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  • Hickenlooper Returned Tax Breaks to IRS (CO Gov Race - D)

    09/14/2010 4:58:18 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 4 replies
    Denver Channel 7 ^ | September 10 &14, 2010 | Arthur Kane and Tony Kovaleski
    DENVER -- Mayor John Hickenlooper paid back $52,486 to the Internal Revenue Service in 2008 because of questionable conservation tax easements he participated in over the past decade, CALL7 Investigators have learned. After CALL7 Investigators started questioning the easement's value, Hickenlooper campaign staff provided 7News with a letter from the IRS telling Hickenlooper he could settle a claim to avoid litigation. "This letter is to inform you that (the IRS) has considered the federal tax implications of a group of returns reflecting charitable contributions of conservation easements in the state of Colorado," the IRS letter said. "Because your conservation easement...
  • Magellan: Frazier Leads Perlmutter 40-39 (CO-7)

    08/27/2010 8:02:08 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 26, 2010 | Michael Sandoval
    Magellan Strategies’ new poll in Colorado’s 7th Congressional District shows Republican candidate Ryan Frazier with a narrow 1 point lead, 40-39, over Rep. Ed Perlmutter. Jim Geraghty at the Campaign Spot sees the Frazier/Perlmutter battle as a potential election night surprise.
  • New Opera Focuses on Bill Clinton's Life

    07/14/2010 10:53:54 AM PDT · by keepitreal · 40 replies · 5+ views
    USNews.com ^ | July 12, 2010 | Paul Bedard
    If any recent president's life is the stuff of operas, it's Bill Clinton's. There's been comedy, drama, back-stabbing, shouting, crying, death, and many miraculous comebacks. But that's real life. Now art will be imitating life in a project coming together in Little Rock and meant to show how his struggles as a kid raised by a fun-loving mother influenced the making of the 42nd president. Billy Blythe features "a snapshot of a day of his life in Hot Springs in the 1950s," says the opera's producer, Bonnie Montgomery to our Suzi Parker. "Clinton's life is very operatic, over the top,...
  • In Memoriam: Blanche Thebom (1915-2010)

    03/24/2010 4:03:57 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 5 replies · 276+ views
    The San Francisco Classical Voice ^ | March 24, 2010 | Jason Victor Serinus
    Blanche Thebom, one of the great operatic mezzos of the postwar era, died at her home in San Francisco on March 23. Increasingly isolated due to dementia, Miss Thebom, as she was known to most, or “Miss T,” as she was called by many of her students, died a week after contracting pneumonia.During her career, Thebom was prized equally for the rich maturity of her voice, her face and figure (which also received their due in a number of films, including The Great Caruso), her profound acting ability and innate musical intelligence, and even her long tresses (at one time,...
  • Dodd: Thought of Scott Brown blocking health reform 'sickens'

    01/15/2010 12:51:37 PM PST · by keepitreal · 66 replies · 2,099+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/15/2010 | Michael O'Brien
    Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) said Friday that it "sickens" him that Massachusetts GOP Senate candidate Scott Brown could block healthcare reform if elected. Dodd, a longtime friend and ally of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), blasted the Republican candidate to permanently fill Kennedy's seat over Brown's stance against the health bill before Congress. "Health care was the cause of my friend Ted Kennedy's life," Dodd said in a fundraising letter for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). "So it sickens me that the Republican running to take Ted's place is vowing to be the 41st vote to kill health...
  • Salazar will not enter governor's race (CO)

    01/07/2010 10:43:14 AM PST · by keepitreal · 17 replies · 853+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | January 7, 2010 | Staff
    U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will not enter the race for Colorado governor and will endorse Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper for the post. Salazar made the decision after talking with his family and advisors. He intends to remain in the cabinet of President Barack Obama, who had previously indicated to Salazar that he would not object to a decision to run for governor.
  • AR Sen Poll: Lincoln Trails Four (Blanche is in trouble)

    01/06/2010 5:30:19 PM PST · by keepitreal · 20 replies · 1,125+ views
    RealClearPolitics blog ^ | January 6, 20101 | Kyle Trygstad
    Four Republican opponents lead Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) in potential general election matchups, according to a new Rasmussen survey. On top of trailing each Republican by at least 8 points and never reaching even 40% support, 55% say they hold an unfavorable opinion of the second-term senator.
  • Kristol on Hugh Hewitt Now: new internal poll of most likely to vote shows Brown slightly ahead

