Senator John McCain (R-AZ) will be remembered with a funeral fit for a president when he is laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland on Saturday, Sept. 1. McCain died at his Arizona ranch on Saturday, August 25, after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 81.
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Senator John McCain voted to kill Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Health Care Freedom Act, known as the “skinny repeal” bill, which failed in the Senate by a vote of 49-51 on Thursday night.
2 days after meeting with American President Barack Obama at the United Nations in NY, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered airstrikes in Syria.
In addition, Putin warned Washington to keep U.S. fighter jets out of Syrian airspace.
The start of airstrikes by Russian warplanes in Syria this morning caught Obama and his administration totally off guard.
It has been confirmed that the McCain camp did not know about VP moderator Gwen Ifill's book which basically predicts Sen. Barack Obama will win the presidency. The controversial book is due to be released on Nov. 4 -- the day of the elections. This, according to Greta Van Susteren on her blog:
I confirmed for us here on GretaWire: the McCain campaign did NOT know about Gwen Ifill’s book (I think I told them when I made my efforts - emails about midnight - to find out!) I am stunned….the campaign (actually both) should have been told before the campaign agreed to have her moderate. It simply is not fair - in law, this would create a mistrial.
The moderator of tomorrow's much-hyped showdown between Senator Joe Biden (D) and Gov. Sarah Palin (R) is putting out a book that promises to "shed new light" on Sen. Barack Obama.
The book's release date is being timed to coincide with the election of this country's new leader on Nov. 4.
Gwen Ifill is confident that Mr. Obama has the election in the bag. But should the moderator of such an important debate show such blatant bias towards one party? Couldn't she wait until after the debate to announce this book of hers?
Apparently, Ifill doesn't care if we know she's biased. She has faced criticism before for not treating candidates of both major parties the same.
During 2004's vice-presidential debate -- which Ifill moderated -- there was an intense exchange between Democrat John Edwards and Republican Dick Cheney.
Cheney asked Ifill for more time to rebut Edwards accusations because 30 seconds wasn't enough.
"Well, that's all you've got!" she snapped at Cheney. Later, Ifill told the Associated Press that the Democrats were "delighted' with her answer.
And viewers of PBS' Washington Week, which Ifill hosts, reported a "look of disgust" on Ifill's face when she reported on Sarah Plain's speech during the Republican National Convention. (Source)
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Last week, presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama launched a 'Truth Squad' in Missouri asking Missouri law enforcement to target anyone who lies or runs a misleading TV ad during the presidential campaign."
When I saw this video last week on The Huffington Post, I thought it was a joke. I assumed it was an SNL type parody and I kept waiting for the punch line -- only, it never came.
In an earlier post, I told you that Obama's camp reached out to TV stations in Ohio and Pennsylvania to block the airing of a National Rifle Association ad.
With this latest move, Obama takes us closer to an Orwellian society and gives new meaning to the words 'BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.'
So confident that his camp put out this web ad declaring victory before the debate has even begun. They must know something we don't know.
If I was in Barack Obama's camp, I'd be a little nervous right about now. Ah, chess, what a wonderful game.
I don't understand the criticism of Gov. Sarah Palin. If any one of you can handle questions like Katie Couric threw at Palin, why not run for office yourself?
I see that Sen. Barack Obama's camp is, once again, attempting to trample upon the First Amendment rights to free speech. Politico.com reports that Obama's camp reached out to TV stations in Ohio and Pennsylvania yesterday to block the airing of a National Rifle Association ad.
This is an alarming trend. IF Obama is elected president, will he exert Orwellian control over TV stations to suppress programming that he feels puts him in a bad light? It's called censorship any way you look at it.
House and Senate negotiators from both parties said early Thursday that they had reached general agreement to move forward with the administration’s proposed $700 billion bailout of Wall Street to avoid a widespread economic collapse.
But Sen. Richard Shelby, the head of the Senate Banking Committee just emerged from a meeting at the White House and announced "there is no agreement".
This throws the first presidential debate tomorrow into question.
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Sen. John McCain's spokesman Tucker Bounds has assured MSNBC News that McCain will attend the debate in Mississippi tomorrow night:
Before John McCain suspended his campaign yesterday, the situation that we're looking at today looked very different then. After he showed leadership and called for bipartisanship, for us to partisanship aside and tackle this solution head on, here we are. And we're going into a debate, I think we're going there strong. (Source)
Still no word on whether Sen. John McCain will show up in Mississippi tomorrow night to debate Sen. Barack Obama.
But Obama aides say Obama plans to turn the debate into a town hall meeting if McCain doesn't show up.
Congressional Republicans and Democrats reported agreement in principle Thursday on a $700 billion bailout of the financial industry, and said they would present it to the Bush administration in hopes of a vote within days.
