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Published: 01/25/11

State of the Union Bipartisan 'Date Night' Update

By  Annie Groer - Politics Daily
State of the Union Bipartisan 'Date Night' Update

With President Obama's State of the Union address just hours away, the bipartisan seat-mate scramble continues apace. House Republican Whip Eric Cantor says he's asked Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to sit with him, but his frequent adversary Tweeted her regrets. "I thank @GOPLeader for his #SOTU offer, but I invited my friend Rep. [Roscoe] Bartlett from MD yesterday & am pleased he accepted." And four proponents of mixed seating held a Capitol Hill news conference Tuesday morning to explain why they're in favor of crossing the aisle. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), who proposed the idea two...

Published: 12/29/10

Christine O'Donnell Denies Misusing Campaign Funds, Cites 'Disgruntled' Former Staffers

By  Suzi Parker - Politics Daily
Christine O'Donnell Denies Misusing Campaign Funds, Cites 'Disgruntled' Former Staffers

Defeated Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, who is reportedly under federal investigation to determine whether she used campaign money for personal expenses, said Thursday the claims come from "disgruntled" former employees, channeled through a "left-wing" watchdog group. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the case has not been sent to a grand jury but has been assigned to two federal prosecutors and two FBI agents in Delaware. The O'Donnell camp immediately labeled the probe "politically motivated." She blamed political rivals for what she called "thug tactics." "Keep...

Published: 12/29/10

Feds Probe Christine O'Donnell's Campaign Spending

By  not in system - AOL News
Feds Probe Christine O'Donnell's Campaign Spending

BALTIMORE -- Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of Delaware Republican Christine O'Donnell to determine if the former Senate candidate broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to protect the identity of a client who has been questioned as part of the probe. The case, which has been assigned to two federal prosecutors and two FBI agents in Delaware, has not been brought before a grand jury. O'Donnell, who set a state record ...

Published: 12/29/10

2010 News Quotes Quiz: Who Said It?

By  not in system - AOL News
2010 News Quotes Quiz: Who Said It?

2010 was such a bumpy ride that this quote epitomizes the year: "Heads down! Stay down!" That's what a flight attendant shouted over and over as an airliner made an emergency landing at New York's JFK Airport in September. Of course, the moment was recorded on cell phone video and watched by millions. Here are 10 more quotes that capture some of the spirit of 2010. Do you know who said each one? Click here to get the answers. 1. "There's no one who wants this thing over more than I do. You know, I'd like my life back." Getty Images | AP 2. "I will take you out, buddy!" AP | ...

Published: 12/29/10

2010 News Quotes Quiz: Who Said It? [ANSWERS]

By  not in system - AOL News
2010 News Quotes Quiz: Who Said It? [ANSWERS]

Here are the answers to the 2010 Quotes Quiz with details about who said what and why -- plus some information on the people who didn't say these things, but might have. 1. "There's no one who wants this thing over more than I do. You know, I'd like my life back." Answer: C. Tony Hayward All three of the newsmakers we listed surely said this to themselves at some point during this difficult year. In June, Gen. David Petraeus was suddenly given the thankless task of running the war in Afghanistan after Gen. Stanley McCrystal got the boot for deriding administration officials in a Rolling ...

Published: 12/17/10

Christine O'Donnell, Not-a-Witch Senate Candidate: Where Is She Now?

By  Susan Powers - AOL News
Christine O'Donnell, Not-a-Witch Senate Candidate: Where Is She Now?

Christine O'Donnell was just one of a host of people who momentarily grabbed the spotlight in 2010 and dominated a news cycle or two while getting their 15 minutes of fame. In this series, AOL News is checking in on 25 of these newsmakers and giving them a 16th minute. Christine O'Donnell Made News in 2010 When She: Scored an upset victory in her bid for a U.S. Senate seat against established candidate Mike Castle in the Delaware Republican primary. The Full Story: O'Donnell garnered little attention when she announced her candidacy for Delaware's vacant U.S. Senate seat against Republica...

Published: 11/8/10

Following Sarah Palin's Model, Christine O'Donnell Heads to 'The Tonight Show'

By  Dave Thier - AOL News
Following Sarah Palin's Model, Christine O'Donnell Heads to 'The Tonight Show'

(Nov. 8) -- If you thought you'd seen the last of Christine O'Donnell, you don't know Christine O'Donnell. Less than a week after her defeat in the Delaware senatorial election, she'll be appearing on Jay Leno's "The Tonight Show," where she will presumably discuss her tea-party-fueled propulsion onto the national stage. Despite losing by 17 percentage points in the polls to Democrat Chris Coons, O'Donnell was the most widely covered candidate in the entire 2010 senatorial season, making headlines with noteworthy gaffes/just plain weirdness like her anti-masturbation stance, her insistence ...

Published: 11/3/10

Election 2010 Hangover: By the Numbers

By  J. Richard - AOL News
Election 2010 Hangover: By the Numbers

(Nov. 3) -- Just two years after a wave of Democratic support swept Barack Obama into the White House, voters reversed the tide in Tuesday's midterm elections as Republicans gained control of the House and strongly positioned themselves to take over the Senate in 2012. Not since 1948 have Republicans made such gains in the House, a victory that divides Congress for the rest of Obama's term as he fights to regain the confidence of voters who have lost faith in the president's plans for the economy, health care and stimulus spending. In sum: Democrats needed 50 seats to retain control of the s...

Published: 11/3/10

What Will Christine O'Donnell Do for an Encore?

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
What Will Christine O'Donnell Do for an Encore?

(Nov. 3) -- Christine O'Donnell isn't letting a little thing like a big loss get in the way of midterm election fun. The tea-party-backed GOP Senate candidate was plainly trounced by Democrat Chris Coons in a race many say helped map out the limits of the tea party's influence. But while the colorful candidate may be off the mat, she's still fighting on, railing against the Republican Party's leadership and vowing to hold Democrats accountable for their big-spending ways. The defiance came through loud and clear in her concession speech Tuesday night, which was just about as unorthodox as h...

Published: 11/2/10

Christine O'Donnell Falls Short to Chris Coons in Delaware

By  David Gibson - Politics Daily
Christine O'Donnell Falls Short to Chris Coons in Delaware

With a fresh-faced exuberance matched only by missteps and gaffes, Christine O'Donnell and her quirky personality captivated the nation and dominated news coverage even in this extraordinary campaign. But neither her reality show appeal nor blanket publicity were enough to convince Delaware voters to make the Republican candidate and tea party favorite their senator. O'Donnell lost big on Tuesday to the Democrat, the wonkish county executive Chris Coons, in a contest the GOP had once considered a surefire pickup. It was particularly sweet revenge for Democrats in that it was Vice President ...

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