President Palin? Commissioner Cogen flips the "experience" argument


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Today John McCain is 72. And as a birthday present to himself, he chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, 44, as his VP. If McCain were to be elected in November, he'd surpass Ronald Reagan's 69 years and seize the cane of honor as the oldest U.S. president in history. There's an obvious hazard here: 2004 data from the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put the average lifespan for ...   More
 
Friday, August 29, 2008 Hannah Hultine

Forget Sarah Palin: Liz Lemon for VP


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So the Republicans will nominate a woman, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, for vice-president. How progressive of them! Why haven't the Democrats ever done that? Oh. Right. Well, at least we've got someone with real executive experience one one of the tickets now. Going by population, though, McCain might as well have picked Diane Linn for the VP slot. After all, she ran Multnomah County (pop. 681,454) ...   More
 
Friday, August 29, 2008 BEN WATERHOUSE

DENVER NOTEBOOK: Oregonians Shut Out of Denver Luxury Suites; Could be Different in Minneapolis


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At the Democratic National Convention in Denver, credentials and status mean everything. As a lowly weekly reporter, I get less access than daily newspaper reporters, who are lower on the totem pole than TV reporters. But, as always, money is the credential that confers real access. Last night, while wandering around the Pepsi Center, I stumbled into a service entrance to the "Club Level" ...   More
 
Thursday, August 28, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

DENVER NOTEBOOK: Cops Still Spoiling For Action


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The massive police presence for the Democratic National Convention in Denver has so far been unnecessary. Major, disruptive protests remain only a rumor, leaving the cops bored and willing to step into even the most minor verbal conflict. Today, while wandering down 16th Avenue, Denver's equivalent to Portland's downtown transit mall, I saw a handful of people purporting to be Sen. Hillary Clinton ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

DENVER NOTEBOOK: Celebrity, Sex and Booze


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There are a few types of Democratic National Convention attendees wandering around the Pepsi Center I feel as if I ought to recognize: attractive and well-dressed (probably a TV person); rumpled and contemplating imminent unemployment (newspaper reporter); fiercely determined (Obama supporter); or really pissed (Hillary backer). But being culturally clueless, I seem to recognize only semi-famous ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

DENVER NOTEBOOK: Too Many Warm-Up Acts


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The Democratic national convention officially kicked off this afternoon, and anybody who doesn't have an official credential can forget about getting within a mile of the Pepsi Center, Denver's equivalent of the Rose Garden arena. The arena and its perimeter are enclosed in an extraordinary security cordon: Streets all around the arena are closed; the light rail service is truncated, and to ...   More
 
Monday, August 25, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

DENVER NOTEBOOK: OR Delegation in Siberia, but drinks are free


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There's value in being a blue state—in delivering the greatest single outpouring of support during the campaign of an eventual winner. But, in terms of the payback, the value is not much. At political party conventions, the national party assigns each state's delegation. And although the Democratic National Convention is in downtown Denver—which may not have captured the imagination ...   More
 
Monday, August 25, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

VIDEOS: McCain and the Keating Five


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If you've been around long enough to remember to remember the last time the banks went kablooey , you've probably been wondering why John McCain hasn't been haunted more in recent weeks by the specter of convicted influence peddler Charles Keating, whom Sen. (then Rep.) McCain protected in the late 1980s as Keating looted the failing Lincoln Savings & Loan and left taxpayers holding the bag for ...   More
 
Monday, October 6, 2008 Ian Gillingham

Nobody Works Anymore: Fall is in the air


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Hey, all. How was the weekend? Are you feeling refreshed, excited and ready to go? Well it's a good thing you are, because the markets sure aren't . I t looks like stock prices are falling faster than the leaves on the trees. So does this mean we're officially fucked? Wait, what's that you say, Sean? [youtube QRvMU1K_AWU] Well, I'm glad we've got that cleared up. Though something tells me ...   More
 
Monday, October 6, 2008 Matt Graham

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