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  • Media Praise Obama For His Wonderfulne

    01/27/2009 8:28:49 AM PST · by Michael Eden · 4 replies · 374+ views
    Start Thinking Right ^ | January 27, 2009 | Michael Eden
    I came across an Associated Press headline that left me racing to the toilet to hurl: Obama breaks from Bush, avoids divisive standsLet me play the first few bars of this article for you, so I can explain what is so profoundly wrong with it: WASHINGTON – Barack Obama opened his presidency by breaking sharply from George W. Bush's unpopular administration, but he mostly avoided divisive partisan and ideological stands. He focused instead on fixing the economy, repairing a battered world image and cleaning up government. "What an opportunity we have to change this country," the Democrat told his senior...
  • AP Slammed Bush’s ‘Extravagant’ Inaugural in ’05, but Now It’s Spend, Baby, Spend

    01/14/2009 11:04:10 AM PST · by chuck_the_tv_out · 30 replies · 2,428+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | Jan 14 09 | Rich Noyes
    Four years ago, the Associated Press and others in the press suggested it was in poor taste for Republicans to spend $40 million on President Bush’s inauguration. AP writer Will Lester calculated the impact that kind of money would have on armoring Humvees in Iraq, helping victims of the tsunami, or paying down the deficit. Lester thought the party should be cancelled: “The questions have come from Bush supporters and opponents: Do we need to spend this money on what seems so extravagant?” Fast forward to 2009. The nation is at war (two wars, in fact), and now also faces...
  • Palin aide discloses campaign travel costs

    01/10/2009 8:48:08 PM PST · by Toki · 33 replies · 1,493+ views
    AND ^ | anuary 9th, 2009 | RACHEL D'ORO
    An aide to Sarah Palin is disclosing as gifts more than $13,000 in airfare and lodging from the John McCain campaign, logged while helping the Alaska governor with state business during her bid as the Republican vice presidential candidate.
  • Lifting veil of privacy, friends discuss Kennedy (You have no idea how frreaking qualified she is)

    01/11/2009 6:54:27 AM PST · by presidio9 · 64 replies · 1,915+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 01/11/09 | SAMANTHA GROSS
    When community groups and the Board of Education were caught in an acrimonious dispute over an arts program, education officials brought in a fixer: Caroline Kennedy. The daughter of a president and niece of two senators listened attentively, asked probing questions and proposed various scenarios to resolve the dispute. Under her prompting, a compromise was reached. "People were pushing themselves back from the table and folding their arms," recalled Stephanie Dua, chief executive officer of the Fund for Public Schools. "She was very good at defusing the situation. ... She has a very easy style about her but she's very...
  • Palin says she's been exploited by CBS anchor Katie Couric and comic actress Tina Fey

    01/09/2009 5:33:23 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 24 replies · 1,469+ views
    Morning Call ^ | 1/9/2008 | Staff
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says CBS News anchor Katie Couric and comic actress Tina Fey have been "exploiting" her.</p> <p>Palin also is questioning whether Caroline Kennedy is getting better treatment from the news media in her quest for a Senate seat than Palin herself received as Republican John McCain's running mate.</p>
  • Obama taps spending watchdog, eyes Social Security

    01/07/2009 3:20:29 PM PST · by xtinct · 43 replies · 1,714+ views
    AOL ^ | 1/7/09 | Jennifer Loven
    Pointing with concern to "red ink as far as the eye can see," President-elect Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to tackle out-of-control Social Security and Medicare spending and named a special watchdog to clamp down on other federal programs — even as he campaigned anew to spend the largest pile of taxpayer money in history to revive the sinking economy. The steepness of the fiscal mountain he'll face beginning Jan. 20 was underscored by stunning new figures: an estimate that the federal budget deficit will reach $1.2 trillion this year, by far the biggest ever, even without the new stimulus spending....
  • Tina Fey Voted AP Entertainer of the Year (barf alert)

