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| Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008

American International Group (AIG), the global insurance giant bailed out by U.S. taxpayers, insists it is not insolvent but "illiquid." We do not suggest you try this line with your friendly neighborhood bank teller the next time you overdraw your checking account. ... Gov. Ed Rendell says his moves to save $200 million in spending because of the economic climate will not affect critical services such as public safety, health, social services and education. Translation: There was at least $200 million of waste in state government spending. ... The Associated Press says e-mails hacked from Sarah Palin's personal account that appear to involve government business raise new ethics questions. Gee, how about the criminal questions raised by someone hacking into her personal e-mail account• ... The liberal media made a big to-do eight years ago over what it called Dick and Lynne Cheney's "meager" charitable donations. So where is it these days when, according to Paul L. Caron of TaxProf Blog, Joe and Jill Biden's charitable giving is one-tenth of the Cheneys'• Guess it only matters if you're "rich Republicans," eh?

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