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Will Biden run again for president?

Vice President Biden is apparently open to running for president again at theend of the Obama administration, despite an expectation that the vice presidency would be his final job.

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Palin owes over a half million in legal bills; may start legal defense fund

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in bills to a law firm that defended her from ethics complains, and may create a defense fund to pay for them.

Palin owes more than half a million dollars to the law firm Clapp, Peterson, Van Flein, Tiemessen & Thorsness, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

"I must defend against these baseless ethics accusations out of my own pocket as the use of public monies to do so could itself violate state law," Palin said in a written statement to the paper.

"Obviously we cannot afford to personally pay these bills -- and really no future governor should feel the sense of financial vulnerability at the hands of those with a political vendetta bent on personal destruction," she added. "Some have suggested a legal fund to pay these bills. We'll have to pursue that."

The debt piled up in defending the so-called "Troopergate" scandal, in which Palin was accused of inappropriately acting to fire the Alaska public safety commissioner.
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Meghan McCain blasts Coulter as 'offensive, radical, insulting, and confusing'

Ann Coulter is "offensive, radical, insulting, and confusing," would-be first daughter Meghan McCain declared Monday.

In a blog post for The Daily Beast, McCain -- the daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- accused the conservative pundit Coulter of being "the poster woman for the most extreme side of the Republican Party."

"She does appeal to the most extreme members of the Republican Party
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Palin Pulls Out of CPAC

Fans of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) won't get a chance to see her speak at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) after all.

Palin pulled out of a speaking gig later this month at the annual conference for conservative activists, U.S. News reported Tuesday.

Palin's speech had been one of the top attractions at this year's CPAC, along with speeches by radio host Rush Limbaugh and other conservative personalities.

Palin withdrew citing state business that would require her attention that weekend, Feb. 26-28.
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Alaska Senate Censures 'First Dude' Todd Palin

Alaska's First Husband, Todd Palin, was held in contempt by the Alaska State Senate on Friday for failing to appear and answer questions about his role in the termination of a state safety commissioner's job.

Senators voted 16-1 with three absentions to hold Palin and two other men in contempt of the Senate for failing to appear before the state Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 19, 2008 to testify about the firing of Walt Monegan.

The bill imposes no penalty for their failure to appear. According to the Senate's legislation tracker, the bill is being transmitted to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) for a signature or veto.

Mrs. Palin had come under fire during her run for the vice presidency for having allegedly improperly dismissed Monegan from his position. A report issued by Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) campaign concluded the governor did nothing wrong.
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Palin Launches PAC

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has launched a new political action committee (PAC) to support candidates nationwide, potentially laying the groundwork for an eventual White House run.

SarahPAC will support "Gov. Sarah Palin's plans to build a better, stronger, and safer America in the 21st century," the organization's website says. "SarahPac will support local and national candidates who share Gov. Palin's ideas and goals for our country."

Candidates interested in pursuing higher office will often establish a PAC to curry favor with fellow politicians and build support for a later run.

A search of Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings did not immediately yield any documentation for the organization. The organization's website lists an Arlington, Va. mailing address and a Washington, D.C.-area phone number.

Palin serves as the official Chairwoman of the PAC, according to the website.

A call to the phone number on the website went straight to voicemail.

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Palin's Pricey Duds Sit in RNC Trash Bags: Report

The tens of thousands of dollars worth of outfits bought for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) during the presidential campaign have yet to be donated to president as promised, according to a report.

Nearly $180,000 in clothing bought for the governor remains "stuffed in trash bags" at the Republican National Committee's (RNC) headquarters in Washington, according to a report by the conservative website NewMajority.com.

The clothes had become a campaign issue during Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) presidential bid, prompting Palin, his vice presidential nominee, to promise to donate the clothes to charity, and not keep for personal use.

"The story is completely inaccurate, and does not merit further response," said an RNC official, who refused to elaborate or say whether or not the RNC still had possession of the clothes.

Citing anonymous sources, NewMajority said the RNC is "in the process" of donating the clothing -- bought from pricey retailers and designers -- and that the clothing currently sits in trash bags.

There was no indication as to when or to where the clothes would be donated.
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McCain Says Palin Could Be Prez, Speaks To Her Often

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) praised Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska), saying that he was proud of having her as his running mate and that he thought she could one day become president.

McCain, on Fox News on Monday, said that he was "very proud" of Palin, whom he picked to be the GOP vice presidential nominee. Asked by Fox's Sean Hannity if he spoke with Palin often, McCain said he did.

Hannity later asked McCain if he thought she could be president one day.

"Sure, sure," McCain replied. "But I'd also like to point out that it's very early in this whole season."

The Palin and McCain camps have been trading barbs since the latter stages of the campaign. McCain aides were reportedly frustrated that she veered off-message, that she spent more than $150,000 on clothes during the GOP convention and that she took a prank call on the radio.

Palin said last week that she would have been more independent from advisers if she could do the campaign over.

"If I were giving advice to myself back on the day my candidacy was announced, I'd say, Tell the campaign that you'll be callin' some of the shots," she said in Esquire. "Don't just assume that they know you well enough to make all your decisions for ya."

McCain said he wouldn't run again for president. He added that the party will have a "spirited" competition to decide its next presidential nominee, and that many governors aside from Palin could be in the running. He mentioned Govs. Bobby Jindal (La.), Jon Huntsman (Utah), Tim Pawlenty (Minn.) and Mark Sanford (S.C.) as leaders who will play an enhanced role in deciding the GOP's direction.

"One reason is because their talent, and another reason is because they govern," he said.
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Obama Wins Ohio, Narrowing McCain's Options

Fox News, CNN, and NBC News have projected Barack Obama has won Ohio, a decisive electoral victory making a victory by John McCain look nearly impossible.

With nine percent of precincts reporting, Obama is leading McCain 57-42 in the Buckeye state, a state which George W. Bush won in 2000 and 20004.

The state has seen a plethora of Democratic victories in the past two election cycles, scoring big victories in the 2006 senatorial and gubernatorial races after Republicans fell out of favor following Gov. Bob Taft
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