This Just In

We Have A Winner: Mega-kudos to loyal reader Dover Sharp, who sharply picked the winning ticket in CL's fabulous California Budget Pool.

With a keen eye for the tardiness of state lawmakers, Ms. Sharp predicted the budget would be signed on Oct. 15, which came closest among the entries to the actual date of September 23. She'll be my guest for lunch at Goleta's fabulous Beachside Cafe and take home an autographed copy of "Never Let Them See You Cry," the tragically out-of-print biography of Senator Dianne Feinstein. Thanks to all for playing.

No Runs, No Hits, Some Errors: As Treasury Secretary Henry Paulsen, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other congressional leaders prepare to start over on a bank bail-out bill, after the surprise defeat of a $700 billion measure Monday, here is the scorecard for how California's representatives voted.

Incoming! The barrage of misleading, mucked-up TV ads over state ballot propositions is about to get heavy. You can find the first pro and con ads on Proposition 8 here and here.

And That's The Way It Is: If you missed it, here is the remarkable answer that Sarah "Heartbeat" Palin gave CBS's Katie Couric in answer to her question of how Alaska's proximity to Russia qualifies Palin on foreign policy.

Couric: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?

Palin: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and, on our other side, the land boundary that we have with Canada.

Couric: Well, explain to me why that enhances your foreign policy credentials.

Palin: Well, it certainly does, because our, our next-door neighbors are foreign countries, there in the state that I'm executive of.

Couric: Have you ever been involved in any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?

Palin: We have trade missions back and forth, we do. It's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia. As (Russian Prime Minister Vladimir) Putin rears his ugly head and comes into the air space of the United States, where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there, they are right next to our state.

There were no injuries.

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