Emerging from a two-hour negotiating session, Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., said, "We are very confident that we can act expeditiously."
"I now expect that we will indeed have a plan that can pass the House, pass the Senate (and) be signed by the president," said Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah.
The bipartisan consensus on the general direction of the legislation was reported just hours before President Bush was to host presidential contenders Barack Obama and John McCain and congressional leaders at the White House for discussions on how to clear obstacles to the unpopular rescue plan. (Source)
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Sen. Barack Obama was forced to eat his own words tonight after taking a phone call from President Bush and agreeing to a White House meeting.
In a call that lasted about 6 minutes, Bush summoned Obama to Washington to meet with both houses of Congress to get the $700 billion rescue plan passed.
It was the same request made earlier today by Republican presidential candidate McCain in a phone call to Obama.
But Obama initially refused McCain's request to postpone his campaign and meet with Congress. Obama decided instead to focus on the first presidential debate on Friday. McCain had earlier said he would skip the debate and return to Washington.
In an embarrassing display of hubris, Obama mocked McCain's decision to suspend his campaign by saying a President should be able to do more than one thing at a time.
But Obama's words may have backfired. On the liberal blog The Huffington Post, the reaction was mixed, with one reader saying any candidate who expects to be President in 40 days should put the needs of the country first.
Another reader wrote, "I hate to tell ya'll this but in the end Mcain will look golden and O will like a self-centered moron."
Some members of the liberal media are calling McCain's chess move "brilliant," because it caught Obama completely off guard.
According to the Associated Press, John McCain has decided to suspend his campaign and skip Friday's first presidential debate.
Instead, McCain will go to Washington DC to urge Congress to pass the $700 billion economic bailout package. This morning, McCain called upon Sen. Barack Obama to do the same, saying, "It's time for both parties to come together to solve this problem."
But Obama rejected McCain's request saying he was continuing his campaign and will be at the debate on Friday. Obama appeared to mock McCain when he said a President should be able to do more than one thing at a time.
Referring to the economic crisis as "this mess," Obama said. "This is exactly the time the American people need to hear from the person who in approximately 40 days will be responsible for dealing with this mess.
What I've told the leadership in Congress is that if I can be helpful, then I am prepared to be anywhere, anytime. What I think is important is that we don't suddenly infuse Capitol Hill with presidential politics."
The liberal media is referring to McCain's chess move as "brilliant."
There's another Obama email hoax making the rounds on the Internet. As you recall, last week I told you about an email instructing Obama supporters to wear blue on September 30 -- "Obama Blue Day".
Interestingly enough, Sen. Barack Obama's camp was totally unaware of "Obama Blue Day" when I contacted them.
Today, I received an email instructing the recipient to avoid wearing any campaign paraphernalia such as Obama t-shirts to the polls on Nov. 4 or they will be turned away. Here's an excerpt from the email:
Please, please, please advise everyone you know that they absolutely can NOT go to the polls wearing any Obama (or whoever you are voting for) shirts, pins, hats, etc. It is AGAINST THE LAW and will be grounds to have the polling officials to turn you away. This is considered campaigning and no one can campaign within X amount of feet of the polls. They are banking on us being overly excited and not being aware of this long standing law that you can bet will be ENFORCED THIS YEAR!!!!!
This is totally false and may even be a trick by McCain supporters.
There is no law that restricts voters from wearing a t-shirt bearing the likeness of their candidate at or near a polling office.
Individual states have different statutes governing polling place activities. But the restriction of campaign paraphernalia such as buttons, stickers and hats, etc. usually applies to poll workers and poll watchers -- not voters.
Not that it matters, but Donald Trump just officially endorsed Sen. John McCain during the Larry King Live show on CNN. Trump criticized Sen. Barack Obama for not selecting Hillary Clinton as his running mate.
Meanwhile, Sen. Hillary Clinton, who has no interest in helping Obama win the election, canceled an attendance at a rally in New York next week. Clinton's aides claim she was "blindsided" when rally organizers also invited Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin to the same rally.
So what? Is Clinton seriously intimidated by a soccer mom from Alaska? Lol, these politicians are so predictable.
Sen. Barack Obama is taking heat for his offensive "lipstick on a pig" comment. I bristled when I heard his awkward comment yesterday.
While I am happy that Obama is finally fighting back against the personal attacks coming out of the McCain-Palin camp, he can't compare a female to a pig and then take offense when the media jumps all over him and takes him to task for it.
When a candidate refers to his opponent and says, "if you put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig," - someone is going to take offense. That's only natural. Now if the same were said about Michelle, Obama would be outraged - and rightfully so.
So maybe he should dispense with the "cute" metaphors and just get down to the business of running a smart campaign.
By the way, where is Michelle?