    01/06/2010 3:30:26 PM PST · by keepitreal · 86 replies · 3,350+ views
    The Hugh Hewitt Show ^ | January 6, 2010 | keepitreal
    Unbelievable! Kristol just said his sources have internal polling showing Brown pulling within 6 and slightly ahead among those most likely to vote.
  • Brown wants to exclude illegal immigrants from wage abuse cases

    01/06/2010 10:14:10 AM PST · by keepitreal · 32 replies · 1,139+ views
    The Milford Daily News (MA) ^ | January 6, 2010 | Staff
    FRAMINGHAM — State Sen. Scott Brown, R-Wrentham, today filed legislation that would require the state Attorney General to receive and document proof of citizenship or right to work in the United States for wage enforcement cases. Historically, the Attorney General’s office has adopted a policy of not asking about immigration status of employees when proceeding with a wage enforcement case against an employer. Under the bill filed by Brown, who is also a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, wage enforcement cases would require valid proof of citizenship or immigration status before proceeding. “This is a responsible and effective immigration reform...
  • The Rush To Therapy

    11/10/2009 2:04:37 PM PST · by keepitreal · 10 replies · 444+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 9, 2009 | David Brooks
    [Excerpt discussing the media's initial reaction to Ft. Hood] A shroud of political correctness settled over the conversation. Hasan was portrayed as a victim of society, a poor soul who was pushed over the edge by prejudice and unhappiness. There was a national rush to therapy. Hasan was a loner who had trouble finding a wife and socializing with his neighbors. This response was understandable. It’s important to tamp down vengeful hatreds in moments of passion. But it was also patronizing. Public commentators assumed the air of kindergarten teachers who had to protect their children from thinking certain impermissible and...
  • Bigger savings seen from limiting medical lawsuits

    10/09/2009 11:56:20 AM PDT · by keepitreal · 7 replies · 254+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 9, 2009 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR (AP)
    WASHINGTON — Limits on medical malpractice lawsuits would lead doctors to order up fewer unneeded tests and save taxpayers billions more than previously thought, budget umpires for Congress said Friday in a reversal that puts the issue back in the middle of the health care debate. The latest analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that government health care programs could save $41 billion over ten years if nationwide limits on jury awards for pain and suffering and other similar curbs were enacted. Those savings are nearly ten times greater than CBO estimated just last year.
  • Obama accepts Nobel Prize

    10/09/2009 8:43:01 AM PDT · by keepitreal · 51 replies · 1,230+ views
    The Hill ^ | October 9, 2009 | Michael O'Brien
    President Barack Obama said he will accept the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, though he said he feels he does not deserve to share the honor with many of the award's previous recipients. In a Rose Garden speech, the president said he was surprised and humbled by the Nobel Prize committee's decision to award him the prestigious prize, adding that it should be shared with many of the other human rights advocates across the world. "I am both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the Nobel Committee," Obama said Friday. "To be honest, I do not feel that I...
  • Zinni: W.H. close to 'dithering' on troop request

    10/04/2009 11:09:06 AM PDT · by keepitreal · 24 replies · 1,466+ views
    Politico ^ | October 4, 2009 | Harry Siegel
    Former CENTCOM Commander Anthony Zinni said the Obama administration was dangerously close to “dithering” on Gen. McChrystal’s troop request ,saying “We’ve had a strategy since March… I don’t understand why we’re questioning his judgment at this point, and I just hope this doesn’t go on for much longer.”
  • Reports: NYC Raid Focuses On Denver Terror Cell

    09/15/2009 4:18:58 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 24 replies · 1,147+ views
    TheDenverChannel.com ^ | September 15, 2009
    DENVER -- The massive FBI probe that triggered raids in New York City is focused on a potential Denver-based terror cell plotting another attack on the scale of 9/11, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday. CALL7 Investigators have learned that the Governor's office of Homeland Security has been involved in the investigation and believe there is no imminent threat in Colorado. (snip) A law enforcement source told CALL7 Investigators that the investigation has been going on for two weeks. A Denver area man, detained and then released Monday in connection with the New York City terrorism raids, had recently...
  • Obama Administration Sued Over Healthcare Enemies List

