- - Wednesday, October 27, 2010

WHITE HOUSE

Rumors denied about head-cover concern

The White House is disputing speculation that President Obama is avoiding an Indian temple so he won’t have to wear a head covering that could fan misconceptions he’s a Muslim.

Ben Rhodes, a White House deputy national security adviser, says a stop at India’s Golden Temple didn’t end up fitting into the schedule for Obama’s four-country Asia trip that starts next week.


White House advance teams visited the Sikh temple, a popular tourist stop in India. When it didn’t end up on the schedule, rumors surfaced that Mr. Obama wanted to avoid being seen with a head covering connected with a non-Christian religion.

When asked Wednesday whether that theory was wrong, Mr. Rhodes said that it was.

Mr. Obama is Christian, but polls show some Americans think he’s Muslim.

ALASKA

Judge blocks names of write-ins at polls

ANCHORAGE | An Alaska judge on Wednesday granted a temporary restraining order stopping state elections officials from handing out names of write-in candidates at polling places.

The ruling is a setback for the campaign of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who was defeated in the August GOP primary by “tea party” favorite Joe Miller and is mounting a write-in campaign. Former Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams is the Democrat in the race.

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Frank A. Pfiffner said the division was in clear violation of an administrative regulation.

The regulation reads, “Information regarding a write-in candidate may not be discussed, exhibited, or provided at the polling place, or within 200 feet of any entrance to the polling place.”

Judge Pfiffner said in his 13-page ruling that the Elections Division surreptitiously sought approval from the U.S. Department of Justice under the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to provide polling places with lists of write-in candidates, including the names of the candidates and their party affiliations.

PENNSYLVANIA

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