Archive for November 7th, 2008

(VIDEO) POLITICAL ROAST : Barack Obama roast Rahm Emanuel 2005

CSPAN rebroadcast a roast from 2005 where Barack Obama takes on his future White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Discussed are Rahm’s past with ballet and the accident in which Rahm lost his middle finger, a loss that Obama said essentially rendered Rahm mute

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(VIDEO) Sarah Palin Comments News Media

Sources close to John McCain say Sarah Palin was denied a chance to speak at McCain’s concession address.

(CNNSources close to John McCain say Sarah Palin was denied a chance to speak at McCain's concession address.) — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called former aides of Sen. John McCain “jerks” for circulating unflattering stories about her since the Republican ticket lost its bid for the White House Tuesday.

The stories, which have been attributed to unnamed sources within the McCain campaign, include claims that Palin did not know Africa was a continent instead of a country, or which countries are part of the North American Free Trade Agreement, despite touting her familiarity with neighboring Canada.

Speaking with CNN’s Gary Tuchman after returning to Alaska, Palin speculated those stories may have originated with campaign staffers who helped her prepare for her debate with Democratic Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Pushes New Tax Hikes for California

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called for a sharp increase in the state’s sales tax, as well as new taxes on oil drilling and alcoholic drinks to help pay for a budget shortfall of billions of dollars.

Central to his plan would be a sales tax increase of 1 1/2 cents from its current rate of 7.25 percent on the dollar to raise $10.8 billion. Republicans in the state have firmly opposed any tax increases.

Proposed new taxes include an immediate, three-year increase in the sales tax by 1.5 cents on the dollar; broadening sales and use taxes to items such as car repair, golf and veterinary services; a tax on oil extraction in the state; and an increase in alcohol taxes. The temporary increase would push the state portion of the sales tax to 8.75 percent, before any local sales taxes were considered.

A broad range of proposed budget and program cuts would require state workers to take one work day without pay a month and eliminate two state holidays and premium pay for hours worked on other holidays. The governor is also proposing changes to allow state agencies to establish four-day work weeks.

Change.gov: The New Obama Website

President-elect Obama’s has a new website for the transition site with a new address, change.gov.

Change.gov also has a “jobs” area where visitors can apply for a political job in the new administration. If nothing else, Obama’s website will allow his team to capture more information about supporters that can be used for future organizing and fundraising.

Oldest U.S. Senator Steps Down as Panel Chair

WASHINGTON (AP) — The longest-serving U.S. senator in history, Robert Byrd, is stepping down from his cherished post as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The 90-year-old Democrat, third in line of succession to the U.S. presidency, has been increasingly frail in recent years, so the move did not come as a surprise. Democratic leaders had sent signals that they hoped Byrd would step aside to make room for more active leadership on the panel, which is among the most important in Congress for its control over federal agency budgets.

Byrd has used the post to send billions of federal dollars to his home state of West Virginia — for roads, universities, and economic development projects.

Byrd has chaired the panel or been its top minority party

John McCain on Jay Leno on Veterans Day

Republican presidential nominee John McCain will make his first post-election late-night appearance with Jay Leno. The Arizona senator will be a guest on “The Tonight Show” on Tuesday, Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day

The Republican presidential candidate makes his first guest appearance since the election on Tuesday’s “Tonight Show.” McCain, a Vietnam veteran, is helping the NBC show mark Veterans Day. I’m sure Leno will ask about McCain’s “Saturday Night Live” appearance shortly before the election — and about McCain’s conversations with President-elect Barack Obama.

Prop 8 Protest Los Angeles, Hollywood CA

Rights activists criticize the church for helping to collect millions to aid passage of ban on gay marriage

More than a thousand gay-rights activists gathered Thursday afternoon outside the Mormon temple in Westwood to protest the role Mormons played in passing Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California.

It was the latest in an escalating campaign directed against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for its role in marshaling millions of dollars in contributions from its members for the successful campaign to take away same-sex marriage rights.

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