    08/27/2009 8:16:00 AM PDT · by keepitreal · 48 replies · 1,468+ views
    US News and World Report ^ | August 27, 2009 | Peter Roff
    A doctors' group and an organization that advocates for the interest of the inner-city poor have joined forced to sue the Obama administration, charging that its abortive effort to collect criticisms made by those opposed to President Obama's plan to change the U.S. health care system infringed on their First Amendment rights. In a complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and the Coalition for Urban Renewal and Education said the White House had attempted to "unlawfully" collect information on protected political speech when it asked Obamacare supporters to report any negative comments...
  • Side Dish: Bill Clinton's bedbug battle, Ryan Reynolds reaches out

    08/23/2009 4:45:45 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 28 replies · 1,343+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | August 23, 2009 | Rush & Malloy
    - Bedbugs have sent Bill Clinton and his staff fleeing the former President's offices, a source tells us. No word on whether WJC actually has a bed in his Harlem suite, but the infestation is said to have been so bad that exterminators told Clintonistas to take a few days off.
  • Obama taking family to Yellowstone, Grand Canyon

    08/07/2009 9:02:23 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 81 replies · 4,288+ views
    Reuters Blogs ^ | August 7, 2009 | Steve Holland
    So here we are in August, time for a little summer vacation. President Barack Obama is taking Michelle and the kids out on a Western swing to see some of America’s most famous national parks. Next Friday, August 14, they will fly out to Bozeman, Montana and the next day will visit Yellowstone National Park, home of the Old Faithful geyser, in nearby Wyoming. Later that day they head to Grand Junction, Colorado. On August 16, it’s on to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. They end up in Phoenix for the president to address the convention of Veterans of Foreign...
  • Obama doesn't regret 'acted stupidly' remark about Henry Gates Jr. arrest

    07/23/2009 9:32:27 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 48 replies · 1,369+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | July 23, 2009 | Michael Sheridan
    What's everyone so upset about? That was President Obama's response Thursday night during an ABC News interview when asked if he regretted his "acted stupidly" comment during Wednesday night's press conference. "I am suprised by the controversy," Obama told ABC's Terry Moran. "I think it was [a] pretty straightforward comment that you probably don't need to handcuff a guy, a middle-aged man who uses a cane, who's in his own home." And while Obama did not apologize for his strong jab, he attempted to soften its impact by offering compliments to the police officer at the center of the Henry...
  • Obama's administration preparing to use headhunters to fill key positions

    04/27/2009 9:52:03 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 17 replies · 740+ views
    The Examiner.com ^ | April 27, 2009 | Tara Gowland
    Barack Obama has been notoriously tough in hiring lobbyists in Washington and therefore, headhunters have been retained to search for hard to fill positions. Obama's administrators have reportedly interviewed large search firms Korn/Ferry International, Russell Reynolds Associates and Heidrick & Struggles. (snip) Obama said, “A lot of people who we think are about to serve in the administration and Treasury suddenly say, ‘Well, you know what? I don’t want to go through some of the scrutiny, embarrassment, in addition to taking huge cuts in pay.’ ”
  • Fidel Castro: Obama 'misinterpreted' Raul's words

    04/21/2009 9:42:52 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 14 replies · 742+ views
    AP ^ | April 22, 2009
    Raul Castro prompted widespread speculation last week that the U.S. and Cuba could be headed toward a thaw in nearly a half-century of chilly relations, when he said Cuban leaders would be willing to discuss "everything" with the U.S., (snip) Obama responded by saying Washington seeks a new beginning with Cuba but he also said that Cuba should release some political prisoners and reduce official taxes on remittances from the U.S. as a sign of goodwill. Fidel Castro wrote in an essay on Tuesday that Obama "without a doubt misinterpreted Raul's declarations."
  • Obama's out at home (No First Pitch at Nationals Home Opener)

    04/10/2009 12:16:06 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 115 replies · 2,688+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 10, 2009 | Mark Zuckerman and Christina Bellantoni
    President Obama won't throw the ceremonial first pitch before the Washington Nationals' home opener Monday. According to a White House aide, Obama will decline the team's invitation to throw the pitch before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies, brushing back a presidential tradition that dates to 1910.
  • EXCLUSIVE PIC: Clinton and Obama, in the Sandbox Again

