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Palin calls anonymous critics cowards

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called her critics cowards and jerks Friday for deriding her anonymously and insisted she never asked for the expensive wardrobe purchased for her use on the presidential campaign.

“I never asked for anything more than a Diet Dr Pepper once in a while,” Palin said as she returned to the governor's office from her two-month odyssey as the GOP vice presidential nominee. She said the Republican National Committee paid for the tens of thousands of dollars in clothes. Republican Party lawyers are still trying to determine exactly what clothing was purchased for Palin, what was returned and what has become of the rest.

Palin lashed out at the anonymous GOP campaign sources cited in a Fox News report who said she did not know Africa was a continent, not a country, and could not name the three countries in the North American Free Trade Agreement – Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

She said the allegations aren't true. She also said she would not call on Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, to resign, although last month, before his re-election bid, she said he should “step aside” and “play a very statesmanlike role in this now.” Associated Press

Obama apologizes to Nancy Reagan over seance remark

President-elect Obama called Nancy Reagan on Friday to apologize for joking that she held seances in the White House.

At a news conference earlier, Obama said he had spoken with all the living presidents as he prepares to take office in January. Then he smiled and said, “I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about doing any seances.”

The 87-year-old former first lady had consulted with astrologers during her husband's presidency. But she did not hold conversations with the dead.

Obama spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said the president-elect later called Mrs. Reagan “to apologize for the careless and offhanded remark.”

It actually wasn't Nancy Reagan who was linked to conversations with the dead; it was Obama's top Democratic challenger for the presidency, Hillary Clinton. In his book “The Choice,” Bob Woodward described how Clinton consulted with a spiritual adviser who led her through imaginary conversations with her personal hero, Eleanor Roosevelt.

In either case, use of the word “seance” might be overstated.

Nancy Reagan consulted an astrologer to help set her husband's schedule, wrote former White House chief of staff Donald T. Regan. Associated Press

Obama's aunt intends to fight deportation order

President-elect Obama's aunt intends to fight a deportation order and hopes to remain in the U.S., her immigration lawyer said Friday.

The Associated Press found that Zeituni Onyango, 56, is staying with relatives in Cleveland after fleeing her public housing apartment in Boston. She had been living there five years.

Onyango, who is Obama's father's half sister, was ordered to leave the country in 2004 by an immigration judge who rejected her request for asylum from her native Kenya. Cleveland attorney Margaret Wong said Friday she is exploring legal options and may file a motion to reopen Onyango's case or file an appeal for her to stay on humanitarian grounds. She would not discuss Onyango's reasons for seeking asylum. Associated Press

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