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Sanders stays east

Sen. Bernie Sanders will postpone a trip to Alaska to attend Sen. Ted Kennedy's Saturday funeral.

From the Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The funeral of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy has halted plans for a trip to Alaska by five other senators.

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich had planned to host four senators on a "climate change" tour Friday through Sunday.

Retreating glaciers, forests damaged by invasive species and drying wetlands were on the itinerary. They also planned to visit the North Slope to see the Prudhoe Bay oil field.

Sens. Barbara Boxer of California, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan had planned to attend.

Kennedy died Tuesday. His funeral is Saturday in Boston.

Begich says he hopes the trip can be rescheduled.

- Terri Hallenbeck

Never mind Sanders, Terri...

The Governor has been meeting with his staff yesterday and today with his cabinet - yes, this would be his first cabinet meeting since he was inaugurated in 2003 - and the word is he is announcing either:

1) he is not running for re-election

2) he is resigning to take a position in DC!
Bernie going on a free trip to Alaska, courtesy of the taxpayers.

Imagine that.

This is what he was dreaming about when he moved to Vermont in the late 60s and immediately started running for political office.
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