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September 9th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

What would you give for dinner with Sarah Palin or Karl Rove?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

If you have a few extra dollars in your pocket, how about plunking it down for a dinner with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin?

E-bay is auctioning off the chance for a dinner for five with Palin and her husband, Todd.

It will cost you though - with bids starting at $25,000. Proceeds will go to a veterans' charity, called Ride 2 Recovery that gives bicycles to wounded vets... and organizes rides for them as a way to help their recovery.

There are some restrictions - the winner has to pass a background check... Palin gets to choose the time and place of dinner, which will last no longer than four hours but could be less at the sole discretion of Ms. Palin. Plus she gets to bring along up to 3 guests, and you have to pick up the tab. Some things never change.

The dinner is described by the charity as "the chance of a lifetime"... adding that Palin is "quite simply, one of the most talked about people in the U.S." The value of the dinner is described as "priceless." So far, there are about a dozen bids.

And if $25,000 is out of your range... there's also the chance to have lunch with Karl Rove. Bids for that start at $7,500.

The lunch for three - with the man President George W. Bush affectionately called "turd blossom" - will take place at a steak house in Washington.

Here’s my question to you: What would you give to have dinner with Sarah Palin or Karl Rove?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: Karl Rove • Sarah Palin
April 27th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Why has former Pres. Bush been silent on torture debate?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Since the release of those Bush-era interrogation memos, former Vice President Dick Cheney hasn't been able to stop tallking. This was a guy who we barely saw or heard from for eight years. Cheney insists the harsh techniques kept the country safe and President Obama should release more documents to prove that.

As president, George W. Bush denied that his administration authorized torture of prisoners.

Bush's former top political adviser, Karl Rove is accusing Mr. Obama of seeking "show trials" of former administration officials. Even Senator John McCain, who fought for limits on interrogation during the Bush administration, says any talk of prosecution is about "settling old political scores." I guess the fact that laws may have been broken doesn't matter to McCain.

But with all the talk - one person we haven't heard from is former President Bush himself. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy insists an independent commission is needed to find out who exactly authorized this stuff, saying: "I want to know who was it who made the decisions that we will violate our own laws; we'll violate our own treaties; we will even violate our own Constitution."

While president, Bush repeatedly denied that his administration authorized torture of prisoners. But just last week a Senate report showed top Bush officials as early as 2002 gave the CIA approval to use techniques like waterboarding - which has been considered torture since the Spanish Inquisition.

Here’s my question to you: When it comes to the torture debate, why has former President Bush been silent?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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March 5th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Questions for Rove & Miers about U.S. attorney firings?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Former top Bush aides Karl Rove and Harriet Miers have finally agreed to testify under oath before Congress about the firings of those U.S. attorneys.

In 2006, according to an e-mail from a former Justice Dept. official, U.S. attorneys were singled out and fired for not being “loyal Bushies.”

The Bush White House had fought attempts to force them to testify - citing executive privilege - but an agreement has now been reached between lawyers for Presidents Bush and Obama. Rove and Miers will appear before the House Judiciary Committee in closed depositions. The committee says it might also call on them for public testimony. Rove was President Bush's top political adviser for most of his presidency; and Miers was the top White House legal adviser for about two years.

The controversy goes back to those 2006 firings of federal prosecutors in nine cities and includes allegations of political interference. According to an e-mail from a former Justice Department official, some of these U.S. attorneys were singled out because they were not "loyal Bushies."

Committee chairman John Conyers says this is "a vindication of the search for truth." And for his part, Karl Rove tells Fox News that he's looking forward to telling the committee about his alleged role in the firing of federal prosecutors - although he says it could turn into a "show trial." Rove says Conyers probably has more interest in him than other former White House aides, stating "I understand they may be the hors d'oeuvres, but I'm the main course. Some Democrats would love to have me barbecued."

As documents continue to surface from the Bush era there's a hunger in some corners to set the record straight about the legality of a lot of stuff that happened over the past eight years.

Here’s my question to you: What would you ask Karl Rove and Harriet Miers about the firing of those U.S. attorneys?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: Karl Rove
December 9th, 2008
01:00 PM ET

Karl Rove's book: What would make you buy it?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

No big surprise here: Karl Rove has signed a $1.5 million book deal with publishing giant Simon and Schuster.

He promises the usual behind-the-scenes look and vows to not only name names. He told Fox News he'll go a step further and give examples of how Washington insiders were unaccepting of President Bush. A lot of them simply felt Bush was not qualified to lead the country. Rove also says that while Bush was quick to call on his subordinates to take responsibility for their actions, "The Decider" was a little slow to ever take responsibility for his own. According to Rove, Bush's failures were always somebody else's fault.

He says he will identify those who questioned whether or not George Bush could be a legitimate President.

In an interview Rove said much of the resistance to the Bush Administration was directed toward the Texans Bush brought with him to Washington because they weren't Beltway insiders.

Here’s my question to you: What would Karl Rove have to say to get you to buy his book?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: Karl Rove