October 10th, 2008
08:59 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Palin Report Just Released

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Breaking News... the Alaska State Legislature has just released its report on the trooper investigation. Did Gov. Sarah Palin abuse her power when it came to the firing of the state's top cop? This story has so many twists and turns. You may recall the allegation was Plain fired the Public Safety Commissioner because he wouldn't fire the governor's ex-brother-in-law from the state police force. We'll have the latest tonight on 360.

Also tonight, we're unveiling the #3 person on our top 10 most wanted list: culprits of the collapse. We're naming names and holding people accountable.

And, there's a new deal in the works to boost the U.S. economy. Tonight, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said the U.S. government is working on a plan to buy stock in financial institutions by using part of the $700 billion bailout package. The announcement came after he met with G-7 finance ministers and central bankers in Washington.

We'll explain how this might work.
And, do you think this is what's needed to get the Dow back on track?

All that and more tonight at 10pm ET.
Hope you'll join us.

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. emeka......portharcourt...nigeria

    i am not voting but has been following the whole scenario. what americans need now is one that chat them out of this problem. what is at stake is more than just the economy, capitalism is also at stake.A.C walk down the road in Rwanda no one knows about the economy meltdown now but in two years from now will hate USA/capitalism if not handled properly.......this is a fact. lets move forward with issues

    October 13, 2008 at 8:59 am |
  2. John

    At first glance Mrs.Palin seems OK, but the more we get to know about her the more she looks like an ambitious politician who will step on anyone to get what she wants. Her narrow views on people and the world, and what seems like a hidden streak of hate that borders on racism and coming from a religious community that is almost cult like with a lot of brainwashing I think it is fare to say that she would be a terrible President.
    I think she is one of Rush's bubble heads, and as Rush is a nazi Palin McCain would take America out of the frying pan and into the fire.
    The middle class can pretty much hang it up if they get in power. It would not be four more years of Bush, it would far worse. She is a good actress however and has managed to skirt that separatist and bring on Armageddon church speak. I don't think Catholics, Episcopalians Jews and moderate Baptists rank very high in her view but she is a good bubble head for Rush Sean and the hate speech seems to come from the heart. Just what America does not need in a leader.

    October 13, 2008 at 4:18 am |
  3. Cheryl in TN

    The fact that Palin would act so vendictively shows what kind of leader she would be – politics as usual. We would be electing another politician that puts their personals before the people's concerns.

    October 13, 2008 at 1:58 am |
  4. Kerry Arnoldi

    One month before the firing of Walt Monagan, Sarah Palin, at a banquet here in Anchorage, asked him to stand so she could tell the audience what a fabulous member of her team he was. She went ON and ON! Maybe this WILL blow over in a day or two with the economy in trouble, but for Walt Monagan, it has results that are far more long lasting. A MAN LOST HIS JOB, which his boss praised him for in front of a lot of people, right before she gave him his walking papers. It was McCain's campaign handlers (5 lawyers) who invaded Anchorage and made it into a circus. There are many other decisions Sarah Palin has made that can be directly attributed to her personal desires, her family and their wants and revenge. If someone had the courage to lift the lid on this Pandora's box, you would be amazed!

    October 10, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  5. jackie dukes

    ej /usa,
    Me too! I am waiting for the babygate!
    jackie in florida

    October 10, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  6. Riccardo

    WAKE UP AMERICA~! This situation with Palin is typical Republican rhetoric of not taking responsibility for lack of judgment in abuse of power. We’ve seen this over and over again. I would like to know how the Democrats caused this to happen. This is typical elitist attitude. Do as I say do, not as I do…

    October 10, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  7. Tim Penn

    Palin abused power and created doubt in her abilities to control her spouse and to fulfill the trust that would be placed in her as VP. And, the bi-partisan (more repubs than dems) found she had abused her power (likely an impeachable offense... recall Nixon). She should not get a pass from the media.

    Rumor on internet is that Yale and Harvard hedge funds contributed mightly to the economic crisis through short-selling.

    It is time to take a jounalistic stand and get the truth, without screaming broadcasters and google investigation... CNN can you please go to the source.

    The USA needs someone to break the walls and deliver transparency.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  8. Kurt

    I guess everyone has dirt on them.
    What is the McCain camp gonna camplain about not?
    The whole the U.S. only cares about the issues not this spread of hate that the McCain camp is spreading. I was supporting McCain but now he lost my respect and VOTE....

