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Palin's Personal Shopper Is McCain's Dirty Robocaller
Palin's Makeup Artist Even More Expensive Than McCain's (SLIDESHOW)
Today the Washington Post's Sleuth reports that Sarah Palin is spending more than John McCain on her own celebrity makeup artist.
McCain's September payments of $8,672.55 to "American Idol" make-up artist Tifanie White, who has also worked on the reality dance show "So You Think You Can Dance," are a drop in the bucket on the campaign's beautification front compared to the GOP vice presidential nominee.
The Sleuth has learned that Palin's high-paid traveling make-up artist is Amy Strozzi, who was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work as head of makeup on "So You Think You Can Dance." Strozzi was paid $13,200 by the McCain-Palin campaign last month alone, according to the campaign's latest financial disclosure report filed this week.
We noticed that Governor Palin's been wearing particularly heavy blush in recent weeks. See a slideshow of Sarah Palin's makeup transformation here.
Keep reading about John McCain's "American Idol" makeup artist.
Another GOP Senator Decries Ayers Robocalls
“Pottymouth” McCain Makes Classic Freudian Slip On The Stump
As we've seen all through the year, whenever the pressure of campaigning and pretending to like people gets to be too much for John McCain, he repeats the words "My friends" over and over again. It's sort of his way of saying "Serenity now!" and allowing the black feelings to be pressed deep, deep down into his gullet where they will surely remain and never come bursting forth in a spittle-flecked outcry of rage and nuclear destruction. However, on those weaker moments, John McCain has another word he's fond of repeating, as he does in the clip below, before correcting himself.
Why does McCain support the radical views of Jane Fonda, who slathered her affections on the Viet Cong like a trollop?
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House GOP "Death List" Predicts Massive Losses
The Jewish Alliance for Change, a pro-Obama group, is launching a series of three ads in swing states that use humor and celebrity narration to go after John McCain.
An ad titled "Ain't Funny -- Vice President" features old-time movie and TV stars such as Carl Reiner, Danny Devito, and Jerry Stiller riffing on topics ranging from the price of gas ("it costs more than the car") to health care and Sarah Palin.
"He wants to put that girl who winks in the second position," says Reiner, of Oceans 11, 12, and 13 fame, "Oh God, we are in trouble."
"I am voting for 'that one,'" says famed actor, director, writer and producer Gary Marshall, referencing the snide remark McCain made of Obama in the second presidential debate.
The other two spots deploy a similar method, going after McCain for his use of scare tactics and urging grandparents to consider "think about your grandchildren" when casting their ballots.
"I got the chance to vote for Roosevelt and I'm still talking about it," says Reiner. "Obama's your person."
The spots will air Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania -- states that have large swaths of elderly voters -- according to a spokesperson for the organization. The group has bought time during the last week of the election on the major cable news networks.
The Invisible Man Of Campaign '08
President Bush Has Yet To Appear In Public At Campaign Rally For GOP Or Any Republican Candidate
(CBS) By CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller
Not once this year has President Bush appeared in public at a campaign rally for the Republican Party or any of its candidates.
And on Tuesday night, when he attends a million dollar fund-raiser for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, it will be the last political event he does before Election Day.
Tuesday’s event brings to 46 the number of GOP fund-raising events Mr. Bush has done this year, but nearly all have been of the stealth variety. All but four of them have been closed to press coverage.
It’s a deliberate effort on the part of the White House, the Republican National Committee and the McCain Campaign to help Mr. Bush maintain a low political profile.
Even the four fund-raising events he did for McCain were off-limits to reporters.
Aides say Mr. Bush has accepted the fact that his approval ratings are in the cellar and no Republican candidates want him campaigning for them. Even Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, who’s engaged in a tough race for re-election to his U.S. seat from Kentucky, is willing to tell reporters that Mr. Bush is “deeply unpopular.”
It’s a point the White House does not dispute. “We’re very aware of his approval rating,” said Press Secretary Dana Perino, “but he’s not about making decisions to be popular.”
“I intend to have as much possible campaigning events together, as it is in keeping with the president's heavy schedule. And I look forward to that opportunity.
“Songbird” John “Ace” McCain, in March 2008
Only once since McCain visited the White House on March 5 to receive the president’s formal endorsement, have the two of them been seen together in a political context.
That was May 27, when Mr. Bush attended a campaign fund-raiser for McCain in Phoenix. It was closed to press coverage, but afterwards, the two men rode back to the airport together and were seen for a few seconds on the tarmac shaking hands and patting one another on the back before the president boarded Air Force One.
Since that day, Mr. Bush has been persona non grata for the McCain campaign - though he did do three more fund-raisers for his would-be Republican successor, all behind closed doors.
It makes it laughable what McCain said that day seven months ago in the Rose Garden with Mr. Bush: “I intend to have as much possible campaigning events together, as it is in keeping with the President's heavy schedule. And I look forward to that opportunity.”
It might prove to be the biggest whopper McCain has uttered during his presidential campaign.
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Ohio secretary of state's Web site hacked
- Story Highlights
- Hackers target Ohio secretary of state's Web site
- Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner says office has received death threats
- Supreme Court recently backed secretary of state in voter registration dispute
- State Republican Party contends widespread voter fraud in Ohio
Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner says her office has received death threats.
Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner told CNN that "fortunately" no sensitive material was breached in the incident.
"We found it in time that we were able to mitigate any problems," she said.
