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McCain: Why not 'cash-for-refrigerators?'

Don't count on Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to support another $2 billion for the cash-for-clunkers program when it comes to the Senate floor this week. The 2008 GOP presidential nominee thinks the idea is
ridiculous.

"I just don't think it's a proper use of the taxpayers' dollars," McCain told The HIll. "The argument can be made, 'Why don't we have cash-for-refrigerators?' Or cash-for-anything? It's just a very, very bad use of tax dollars."

McCain acknowledged the program has brought an uptick in car sales, but said the effects will actually be negative in the long run.

"The results will be temporary, and when the money runs we're going to see the distortions that it's created in the market," he said.

--J . Taylor Rushing

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Palin: Obama policies 'immoral' and 'uneconomic'

Though she won't say whether or not she's running against him in 2012, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) had some harsh words for President Obama's economic policies on Tuesday.

In her only print interview since announcing she'd resign as governor, Palin called Obama's economic initiatives "immoral" and "uneconomic."

"President Obama is growing government outrageously, and it's immoral and it's uneconomic, his plan that he tries to sell America," Palin told TIME magazine.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate, who during the 2008 campaign at times suggested Obama was a socialist, said the president's current policies are "immoral and doesn't even make economic sense."

Palin, who in the interview said that all options -- including 2012 -- are "on the table," said it would take "good people who have the guts to stand up to him" down the line to challenge Obama.
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Palin on 2012: 'I don't know what the future holds'

While she's ruled out a political future in Alaska, Gov. Sarah Palin (R) refused on Tuesday to rule out a run for the White House in the future.

"I don't know what the future holds," Palin said during an interview on NBC News Tuesday morning. "I can't predict what the next fish run's gonna look like, let alone what the next few years hold."

Palin granted her first interviews since shockingly announcing that she would not only decline to seek reelection, but also resign from office.

"I knew that I wasn't going to run for reelection. I knew that everything changed on August 29th, in politics in Alaska," Palin said, referencing the date when she was thrust into the national spotlight by being tapped to run as the Republican vice presidential candidate.

Still, Palin said she "not in the least" regretted campaigning as Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) running mate in the 2008 presidential election.

In the interview, Palin often cited the ethics lawsuits as time and money consuming too much of hers and Alaska's resources as a central motivation in her decision to step down.
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Palin blasts 'predictable' and 'sad' media reaction

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin slammed a "sad" and "predictable" reaction from the mainstream media to her decision to resign from office in a statement posted on her Facebook account Saturday.

Palin bemoaned a double standard she asserted she faces in her public life, as well.

"The response in the main stream media has been most predictable, ironic, and as always, detached from the lives of ordinary Americans who are sick of the 'politics of personal destruction,'" Palin wrote. "How sad that Washington and the media will never understand; it
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2012 watch: Pence to Iowa in July

House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) will head to events in Iowa, potentially foreshadowing a 2012 run for the presidency.

Pence will attend events in Cedar Rapids in the key primary state on July 24, the Des Moines Register reported.

Pence, a conservative Republican who serves as the third-ranking House GOP official, would likely court voters who might have favored Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) or Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) -- two prospective candidates who've admitted recently to extramarital affairs.

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Palin camp: Would be wise to keep Willow from Letterman

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) office kept its simmering feud with late night talk show host David Letterman alive into Thursday morning, taking another shot at Letterman's latest comments last night.

Per ABC's Kate Snow, Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton responded to Letterman's clarification of a controversial joke on his slow last night. (He wasn't joking about 14-year-old Willow Palin resisting the advances of Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez, Letterman said, he was talking about 18-year-old Bristol.)

Snow tweeted the Palin camp's reaction Thursday mornining.

"The Palins have no intention of providing a ratings boost for David Letterman by appearing on his show," Stapleton said. "Plus, it would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman." Meg Stapleton."

The statement marks a choice jab at Letterman, who Gov. Palin says was "perverted" in his joke several nights ago.

Cross-posted to the Twitter Room.
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2012 contender Pawlenty may face uphill 2010 reelection

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) may run for president in 2012, but must first decide whether or not to run for a third term as governor, a race a new poll Thursday indicated may be an uphill battle.

A SurveyUSA poll of Minnesotans released Thursday showed that 57 percent of voters said that Pawlenty shouldn't run for a third term in 2010.

41 percent of voters supported a third term for the incumbent Republican, while two percent were undecided.

For Pawlenty, a run for the governorship again could mean a sustained presence in political office before the 2012 presidential elections. It could also signal a deferred interest in seeking the top office until the 2016, so as to avoid going toe-to-toe with President Obama.

The prerecorded telephone poll of 500 adults, conducted May 11, has a 4.4 percent margin of error.
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Bristol Palin: 'I would have waited'

Bristol Palin, the daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), says she wishes she would have waited to become intimate with her boyfriend, which resulted in her pregnancy.

Palin, appearing on "Good Morning America" to kick off a campaign for teen abstinence, said that her infant son is a "blessing," but one she wishes she could have enjoyed later in her life.

"My son is a blessing; he's the best thing to ever happen to me," she told ABC's Chris Cuomo. "But I do wish that years from now I could have the same son."

"I would have waited -- waited for have sex, obviously," she explained. "Regardless of what I did personally, I just think abstinence is the only effective, foolproof, 100 percent way to prevent pregnancy."

Palin said that she hopes the baby's father, Levi Johnston, will stay in her child's life, and characterized her having to explain her pregnancy to her parents as being "harder than labor."

She also said remarks of hers about abstinence for teens being "unrealistic" were taken out of context, and that she pays little attention tot he chatter about her mother, the former Republican vice presidential candidate.

"I don't see myself as a celebrity, I don't want to be one," Palin said. "But I think using this experience in my life to help others is a blessing."
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Palin going to 'prom'

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) will attend this weekend's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, according to several reports.

The invaluable GOP12 blog points to stories by US Magazine and Entertainment Wise reporting that Palin will attend the dinner, the annual suaree for politicians and journalists.

Palin has avoided a number of engagements in Washington since last year's presidential election, including appearances at a June fundraiser for House and Senate Republicans and a speaking engagement at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

This year's dinner is set for this coming Saturday, and will feature entertainment by comedienne Wanda Sykes. It's informally known within Washington as "prom" for its once-a-year emphasis on glitz and glamor in D.C.
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FEC: Elton John's an A-Ok Hilraiser

Concerts featuring foreign performers are fair game for political fundraisers, the Federal Elections Commission ruled today.

About a year after Sir Elton John caused a stir when he performed at a $2.5 million fundraiser for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign at Radio City Music Hall, the FEC ruled that the act was a "volunteer service" exempted from the "contribution" regulations in the Federal Campaign Act.

At the time of the fundraiser, the FEC did not have a quorum and could not rule on complaints filed by the anti-abortion 527 group American Right to Life Action and Judicial Watch alleging that the Clinton campaign was illegally accepting an in-kind contribution from a foreign national.

"The Commission found no reason to believe that a violation occurred and [has] closed the file," the FEC ruled.

-Samuel Rubenfeld
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