    12/24/2008 8:38:59 AM PST · by BAW · 44 replies · 1,091+ views
    ABC News ^ | December 24, 2008 | JAKE COYLE
    Tina Fey is the entertainer of the year? You betcha. Fey was voted The Associated Press' Entertainer of the Year, an annual honor chosen by newspaper editors and broadcast producers across the country. Fey was selected by AP members as the performer who had the greatest impact on culture and entertainment in 2008. The 38-year-old comedian bested runner-up Robert Downey Jr., whose comeback was capped with the blockbuster smash "Iron Man," and the third-place vote-getter, Heath Ledger, who posthumously wowed audiences as the Joker in "The Dark Knight." But it was Fey who most impressed voters largely with her indelible...
  • Blagojevich Scandal Distracts Obama (Predictable MSM Spin)

    12/24/2008 5:05:11 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 23 replies · 799+ views
    AP via AOLNews ^ | December 24, 2008 | JENNIFER LOVEN and BRETT J. BLACKLEDG, AP
    WASHINGTON (Dec. 24) - President-elect Barack Obama has said all along that neither he nor his team was involved in any eye-popping dealmaking over filling his vacated Senate seat. Obama's hand-picked investigator agreed. "Everybody behaved appropriately," declared Greg Craig, Obama's incoming White House counsel and the person asked to conduct the internal inquiry into contacts between the transition team and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
  • Blagojevich questioning takes up Obama's time

    12/24/2008 4:21:44 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies · 938+ views
    WASHINGTON: President-elect Barack Obama has said all along that neither he nor his team were involved in any dealmaking with the governor of Illinois over filling his vacated Senate seat. On Tuesday, Obama's hand-picked investigator agreed. "Everybody behaved appropriately," declared Greg Craig, Obama's incoming White House counsel and the person asked to conduct the internal inquiry into contacts between the transition team and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Prosecutors have said Obama is not implicated in the case against Blagojevich, accused of trying to sell Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder. But the corruption scandal has drained precious energy from...
  • Racist e-mails target Obama

    12/18/2008 12:48:39 PM PST · by lilylangtree · 59 replies · 1,288+ views
    The Spokesman-Review/AP ^ | 12-18-2008 | Rachel D'Oro
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Alaska officials are investigating racist jokes about President-elect Barack Obama that have been circulating on state government e-mail accounts. One of the five e-mails obtained by the Associated Press asks what was the outcome of the Democrat’s victory after all the time and money spent, and concludes: “Another black family living in government housing!” State officials were unaware of the e-mails until asked about them by the AP. Three of the racist messages were confirmed by the state’s information technology division after an electronic search of the government’s e-mail system, Administration Commissioner Annette Kreitzer said Wednesday. “It’s...
  • Minn. Supreme Court intervenes in recount case

    12/15/2008 3:07:25 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 71 replies · 8,631+ views
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Supreme Court is getting involved in the state's unsettled U.S. Senate race. The court said Monday it will weigh whether to stop the sorting and counting of wrongly rejected absentee ballots until clear instructions are handed down. Republican Sen. Norm Coleman petitioned the court to step in after the state board overseeing the recount recommended those ballots be considered last week. Coleman maintains there aren't clear guidelines for the recommendation and could lead to disarray among the 87 counties.
  • On breaks, Obama will return home to city streets

    12/14/2008 12:56:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies · 2,232+ views
    The Times West Virginian / The Associated Press ^ | December 14, 2008 | Deanna Bellandi
    CHICAGO — When President-elect Barack Obama heads home for a break from the White House, he won’t go to a sprawling ranch or private seaside compound. Obama will come back to a crowded city neighborhood, creating different security challenges for the Secret Service and perhaps headaches for his neighbors. No other recent first family has lived in a city neighborhood like the Obamas. The $1.6 million mansion he and his wife, Michelle, share with their two young daughters sits just off a busy street — a stretch of which has been closed to traffic — and his closest neighbors are...
  • Obama Left With Little Time To Curb Global Warming

