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Sunday, June 16, 2024

James O’Keefe: A gonzo political operative

When it came to stunts, nothing was too gonzo for James O’Keefe.

The man who offered himself up as a pimp to set up activists at ACORN would do just about anything for the cause — as long as the cause was conservative and anti-liberal.

O’Keefe would set up bogus photo ops, brandish over-sized checks and even dress up in a chicken suit if it suited the purpose.

He produced a video, “Bailout Prize Patrol, on YouTube a year before his famous ACORN “pimp” undercover video.

Sometimes people laughed. Other times they called the cops, like the New Jersey bank branch manager who wasn’t amused when O’Keefe and four others conned her into posting for a photograph with an oversized check that was supposed to represent federal bailout funds.

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Obama tries to rally depressed Democrats

Just a year after celebrating Barack Obama’s inauguration, despondent Democrats on Saturday heard from their party leader who urged optimism in the face of Republicans’ strong challenge to their congressional dominance.

The president said political leaders must plot their way forward to November with an understanding of the economic difficulties Americans face.

“I understand their frustration. You understand it as well,” Obama said.

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Obama on blizzard: ‘Snowmageddon’

President Barack Obama calls the storm that shut down Washington Friday and Saturday “Snowmageddon.”

For a former Senator from Chicago, the storm that dumped more than two feet of snow on the nation’s Capital shouldn’t seem that bad.

The President’s motorcade had a relatively easy time navigating DC’s snow-covered but deserted streets as it traversed a few blocks from the White House to the Democratic National Committe’s winter meeting Saturday.

Others had more trouble.

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Blizzard shuts down Washington, government

Washington digs outA blizzard battered the Mid-Atlantic region on Saturday, quickly dumping large amounts of snow on that piled up on roadways and toppled trees onto apartment buildings and cars.

Officials urged people to huddle at home for the weekend, out of the way of crews trying to keep up with a storm that forecasters said could be the biggest for the nation’s capital in modern history. A father and son were killed in Virginia when a tractor-trailer struck and killed them after they stopped to help another driver.

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Sarah Palin: A tsunami of political contradictions

Sarah PalinFor a woman whose resume includes quitting her governor’s job in mid-term and failing as a vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin is sitting pretty these days, raking in the bucks from book sales, pontificating on Facebook and becoming a one-woman media empire.

Indeed, the flake from Wasilla, Alaska, appears to have it made.

Which delights some conservative Republicans who actually still consider the controversial Palin Presidential material and scares the hell out of Democrats who realize that, in a political environment where a one-term Senator from Illinois can become President, anything can happen.

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Uncle Sam spends $2.5 million on Super Bowl ads

Census Bureau Super Bowl adFaced with record levels of red ink into the foreseeable future, Washington is spending $2.5 million to create buzz for the census — by advertising during the Super Bowl.

The Census Bureau is hoping to exploit the strong ratings from this annual attraction, aiming to get more participation from people who now seem disinclined to mail back a government questionnaire or even answer the door.

Census officials call it a good investment, saying the front-end costs of purchasing the ads can be quickly recouped if they succeed in encouraging people to mail back their census forms. A recent poll found nearly 1 in 5 residents said they may not fill them out, mostly because they were unfamiliar with the census or weren’t interested.

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