March 17, 2011 |
Sarah Palin wanted to meet Rebecca Mansour. It was the summer of 2009 and the former Alaska governor was in Del Mar, Calif., working on her book "Going Rogue. " Earlier that year, Mansour had co-founded a website that offered detailed defenses of Palin's record and acidic attacks on her critics. Palin was impressed. The pair hit it off. Mansour helped Palin with research on her score-settling bestseller, and a few months later, Palin offered Mansour a job with SarahPAC, Palin's political operation.
March 11, 2010 |
Federal inspection of the runaway Toyota Prius that took a wild ride on a San Diego County freeway was delayed several hours Wednesday when a California congressman insisted that someone from his office witness the examination. A team of inspectors from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was already at Toyota of El Cajon examining the car -- which reportedly had a stuck accelerator, causing it to speed for half an hour before the driver got it stopped -- when a staffer from the office of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista)
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September 26, 2009 |
A Ventura County jury Friday acquitted the chief of staff of a state assemblywoman on charges of assaulting protesters outside a political fundraiser last year. Jose "Joel" Angeles, the top aide to Assemblywoman Audra Strickland (R-Thousand Oaks), was found not guilty of misdemeanor criminal charges stemming from a scuffle in which a 69-year-old Episcopal priest alleged that he was body-slammed by Angeles. Angeles testified during the trial that it was he who had been roughed up during the scuffle, and that he had not hit or shoved anyone.
August 12, 2009 |
Karl Rove and other officials in George W. Bush's White House played an active role in the firing of the top federal prosecutor in New Mexico, according to documents released Tuesday that also show Bush political aides tried to influence Justice Department officials on other matters. The e-mails and interview transcripts made public by the House Judiciary Committee show Rove and other White House aides paying particular attention to complaints from Republican officials in New Mexico that U.S. Atty.
March 11, 2009
A former longtime aide to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) pleaded guilty to swapping legislative favors for event tickets and other gifts from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff's firm. Ann Copland, 52, wiped away tears as she admitted to U.S. District Judge Richard Roberts that she took $25,000 to $30,000 in gifts for helping one of Abramoff's top clients, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. She was released pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled. Copland is the latest among more than a dozen congressional aides, lobbyists, lawmakers and Bush administration officials convicted in a lobbying scandal spawned by Abramoff, who is serving a four-year prison term.
November 27, 2008 |
For those clamoring for invitations to future White House functions -- including Christmas parties and state dinners -- there will be few people more important than Desiree Rogers. The Chicago businesswoman will wield major clout for such events as the next White House social secretary, an appointment President-elect Barack Obama's transition office announced this week.