    12/14/2008 1:30:26 PM PST · by FreeManWhoCan · 46 replies · 2,452+ views
    WASHINGTON – When Bill Clinton took office in 1993, global warming was a slow-moving environmental problem that was easy to ignore. Now it is a ticking time bomb that President-elect Barack Obama can't avoid. *Now it is a ticking time bomb that President-elect Barack Obama can't avoid.* *Now it is a ticking time bomb that President-elect Barack Obama can't avoid.* Since Clinton's inauguration, summer Arctic sea ice has lost the equivalent of Alaska, California and Texas. The 10 hottest years on record have occurred since Clinton's second inauguration. Global warming is accelerating. Time is close to running out, and Obama...
  • AP IMPACT: How Freddie Mac halted regulatory drive

    12/07/2008 11:36:18 AM PST · by engrpat · 18 replies · 1,581+ views
    AP ^ | 12-7-08 | Pete Yost
    WASHINGTON – When the Washington Nationals played their first-ever baseball game in the nation's capital in April 2005, two congressmen who oversaw mortgage giant Freddie Mac had choice seats — courtesy of the very company they were supposed to be keeping an eye on. Efforts to tighten government regulation were gaining support on Capitol Hill, and Freddie Mac was fighting back. The baseball tickets for home opener were means of influence. According to confidential company documents obtained by The Associated Press, Reps. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, and Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa., spent the evening in hard-to-obtain seats near the Nationals dugout with...
  • Obama suggests some auto execs should lose jobs

    12/07/2008 12:45:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 69 replies · 1,736+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/7/08 | Philip Elliott - ap
    CHICAGO - President-elect Barack Obama announced support Sunday for a short-term government bailout of the nation's carmakers that is tied to industry restructuring. He also accused auto executives of a persistent "head-in-the sand approach" to long-festering problems. Obama said Congress was doing "the exact right thing" in drafting legislation that "holds the auto industry's feet to the fire" at the same time it tries to prevent its demise. In an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" and later at a news conference, Obama at one point suggested some executives should lose their jobs.
  • Palin files late disclosure for free trips

    12/03/2008 3:45:07 PM PST · by redk · 41 replies · 1,393+ views
    AP ^ | 12/3/08 | RACHEL D'ORO
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sarah Palin has added to her financial disclosure forms two free trips that she took nearly two years ago but failed to report. Palin, who was Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running mate, made the disclosures last month, but after Election Day when she and McCain lost to Barack Obama and Joe Biden. The trips were first revealed in a story by The Associated Press in October.
  • Government warned of mortgage meltdown

    12/01/2008 7:55:38 PM PST · by abt87 · 13 replies · 713+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration backed off proposed crackdowns on no-money-down, interest-only mortgages years before the economy collapsed, buckling to pressure from some of the same banks that have now failed. It ignored remarkably prescient warnings that foretold the financial meltdown, according to an Associated Press review of regulatory documents. "Expect fallout, expect foreclosures, expect horror stories," California mortgage lender Paris Welch wrote to U.S. regulators in January 2006, about one year before the housing implosion cost her a job. Bowing to aggressive lobbying -- along with assurances from banks that the troubled mortgages were OK -- regulators delayed...
  • AP IMPACT: US diluted loan rules before crash (AP rewriting history)

    12/01/2008 4:50:08 AM PST · by saganite · 36 replies · 1,239+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 1 Dec 08 | staff
    WASHINGTON – The Bush administration backed off proposed crackdowns on no-money-down, interest-only mortgages years before the economy collapsed, buckling to pressure from some of the same banks that have now failed. It ignored remarkably prescient warnings that foretold the financial meltdown, according to an Associated Press review of regulatory documents. "Expect fallout, expect foreclosures, expect horror stories," California mortgage lender Paris Welch wrote to U.S. regulators in January 2006, about one year before the housing implosion cost her a job. Bowing to aggressive lobbying — along with assurances from banks that the troubled mortgages were OK — regulators delayed action...
  • A president named Obama changes the name game (BARF Alert)