    04/10/2009 10:00:39 AM PDT · by keepitreal · 35 replies · 1,821+ views
    The Browntable by The Root Brass ^ | April 9, 2009 | Dayo Olopade
    The weather was so nice in fact, that, after President Obama received his economic briefing and met with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in the Oval Office, the POTUS and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decided to hold their 4:15 meeting out behind the White House—next to the swing set installed for the Obama girls in March. Striding out from the West Wing, the two seemed thick as thieves—smiling, Secretary Clinton casually swung her leg over the bench on the east side of the playground, and the president grinned and waved to gawking reporters and staff as he sat down across...
  • DHS to Obama: Stay Away From Flood Areas

    03/27/2009 7:45:59 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 54 replies · 1,880+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 27, 2009
    The Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is urging President Obama to stay away from flood areas in North Dakota and Minnesota ... for now. While the President might want so survey the region first hand, Napolitano told reporters on a conference call Friday that she would advise the president to wait, given the "extraordinary circumstances" facing the area. "The focus needs to be on taking care of the residents of Fargo, [N.D.,] Moorhead [Minn.,] all those surrounding communities through the most serious part of this flood," she said. "And then we can begin to work on the issues...
  • More details on the White House vegetable garden (Farmer Michelle Fashion Alert)

    03/20/2009 11:20:16 AM PDT · by keepitreal · 51 replies · 2,869+ views
    Newsday Garden Blog ^ | March 20, 2009 | Jessica Damiano
    Michelle Obama and 26 local elementary school children broke ground this morning on the first White House kitchen garden since World War II. (snip) And during the ground breaking, the first lady didn't just stand by. We have photos of her and the kids using shovels, rakes, pitchforks and pushing wheelbarrows. There's no telling whether they were staged just for the photo op, but I have my reservations, given that Mrs. Obama was attired in neat-but-casual attire and what appear to be dress boots,
  • Obama’s Less Than “Special” Week (Honeymoon is over)

    03/20/2009 9:51:56 AM PDT · by keepitreal · 29 replies · 1,454+ views
    CBS News ^ | March 20, 2009 | Brian Montopoli
    Now bowling is again causing the president problems: As has been widely reported, the president quipped last night on the “Tonight Show,” in reference to his recent attempt to bowl, that “it was like Special Olympics." (snip) But the damage was done. The gaffe marked something of an appropriate coda to a tough week for the president, who has seen his efforts to convince Americans of the importance of his ambitious budget plan partially drowned-out amid populist anger over the AIG bonuses. As CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller points out, the crack wasn’t even original: In the Bill...
  • Fannie, Freddie Decry Bill to Tax Bonuses

    03/19/2009 8:41:35 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 23 replies · 776+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 20, 2009 | Zachary A. Goldfarb
    Proposal Could Put Housing Recovery Programs at Risk if Employees Leave Legislation to severely tax bonuses at companies receiving government aid may imperil the Obama administration's housing recovery program by igniting an exodus of employees from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, employees at the companies said. (snip) By including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the measure, legislators fueled feelings of fear and betrayal at those two companies, where some employees polished their résumés and began to call headhunters who had tried to recruit them in recent months. (snip) The legislation could affect hundreds of people at the companies, which...
  • Obama’s computer chief once shoplifted 4 shirts

    03/18/2009 9:25:32 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 76 replies · 2,636+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | March 18, 2009 | MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN
    roanoke,va - WASHINGTON (AP) - Now it can be told: The mysterious petty theft that President Barack Obama’s new computer chief committed at age 21 was shoplifting four dress shirts worth $134 from J.C. Penney. A 1996 Montgomery County, Md., police report obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday under a public records law shows Vivek Kundra was observed by a security guard putting the men’s shirts into a shopping bag and leaving the store without paying. Sgt. Tom Stanton wrote that Kundra was arrested after a brief foot chase and the property was recovered
  • Rep: Tax AIG bonuses 100 percent

