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WASHINGTONMcCain Brother Quits after 911 flap

The younger brother of Sen. John McCain has withdrawn from campaign activities and apologized for swearing at an emergency dispatcher after he called 911 to inquire about a traffic jam on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

Joe McCain, 66, said he was stepping aside to avoid becoming a liability for the Arizona senator before the Nov. 4 election. In an interview Saturday, he described the 911 call as "the biggest mistake I will ever make in my life, at least in politics," and said he thought he had hung up the phone before uttering an expletive.

The apology marked the second this month for him. He also apologized after referring to suburban Alexandria and Arlington County, Va., as "communist country" at a rally. Campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds said in an e-mail: "Joe recognizes his mistake and has apologized. We are moving on."

WASHINGTON

Obama, Bill Clinton to team up in Orlando

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will campaign for the first time alongside former President Bill Clinton at a rally next week in Orlando. The two will appear together Wednesday, Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Bill Clinton was cool toward Obama following the bruising nomination battle between Obama and Clinton's wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. However, both Clintons gave rousing endorsements of Obama at the Democratic National Convention in August. Since then, Bill Clinton has campaigned for Obama on his own, but the two have not appeared together at such an event.

PHILADELPHIA

Judge tosses lawsuit on Obama citizenship

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Barack Obama's qualifications to be president. U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick on Friday night rejected the suit by attorney Philip J. Berg, who alleged that Obama was not a U.S. citizen and therefore ineligible for the presidency. Berg claimed that Obama is either a citizen of his father's native Kenya or became a citizen of Indonesia after he moved there as a boy. Obama was born in Hawaii to an American mother and a Kenyan father. His parents divorced and his mother married an Indonesian man.

State GOP disavows inflammatory e-mail

Pennsylvania Republicans are disavowing an e-mail sent to 75,000 Jewish voters that likens a vote for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to events that led up to the Holocaust. "Jewish Americans cannot afford to make the wrong decision on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008," the e-mail reads. "Many of our ancestors ignored the warning signs in the 1930s and 1940s and made a tragic mistake. Let's not make a similar one this year!" A copy of the e-mail, provided by Democratic officials, says it was "Paid for by the Republican Federal Committee of PA - Victory 2008." Political consultant Bryan Rudnick said "I had authorization from party officials" to send the e-mail, but added he longer works for the party.

SALT LAKE CITY

Polygamy at forefront of AG race in Utah

Polygamy is never far from the minds of Utah residents — even when it occurs in another state. A raid on a polygamist compound in Texas earlier this year that put more 400 kids in state custody has become one of the biggest issues in the race for Utah attorney general. Republican Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and Democratic challenger Jean Welch Hill both told the Associated Press that the first question they are asked by voters is always about polygamy. "They encourage us to make sure we go down that road and hold these guys responsible who use religion to hurt kids," Shurtleff said.

Times wires

WASHINGTONMcCain Brother Quits after 911 flap 10/25/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 5:31pm]
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