    11/29/2008 11:42:25 AM PST · by lilylangtree · 20 replies · 677+ views
    AP ^ | 11-29-2008 | Deepti Hajela
    NEW YORK – Zenas Ackah has heard it all his life: What kind of name is that? You must not be from here. You must be foreign. Actually, no. Born in the United States, the 22-year-old college senior with the Greek first name and the Ghanian last name grew up in Philadelphia. But Ackah is hopeful that change is coming, that the idea of an "American" name will expand beyond monikers like Tom and Harry and Sally and Jane and Smith and Jones. He figures he's got a strong weapon on his side — for at least the next four...
  • Obama says he'll have economic plan on his 1st day ("Help is on the way")

    11/26/2008 9:14:06 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 1,218+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/26/08 | Sara Kugler - ap
    CHICAGO – President-elect Barack Obama pledged on Wednesday to have an economic plan ready for action on the nation's financial crisis on his first day in office. "Help is on the way," he declared. He also said his Cabinet would "combine experience with fresh thinking" and pushed back against criticism that he was recycling former Clinton administration officials as he builds his new economic team. In his third news conference on the economy in as many days, Obama announced he had chosen former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker to head a new White House panel to help create jobs and...
  • Stop the Presses! AP's Important Story: Obama Had Corned Beef Sandwich for Lunch

    11/22/2008 5:42:36 PM PST · by lowbridge · 51 replies · 1,116+ views ^ | November 22, 2008 | Warner Todd Huston
    Ya gotta hand it to them. The Associated Press knows how to cut out all the extraneous background noise and get right to the important issues of the day. Barack Obama will surely be in the center of the vortex of some of the most important decisions in the world during the next four years and even his preparations for taking office are vitally important as a marker to what he might do in office. There are wars and rumors of wars, disasters and relief efforts and historic decisions will soon be made. But no decision is so important, as...
  • 401(k) early casualty of downturn (recession would jeopardize employers match - 3% is COOL!)

    11/09/2008 3:41:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies · 174+ views
    Journal Gazette ^ | 11/09/08 | DAVID PITT
    401(k) early casualty of downturnRecession would jeopardize match made by employers DAVID PITT Associated Press Published: November 9, 2008 6:00 a.m. DES MOINES, Iowa – Retirement accounts already battered by a steep market decline might get hit again as several companies suspend or reduce their 401(k) match to save cash. **SNIP** Matching contributions average about 11 percent of a company’s profits, according to a recent survey of more than 1,000 companies by the Profit Sharing/401k Council of America. **SNIP** “This is a recession-type of response. These employers are really up against it and they have to decide to cut somewhere...
  • Todd Lewan (AP): Historians, Too, Call Obama Victory 'Monumental'

    11/09/2008 7:25:51 AM PST · by an amused spectator · 19 replies · 149+ views
    AP on Digg ^ | November 9, 2008 | Todd Lewan
    OK. I'm not going to bother posting the article, since the next four years are going to be a constant Obama love-fest, and we're all going to get tired of 24/7/365 articles like this. Just an observation to Todd Lewan. Todd: Obama was elected because the stock market imploded just before the election, and the New Obama Government Media engineered pinning the blame on the Republicans. This was a lie. So, your entire article is a crock of bunny poo. Now, let's get to it, and start the list from this Ossociated Press piece. The Mighty Todd outs himself as...
  • "World Hopes for a 'less arrogant America'" (it's already started!)