    03/16/2009 9:22:10 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 26 replies · 1,157+ views
    Politico.com ^ | March 16, 2009 | VICTORIA MCGRANE
    Rep. Carolyn Maloney has come up with a solution to the AIG bonus conundrum: Tax them into oblivion. The New York Democrat is proposing legislation that would tax the offending bonuses at 100 percent. “This will allow AIG to continue to meet their ‘contractual obligation’ to pay these bonuses, but will ensure that the recipients are not allowed to keep this money,” Maloney explained in a Dear Colleague letter sent out today asking for co-sponsors. Entitled the “AIG Taxpayer Protection Act,” the Maloney legislation would instruct Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service to develop guidelines that tax at 100 percent...
  • President Obama Establishes New White House Cultural Post

    03/14/2009 6:57:32 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 76 replies · 2,001+ views
    Broadway World ^ | March 14, 2009 | BWW News Desk
    President Barack Obama has established a new staff position in his White House with the task of overseeing arts and culture, Kareem Dale. Dale, a partially-blind lawyer previously served as national disability director for Obama's campaign and served on the arts policy committee for Obama in Illinois. No details have been provided about the specific job duties as of yet, but it's been described as "a big step forward in terms of connecting cultural and goverment with mainstream administration policy."
  • Obama victory bash owes city $1.74 mil.

    02/19/2009 10:21:09 PM PST · by keepitreal · 15 replies · 668+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 20, 2009 | Fran Spielman
    Chicago has yet to recoup the $1.74 million cost of President Obama's victory celebration in Grant Park -- despite a burgeoning $50.5 million budget shortfall that threatens more layoffs and union concessions. "The Democratic National Committee has not yet paid us,'' Peter Scales, a spokesman for the city's Office of Budget and Management, said Thursday after questions from the Chicago Sun-Times. "We're reaching out to them this week." The Democratic National Committee has not paid Chicago for the cost of Barack Obama's election night rally in Grant Park. Stacie Paxton, a spokeswoman for the Obama-controlled DNC, explained the reimbursement delay...
  • Obama Takes On Auto Crisis Unbuffered by a ‘Czar’

    02/17/2009 8:16:40 PM PST · by keepitreal · 19 replies · 832+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 17, 2009 | David E. Sanger
    WASHINGTON — President Obama’s decision to act as his own “car czar” means that in the next few months he faces decisions no American president has made since the invention of the automobile. The most urgent among them: whether two of America’s three surviving domestic carmakers should be forced into bankruptcy, how many more concessions should be extracted from unions that helped propel him into the Oval Office and, perhaps, even what kind of cars will be produced in the United States.
  • Miracle on Wall St.: The Dow escapes a new closing low ("Its kind of fishy")

    02/17/2009 4:18:46 PM PST · by keepitreal · 51 replies · 1,869+ views
    LA Times Blog ^ | February 17, 2009 | Tom Petruno
    A day like this on Wall Street should drive the conspiracy theorists wild. For nearly the entire session the Dow Jones industrial average threatened to drop below its Nov. 20 close of 7,552.29, which had marked the worst of the 2008 sell-off. Each time the Dow got within range of that number today, it bounced up. Then, in the last two minutes of trading, the index sank as low as 7,551.33, before a few final trades managed to lift it a hairbreadth above the Nov. 20 close to finish at 7,552.60. So on the same day that President Obama signs...
  • PRESIDENT OBAMA LIKELY TO CREATE OFFICE OF URBAN POLICY (Office of Community Organizing)

    02/12/2009 3:39:53 PM PST · by keepitreal · 46 replies · 1,536+ views
    BlackAmericaWeb.Com ^ | February 12, 2009 | Michael H. Cottman
    The Obama administration is close to creating an office of urban policy to allocate funds to urban areas for a range of initiatives, including job training and the creation of new jobs, BlackAmericaWeb.com has learned.
  • Frankly Speaking: Etta James Disses Beyonce & Denounces Barack Obama

    02/04/2009 3:46:29 PM PST · by keepitreal · 69 replies · 4,193+ views
    Black Voices.com ^ | Feb. 4, 2009 | Jawn Murray
    "You guys know your president right? You know the one with the big ears. Yeah, wait a minute, he ain't my president, he might be yours. I tell you that woman he had singing for him, singing my song, she gonna get her a** whipped. The great Beyonce! Now like I said, she ain't mine. I can't stand Beyonce! She had no business up there singing. Singing on a big ole, big ole president day and going be singing my song that I've been singing forever." – 71-year-old Blues legend Etta James dogged both President Barack Obama and singer Beyonce...
  • Former Obama adviser Jeff Berman joins Bryan Cave (Lobbying former boss???)

