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Rush rules.

Rush Limbaugh took the top spot in Right Wing News' annual ranking of the most influential people on the right — which, interestingly enough, included only two elected officials.

The website said Limbaugh is “the biggest right wing talk radio host in America, a generation of conservatives grew up listening to him, and he's capable of making news, killing legislation, and selling tens of thousands of books any time he opens his mouth.”

Rounding out the top 10 were Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report; former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin; political strategist and commentator Karl Rove; House Speaker John Boehner; Fox News talking head Sean Hannity; U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts; the Koch Brothers; U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz , R-Texas;and Glenn Beck, the popular radio commentator, TV personality and author.

COLD COMFORT FOR COLD SPARK. Wonder how the folks at Cold Spark Media will try to spin this discouraging development.

The political consulting firm, with offices in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Washington, D.C., is assisting the U.S. Senate campaign of Matt Bevin, a primary challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Bevin is pushing a conservative agenda and has the support of Wendy Caswell, Louisville Tea Party president, which seemed like a plus — until the recent revelation that she's a registered Democrat who sought a Democrat state Senate nomination last year.

That disclosure isn't going to buff Bevin's conservative shine or make Cold Spark's job any easier. Cold Spark has a recent history of working on several losing campaigns, and a recent poll taken a month after company operatives began aiding Bevin showed him trailing McConnell by 40 points.

KERRY'S NOSE GROWS. John Kerry couldn't pass The Washington Post's “Pinocchio Test.”

As the secretary of State garnered headlines for his perplexing remark that a strike on Syria would be “unbelievably small,” the newspaper called him out for revisionist history on his supposed opposition to the war in Iraq.

The Post noted that Kerry asserted on two recent occasions that he opposed the 2003 Iraq invasion while he was a U.S. senator from Massachusetts. As Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler pointed out, “For Kerry, the uncomfortable fact remains that he voted to authorize the use of force against Iraq.”

Kessler awarded Kerry, the husband of Fox Chapel's own Teresa Heinz, four Pinocchios for the falsehood. In other words, the lie was like the most popular Burger King menu item: a whopper.

STEALTH VISIT. Supermodel Kate Upton recently swept into and out of Westmoreland County with little fanfare.

The two-time cover girl for Sports Illustrated's popular swimsuit edition landed at Arnold Palmer's Latrobe Country Club for a private golf lesson with the legend himself.

So far, the only publicity regarding the visit was an Aug. 27 “Had an amazing golf lesson today” Upton tweet with a photograph showing her alongside Palmer.

TIGHT-LIPPED IN TIGHT TIMES. Anyone wondering about the City of Jeannette's financial mess will not get a straight answer from Bill Bedont, Jeannette Council's finance chairman.

He declined to give a report on the state of the city's finances at a recent council meeting and afterward refused to divulge why.

Bedont's view of city finances is vastly different from that of Scott Avolio, city solicitor. Bedont said his view is more optimistic.

That non-disclosure came the same night the city finalized a structured settlement with businessman Frank Trigona that will cost Jeannette $178,000 this year, plus thousands more through 2016.

— compiled by Tribune-Review staff

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