    October 10, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  9. Renata Nicole

    Who is the real Sarah Palin?

    She has not exactly been honest with the American people.

    She just came from out of no where and I don't feel like I know who the real Sarah Palin is.

    This woman violated the publics trust, violated an ethics law and abused her power as Governor. If elected vice president she will abuse her power in the same way that Dick Cheney and Bush did.

    Sarah, next time you will remember people who live in glass houses should never throw stones.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  10. john

    take the l out of palin = PAIN

    October 10, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  11. Veronica


    The double standard that is being afforded Sarah Palin is disgusting. She is running for VP and she should be fully investigated by the MSM.
    It is ridiculous that she has not held a press conference. There should be zero coverage of her rallies until she holds a press conference and does some interviews with valid journalists ( not Hannity).

    This Troopergate scandal should be played over and over again on a loop for the next 2 weeks like your show and every other show ran with Rev. Wright. This is a legal finding. I hope you are not going to sweep this under the rug over the weekend. How fortunate for the McCain campaign that this was a late night Friday news dump.

    I will hold you and he MSM accountable to report actual news, which this has become.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  12. Joseph

    Dale, first it depends on your definition of "lead." Second, this is America. There are tremendously successful people who are leaders in many many fields because the people they work with are not interested in race, religion, etc.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  13. Holly

    Cheney also misused or abused his power,and Palin mentioned
    in the Debate her idea of the role of the vice president. Was that expanded power?

    October 10, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  14. felicia Kamel

    This new information makes the librarian's letter sound credible. Are we starting to see a patten here?

    October 10, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  15. Jennifer

    I find it amazing that, for someone who claims to be blazing trails for women...more like riding the coat tails of Hillary Clinton....allows her husband to have that much pull in her administration. It is obvious in her speeches that she rarely thinks for herself, now we know that is how she runs her state too. Imagine that happening in the White House.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  16. dale

    please, please, let's stop reporting about things the citizens of the us don't really care about. At this time in history, with the economy where it is, the war in Iraq, nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorist nations, who cares that Obama had coffee with a "terrorist", or palin "abused her powers"? Let's report what people need to hear!

    October 10, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  17. anita jentzen

    Wow, the report shows that the Palin Administration will not release the emails. She refuses to cooperate....... this candidate truly mirrors the current Vice President...... more of the same..........

    October 10, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  18. ralph

    Heard something about pressure to not provide trooper with workers compensation or something of a sort. If this is true any info about this allegation?

    October 10, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  19. Heather

    RELEVANCE: Let's all remember that in the VP debate, Palin promoted the expansion of the powers of the office of the VP. This is scary and reflects on the bad JUDGMENT of McCain and Palin and Toddy.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  20. Lois Schiavone

    I'm wondering if that panel would have made the same finding had Sarah Palin NOT been nominated for McCain's VP.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  21. Conrad

    As an Arizona taxpayer, I find it egregious that John McCain with 26 years in the Senate bought nothing home for his constituents, and he brags about it.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  22. dale

    this may sound racist, but can anyone name one successful country that is lead by an African American?

    October 10, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  23. Lionel

    To suggest that the outcome of “troopergate” or any other Palin controversy is somehow significant relative to the current electoral process seems to imply that if Gov.Palin is exonerated, she will then become a legitimate vice-presidential candidate. Even the most basic analytical observation confirms that she was selected not for her superior vice-presidential qualities but rather for “Get Elected First” and not “Country First”. Although she is probably a nice person with many wonderful attributes, she is clearly not vice-presidential material. This choice reflects poorly on Senator McCain as well because the selection of Gov.Palin confirms that he is unable to see the wider canvas with respect to the office he so desperately seeks.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  24. Bonnie Crawford

    It has come out that Sarah Palin abused her power. Her credibility, her moral conscious and her ethics are all questionable. It means she is underhanded and manipulative. She seeks vengance and willing to cause harm. She makes statements at Republican rallies to the point of people rioting in stands. Some of the comments made by people at those rallies are an insult to Arab-Americans, African-Americans and other people of color. More importantly, both candidates need to be mindful of the impact it has on our Nation. Now is the time to be united and pull together as we face the most serious economic crisis we've seen in decades. People will have to help each other in these upcoming months. There are people living in their cars. The loss of a job is not the fault of the person. Most people want to pay there bills, but there are circumstances that may make it impossible. The divisive remarks in these campaigns are most disturbing.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  25. dale

    lisa,since when is calling someone by their name wrong? Also, can someone please explain to me obama math ... How does he plan on cutting 95 percent of Americans taxes, continue to provide health care, solve the economy, and keep America solvent?

