10/16/2008 9:08:32 AM PDT · by weegee · 18 replies · 2,039+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Oct 16, 2008 | as noted
    (REUTERS/Jim Bourg)(REUTERS/Jim Bourg)< (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)
  • Associated Press Continues Covering Up Barack Obama's Pro-Abortion Views

    10/13/2008 11:11:09 AM PDT · by julieee · 5 replies · 424+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | October 13, 2008 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC -- A recent study showed the mainstream media were taking a pass on any discussion of Barack Obama's abortion pro-abortion views. The Associated Press was part of the problem with a brief description of where Obama stands and now the news service has omitted his position entirely.
  • AP Presents Image of Robotic Sarah Palin Who 'Sticks to Script'

    09/10/2008 6:00:39 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 15 replies · 262+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | September 10, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    All politicians have a basic stump speech that they stick to when campaigning on the road. However, when Sarah Palin gives her stump speech the Associated Press claims, in a story written by Sara Kugler, she is sticking to a "basic script" like some programmed robot (emphasis mine): John McCain took a risk in picking little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a running mate, but now the campaign's playing it safer. She's sticking to a greatest hits version of her convention speech on the campaign trail and steering clear of questions until she's comfortable enough for a hand-picked interviewer later...