Blog Posts by Holly Bailey, Yahoo News

  • Murkowski to be certified as winner of Alaska’s Senate race, but Miller’s legal fight might not be finished

    miller fridayJoe Miller will decide by Friday if he plans to continue his legal fight over Alaska's hotly contested Senate race.

    With the state expected to certify Lisa Murkowski as the race's winner later today, Miller has scheduled a news conference Friday to announce whether he'll appeal a federal court ruling against his bid for a second recount in the race.

    For more than a month, Miller has sued to stop the state from officially declaring Murkowski the winner. The incumbent Republican, who ran as a write-in candidate after losing the primary, leads Miller by more than 10,000 votes, but Miller has challenged several thousand ballots, charging election irregularities.

    So far, three state and federal courts have rejected Miller's claims.

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  • Eight amazing photos posted on Twitter by politicians

    Politicians are just like us! Or so it would seem, given their penchant for posting silly photos and celebrity fan pics on Twitter. Here's eight and the best (and funniest) photos we've spied via lawmakers' Twitter feeds in 2010:

    1. Mitt Romney is soooo Team Edward.


    2. Rick Perry gives a thumbs up to Chanakah.

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  • O’Donnell accuses Biden of helping to orchestrate money probe

    odonnell bidenFormer Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is accusing her political opponents, including Vice President Joe Biden, of arranging a federal investigation into whether she illegally used campaign funds for personal expenses.

    The onetime tea party hopeful told ABC's Good Morning America that she "had always done everything to comply" with federal election laws. "There's been no impermissible use of campaign funds whatsoever," she insisted. "You have to look at this whole thug politic tactic for what it is… I'm confident we will be cleared of any charges."

    O'Donnell, who says she's heard nothing from federal authorities about an investigation, has pointed the finger at Biden, among others, for launching the "phony" probe. "Given that the king of the Delaware political establishment just so happens to be the vice president of the most liberal presidential administration in U.S. history, it is no surprise that misuse and abuse of the FBI would not be off the table," she said in a statement issued Wednesday.

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  • Feds probing O’Donnell’s use of campaign funds

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    Christine O'Donnell may soon have to account for how she spent her campaign cash.

    According to the Associated Press, federal investigators have opened up a criminal probe into whether the Delaware Senate candidate broke campaign finance laws by using campaign funds to pay personal expenses.

    O'Donnell, who was dogged by questions about her finances during her failed bid for Senate, has so far not commented on the report. But she has previously denied any wrongdoing

    (Photo of O'Donnell by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

  • Davis warns Clinton to stay out of Chicago’s mayoral race

    clinton davisAn Illinois congressman who is running for mayor against Rahm Emanuel in Chicago is warning former President Bill Clinton to stay out of the race or risk alienating the black community.

    Rep. Danny Davis, a longtime Clinton ally, said in a statement issued Tuesday that he is "seriously concerned and disturbed" by reports that Clinton will endorse Emanuel in the mayoral race, per the Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet.

    "The African-American community has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the Clintons," Davis's statement explained. "However, it appears as though some of that relationship maybe fractured and perhaps even broken should former President Clinton come to town and participate overtly in efforts to thwart the legitimate political aspirations of Chicago's black community."

    But it's not just Clinton that Davis is worried about. He tells Sweet that President Obama should also remain neutral. The White House has not said whether Obama will campaign for his former chief of staff.

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  • Rangel launches fund to raise cash for legal fees

    rangel defenseHinting that his legal woes might not be over, Rep. Charlie Rangel announced yesterday he's set up a fund to raise money to pay for his mounting legal bills.

    The embattled New York Democrat said in a statement that the House ethics committee had signed off on the creation of the Charles B. Rangel Legal Expense Trust. The defense fund, according to Rangel, will allow him to "retain counsel for ongoing activities related to the recently concluded ethics investigation and other ongoing matters."

    The House voted to formally censure Rangel earlier this month for violating 11 ethics rules. Among other things, the congressman was cited for failing to pay taxes on a vacation home in the Dominican Republic and for illegally using his office to raise cash for a public policy center in his name at the City University of New York.