    October 10, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  26. Vicki Fish

    She definately has all the characteristics of someone who would manipulate the system and abuse her power.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  27. Kathleen Barr

    I will wait for analysis from Candy, David Gergen, and Gloria Borger. They are all SUPERB! They are objective, smart, experienced and thoughtful. Kudos to Candy, David and Gloria. You are guiding me through this election. Kathleen Barr

    October 10, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  28. Diana

    Why didn't Palin get a restraining order against Wooten, if he was so dangerous? Obviously she abused her power to be petty and vindictive. She shows poor judgement in handling situations.

    October 10, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  29. Patrick

    Good evening! It is really juvenile to see the deleterious and lascivious behavior being displayed by “them” John McCain and Sarah Palin on the campaign trail. The conservative right is spewing venom out their mouth while simultaneously blowing out a stale vapor trail from where the sun doesn’t shine. Is obvious their (meaning McClain & Palin's ) extraneous diatribes are equivalent to someone seeking a stay from an inevitable execution. Sarah Palin consistently raises the issue about character, judgment and trust. As a voracious reader of various periodicals, I see on a regular basis how Sarah Palin's behavior and judgment is consistently brought into question especially with the alleged extramarital affair (that the media and Barack Obama have given her a pass on this at this time), the misrepresentation as the Governor watching the Russians which was clearly refuted by the NORAD Commander, the ongoing Troopergate saga and a recent issue about per diem reimbursement. Show me any politician that hasn’t benefited from lobbyist, special interests, big business or has been associated with someone within six degrees of separation from inappropriate ties. John McCain and Sarah Palin just need to stop it. It will be a matter of time when all the dirt will come out on Sarah Palin. Remember the good man upstairs doesn’t like ugly. The American public encompassing the undecided, independent voters will see the charlatans John McCain and Sarah Palin really are when they cast their votes for Barack Obama. Anytime you spew wedge driving comments like this all it shows you are nothing but an ignorant supporter of the former 1857 Chief Justice Robert B. Taney’s school of thought. “Those” right wing extremists don’t have a plan meaning they don’t have a clue. People are losing their jobs, their homes and their future and our troops are dying daily in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is obvious McCain and Palin don’t give a crap about hard working people because they are selfishly looking out for their own self-serving interest. Where are the jail sentences for Wall Street, stock market speculators and the unscrupulous people that had a corrupt hand in the financial crisis? When you don’t talk about accountability for the financial crisis you are supporting typical Washington 101.

    October 10, 2008 at 9:57 pm |
  30. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    "I don’t care. She didn’t break the law. She was protecting her family. The trooper was the one who was abusing his power. This is all about Obama wanting have a one up in this election…"

    Yes, I'm certain you don't care, Diane. Thats the fundamental difference between those who use their heads when making a decision and those who react emotionally to make a decision. Ask youself this question: "Do I want my children to learn integrity, ethical behavior, and to treat others with respect when they grow up?" If not, then you're on the right track...

    October 10, 2008 at 9:57 pm |
  31. gerry

    Palin broke the state ethics law and a criminal investigation could take place. Clearly all this does is bring John McCains erratic judgement into focus again.

    October 10, 2008 at 9:56 pm |
  32. L.Denise

    How ironic that even Barack was in the end responsible for troopergate and Palin abusing her power of office. The bloggers on here who want to blame that on Obama need to grow up and utilize your brain for a change. Every time this "maverick" team gets caught with their pants down its Obama's fault. Nice try, but there are people out here with a lot more sense than to believe that the only one who hung themselves is Palin.

    Please stop letting your uncalled for fear and racial bias spew poison across these airwaves. It takes a person of deep thought and conviction to know that Obama is not to blame for their blunders. Nor does it take one to know that he is no more a terrorist than the people in the Mccant's rallies that are yelling it. I think that the government should investigate these false claims and the calls of "terrorist" and "treason" that were yelled out. Given our tumultuous history regarding race as well as our history of assassinations this should be given serious thought.

