The world is about to see a lot more of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and one leading bookmaker is so confident that shell stumble in her new role as a Fox News analyst that it has set odds on which minority group the broadcasting newbie will first offend. Hardly any group gets left out under the odds established by the Irish bookmaker Paddy Power. Gay and lesbian groups are the clear favorites, with 4-1 odds that Palin will offend them first. African-American and Muslim communities tie for second, with 6-1 odds, followed by single parents at 8-to-1, senior citizens and the poor, both at 10-to-1, and Arab Americans at 12-to-1.Jehovahs Witnesses are at the bottom of Paddy Powers list, with 25-1 odds that Palin will offend them.And perhaps because the bookmaker is so certain that Palin will stumble as a political pundit, it has also set odds on how long shell last at Fox. Paddy Power set 10-11 odds that shell be dropped between September and December, with 11-10 odds shell remain at the network through 2011.Fords A-Head of the Pack? Of course, most of the journalistic establishment takes no sides in Congressional races, but HOH guesses that at least one faction is secretly rooting for former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.) to make a run for a New York Senate seat headline writers.Our proof? Fords name lends itself to all kinds of witty headers, like these from this morning: This Ford is driven, all right (Albany Times Union); Ford: Im gearing up for Senate race (New York Post); and The midterms: Ford revs up (msnbc.com).Ladies and gentlemen of the press, start punning your engines.Submit your hot tips, juicy gossip or comments here.Cant get enough HOH? Get a midday dose of fun and gossip with HOHs One-Minute Recess, delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here because everyone deserves more recess.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.