TOPICS: Terrorism, Osama bin Laden, Afghanistan, preparedness
(CNN) – After a wildly successful rally on the National Mall, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are teaming up again - but this time for a cost.
The two conservative rock-stars are set to appear together in Alaska on the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks in an event that costs a minimum of $65 to attend.
"We can count on Glenn to make the night interesting and inspiring, and I can think of no better way to commemorate 9/11 than to gather with patriots who will 'never forget,'" said Palin on her Facebook page earlier this week. "Hope to see you there!"
But in sharp contrast to the free event in Washington last month, tickets to this latest Palin-Beck affair run as high as $225 – a price tag that some Democrats are making hay about given the somber timing of the event.
But Christopher Cox, the Anchorage-based promoter of the event, told the Anchorage Daily News the date is purely coincidental and was originally scheduled for a week earlier.
Washington (CNN) - It's often overshadowed by the battle for control of Congress, but the Democratic and Republican parties are ramping up their efforts in the crucial fight for control of the nation's governorships.
The Republican Governor's Association announced that they launched new commercials in Ohio, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Maine and Michigan Wednesday and Thursday. The governorships in all five states are currently held by Democrats. And the RGA confirms that it's also donating $500,000 to Susana Martinez, the GOP gubernatorial nominee in New Mexico - another state where the Democrats are fighting to hold onto a governors' office.
Meanwhile the Democratic Governors Association is up with a new ad taking on Martinez, the Dona Ana County district attorney. The DGA is also running a new commercial in Ohio, as well as in Vermont and Maine.
(CNN) - In the Democrat's first television ad of the general election, South Carolina gubernatorial hopeful Vincent Sheehen is going full steam ahead with his message that a vote for Republican Nikki Haley is a vote for four more years of Gov. Mark Sanford.
"After eight years of Mark Sanford, we need a governor to lead us in a new direction," Sheheen says in the ad. "I stood up against Mark Sanford. Nikki Haley says she wants to follow in his footsteps. I say this time, we need a governor we can trust."
Haley was a top ally of Sanford's in the state House and entered the governor's race with the backing of his political allies, a troublesome association given Sanford's combative relationship with state legislators and his notorious admission of marital infidelity last summer.
(CNN) - White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has won the endorsement of a political heavyweight for his potential Chicago mayoral bid - President Obama.
In an interview airing Thursday on ABC, the president said his top aide would "be an excellent mayor."
"He is an excellent chief of staff," Obama said. "The one thing I've always been impressed with about Rahm is that when he has a job to do, he focuses on the job in front of him."
(CNN) - Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has a fan in Newark.
Earlier this week Newark Mayor Cory Booker tweeted his support for Fenty, stating "I am supporting Fenty in Washington DC – I hope you will consider doing so as well." Sixty-three of his followers obliged by retweeting the message. Citing Fenty's education leadership, Booker tweeted again on Wednesday, writing "@fenty2010's ed reform efforts have given hope 2 cities across the country. Can you retweet your support for Mayor Fenty?"
A Clarus poll released Wednesday evening indicated that D.C. City Council Chairman Vincent Gray leads Fenty 45 to 38 percent among likely Democratic primary voters, with 14 percent undecided. Fenty, now touting himself as the underdog, could use the boost that Booker hopes to provide.
The mayoral primary in DC will take place in five days. Since Democrats comprise a majority in DC, the winner of the Democratic primary on September 14 will be considered the favorite in the general election this November.
(CNN) - It's been a long time since U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek and former President Clinton met at the Suwanee Swifty store in Tallahassee, Florida.
Clinton, during his 1992 presidential bid, needed to make a stop for deodorant after landing at the airport. Meek, then a state trooper, was assigned to Clinton's detail and accompanied the Arkansas governor.
It's a visit both would remember for a long time - and something that would solidify a friendship lasting nearly two decades.
(CNN) - A day long visit by Newt Gingrich to Iowa may ignite more talk about a possible Gingrich run for the White House.
The former House Speaker and possible 2012 GOP presidential hopeful is scheduled to take part in four events in the state Thursday, according to a Gingrich spokesman. Those events include campaigning for Iowa Republican state senate candidates and speaking at a lunch held by the Team Iowa PAC, a political action committee which supports GOP candidates in the state. Gingrich is also scheduled to speak to the Iowans for Tax Relief PAC and hold an American Solutions business leader roundtable.
Thursday's visit to Iowa will be Gingrich's seventh this election cycle. His last appearance in the state, earlier in August, included a stop at the Iowa State Fair, something on the must-do list for anyone serious about running for the White House.
Washington (CNNMoney.com) - As President Obama pushes a new campaign to juice up the economy, he's starting to fill in the details of how he would pay the estimated $180 billion tab. His plan: Eliminate some corporate tax breaks and subsidies, and close loopholes.
"For years, our tax code has actually given billions of dollars in tax breaks that encourage companies to create jobs and profits in other countries. I want to change that," Obama said in his speech in Cleveland on Wednesday.
If Congress were to pass new economic recovery measures, it could pay for them by raising some $300 billion in new revenue by closing "tax loopholes," according to White House economist Jason Furman.
With Americans nearly as concerned about rising deficits as they are the lackluster economy, the president and lawmakers recognize that any new policy initiatives must be funded.
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton delivered a spirited defense of Democratic policies Wednesday night in a speech reminiscent of those he gave when his own name was on the ballot.
The lengthy remarks delivered on behalf of embattled Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln were entirely trademark Clinton: part feel-your-pain folksiness, part policy lecture, and part blistering critique of the opposition.
"It's okay for people to still be mad, frustrated and feel helpless because that's their lives," said Clinton to the Little Rock, Arkansas crowd – many of whom still consider him their favorite son. "I get that but let me ask you something, specially everybody here with gray hair like me. If you have lived long enough, you would know that every time in your life that you've made a decision that was important when you were really mad, there is an 80 percent chance that you made a mistake. Ain't that right?"
The former president also said voters are currently suffering from "anger, apathy and amnesia," factors he said that are blocking a sound debate on the differing policies of the two parties.