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Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden, shown last week in Denver, told an audience at a Florida retirement community that he and Barack Obama are strong allies of Israel.
Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden, shown last week in Denver, told an audience at a Florida retirement community that he and Barack Obama are strong allies of Israel. (By Susan Biddle -- The Washington Post)
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HOTEL ROOM ADS

Progressive Group Has Its Say

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Campaign for America's Future, a political organization that champions Democratic and progressive causes, is airing a TV ad this week that "thanks" conservatives and Republicans for the past eight years and promises, "We'll take it from here."

To the tune of "Thanks for the Memories," images of flood-ravaged post-Katrina New Orleans, gas-pump price dials, a foreclosure sign on a front lawn and President Bush's "Mission Accomplished" banner flash onscreen.

The ad started airing Sunday night in 365,000 hotel rooms nationwide -- including 5,000 in the Twin Cities area -- on the Hotel Networks, an in-room TV service used by hotel chains. (It's the channel offering pay-per-view movies that often air when you turn on a hotel room TV.)

The group said it wanted to make an ad buy for Twin Cities-area hotels only but could make only a nationwide buy.

-- Ed O'Keefe

ALASKA VETO

Palin Slashed Funding To Help Teenage Mothers

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential candidate, who revealed Monday that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, used her line-item veto this year to slash funding for a state program benefiting teen mothers in need of a place to live.

After the legislature passed a spending bill in April, Palin went through the measure reducing and eliminating funds for programs she opposed. Writing her initials on the legislation, Palin reduced funding for Covenant House Alaska by more than 20 percent, cutting funds from $5 million to $3.9 million. Covenant House provides programs and shelters for troubled youths, including Passage House, which is a transitional home for teenage mothers.


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