    02/04/2009 10:55:43 AM PST · by keepitreal · 154+ views
    Washington Business Journal ^ | February 4, 2009 | Melissa Castro
    The brains behind President Barack Obama’s primary strategy has joined the D.C. office of a major St. Louis law firm. Jeff Berman is joining Bryan Cave LLP’s new 25-member public policy and governmental affairs group, after serving as the national delegate director for the Obama campaign. In that capacity, Berman devised the strategy to focus on unpledged delegates, caucus states and states that allocate delegates proportionally. (snip) “Jeff will join Broderick Johnson and other government affairs staff at our firm in providing strategic counsel on emerging public policies at the White House, federal agencies and Capitol Hill, plus in state...
  • Lawmakers urge Ritter not to accept Gitmo prisoners (CO)

    01/23/2009 3:42:23 PM PST · by keepitreal · 45 replies · 219+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | January 23, 2008 | Lynn Bartels
    Republican lawmakers today signed petitions protesting a possible transfer of Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Colorado, saying the state shouldn't be a dumping ground for terrorists. "The type of terrorists these would be, I'd be ill at ease if I lived in Florence or Canon City or Pueblo West," said Republican Sen. Ken Kester of Las Animas "I don't think we need 200 or 300 terrorists in Colorado. They will infiltrate the other convicts that are there." President Barack Obama announced Thursday he would close the Guantanamo Bay prison, located on an American naval base in Cuba, that has held suspected...
  • HARDAWAY: Election Day's integrity fading

    10/21/2008 6:22:20 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 37 replies · 601+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | October 21, 2008 | Robert Hardaway
    Many states permit early voting in presidential elections. While early voting as good public policy may be a matter of fair debate, the practice is in direct violation of federal law. Under the Constitution, states are of course free to adopt whatever procedures they deem appropriate for the election of state, county and local officials as long as those procedures do not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution or the guarantee of Republican state government as set forth in Article IV, Section 4. States are also free to appoint presidential electors in any manner they choose, although since...
  • Steinem: McCain sexist for choosing Palin

    09/30/2008 7:49:45 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 42 replies · 726+ views
    Hickory Daily Record ^ | September 30, 2008 | John Hinton
    Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, selected Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate for sexist reasons because she is unqualified to be vice president, women's activist Gloria Steinem said in a news conference today. "John McCain is the sexist here for choosing an unqualified for candidate," Stein said. "Sarah Palin was chosen for sexist reasons — to please the evangelical right and to confuse women voters." Steinem held a news conference at Salem College where she will be speaking later this evening
  • McCain is Right (Ad)

    09/26/2008 8:02:19 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 10 replies · 744+ views
    You Tube (McCain Ad) ^ | September 26, 2008
    McCain Ad using debate material "John is right"
  • Democrats to review nominating process

    08/20/2008 1:03:54 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 44 replies · 154+ views
    AP ^ | August 20, 2008 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Party leaders want to regain control of the primary calendar and reduce the number of superdelegates through a new commission announced Wednesday. They also want to review the caucus system, which presumed nominee Barack Obama used so successfully this year. The commission would work over the next year and make recommendations by January 2010
  • Some suspect preferential treatment for Obama tickets

    08/15/2008 8:45:14 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 16 replies · 110+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | August 15, 2008 | Kevin Vaughan
    As the Barack Obama campaign begins doling out tickets Saturday to his historic Invesco Field speech, some of those who missed out are questioning whether the system really was first-come, first-served. And several of them said they were upset not because it appeared the ticket give-away wasn't as advertised but because the campaign perpetuated the idea that the vast majority of passes would go to regular people of all backgrounds and even political beliefs. Instead, several of those who missed out said they suspect the bulk of the tickets were passed out to people who worked for — or gave...
  • Barr goes to court to demand entry into Saddleback Church

    08/15/2008 1:21:15 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 13 replies · 140+ views
    Barack Obama and John McCain are scheduled to make a joint appearance Saturday at Saddleback Church in Orange County, Calif. No other candidates have been invited, which has ticked off Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr. Russ Verney, campaign manager for the former Georgia congressman, has just sent out a mass e-mail saying Barr will seek a court order to require the church to invite him, too. Which perhaps is an odd thing for a Libertarian to do — asking a judge to determine whom a church should invite into its sanctuary.
  • Too Fit to Be President?

