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By- Suzie-Q @ 9:00 PM MST

And we mocked Sarah Palin when she said, “as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border”…

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I love this photo of Joe Biden:

More photos from the Virginia Rally HERE

(h/t Daily Kos)

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McCain Aides Complaining That Palin Is “Clueless”

By- Suzie-Q @ 7:00 PM MST

Report: McCain Aides Complain That Palin Is “Clueless”

The Huffington Post |  Rachel Weiner   |   September 26, 2008 12:40 PM

Radio talk show host Ed Schultz reports:

Capitol Hill sources are telling me that senior McCain people are more than concerned about Palin. The campaign has held a mock debate and a mock press conference; both are being described as “disastrous.” One senior McCain aide was quoted as saying, “What are we going to do?” The McCain people want to move this first debate to some later, undetermined date, possibly never. People on the inside are saying the Alaska Governor is “clueless.”

On Friday, conservative columnist Kathleen Parker said that after seeing Palin in interviews, she thinks the vice presidential nominee should drop out.

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By- Suzie-Q @ 6:30 PM MST

Sen. Judd Gregg, R-NH, responds to questions from reporters about the tentative agreement on legislation to fix the financial crisis Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Sen. Judd Gregg, R-NH, responds to questions from reporters about the tentative agreement on legislation to fix the financial crisis Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

House GOP leaders endorse $700B financial bailout

JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS | September 28, 2008 09:07 PM EST | AP

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders and the White House agreed Sunday to a $700 billion rescue of the ailing financial industry after lawmakers insisted on sharing spending controls with the Bush administration. The biggest U.S. bailout in history won the tentative support of both presidential candidates and goes to the House for a vote Monday.

The plan, bollixed up for days by election-year politics, would give the administration broad power to use billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars to purchase devalued mortgage-related assets held by cash-starved financial firms.

President Bush called the vote a difficult one for lawmakers but said he is confident Congress will pass it. “Without this rescue plan, the costs to the American economy could be disastrous,” Bush said in a written statement released by the White House. He was to speak publicly about the plan early Monday morning, before U.S. markets open.

Flexing its political muscle, Congress insisted on a stronger hand in controlling the money than the White House had wanted. Lawmakers had to navigate between angry voters with little regard for Wall Street and administration officials who warned that inaction would cause the economy to seize up and spiral into recession.

A deal in hand, Capitol Hill leaders scrambled to sell it to colleagues in both parties and acknowledged they were not certain it would pass. “Now we have to get the votes,” said Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the majority leader.

Rep. John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, the House minority leader, said he was urging “every member whose conscience will allow them to support this” to back it, but officials in both parties expected the vote to be a nail-biter.

The final legislation was released Sunday evening, and Republicans and Democrats huddled for hours in private meetings to learn its details and voice their concerns.

Many said they left undecided, and leaders were scrambling to put the most positive face on a deeply unpopular plan.

MORE HERE

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By- Suzie-Q @ 5:00 PM MST

Obama turns tide of Record endorsements

For the first time in 72 years, The Record is endorsing a Democrat for president.

Franklin D. Roosevelt got our nod in 1936.

The reasons for the endorsement of Barack Obama over John McCain are articulated in the editorial on this page.

The unanimous decision was made by our editorial board, which consists of Publisher Roger W. Coover, Managing Editor Donald W. Blount, Opinion Page Editor Eric Grunder, Human Resources Director Sandi Johnson and me.

There are many who will question – with some validity – the power or value of such an endorsement. Our decision is hardly going to tip the balance in a competitive presidential election.

But endorsements of elected officials are an important part of a newspaper’s public service duty.

This is the third time I’ve been involved in the presidential endorsement process.

Our presidential endorsements over the years have involved decisions by many different publishers, editors and editorial board members. The Record has changed ownership several times.

Delailah Little, The Record’s librarian, diligently combed our archives when I sought to find out our endorsement history. I was stunned to discover the newspaper has endorsed 17 consecutive Republicans – the anomaly being 1992, when The Record chose not to endorse either George H.W. Bush or Bill Clinton.

For historical perspective, here are excerpts of past Record presidential endorsements.

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26,000 Virginians Go To See Obama And Biden IN THE RAIN!

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:45 PM MST

26,000 Virginians go to see Obama/Biden IN THE RAIN!

