Posts Tagged ‘ 2008 ’

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

November 5, 2008: The Day in 100 Seconds

(VIDEO)John McCain concedes to Barack Obama

Nov. 4: John McCain concedes the presidency of the United States to Barack Obama and recognizes the significance of this election for African-Americans, saying, “we’ve come a long way from the old injustices that once stained our nation’s reputation.”

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In a speech before supporters in Arizona, McCain praised Obama and urged all Americans to congratulate him and put aside their differences in the nation’s interest. “His success alone commands my respect,” he said.

Voting Intimidation By Black Panthers In Philadelphia

Reports in Philly of Black Panthers blocking the doorway and intimidating voters.

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Sarah Plain Votes Plus Answers Questions From Media

Plain casts her vote in AK and takes some questions from news reporters. November 4 2008 Election Day

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Hillary Clinton Talks In The Polling Station

Terrorists Will Test Obama

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright agrees with Sen. Biden that it is a ‘statement of fact’ that terrorists will test Sen. Obama within first six months of his presidency. October 21, 2008.