    11/04/2008 8:49:00 PM PST · by pillut48 · 32 replies · 1,383+ views
    Yahoo! News/AP ^ | Nov. 4, 2008 | MATT MOORE
    "My image of America used to be a country run by the white people, but now it's changing," said 65-year-old taxidriver Kenji Doi, an Obama supporter, as he listened to a radio broadcast on the vote early Wednesday in Tokyo."
  • Feds investigating leak about Obama's aunt

    11/02/2008 11:34:47 AM PST · by Nachum · 57 replies · 1,556+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/2/2008 | EILEEN SULLIVAN
    WASHINGTON – The government is investigating whether any laws were broken involving details about the disclosure that Barack Obama's aunt was living in the country illegally. The Associated Press learned late Friday learned that Obama's half aunt, who is from Kenya, was ordered to leave the United States years ago after an immigration judge denied her request for asylum. The woman, Zeituni Onyango (zay-TUHN on-YANG-oh), is living in public housing in Boston and is the half-sister of Obama's late father. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement asked its inspector general and the Office of Professional Responsibility on Saturday to investigate whether...
  • Ex-chief diplomat [Eagleburger] says Palin not ready for top job

    10/31/2008 11:00:37 AM PDT · by careyb · 47 replies · 1,194+ views
    AP ^ | 10/31/08 | AP
    A former secretary of state and supporter of Republican presidential nominee John McCain says that McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin, isn't up to the task of taking over the presidency in a crisis but could become "adequate" if not "a genius in the job." Then again, added Lawrence Eagleburger, several other vice presidents were also not ready. And he said he was confident that Palin, Alaska's governor, was tough enough if called to serve. Eagleburger, who was secretary of state under President George H.W. Bush, has been cited frequently by McCain as one of several seasoned diplomats and former Cabinet...
  • Palin looks past Tuesday to her political future (according to AP's impartial Beth Fouhy)

    10/30/2008 5:20:42 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 20 replies · 789+ views
    Associated Press O ^ | Thu Oct 30, 2008 | BETH FOUHY
    With days still to go in the White House race, backers of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin are talking her up as a possible contender in 2012, speculation that irritates other Republicans who contend she's a drag on the ticket and that her lightweight image — unfair or not — will be hard to shed. The Alaska governor has done little to quiet the talk. In fact, she fueled the discussion this week when she signaled that she will remain on the national political scene no matter what happens Tuesday. "I'm not doing this for naught," she said in an...
  • Obama's prime-time ad skips over budget realities (AP analysis - The Spins , The Facts)

    10/29/2008 7:01:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 2,032+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/29/08 | Calvin Woodward -ap
    WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was less than upfront in his half-hour commercial Wednesday night about the costs of his programs and the crushing budget pressures he would face in office. Obama's assertion that "I've offered spending cuts above and beyond" the expense of his promises is accepted only by his partisans. His vow to save money by "eliminating programs that don't work" masks his failure throughout the campaign to specify what those programs are — beyond the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
  • Obama Ahead or Tied in 8 States ("Gunning for a National Landslide")

    10/29/2008 3:54:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 70 replies · 1,790+ views
    Fox WGHP (local affiliate) ^ | 10/28/08 | Ron Fournier
    Barack Obama, gunning for a national landslide, now leads in four states won by President Bush in 2004 and is essentially tied with John McCain in two other Republican red states, according to new AP-GfK battleground polling.
  • AP INVESTIGATION: Palin pipeline terms curbed bids (Barf alert...2 Palin hit pieces in one week!!!)

    10/25/2008 11:06:02 PM PDT · by wac3rd · 28 replies · 681+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 10-25-06 | JUSTIN PRITCHARD and GARANCE BURKE
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Gov. Sarah Palin's signature accomplishment — a contract to build a 1,715-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from Alaska to the Lower 48 — emerged from a flawed bidding process that narrowed the field to a company with ties to her administration, an Associated Press investigation shows.
  • MSNBC/AP say Player Injury Palin's Fault

    Well, that mean ol' Sarah Palin ruined everything for the St. Louis Blues hockey team, darn it all. That's right the media's newest Cheney replacement must have been planning this monstrous attack on the Blues' goalie for weeks. Her next trick: world domination. At least this seems to be how MSNBC and the Associated Press feel about it all. What am I talking about? Well, Palin visited the Blues' arena to see a game on October 24 and it seems that Blues goalie Manny Legace tripped on the carpet that the team laid on the ice so that Palin and...
  • ANOTHER FRONT PAGE AP HIT PIECE:Palin pipeline terms curbed bids