Sun Sep 28, 2008 at 07:48:27 AM PDT

The Obama Blog has the following from the Virginia Rally:

“I’m going to take off my jacket here, hope you don’t mind.” – Barack

Normally when Barack takes off his coat it’s on account of the heat, but this evening in Fredricksburg it was because of the heavy rain that fell on the enormous crowd that gathered to watch Barack and Joe Biden at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Over 25,000 folks (according to Police Chief Jay Snipes) felt the mud churn under their feet as they listen to Joe and Barack explain their plans for changing this country.

“Try and take your partisan hats off and pretend you are in a political science class at this great university,” Joe advised them before Barack spoke.

It was a heavy day of campaigning, from the J. Douglas Gaylon Depot, a beautiful old train station in Greensboro, North Carolina to the Congressional Black Caucus Awards dinner in the heart of Washington, DC. On the heels of his superb campaign performance in last night’s debate, Barack has been eager to bring his message to supporters and undecideds wherever they may be. And from the looks of the sopping wet crowds that formed today, people are eager to hear it in all kinds of weather.


MORE HERE- PHOTOS & VIDEOS

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SNL: The McCain/Obama Debate And More (9/27/98- VIDEOS)

By- Suzie-Q @ 11:45 AM MST

“SNL” Anna Faris Sketches: The McCain/Obama Debate, Bill Clinton, Judy Grimes & More (VIDEO)

Huffington Post |   September 28, 2008 08:30 AM

On this week’s “Saturday Night Live” with host Anna Faris, the show went full political. In addition to an opening sketch with Tina Fey knocking Sarah Palin’s interview with Katie Couric, there was a sketch of the Obama/McCain debate and a Bill Clinton appearance during Weekend Update.

See Obama and McCain go head to head, with former cast member Chris Parnell making a special appearance:

WATCH VIDEOS HERE

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By- Suzie-Q @ 11:00 AM MST

As Negotiators Struck Bailout Deal, McCain Dined At Opulent DC Hotel

Huffington Post- Jed Lewison

September 28, 2008 08:55 AM

Update (10:40AM): It turns out Politico got the wrong restaurant (but right hotel) in its original post. They had initially said McCain dined at CityZen at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Instead, McCain dined at Cafe Mozu, another restaurant inside the hotel. The Washingtonian describes it as “sophisticated pan-Asian at the opulent Mandarin Oriental Hotel.”

Original post (see update): So lawmakers struck a deal on the bailout last night, but where was John McCain?

Was he part of the negotiations that he rushed back to Washington, DC to rescue? Was he valiantly battling the forces of the status quo to get something done for Main Street?

Well, it turns out that he wasn’t. Instead, he indulged in a luxury dining experience at CityZen, an icon of haute cuisine in Washington, DC.

Politico reports (update: Politico has updated the article and removed the reference to McCain’s dinner, but as you can see in this Google search, the reference was there in the original article):

As his colleagues worked on the deal at the Capitol Saturday night, McCain and his wife, Cindy, dined with Sen. Joe Lieberman and his wife, Hadassah, at CityZen, one of Washington’s best restaurants.

No word on exactly what McCain ate at CityZen (which boasts an 800-bottle wine selection), but there’s a limited range of possibilities, according to the establishment’s menu.

Three menus are offered: a three-course prix fixe menu, a six-course chef’s tasting menu or a vegetarian tasting menu.

The six course meal costs $110, with an optional “Sommelier’s Pairing” for $75.

The restaurant serves treats such as Monterey Bay Squid Ratatouille; Shaved Sashimi of Geoduck Clam; Basic Infused Lettuce; Fricassee of Summer Beans, Flageolets, and CityZen Chorizo; Fromage Blanc Soufle Glace with AN Almond Biscuit Navel Orange Salad and Orange-Licorice Emulsion.

In it’s 4-star review of the restaurant, Frommer’s wrote:

You choose among three prix-fixe menus: three courses for $75, a six-course vegetarian tasting menu for $90, or a six-course $105 tasting menu. Starting with an amuse bouche of fried mushroom with truffle butter; moving on to a grilled pork jowl with marinated French green lentils, micro watercress, and shaved foie gras confit; and further on to the crispy skin filet of Atlantic black bass served with Rancho Gordo shelling beans, CityZen chorizo, and baby leeks — every taste is exquisite and out of the ordinary. Waitstaff bring intermission refreshments, such as olive oil custard topped with infused butter or ginger sorbet in homemade root beer. Only a food artist would think to create sensations like the cardamom-dusted orange cruller with kumquat marmalade and African amber tea sorbet. The restaurant’s 800-bottle wine selection concentrates on bordeaux, burgundy, and California cabernet.

Washingtonian Magazine hailed the restaurant’s “chili consommé with an oval of chili-powder mousse.”

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