    07/31/2008 10:31:59 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 35 replies · 52+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 1, 2008 | AMY CHOZICK
    Facing an Overweight Electorate, Barack Obama Might Find Low Body Fat a Drawback (snip) But in a nation in which 66% of the voting-age population is overweight and 32% is obese, could Sen. Obama's skinniness be a liability? Despite his visits to waffle houses, ice-cream parlors and greasy-spoon diners around the country, his slim physique just might have some Americans wondering whether he is truly like them.
  • Suggesting the race card and then denying it (Obama's stupid excuse)

    07/31/2008 8:02:18 AM PDT · by keepitreal · 13 replies · 106+ views
    Politico ^ | July 31, 2008 | Jonathan Martin
    Asked Thursday if Obama was referring to race, Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said, "No." "What Barack Obama was talking about was that he didn't get here after spending decades in Washington," Gibbs said.
  • Did Obama Accuse McCain of Running a Racist, Xenophobic Campaign?

    07/30/2008 8:30:32 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 51 replies · 265+ views
    ABC News Blog ^ | July 30, 3008 | Jake Tapper
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but does it not seem as if Obama just said McCain and his campaign -- presumably the "they" in this construct -- are saying that Obama shouldn't be elected because he's a risk because he's black and has a foreign-sounding name? (snip) Then in Union, Mo., this evening, Obama seemed to specifically accuse McCain and the GOP of peddling racism and xenophobia. (snip) "But, since they don’t have any new ideas the only strategy they’ve got in this election is to try to scare you about me. They’re going to try to say that I’m...
  • America Bored of Wholesome Obamas: Want To Sell Magazines? Make Him a Terrorist

    07/30/2008 7:28:33 AM PDT · by keepitreal · 13 replies · 139+ views
    The Business Sheet ^ | July 30, 2008 | Hilary Lewis
    Barack Obama is usually quite good at selling magazines, boosting sales for titles ranging from Men's Vogue to Us Weekly to The New Yorker. But this week's wholesome cover photo of the Obama family was a bust for People, which sold fewer copies of this week's issue than its normal newsstand average. Jossip: When Us Weekly slapped Barack and Michelle Obama on the cover, Janice Min saw her newsstand numbers spike: Some 1 million readers picked up the issue, compared to the usual 800,000 copies that it normally moves. Perhaps looking for its own brand of presidential success, People followed...
  • OBAMA DISCUSSES HIS MULTI-ETHNIC FAMILY

    07/29/2008 12:42:30 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 34 replies · 135+ views
    MSNBC ^ | July 29, 2008 | Mike Memoli
    WASHINGTON, DC -- Obama discussed his own multi-ethnic family today as he spoke today at a fundraiser for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. “Being here is especially meaningful to me because I consider myself to be an honorary AAPI member, and I think I’ve got some pretty good credentials,” Obama told donors at the Mayflower today. His remarks focused heavily on immigration and Asian-American issues, according to a pool report of the event this afternoon at the Mayflower. That report described the crowd as heavy with South Asian, Southeast Asian and East Asian Americans, and Obama played up his connection...
  • Anarchists promise to sit out DNC — with a catch

    07/28/2008 7:57:15 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 24 replies · 57+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | July 28, 2008 | Daniel J. Chacon
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  • More on Obama and Landstuhl — Latest from Obama Camp

    07/25/2008 1:19:13 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 30 replies · 85+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 25, 2008 | Major Garrett
    Robert Gibbs, a senior communications adviser to the Obama campaign, briefed reporters on the planne today. I just received this transcript as I am in London, having leap-frogged ahead due to requirements for live shots here. This is the full transcript about the Obama camp’s perspective on the back-and-forth with the Pentagon about the canceled visit to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. {Read Transcript at the Link)
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    07/24/2008 4:02:07 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 8 replies · 54+ views
    AP ^ | July 24, 2008
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