When Sen. Barack Obama planted a long wet kiss on the lips of the wife of his running mate during the Democratic National Convention, I was shocked.
I quickly did a Google search and I was relieved to see that I wasn't the only one who was unsettled by the kiss.
When I was a young girl growing up in London, England, etiquette class was a standard part of our school's curriculum. It was sort of like a Finishing school where girls were taught to address boys in the proper manner.
Much giggling and silliness ensued because we were little kids. But at least we knew what was proper and what was expected of us.
I would expect that as adults we should also know what is proper and expected of us in mixed company because not everyone is tolerant of the ways of the new social attitudes.
In my opinion, a man should never kiss another man's wife on the lips in a professional setting unless they're family or swingers.
For Republican presidential candidate John McCain, the rule is simple: Hug your running mate, kiss your wife. It really isn't rocket science.
Republicans and the right-wing media are raving about Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, but Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice doesn't seem to share their enthusiasm.
In a weekend interview with CNN, Rice stopped just short of fully endorsing Palin for vice president.
In a less-than-hearty endorsement, Rice declined to say anything more positive about Palin than "she gave a terrific speech" and "she's a governor of a state here in the United States" during her interview with Zain Verjee of CNN.
Asked point-blank if Palin has enough experience, Rice said, "These are decisions that Senator McCain has made. I have great confidence in him." Confidence in Palin? Rice didn't say.
Rice added: "I'm not going to get involved in this political campaign. As Secretary of State, I don't do that. But I thought her speech was wonderful." (Source)
I still don't believe he'll be elected president, but I have a newfound respect for Sen. Barack Obama after watching this exchange between the presidential hopeful and a few hecklers at a rally last week.
Obama was speaking at a rally in St. Petersburg, Florida on Friday (8/1) when he was interrupted by three young black men holding up a banner that read "what about the black community?" Acknowledging that this country was built on Freedom of Speech, the senator asked the young men to allow him to continue his speech, then their voices would be heard.
After his speech, Obama did indeed address one of the young men's concerns. For 10 minutes he engaged the brother while addressing each of his issues point by point.
When the crowd booed, Obama reacted, saying, "I want everybody to respect him...He has a legitimate question."
This is in stark contrast to the way Obama's opponent, John McCain handles American citizens who oppose his views. Hecklers are ignored by the candidate and they are often manhandled and physically removed from the room by McCain's overzealous staff.
Not only does McCain not waste his precious time engaging his fellow citizens, er, hecklers, but it matters not to him that his attention could possibly sway a heckler to change his views and vote for him.
We all know by now that Senator John McCain has a short term memory problem and might even be suffering from the beginning stages of Alzheimer's disease. The major news networks realize that the presidential race is over if wind of this ever gets out.
So last week, CBS did a little creative editing to cover up a major McCain blooper and help their candidate out a little. CBS edited out McCain's blooper and replaced it with an attack on Obama.
Unfortunately for CBS, Keith Olbermann (MSNBC) and the Jedreport.com were on the job and replaced the video that CBS aired with the video of what McCain actually said. In the interest of fairness, CBS later uploaded the unedited video online.
But the fact that CBS chose to edit McCain's gaffe with an attack on Sen. Barack Obama is very telling and puts CBS snugly in bed with Fox News as two major networks that can't be trusted to deliver fair and unbiased reporting.
Despite Sen. Hillary Clinton's big wins against Sen. Barack Obama in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island on Tuesday, Clinton still finds herself even further behind Obama in the delegate count than she was before her wins. In order to clinch the democratic nomination, Clinton must win the next 12 primaries by a considerable margin - a feat that political analysts say is impossible.
Which explains why Clinton is now floating the idea of a Clinton-Obama ticket. Superdelegates won't help Clinton either: Newsweek's Jonathan Alter asked several prominent undecided superdelegates if they would go against the will of Democratic voters in each state and vote for Clinton. They said no because it would "shatter young people" and be the death of the democratic party.
After all is said and done, Clinton's only chance of returning to the White House is if Obama asks her to run with him against John McCain. Even then her chances are zero and none because John McCain is already at the White House taking measurements of the oval office and interviewing busty secretaries.
Political analysts say in order for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to seal the democratic party nomination she needs to win two state primaries today: Ohio and Texas. Voters in Rhode Island and Vermont also go to the polls today but all eyes are on the two big states.
While Clinton vows to stay in the race if she loses both states, Sen. Barack Obama's camp say she can't catch up to his delegate count. Some experts believe Clinton will drop out of the race if she loses, others say it is highly unlikely she will lose both Texas and Ohio primaries.
My prediction: Clinton will win both Texas and Ohio primaries today. But both candidates will go down to the wire with Obama winning the democratic nomination. Unfortunately, Obama will lose the presidency to Republican John McCain.