However, Brunner said it wasn't the first time her office, which has been embroiled in an ongoing dispute with the state Republican Party over alleged voter registration fraud, has been targeted and that death threats have been part of the package.
"There's been a concerted effort to barrage the office with e-mails and phone calls," she said, "not just to our elections division but to business services division. My employees have been real troopers here.
"The First Amendment is alive and well in the United States, and you know that, and they're not coming just from Ohio. A lot of times, they're coming from other states. But this is all part of the process. And my employees are doing a fantastic job of staying focused on what they need to do."
Brunner said the Ohio Highway Patrol is investigating the hack, the calls and e-mails, as well as a suspicious package with a message that said "Death to Obama supporters" and an unidentified powder. That package, addressed to an old office building, was delivered by her office by mail last week, she said.
The secretary attributed the troubles to the "contentious nature" of the litigation begun by the Ohio Republican Party.
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a lower court order directing Brunner -- a Democrat -- to update the state's voter registration database after information provided by some newly registered voters did not match up with Social Security and driver registration numbers.
The state Republican Party had asked for enforcement of a temporary restraining order, but the justices, in an unsigned order, denied that request.
Brunner and other elections officials had appealed an earlier ruling from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati siding with the state GOP.
The state Republican Party contends that there is widespread voter fraud in Ohio, considered by many to be a crucial battleground state for the 2008 presidential election. Officials also allege Brunner "turned off" its process for verifying voter registrations while allowing Ohioans to cast ballots on the same day they registered.
State GOP Chairman Bob Bennett has accused Brunner of concealing fraudulent voter registrations in hopes of swinging the state to Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate.
Voter registration fraud involves submitting registration forms for people not eligible to vote, and rarely turns into the more serious crime of voter fraud, in which people knowingly vote illegally in an attempt to defraud the election system.
Most voter registration fraud cases involve registrars, hired by non-profit organizations to register people to vote, who submit forms they filled out themselves rather than collected from actual potential voters, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.
Cases of actual voter fraud are themselves extremely rare, the center said.
Republican Party officials are challenging voter registration in several swing states in this election cycle, prompting charges from some Democrats that the GOP is attempting to suppress the Democratic vote.
Similar charges were leveled in 2004 when George W. Bush narrowly defeated John Kerry in Ohio to secure a second term, but the Department of Justice failed to uncover any evidence of intentional vote suppression.
Apple's profit up 26 percent on iPhone boom
Tuesday October 21, 7:59 pm ET
By Jessica Mintz, AP Technology Writer
Delayed 20 mins
Huge iPhone sales drive Apple profit up 26 percent; overall sales slightly short of forecast
Apple Inc. said its profit jumped 26 percent in its fiscal fourth quarter as the newest iPhone outsold the market-leading BlackBerry from Research in Motion Ltd.
Despite the blockbuster performance, which sent Apple's shares soaring in after-hours trading, the company issued what it called "prudent" predictions for the current quarter, because of broader economic uncertainty.
For the three months ended Sept. 27, Apple's profit climbed to $1.14 billion, or $1.26 per share, from $904 million, or $1.01 per share in the same period last year.
Sales jumped 27 percent to $7.9 billion from $6.22 billion in the year-ago quarter.
Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple's profit topped Wall Street's expectations, but sales missed. Analysts had expected the company to sell $8 billion worth of Macintosh computers, iPods, iPhones and other gadgets, for a profit of $1.11 per share, according to a Thomson Reuters poll.
On a conference call with analysts, Chief Executive Steve Jobs addressed concerns that economic weakness will eat into Apple's business through the holidays and beyond.
Jobs said Apple's customers are more likely to put off buying a new computer than to defect to other brands of PCs with lower prices. Apple, which is sitting on about $25 billion in cash, could use the downturn to invest in research and development, he said.
"We may get buffeted around by the waves a little bit, but we'll be fine," Jobs said.
Apple sold a staggering 6.9 million of its iPhone 3Gs in the quarter, more than the 6.1 million total first-generation iPhones sold. The iPhone launched July 11 and is available in more than 50 countries.
Research in Motion reported it sold 6.1 million BlackBerry smart phones in the quarter that ended Aug. 30.
Edward Jones analyst Bill Kreher said overtaking RIM in such short order was a "tremendous accomplishment."
"It's jaw-dropping," Kreher said.
Apple also set quarterly records for Macintosh and iPod sales. Apple said it sold 2.6 million Macs and 11.1 million iPods, further allaying fears that the sluggish economy would weigh on Apple's back-to-school sales.
Record notwithstanding, the Mac division dragged Apple's revenue below the Street view. The company said Mac sales growth took a hit as educational institutions cut back on computer purchases.
For the current quarter, which ends in December, Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer gave a wide range he described as "prudent," saying Apple expects to earn $1.06 to $1.35 per share on sales from $9 billion to $10 billion. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had been expecting a profit of $1.65 per share on sales of $10.57 billion.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, speaking in an interview, called the guidance Apple issued "comical," saying it calls for results that are flat from a year ago and ignores the explosive iPhone 3G debut. "It's mathematically almost impossible," he said.
Shares of Apple fell $6.95, or 7.1 percent, to close at $91.49. In extended trading after the earnings report, the stock leapt up $13, or 14.2 percent, to $104.49.
For the full fiscal year, Apple's profit climbed 38 percent to $4.83 billion, or $5.36 per share. Revenue increased 35 percent to $32.5 billion.