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Sarah Palin investigated on extravagant travel charges. Joe the Plumber aspires to be a country musician. This and more in Trail Mix. (AP)

SARAH faces ethics complaint on kids’ travel

A new ethics complaint against Sarah Palin accuses the vice presidential candidate of charging the state when her children traveled with her and alleges she used her official position for personal gain. The Associated Press reported that Palin has charged the state more than $21,000 for her three daughters’ commercial flights since she became governor in December 2006. (AP)

Kentucky college finds effigy of BARACK

University of Kentucky authorities yesterday were investigating who might be behind an effigy of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama hung on a tree on campus. Police immediately took the effigy down after it was reported early yesterday. University President Lee Todd said he planned to apologize to the Obama family on behalf of the school. (AP)

Country album in sight for JOE the plumber?

A country music album featuring Joe Wurzelbacher, more famously known as “Joe the Plumber,” may be released as soon as Inauguration Day, Politico.com reports. The plumber from Holland, Ohio, signed a Nashville public relations firm to handle media requests and also met with country music producer Aaron Tippin to discuss a possible record deal with a major label. (amNY)

BARACK to JOHN: I’m not a socialist

Barack Obama accused Republican rival John McCain yesterday of stooping to low tactics by labeling the Democrat as a socialist. “I don’t know what’s next,” Obama, the presidential candidate, said in Raleigh, N.C. “By the end of the week, he’ll be accusing me of being a secret communist because I shared my toys in kindergarten. I shared my peanut butter and jelly sandwich.” (AP)

— Emily Ngo

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