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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Palin will be in the audience to cheer Bristol; Charlie Wrong again; Pelosi Facing Dissent

Sarah Palin will be in the audience to cheer on her daughter, Bristol, at Monday's season opener of "Dancing with the Stars," TMZ reported Friday.

"Security has been beefed up" for the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate's appearance at the taping, TMZ said.

The younger Palin had publicly pleaded for her mother to come watch her act.

“She’s my number one cheerleader,” the 19-year-old told "FOX & Friends" Wednesday. "I'm hoping she'll be able to squeeze some time in between her speeches and be able to make a performance."

Sarah Palin reportedly has been spending time with Bristol in Los Angeles as her daughter endures a grueling rehearsal schedule with dance partner Mark Ballas for the ABC show’s season premiere. (Continues here)


Last month, embattled Rep. Charles Rangel ripped into The Post for an article detailing how he'd helped an uptown nonprofit get a $2.6 million grant despite serious questions about his finances.

"For The Post to try for political reasons to attack this organization," said Rangel, "once again they're picking on a giant without any facts at all."

Well, the city Department of Investigation has just concluded its investigation of Alianza Dominicana, the politically wired group that has been a funding favorite of the Rangel-linked Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone.

And guess what? Turns out The Post's Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein were right on target.

The DOI found that Alianza -- which has received $66 million in city funding -- was a fiscal train wreck between 2005 and 2009. So much so, it couldn't even meet its payrolls or pay expenses.

Moreover, the DOI found that the group's founder and executive director, Moises Perez, entered into a "self-dealing" arrangement with an unqualified and inexperienced management company -- owned by one of Alianza's board members -- to handle the agency's books.  (Continues here)

Pelosi Facing Dissent in Party

Swing-district Democrats, fighting for their political lives, are beginning to turn on Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), one of the most powerful House speakers in decades but also one of the most polarizing figures in U.S. politics.

In recent days, a Democratic congressman from Mississippi, Gene Taylor, signed a Republican petition for a vote to repeal the health-care law she championed. A half-dozen Democratic candidates have aired advertisements seeking to draw distance from the speaker, including one released Friday by long-time Rep. Chet Edwards of Texas.

The ferment among moderate to conservative Democrats shows that Ms. Pelosi, more than President Barack Obama, has become a target of voter anger in the 2010 campaign, the face of a party that passed a health-care bill into law and navigated controversial climate-change legislation through the House. It is also an indication that Ms. Pelosi and her liberal colleagues in the House leadership will face a feistier party when they return next year, even if they hold the majority.

The tension is already being seen in the fight over taxes, the main issue now before Congress.

Thirty-one House Democrats rebelled this week against her position on former President George W. Bush's tax cuts, signing a letter calling for all of the cuts to be extended, not only those for households earning less than $250,000.  (Continues here)

1 comment:

Janis said...

Christ, "polarizing" AGAIN?! Can we please lose this fucking word from the entire English language?! I don't even like Pelosi and I'm sick and fucking TIRED of having this goddamned word slung around every single time some bitch gets uppity and forgets her place!