    But Rangel's troubles might not be over. Earlier this month, the Federal Election Commission confirmed it's looking into whether Rangel broke campaign finance laws by using his political action committee, the National Leadership PAC, to pay for attorneys fees related to the ethics probe. Under House ethics rules, lawmakers are only allowed to use cash from their campaign committees or defense funds to cover legal fees.

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  • Top five biggest political gaffes of 2010

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    The past year was stingy with certain political qualities -- bipartisan cooperation, say, or appeals to public reason. However, since 2010 featured many hard-fought congressional and statehouse battles, one thing it didn't lack for was that most common currency of information-age politics: the gaffe. Misstatements and malapropisms abounded, and with digital technologies and social media flooding the midterm election cycle, this year's gaffes were documented and recirculated with unusual abandon. It was hard to narrow the field to just five, but after close study of the past year in political language-mangling, here is our 2010 guide to political gaffes.

    1. Michael Steele calls Afghanistan "a war of Obama's choosing." After a year's worth of lavish verbal slipups, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele presented us with an embarrassment of gaffe riches. But in June, he was scolded by Republicans and Democrats alike for his remarks on the Afghan war, which he also described as "not winnable."

    [Rewind: High honors for Palin's imaginary word]

    2. Christine O'Donnell can't name a Supreme Court decision. In the first Delaware GOP Senate debate, the tea party candidate stumbled when she was asked to name a Supreme Court decision she disagreed with. "I'm very sorry, right off the top of my head, I know that there are a lot, but, uh, I'll put it up on my website, I promise you," she replied.

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  • LAST TICKET: Rove won’t give up on Hillary; Pawlenty is sad he can’t tell jokes anymore

    First Ticket and Last Ticket are going on a holiday hiatus until Jan. 3. While blogging will be light over the next week, check back to read our roundups of the most notable political moments in 2010, including the biggest scandals, most-searched politicians and memorable quotes of the year. Happy Holidays!

    Here are the stories we took note of today but didn't give the full blog treatment:

    • Karl Rove thinks Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016. (Daily Intel)

    • There's little GOP support for the DREAM Act. (Hotline on Call)

    • Tim Pawlenty is sad he can't tell jokes anymore. (GOP 12)

    • Arlen Specter never delivered on his vow to investigate the New England Patriots. (Foreign Policy)

    • Uh oh: New Hampshire is threatening to push its presidential primary date up again. (Union Leader)

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  • Obama will stick around Hawaii for an extra day

    obama hawaiiPresident Obama is adding an extra day to his Hawaiian vacation.

    The president, who was forced to delay his Christmas holiday because of last-minute congressional business, had been scheduled to return to Washington on New Year's Day.

    But sources tell CNN's Ed Henry that he'll stick around an extra day to hang out with first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters, Sasha and Malia.

    (Photo of a Honolulu police officer shooing away a barely clothed gawker  from Obama's Hawaiian vacation home: Chris Carlson/AP)

  • Midway through his presidency, Obama thrives on crisis

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    After two years of near-constant partisan bickering, President Obama marked the end of the 111th Congress on Wednesday by celebrating a series of big wins, enacting legislative initiatives that were once presumed all but dead.

    In the past week, Obama signed into law a long-debated measure allowing gays to serve openly in the military. He won ratification of a hard-fought nuclear-weapons accord with Russia. He approved a compromise measure with Republicans allowing the so-called Bush tax cuts to continue for two more years in exchange for preserving jobless benefits for millions of unemployed Americans. And the Senate reached an 11th-hour compromise on a long-stalled bill to extend health benefits to 9/11 first responders who had contracted serious illnesses after exposure to toxic conditions at Ground Zero.

    "A lot of folks in this town predicted that after the midterm elections, Washington would be headed for more partisanship and gridlock," Obama said in a news conference Wednesday heralding his last-minute victories. "Instead this has been a season of progress for the American people."

    Obama quickly sought to cast himself as a force for cooperation — something that voters said they were demanding in November's midterm elections — and marveled at how much could be accomplished in the spirit of bipartisanship.

    But Obama's progress in the last few weeks is also indicative of another telling characteristic of his presidency: He seems to thrive best in crisis.

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