Tax returns for Palins released
Republican John McCain's campaign says Sarah and Todd Palin had a gross income of nearly $170,000 last year and paid nearly $25,000 in taxes. The campaign says the couple made nearly $130,000 and paid about $12,000 in 2006. McCain's campaign released the joint income tax return Friday for the vice presidential nominee and her husband.
Their income jump arose from the salary increase when Sarah Palin became Alaska's governor.
Meanwhile, six GOP lawmakers have filed an emergency appeal to Alaska's Supreme Court in an attempt to halt an investigation into allegations Gov. Palin abused her power, before the findings are released next week. An independent investigator is leading the probe into whether Palin improperly fired former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. Associated Press
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Barack Obama mixed love and politics Friday, buying his wife a dozen white roses for their 16th wedding anniversary in a swing district in suburban Philadelphia.
Dozens of reporters and photographers crammed into Penny's Flowers to see the Democratic presidential nominee pick out the roses for his wife, Michelle, for $47.70. He then flew home to Chicago to take her to dinner. Associated Press
John McCain visited this Democratic stronghold in southern Colorado on Friday, promising he would “never, ever” try to take more of Colorado's water.
The Republican presidential hopeful spoke at Colorado State University.
In August, McCain said the Colorado River water compact should be “renegotiated,” which drew immediate attacks from top state Democrats and a terse response from Bob Schaffer, the GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate from Colorado.
McCain later said he did not support a renegotiation of the water compact.
He elicited applause when he told the audience in Pueblo, “I will never, ever see the renegotiation of the Colorado River compact.” Associated Press
At a rally in Pennsylvania, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Friday that the September unemployment report, showing the nation losing 159,000 jobs, adds proof that America needs new economic leadership.
Obama accused John McCain of favoring the same economic policies that have produced the rise in unemployment this year. Associated Press