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November 08, 2008|By From Sun news services

Billy Graham would like to pray with Obama

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: Billy Graham's work as a pastor to presidents is coming to an end, but he is praying for Barack Obama as the nation's next leader begins his work, Graham's son said yesterday on the ailing evangelist's 90th birthday. Franklin Graham said in an interview that his father's mind remains sharp even as his body continues to fail. But the preacher who has counseled every president beginning with Dwight D. Eisenhower is not in line to mentor Obama. "My father feels like his time and day for that is over," Franklin Graham said. "But he would certainly like to meet [Obama] and pray with him."

Web site is a step toward transparency

WASHINGTON: President-elect Barack Obama has a new Web site,, that gives people a chance to say what they think his priorities should be, track the transition to his new administration, tell their personal stories and apply for federal jobs. The site - a down payment on Obama's pledge to create a more "transparent and connected government" - still has lots of white spaces and promises of future features. But it gives visitors lots more details about the government's workings and more opportunities for input than the Bush administration's site.

Palin derides critics as 'cowards' and 'jerks'

ANCHORAGE, Alaska: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called her critics "cowards" and "jerks" yesterday for deriding her anonymously, and she 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. She said the Republican National Committee paid for the tens of thousands of dollars in designer clothes and accessories. 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, a McCain-Palin campaign official said yesterday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the campaign hadn't authorized comment.

Italian premier defends description of Obama

BRUSSELS, Belgium: Italy's Premier Silvio Berlusconi defended yesterday his description of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama as "young, handsome and even tanned" and said critics who saw the remark as racist were "imbeciles." Yesterday, Berlusconi told reporters that the remark was meant to be complimentary and "cute."

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