    10/25/2008 10:01:49 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 52 replies · 1,567+ views
    AP-Front Page ^ | 10-25-2008 | JUSTIN PRITCHARD and GARANCE BURKE
    Gov. Sarah Palin's signature accomplishment — a contract to build a 1,715-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from Alaska to the Lower 48 — emerged from a flawed bidding process that narrowed the field to a company with ties to her administration, an Associated Press investigation shows. Beginning at the Republican National Convention in August, the McCain-Palin ticket has touted the pipeline as an example of how it would help America achieve energy independence. "We're building a nearly $40 billion natural gas pipeline, which is North America's largest and most expensive infrastructure project ever, to flow those sources of energy...
  • After Joe the Plumber, Joe the Hothead?

    10/25/2008 7:04:40 AM PDT · by Menehune56 · 11 replies · 515+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 10/25/2008 | Will Lester
    WASHINGTON – First there was Joe the Plumber. Is Joe the Hothead next? Joe McCain said Friday he'll withdraw from campaign activities for his brother, GOP presidential nominee John McCain, after calling 911 to angrily complain about traffic. Joe McCain has apologized for making the call. The candidate's younger brother, who lives in Alexandria, Va., told Washington radio station WTOP he was returning from a campaign event in Philadelphia around 2 a.m. on Oct. 18 when he got stuck in traffic on Interstate 495 at the Wilson Bridge. Police say the call was made about 1:30 a.m. Oct. 21.
  • Squeezed banks borrow record amount from Fed[$100 Billion a Day]

    10/25/2008 7:08:19 AM PDT · by BGHater · 22 replies · 542+ views
    AP ^ | 24 Oct 2008 | AP
    Banks borrowed in record amounts from the Federal Reserve's emergency lending facility over the past week, while investment banks drew loans at a slightly lower - but still brisk - pace, a fresh sign of the credit stresses bedeviling the country. The Fed's report, released yesterday, showed commercial banks averaged a record $105.8 billion in daily borrowing over the past week. That surpassed the old record - a daily average of $99.7 billion - from the prior week. On Wednesday alone, $107.5 billion was drawn, an all-time high. For the week ending Wednesday, investment firms drew $111.3 billion. That was...
  • Palin says she considers herself intellectual

    10/22/2008 11:05:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 117 replies · 2,438+ views
    Washington Times ^ | October 22, 2008,
    Does vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin consider herself intellectual? You betcha! "And you have to be up on not only current events, but you have to understand the foundation of the issues that you're working on," Palin said in an interview with People magazine. "You can't just go on what is presented you." SNIP the Alaska governor told People that she has always been a "voracious reader" and named reading _ anything from biographies to historical works _ as her favorite thing along with her children and sports. SNIP Palin said if she and husband Todd had had a sixth...
  • GOP spent $150,000 in donations on Palin's look

    10/22/2008 12:45:51 PM PDT · by pissant · 72 replies · 1,605+ views
    ap/politico ^ | 10/22/08 | Jim Kuheeinn
    WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Republican Party decided to coordinate expenses with John McCain's presidential campaign, who knew it would be color coordinated. The Republican National Committee spent about $150,000 on clothing, hair styling, makeup and other "campaign accessories" in September for the McCain campaign after Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin joined the ticket as his running mate. The McCain campaign now says the clothing will go to a "charitable purpose" after the campaign. The expenses include $75,062 spent at Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis and $41,850 in St. Louis in early September. The committee also reported spending $4,100 for makeup and...
  • AP INVESTIGATION: Palin Children Traveled On State (AP Hit Piece)

