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CNN, Bloomberg Digital Teams Prepare for Elections

On May 4, 2014, Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin B. Smith and Bloomberg News Editor-In-Chief Matthew Winkler announced through Bloomberg Now that Bloomberg Politics would make its debut in 2014. It is scheduled to launch on October 6, 2014, and gear up to cover politics in the United States leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. As the Huffington Post reported on September 2, 2014, the digital site “will feature political coverage on the Web, mobile, TV, radio and in print…”

Meanwhile, on September 11, 2014, Politico reported that “CNN's Politics Digital team, led by former POLITICO managing editor Rachel Smolkin, hired three POLITICO journalists on Wednesday (September 10, 2014): Congress editor Steven Sloan, deputy breaking news editor Jedd Rosche and POLITICO Pro’s Eric Bradner, who will serve as a breaking news reporter.” You can find more here.

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The Political Fallout From Britain’s Afghanistan Adventure

“Ever since Alexander the Great was wounded by a Pashtun archer’s arrow in 327BC Afghanistan has been known as the graveyard of empires,” writes the Times Online’s Rachel Sylvester in a November 10, 2009 post. “It is now becoming increasingly clear that it could be the cemetery of political careers [in Britain] as well — although that is perhaps an inappropriate metaphor given that more than 230 real bodies have so far been buried during the current campaign,”  she asserts. See “Graveyard of empires could claim more careers.”

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Transcript of Katie Couric's Interview With McCain and Palin

The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric has posted the transcript of Couric's joint interview with Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin, his running mate. If you're interested in reading it, see "Transcript: Palin And McCain Interview." It, according to CBS, offers "more in-depth answers to questions Katie Couric asked McCain and Palin on the broadcast."

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Will Palin Endorse Ted Stevens?

"It’s clear who Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will be supporting when it comes to the presidential race, after all she is on the ticket. The bigger question is who will she vote for in the Senate race in her home state," writes ABC News' John Berman and Ursula Fahy in an August 31, 2008, post at Political Radar. Steven is currently under indictment "on seven counts of filing false financial disclosures."

According to Politico, Stevens endorsed Republican Presidential contender John McCain's pick of Palin as his running mate. See "Indicted Sen. Ted Stevens endorses Palin pick by McCain."

Berman and Fahy note that, "Embattled Republican Sen. Ted Stevens faces a tight race against popular Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich. And as of now, McCain campaign aides will not guarantee that she will endorse the senior Senator. Of course, perhaps more telling is that they won’t promise she won’t endorse him either.though the antithesis of reform, is an icon in Alaska politics."

If you want to read more, see "Indicted Hometown Senator Poses Problem for Sarah Palin."

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Kilpatrick Agrees to Resign in Exchange for No Jail Times

David Josar and Jennifer Mrozowski of The Detroit News reported August 31, 2008, that, Detroit " Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is offering to plead guilty to one or two felonies, leave office, pay a fine and restitution and perform community service -- so long as he doesn't go to jail, a source close to his legal team said Sunday [August 31, 2008]. See "Detroit mayor offers to quit, pay fine, but jail time snags plea deal."

According to The News, Kilpatrick's lawyers are"Frustrated by what they consider stubbornness by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy in ongoing plea talks." They "have offered to bring in facilitators -- perhaps a judge or well-respected legal figure -- to review the offer, the source said," The News reported.

Like many powerful men before him and men to come after him, Kilpatrick's succumbed to "P" power, which clouded his judgment.  He lied to conceal an affair with his chief of staff, which led to an indictment for perjury, among other things. 

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Will Gustav Save RNC From Bush, Cheney Speeches

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza asserts in an August 31, 2008, post at The Fix: "The news that neither President George W. Bush nor Vice President Dick Cheney will speak on the opening night of the Republican National Convention will be greeted -- privately, of course -- with a huge sigh of relief by most party strategists." See "The Bush-Cheney Conundrum."

Damn! Are things that bad among the Republicans? Did Bush and Cheney screw up that badly that their own party view them as toxic waste?

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