Just weeks before the government's fiscal year ends Sept. 30, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday projected a near-record federal budget deficit of $407 billion, sharply higher than White House projections six weeks ago and more than double last year's figure.
(Political Animal) ADF PUSHES CHURCH-ELECTION SCHEME.... Federal tax law, as it relates to tax-exempt religious ministries, is pretty clear -- houses of worship may not legally intervene in political campaigns, either in support of or opposition to a candidate or a party. Those who violate the law run the risk of losing their tax-exempt status.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican John McCain pledged if elected president to appoint Democrats to his Cabinet, saying there's nothing partisan about tackling the nation's toughest problems.
The Nation -- Everyone is trying to get the measure of Sarah Palin, the woman who was rocketed from small-state obscurity to the national stage when John McCain selected her as his running-mate on the 2008 Republican ticket.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told ministry students at her former church that the United States sent troops to fight in the Iraq war on a "task that is from God."
In an address last June, the Republican vice presidential candidate also urged ministry students to pray for a plan to build a $30 billion natural gas pipeline in the state, calling it "God's will."
Republicans in Congress this June united to defeat a proposed windfall tax on oil companies, deriding it as a bad idea that would discourage investment in U.S. oil exploration.
Things worked out far differently in the GOP stronghold of Alaska, a state whose economic fate is closely tied to the oil industry.
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Ralph Reed skips McCain fundraiser
ATLANTA, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A top Republican who promoted an Atlanta fundraiser for likely GOP presidential nominee John McCain stayed away from the event, The Wall Street Journal said.
WASHINGTON - GOP vice presidential pick Sarah Palin accepted at least $4,500 in campaign contributions in the same fundraising scheme at the center of a public corruption scandal that led to the indictment of Sen. Ted Stevens.
By Dan Morain, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
August 22, 2008
A newly formed conservative political group is spending $2.8 million to air the first tough general election ad attacking Barack Obama, questioning his relationship with a founder of the 1960s terrorist group Weather Underground.
State Representative Barbara Sears (OH-46) has received the endorsement of both the Ohio Society of CPAs and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, reflecting her dedication to supporting small business and promoting economic stability. Below are excerpts from these prominent organizations:
Sens. John McCain, who was raised as an Episcopalian and attends a Baptist church, and Barack Obama, a Christian who had a public falling out with the fiery former pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ , appeared back-to-back on the same stage last night -- a televised platform -- to confront questions about their faith.
Columbus, OH - The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's Agriculture for Good Government Political Action Committee (OFBF-AGGPAC) has named Barbara R. Sears a "friend of agriculture" in this November's general election. OFBF is the state's largest general farm organization representing more than 230,000 member families.
PEARL, Miss. - They're not exactly rooting for Barack Obama, but prominent white supremacists anticipate a boost to their cause if he becomes the first black president. His election, they say, would trigger a backlash — whites rising up, a revolution of sorts — that they think is long overdue.
WILMINGTON, Ohio (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate John McCain, concerned about potential job losses, pressed on Thursday for more information about a proposal for United Parcel Service Inc to fly packages in North America for rival DHL.
In 2000, Mr. Asbahi briefly served on the board of Allied Assets Advisors Fund, a Delaware-registered trust. Its other board members at the time included Jamal Said, the imam at a fundamentalist-controlled mosque in Illinois
I found this on YouTube. It's hilarious. Below is a cut/paste description from the YouTube person that created it (EyeBlast.tv):
In Campaign 2008, YouTube has become a forum for voters (and some candidates) to voice their political preferences in song. There's not a Grammy contender in the bunch. Here's a glimpse of the best of the worst.
Rep. Barbara Sears has recently been endorsed by the Ohio Right to Life PAC. Here is a statement from the organization on July 16, 2008:
WASHINGTON - The political vision of a summer gas tax holiday died a quick death in Congress, losing to a view that federal excise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel will have to go up if they go anywhere.
"If you want to know how Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have survived scandal and crisis, consider this: Over the past decade, they have spent nearly $200 million on lobbying and campaign contributions.
But the political tentacles of the mortgage giants extend far beyond their checkbooks.