    10/21/2008 2:48:37 PM PDT · by steve-b · 49 replies · 1,638+ views
    Newspeak ^ | 10/21/08 | Brett J. Blackledge, Adam Goldman, & Matt Apuzzo
    Gov. Sarah Palin charged the state for her children to travel with her, including to events where they were not invited, and later amended expense reports to specify that they were on official business. The charges included costs for hotel and commercial flights for three daughters to join Palin to watch their father in a snowmobile race, and a trip to New York, where the governor attended a five-hour conference and stayed with 17-year-old Bristol for five days and four nights in a luxury hotel. In all, Palin has charged the state $21,012 for her three daughters' 64 one-way and...
  • AP: Alaska's minorities feel ignored by Palin (here it comes)

    10/18/2008 3:50:54 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 67 replies · 1,387+ views
    05:27 PM CDT on Saturday, October 18, 2008 Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- As governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has had an at-times testy relationship with black leaders in her state. They say they've been ignored in their eforts to get more minorities hired in her administration. Now, as the presidential election nears, Alaska's black leaders say they're not surprised to see the Republican vice-presidential nominee at the center of the controversy over injecting the race issue into the campaign. Palin has repeatedly insisted that Barack Obama's former preacher, the inflammatory Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is a legitimate issue even though...
  • Alaska's minorities feel ignored by Palin

    10/18/2008 7:04:10 PM PDT · by rface · 66 replies · 1,351+ views
    "It's really been like you're going to a Ku Klux Klan rally," said Javis Odom, an Anchorage minister. "Gov. Palin is really showing her true colors on the national stage."..... . ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's black leaders say they're not surprised to see Gov. Sarah Palin at the center of the controversy over injecting the race issue into the presidential campaign. Palin, Republican John McCain's running mate, has repeatedly insisted that Barack Obama's former preacher, the inflammatory Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is a legitimate issue even though McCain himself has said it's out of bounds. "She has no sensitivity to...
  • Demonizing Joe The Plumber: AP Digs through Birth and Court Documents to Destroy Him!

    10/17/2008 5:25:24 AM PDT · by Jabrown · 52 replies · 1,650+ views
    Politically Drunk - PDOP ^ | 10/17/2008 | Jarid Brown
    Regardless of where you live or what your occupation is the story of Joe the plumber should be a wake up call for the middle class of this nation; not because of the socialist undertones of Senator Obama's 'Spread The Wealth' policies, but rather because of the reaction of his campaign, his surrogates and the fringe-left media to anyone that questions "The One"... ...But my favorite is from the SF Chronicle, a know left-wing publication, yet a nationally printed publication:
  • Huge drop in popularity (guess who? BARF!)

    10/17/2008 5:26:17 AM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 46 replies · 1,203+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 10/17/2008 | ALAN FRAM and TREVOR TOMPSON
    WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to the public's image of John McCain, it's as if somebody dialed the electricity down in the past month. For Barack Obama, the juice is still flowing. People's regard for the Republican presidential nominee has deteriorated across-the-board since September, an Associated Press-Yahoo! News poll showed Friday, with McCain losing ground in how favorably he's seen and in a long list of personal qualities voters seek in White House contenders. Perceptions of Obama have improved or remained steady. Beyond views of the two rivals' character traits, McCain faces another problem — Obama is more trusted...
  • Shocker: Tribune Co. Gives Notice To Drop AP

    10/16/2008 6:02:05 PM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies · 1,611+ views
    E&P. ^ | October 16, 2008 | Joe Strupp
    Tribune Company has given a two-year notice to the Associated Press that its daily newspapers plan to drop the news service, becoming the first major newspaper chain to do so since the recent controversy over new rates began. Tribune, which owns nine daily papers including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, joins a growing list of newspapers that have sought to end AP contracts, or given notice of that, following plans to introduce a new controversial rate structure in 2009. The notice was given earlier this week. AP Spokesman Paul Colford confirmed the cancellation notice, but said he had...
  • 'Joe the Plumber' says he has no plumbing license (GASP!!)

