November 7th, 2008
10:45 AM ET

The Shot: Hologram vs Predator

Jay Leno has an interesting take on the CNN hologram.

Filed under: T1 • The Shot
November 7th, 2008
10:34 AM ET

Palin camp fires back over claims by some McCain aides

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The war of words between supporters of each half of the Republican presidential ticket escalated Thursday, as a spokeswoman for Sarah Palin called charges circulated by former campaign aides to John McCain ‘sickening,’ and the Alaska governor herself said the advisers spreading the rumors were ‘small, evidently bitter’ people.

Former McCain campaign aides have been sources for a string of embarrassing stories about Palin that have become public since GOP defeat Tuesday night, including the charge that she spent thousands of dollars more on clothing for herself and her family than the $150,000 that has been reported.

There have also been reports of a somewhat distant relationship between John McCain and his running mate.

“This is so unfortunate and, quite honestly, sickening,” said Palin aide Meghan Stapleton in a statement. “The accusations we are hearing and reading are not true and since we deny all these anonymous allegations, there is nothing specific to which we will respond.


Filed under: John McCain • Raw Politics • Sarah Palin
November 7th, 2008
08:38 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Obama Q's and A's

Penny Manis
AC360 Senior Producer

Happy Friday everyone, it’s the end of an action-packed week. Today, however, is another kicker. President-elect Barack Obama will hold his first news conference at 230pet which we will carry live. He will take questions from the press, and our own Candy Crowley will be in the mix of journalists asking q's.

In the first major decision by Obama since he won the election on Tuesday, it was announced that Rahm Emanuel, a guy with a ‘tough-as-nails reputation” has accepted the post of White House Chief of Staff under Obama’s new administration. Obama said “No one I know is better at getting things down than Rahm Emanuel” to which Emanuel responded “I want to do everything I can to help deliver the change America needs.”

The Republican leader in the House John Boehner was quick to criticize, stating this is an ironic choice for a president-elect who has promised to change Washington, make politics more civil and govern from the center’. I guess you can’t make all of the people happy all of the time. In case you are wondering, the Chief of Staff oversees and coordinates activities and communications among Administration departments.

Obama may announce other key appointments today and filling out his economic team is a top priority, as the sinking markets Wed and Thurs, and ugly jobs report out today remind us. (not that we needed the reminder).

Our favorite analyst David Gergen has said "This is one of the first times that I can remember that the Secretary of the Treasury is going to be almost as important as the Secretary of State.” Maybe today Obama will offer more hints about the key post of Treasury Secretary at his news conference.

With 2 wars raging overseas, Obama’s choice of Secretary of State is not to be diminished though, and his national security team could be an area where he goes outside this party for an appointee-but that is all speculation until we hear from Obama himself.

Randi Kaye offers a human touch on AC360 tonight, she offers a story on how the new First Family will fit into the DC scene. They are younger and hipper than George and Laura Bush, and are expected to be more social. Who will they hang out with? Which ladies will Michelle do lunch with? Where will Obama shoot hoops? Randi will give us a tour of DC hotspots we could potentially see the Obamas’ frequent in their new life in the nation’s capital. See you at 10pet!

Filed under: The Buzz
November 7th, 2008
08:32 AM ET

Osama, beware of the Obama attack!

Octavia Nasr
CNN Arab Affairs Editor

In the Arab world, media headlines, editorials and commentaries continue to be very supportive of the U.S. for electing Barack Obama as president. Even the most conservative media, those with known anti-western slant, are sounding positive and offering congratulations.

At the London-based pro-Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi, an editorial reads, “It is too soon to judge Barack Obama’s ability to handle the economic crisis and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he has already defeated America’s two most powerful institutions, the Clintons and the conservative right wing… He therefore might be able to handle these explosive dossiers if granted the opportunity…” The editorial continued, “Barack Obama will enter history with his competence, abilities, patience and wisdom… We therefore congratulate him for this great success and congratulate the American people for having chosen change.”

In Saudi Arabia’s pro-government Okaz newspaper, Khalaf al-Harbi wrote, “We cannot hide our admiration for the invigorating American spirit that is not blinded by might or corrupted by supremacy. The United States proves one more time that it is always capable of reinventing itself and staying ahead of other countries that cannot show the same degree of dedication and loyalty to their professed principles.”


Filed under: Barack Obama • Global 360° • Octavia Nasr • Osama bin Laden • Raw Politics
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