McCain and GOP have $96 million in hand
John McCain and the Republican National Committee started August with $96 million, financially flush and strongly positioned to compete with prolific fundraiser Barack Obama and the Democrats.
McCain raised $27 million in July, his largest one-month fundraising haul since clinching the GOP presidential nomination, and had $21 million available to spend, while the RNC brought in nearly $26 million, and had $75 million on hand. Associated Press
Emergency detoured Obama flight to N.C.
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Control tower tapes show the pilot of Barack Obama's flight from Chicago to Charlotte last month told air traffic controllers he had an “emergency” when he made an unscheduled landing.
At the time, the Federal Aviation Administration and Midwest Airlines, owner of the MD-80 charter airliner, said the landing was not forced by an emergency.
ABC News reported Thursday that tower tapes show that the pilot, who was having trouble controlling the pitch of the plane, told an FAA air traffic controller “at this time we would like to declare an emergency and also have CFR (crash equipment) standing by in St. Louis.”
FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown did not dispute the television account of the incident. She said news media were told minutes after the incident happened that there had been no emergency because that was the initial information passed to the agency's public affairs staff by air traffic control. She said no one went back later to confirm the nature of the incident.
The control tower tapes reveal the pilot reported he no longer had 100 percent control, with only “limited pitch authority” of the aircraft, ABC reported. Pitch is the up or down movement of the aircraft's nose.
The National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the incident, said an initial examination of the plane found no evidence of missing parts or tampering, federal investigators said Thursday. Associated Press