    10/16/2008 11:26:20 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 209 replies · 5,109+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 10/16/08 | John Seewer/AP
    Joe the Plumber said Thursday he doesn't have a license and doesn't need one. Joe Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, the nickname Republican John McCain bestowed on him during Wednesday's presidential debate, said he works for a small plumbing company that does residential work. Because he works for someone else, he doesn't need a license, he said.
  • Some Indiana, Michigan voters may have trouble after voter purge

    10/10/2008 9:52:11 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 19 replies · 767+ views
    NEW YORK (AP) — Tens of thousands of eligible voters have been removed from rolls or blocked from registering in at least six swing states, including Indiana and Michigan, and the voters' exclusion appears to violate federal law, according to a published report. The New York Times based its findings on reviews of state records and Social Security data. The Times said voters appear to have been purged by mistake and not because of any intentional violations by election officials or coordinated efforts by any party. States have been trying to follow the Help America Vote Act of 2002 by...
  • Palin has mixed record as fiscal conservative

    10/12/2008 2:40:09 PM PDT · by hattend · 49 replies · 1,418+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Oct 12,2008 | MATT VOLZ, Associated Press Writer
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican nominee for vice president, bills herself as a fiscal conservative. But her record looks little like the classic conservative who favors less government and lower taxes. In a state with no income tax or sales tax, she gained prominence by raising taxes on the most influential industry in Alaska: Big oil. She then used that money to boost the annual bonus each Alaskan receives from the government. This spring, Palin signed an operating budget that authorized roughly $11 billion in spending — more than $16,000 for every man, woman and child...
  • UPDATE: 8 Top Newspapers Endorse Obama Today

    10/12/2008 10:57:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 60 replies · 1,559+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | October 12, 2008
    Barack Obama picked up at least eight newspaper endorsements this weekend, including four in swing states Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Missouri. John McCain, as far as we know, gained none. The Wisconsin State Journal had backed Bush in 2004. The St. Louis daily called his opponent, John McCain, "the incredible shrinking man" who had made a horrific pick for his running mate. Backing Obama: In Ohio, The Blade in Toledo and the Dayton Daily News; the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Tennessean of Nashville, the Wisconsin State Journal and in California the Fresno Bee and The Sun of San...
  • Newspapers Weigh Alternatives to AP: But Do They Add Up?

    10/12/2008 6:59:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies · 905+ views
    E&P. ^ | October 09, 2008 | Joe Strupp
    Since the Associated Press announced its controversial rate change last year, many newspapers have started considering other content options. And things are not likely to calm down any time soon. A handful of dailies — including several who admit their AP rates actually fell — have given notice to drop the service, editors in several states are forging content-sharing alliances, and Politico and PA SportsTicker are quickly positioning themselves to help replace the 160-year-old news cooperative in daily news pages. "AP is going to lose newspapers, it is a question of how many," says Editor Dean Miller of the Post...
  • Congressman says McCain 'sowing seeds of hatred'

    10/11/2008 3:04:18 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 23 replies · 754+ views ^ | October 11, 2008 | AP
  • As governor, Palin at times bonds church and state

    10/11/2008 9:02:21 AM PDT · by TexasNative2000 · 22 replies · 664+ views
    AP via ^ | 10.11.2008 | GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press Writer
    WASILLA, Alaska - The camera closes in on Sarah Palin speaking to young missionaries, vowing from the pulpit to do her part to implement God's will from the governor's office. What she didn't tell worshippers gathered at the Wasilla Assembly of God church in her hometown was that her appearance that day came courtesy of Alaskan taxpayers, who picked up the $639.50 tab for her airplane tickets and per diem fees.
  • AP: Legislative panel: Palin abused authority (AP Gotcha Headline)

    10/10/2008 5:55:09 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 74 replies · 3,323+ views
    AP ^ | 10-10-2008
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A legislative committee investigating Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has found she unlawfully abused her authority in firing the state's public safety commissioner. The investigative report concludes that a family grudge wasn't the sole reason for firing Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan but says it likely was a contributing factor. The Republican vice presidential nominee has been accused of firing a commissioner to settle a family dispute. Palin supporters have called the investigation politically motivated. Monegan says he was dismissed as retribution for resisting pressure to fire a state trooper involved in a bitter divorce with the governor's...