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Published: 02/28/11

No Christine O'Donnell, No Politicians on Next 'Dancing With the Stars'

By  Sandra Fish - Politics Daily
No Christine O'Donnell, No Politicians on Next 'Dancing With the Stars'

Former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell has turned down an invitation to be on "Dancing With the Stars" after teasing fans with the prospect last week. "I'm honored to have been invited to participate in one of the few uplifting TV shows out there," O'Donnell said in a statement on her website. "The physical challenge made it all the more appealing. Meeting challenges head-on makes us stronger. Yet, for now, I have another challenge before me; to complete a book that tells the story of the 2010 election cycle with the dignity and respect it deserves." The move comes as a bit of ...

Published: 02/27/11

Will 'Dancing With the Stars' Land Christine O'Donnell?

By  Sandra Fish - Politics Daily
Will 'Dancing With the Stars' Land Christine O'Donnell?

Whether it's Christine O'Donnell, Todd Palin, Eliot Spitzer or Tipper Gore, "Dancing With the Stars" needs a politician when the season 12 lineup is announced Monday night. Why do they need a politician? Well, look at the popularity boost the show got last fall when a politician's daughter -- Bristol Palin -- made it to the finals of the show. Many quibbled with the selection -- what made Bristol a star? Her claim to fame was as an unmarried, teenage parent whose mother, Sarah Palin, is the former governor of Alaska and the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee. She wasn't the greatest dancer, ...

Published: 02/23/11

Should Christine O'Donnell Cut a Rug on 'Dancing With the Stars'? [POLL]

By  Torie Bosch - AOL News
Should Christine O'Donnell Cut a Rug on 'Dancing With the Stars'? [POLL]

From the tea party to reality TV? Politician Christine O'Donnell is considering an offer to appear on the upcoming season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." With a tough decision to make, O'Donnell did the practical thing: She turned to her Facebook page to get advice from her fans. "Although I am utterly flattered, my initial thought was to decline, as 2 year old nephew has more rhythm than me, and my two left feet!!" she posted. Rhythm problems aside, O'Donnell is working on a book, which she says takes priority over the paso doble. O'Donnell asked her Facebook fans whether they think she...

Published: 02/23/11

Will Christine O'Donnell Step Up on 'Dancing With the Stars'? Stay Tuned, She Says

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
Will Christine O'Donnell Step Up on 'Dancing With the Stars'? Stay Tuned, She Says

Christine O'Donnell didn't make it as a conservative, tea party-backed Senate candidate in Delaware. But can she cut the rug on "Dancing With the Stars"? O'Donnell, who once acknowledged dabbling in witchcraft as a teenager, says she's been approached by the ABC hit program about being a contestant on its 12th season. The show, which famously featured Bristol Palin last year, will announce its new lineup next week, according to the New York Daily News. On her Facebook page, O'Donnell mulled the DWTS offer she said she'd received, but expressed doubts about her ability as a hoofer. "I just go...

Published: 01/5/11

Christine O'Donnell to Resubmit Campaign Funds Records

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Christine O'Donnell to Resubmit Campaign Funds Records

A lawyer for Christine O'Donnell has informed federal officials that the failed Delaware Senate candidate will resubmit financial records for her 2009-10 campaign. O'Donnell, whose campaign finances are the subject of a Justice Department investigation, will refile the paperwork later this month after a comprehensive review, attorney Cleta Mitchell told the Federal Election Commission in a Dec. 21 letter, The Wall Street Journal reported. The Republican is accused of illegally using campaign funds for personal expenses, including meals and rent on her home. Mitchell wrote that the campaign...

Published: 01/1/11

Women to Watch (and Watch Out for) in 2011

By  Bonnie Goldstein - Politics Daily
Women to Watch (and Watch Out for) in 2011

Here at Politics Daily, we've been recalling strong women whose terms sadly ended in 2010. On the year's last weekend, the New York Times' annual year-end roundup, "The Lives They Lived," paid appropriate tribute to film actor Lynn Redgrave, whose title role in 1966's "Georgy Girl" validated and emboldened women to love and appreciate their non-hourglass body shapes. The Times' idiosyncratic list, however, left off Jill Clayburgh, whose 1978 portrayal of an unmarried woman did more for single-girl empowerment than former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown could ever have hoped for. (Brown,...

Published: 12/30/10

Why I Hate Year-End List Stories -- a Rant with a List

By  Walter Shapiro - Politics Daily
Why I Hate Year-End List Stories -- a Rant with a List

The Big News this week is that there isn't any Big News. Lots of snow falling on New York and the rest of the Northeast (save perpetually hot-air-filled Washington) does not qualify as a stunning revelation. That is -- and some of you may want to take notes -- what happens during winter. Even more predictable were the breathless accounts of grumpy travelers trapped at airports because America's much-envied and always-dependable air travel system somehow failed. Here's another shocker: The streets of Manhattan's Upper East Side (cue the snow-free pictures of Mike Bloomberg's apartment buildin...

Published: 12/30/10

2010: The Year Sarah Palin Became Queen of All Media

By  David Knowles - AOL News
2010: The Year Sarah Palin Became Queen of All Media

Move on over, Oprah. There's a new media queen in town. In a feat that may have seemed impossible at the conclusion of 2009, Sarah Palin became an even more visible national personality in 2010. After she and Republican presidential nominee John McCain lost the 2008 election by some 8 million votes to Barack Obama and Joe Biden, it may have seemed that Palin would simply fade out of the national spotlight and return to Alaska politics. And when Palin abruptly announced in July 2009 that she was quitting her job as Alaska's governor, little more than two years after being elected, many pundi...

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

Christine O'Donnell: Fed Probe is 'Politically Motivated'

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Christine O'Donnell: Fed Probe is 'Politically Motivated'

Responding to news that federal officials had reportedly begun an investigation of her use of campaign funds, former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell fired back, alleging the investigation was "politically motivated." In an e-mail, O'Donnell's former campaign manager, Matt Moran, said he was unaware of the probe: "We have heard absolutely nothing other than the same unsubstantiated allegations and rumors that have been circulating in the press for months." He added, "The politically motivated charge was all started by false accusations by Christine's political opponents, and r...

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