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Follow John King’s travels on Gowalla

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Check in to a John King, USA diner and receive this Gowalla pin."]John King is an avid traveler and is joining Gowalla, the location based mobile and web service, to share his experiences from the road.

Last year, John visited all 50 states following President Barack Obama’s inauguration and sat down with residents in local diners to hear their stories and discuss the issues most important to them.

Just like the people with whom John spoke, each diner had a story—from Bud’s Drive In in Idaho known for burgers and huckleberry milkshakes to Stacy’s Restaurant in Fort Riley, Kansas that serves active duty military members and veterans.

So John, along with his field producers Laura Bernardini and Tasha Diakides, compiled their favorite diners and locations in all 50 states for you to visit, and along the way try some of their favorite dishes and learn a few fun political facts. As John continues to travel, we will be adding more spots for you to visit throughout America.

To participate and see the trips John has created, Gowalla users should follow John by going to John King, USA’s Gowalla page and clicking the “follow John King, USA” button in the right column. You will then have access to John’s custom Trips at or on your smartphone via the Gowalla app.

September 3rd, 2010
01:16 PM ET

Do you see the resemblance?

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Both men promise they’ll clean up a mess. However, the one on the right wants to do it in Washington as the next U.S. Senator from Alaska.

Joe Miller, a little-known lawyer from Fairbanks, was plucked from obscurity by Sarah Palin’s endorsement. He then surprised the Republican establishment by beating two-term Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski in a tight primary.

Besides having an uncanny resemblance to the Brawny Man, Miller, 43, is a father of eight and a graduate of West Point and Yale Law School. He also earned a Bronze star fighting in the first Gulf War.

When John King asked Miller about comparisons to the Brawny Man, Miller didn't object: "I'm an outdoor activist. I like to hunt, like to fish. The description of the plaid shirt, that's Joe Miller. I'm in a suit today but I'm on camera. But I'm an everyday American, a working class guy that's just trying to turn this nation around."

We’ll have to wait and see how well Miller absorbs political attacks.

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September 3rd, 2010
01:05 PM ET

Anchor Notes: John King and Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Washington (CNN) – A defiant Sheriff Joe Arpaio accused the Obama Justice Department of trying to "sandbag" him by filing suit against his office Thursday. On another issue rippling through Arizona politics, the lawman said he has never heard of a beheading in Arizona tied to illegal immigration.

The Justice Department said it had no choice but to file suit because it said Arpaio's office was refusing to surrender requested documents and grant its investigators access to Maricopa County Sheriff's Office personnel.

"Just recently our lawyers, in Washington, have met with them," Arpaio said in an interview with me for "John King, USA" to air Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. "They have thousands and thousands of our documents. And we thought we had this thing resolved but now they sandbag us and they sue me. Why are they doing that when we are cooperating? It took them a year-and-a-half and why now?

“You know, this is the third lawsuit they've filed against the state of Arizona, now a – a school district and now me. Three times all over alleged discrimination. So it seems like they're ganging up on Arizona – the people of Arizona over this illegal immigration problem. ...They have to describe what they want. They want the whole world. Limit what they want. What did they ask us what they want?"

Arpaio cast himself as "the puppet" in a political battle with Washington and added: "We'll see them in court."

During the interview, I also asked Arpaio about an issue that became a flashpoint in an Arizona gubernatorial debate Wednesday night. Democrat Terry Goddard pressed GOP Gov. Jan Brewer to recant a statement she made earlier this year suggesting Arizona law enforcement officials had found examples of beheadings that Brewer linked to the illegal immigration problem. Media reports in the state have found no evidence of beheadings reported to or by law enforcement agencies.

Brewer did not recant during the debate and ignored reporters' questions about the issue after.

Here is the exchange with Sheriff Arpaio on the issue:

KING: "Have you ever, in your case, either in your county or talking to your law enforcement colleagues in other parts of the state, heard of beheadings?

ARPAIO: "Well, I – I'm not going to speak for her. That's her comments. I'm not running for governor. I did spend 14 years in Mexico and the border. But I don't know, maybe she was talking across the border. You know, Mexico, the United States and Canada are North America. I don't know what she was talking about. But I'm not going to talk – I'm not running for governor. You're going to have to ask her what she meant by that, not me.

KING: "All right, let me just set her aside then. Have you – have you ever come across evidence or a report from your county or a neighboring county of a beheading in Arizona?"

ARPAIO: "Well, I haven't. That doesn't mean other people have. But I sure – I'll tell you one thing, there's plenty of beheadings going on right across the border."

September 3rd, 2010
11:29 AM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:

One from me before thoughts on our contributors: today’s unemployment report was, even though expected, a tough blow to Democrats. One top party strategist emailed to say his prediction of perhaps a “35-40” loss of House seats was looking “pie in the sky” now because of sour politics of the economy for Dems. Now a look at Friday’s offerings from Jane and Erick:

From Jane, fresh evidence of how the Iraq war reinvigorated the left in American politics, and from there more evidence of how that energy has often translated into frustration with the Democrats that energized left helped gain control of Congress and the White House.

And from Erick, the blame game over the economy will gain volume – if you can believe that – in the Labor Day to Election Day sprint. And (see Erick #3) who says the conservative base and the Tea Party wont compromise: they want to win, too, and know a weak candidate for governor in Colorado could hurt candidates down ballot. – John King

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Remember Barack Obama's metaphor about being stuck in the ditch after the GOP ran the economy off the road? Yeah - jobs numbers are out. Looks like Obama got us stuck even worse.

– In Florida, the Senate race has heated up fast. The problem for the Democrats is that Democrat Kendrick Meeks and "Independent" Charlie Crist are in the fight while Marco Rubio takes the high road.

– The drumbeat is growing in Colorado for Dan Maes, the Republican nominee for Governor, to drop out of the race so the GOP can replace him. We might see the second coming of Jane Norton and, should we, we'll see a lot of Ken Buck supporters (including me) gladly back her. Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

– GOP wants all the credit for Iraq, but none for the war crimes charges.

– Obama's tolerance of Simpson ignorance and insults to the military, older women, and Vietnam vets is a clear sign that Obama wants him to cut Social Security.

– Republicans and three rich Democrats propose a $700 billion gift to richest Americans in tax breaks, but say we can't afford to help 15 million unemployed.

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