    Palin is a has been and one who is totally UNQUALIFIED to be in our nations second highest office. This is the icing on the cake.

    NOW, can we PLEASE get back to the economy???????

    October 10, 2008 at 9:49 pm |
  33. Lisa

    Abraham Lincoln said, " If you want a true test of a man's character, give him power. " Sarah Palin showed her true character by abusing her power. If her character was not obvious before, it certainly is now. I certainly don't want her to have power over me.. do you?

    October 10, 2008 at 9:46 pm |
  34. Joan Grimes

    I'm not surprised about the Palin trooper report. I would like for CNN to provide some detail information about Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband involvement with the Alaskan Independent Party. Since Gov. Palin want to attack Senator Obama about Prof. Ayers, let's compare Ayers and Volgar.

    J. Grimes

    October 10, 2008 at 9:42 pm |
  35. Patrick

    They say she ABUSED her power...but broke NO Laws!
    What else could you expect from the Republician Party?

    October 10, 2008 at 9:39 pm |
  36. Lisa

    Sarah Palin needs to clean up her back yard before she tells Barack Obama that his back yard is a unsightly mess. In life what goes around comes around.

    October 10, 2008 at 9:32 pm |
  37. melanie

    I was an undecided voter up until yesterday. I watch CNN and Headline News all the time. I found something very disturbing watching a McCain/Palin broadcast on some of their stops. The first one showed a policeman refferring to Mr. Obama as Barrack Hussien Obama. Granted that is his name but that was totally uncalled for. And the other man kept saying he was mad as hell. The crowd was whipped into a frenzy. I believe McCain sets the tone for his voters.They remind me of some hate groups in this country. I almost expect McCain /Palin to start passing out sheets, ropes, and hoods at their rallies. Mr. Obama has reacted with style and grace even though he was reffered to as "THAT ONE". Well I pray to god "THAT ONE" wins.

    October 10, 2008 at 9:31 pm |
  38. Larry

    We don't care about the economy, just give us the dirt on the Gov.

    October 10, 2008 at 9:12 pm |
  39. Delaine Arnold

    From the first time I heard Gov. Palin speak, she scared me. I have seen women in the corporate arena like her; she is power hungry. You give her a little bit of power and she'll take a mile. She was ethically and morally wrong to fire someone over a personal issue. God save us if she is elected as VP and by some awful chance, she becomes President.

    October 10, 2008 at 9:11 pm |
  40. Diane N.

    I don't care. She didn't break the law. She was protecting her family. The trooper was the one who was abusing his power. This is all about Obama wanting have a one up in this election...

    October 10, 2008 at 9:08 pm |
  41. Fay, CA

    The report concluded that Palin DID abuse her power but broke no laws. The many controversies surrounding Palin (Alaska Independent Party) and McCain (Keating 5) need to be looked into as thoroughly as the Obama-Ayers issue.

    October 10, 2008 at 9:06 pm |
  42. Bret Peters

    It is obvious Polson is making sure the public understands that although swiftness is vital in implementing the rescue pack, it is also imperative that it’s helpful for the taxpayer’s final cost. Sounds better than what it was originally. My concern is if Polson and others will personally benefit from knowledge of what is finally implemented from market growth? Is there a band on their personal trading within this time ? If not are they subject to insider trading laws? I see a very large opportunity for conflict of interests. To insure there is no “shady” deals, should there not be complete gag order, and legal ramifications if breached?

    October 10, 2008 at 9:05 pm |
  43. Bret Peters

    Tricky situation. On one hand I understand her noble reason for protecting her family. On the other it is a conflict of interest. She should have built a tight case against him so that she didn't abuse her elected position. Fools rush in ! The bi-partisan committee in Alaska stuck to the law and did their duty honorably. The question is that now her credibility has been in question, did the McCain campaign stop the attack on Obama’s credibility knowing this would come out tonight? We may never know...but I hope we do one day.

    October 10, 2008 at 9:04 pm |
  44. JRQ LaHabra, CA

    After hearing the racist that are voting for Mccain, I don' think this will matter. So sad that this woman is dirty and Mccain voters will not care.

    October 10, 2008 at 9:04 pm |
  45. EJ (USA)

    Now that the troopergate results have been released, the media must finally do their job and bring us the details of fakedpregnancygate.

    October 10, 2008 at 9:02 pm |