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Former NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe survived the Alaska plane crash that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens, according to defense contractor EADS North America. O'Keefe is the CEO of the company, which specializes in aviation.

"It was with a great sense of relief and gratitude that we learned that Sean, and his son, Kevin, survived the aircraft crash in Alaska. We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of those less fortunate in this terrible accident," EADS Chairman Ralph Crosby told TPMDC in a statement. "We owe a debt of gratitude for the heroic efforts of the members of the rescue crew and others who rushed to the scene. We look forward to Sean's full recovery and his rapid return to EADS North America."

Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) issued the following statement of condolence to Sen. Ted Stevens' family upon receiving news of his passing.

Alaska has lost one of its greatest statesmen and a true pioneer of our state with the passing of Senator Ted Stevens. Over his four decades of public service in the U.S. Senate, Senator Stevens was a forceful advocate for Alaska who helped transform our state in the challenging years after Statehood. Senator Stevens' many contributions to Alaska are enormous and his legacy of fierce devotion to Alaska will be long-lasting.

"Deborah and I join all Alaskans in praying for Senator Stevens' wife, Catherine, and his extended family. Let us also remember the other victims of this terrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are also with their families.

The RNC's 2012 convention logo features the Tampa Bay skyline and one of the buildings apparently represented in the logo is what was formerly the Old Tampa Bay Hotel, a prominent feature of the Florida city's skyline. What's interesting is that the Old Tampa Bay Hotel is a product of the so-called "Moorish Revival" architectural style. And the building is graced by six minarets, the small towers built around a mosque to call worshipers to prayer. The minarets even include the spires with half crescents, a well-known symbol of Islam.

So is it one of the building's six minarets in the RNC logo? Or is it one of the building's four cupolas? It looks to us like the minaret. But look at the picture and judge for yourself.

The apparent minaret in the logo was first pointed out by DemConWatch. And there may be those who wonder how some of the more anti-mosque elements of the GOP might react to such an architectural inclusion.

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President Obama issued the following statement following the death of former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK):

A decorated World War II veteran, Senator Ted Stevens devoted his career to serving the people of Alaska and fighting for our men and women in uniform. Michelle and I extend our condolences to the entire Stevens family and to the families of those who perished alongside Senator Stevens in this terrible accident.

House Democrats today passed a bill doling out $26.1 billion to states to help them pay for teachers and emergency workers and to cover growing Medicaid costs. President Obama Tuesday morning hailed Congress for returning to Washington unexpectedly one week into the summer recess. Thanks to two Republican votes from Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both from Maine, the measure passed the Senate 61-39 last week.

The House passed the measure 247-161. Democrats and the White House estimate the new spending could save up to 300,000 teachers' jobs across the country. Supporters see it as building on the stimulus program from 2009. But like anything in an election year, the vote set off political nastiness.

It's a ready-made campaign commercial as Democrats plan to hail their own votes as heroic when states are facing massive budget crises. And -- you guessed it -- Republicans will say it's another big-spending government plan.

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The DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter that went down in Alaska last night, killing former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) and carrying other officials, was a prime example of a sturdy, reliable aircraft wilderness pilots have flown for decades, aviation experts and bush pilots told me today.

A pilot on the ground in Dillingham, Alaska who is familiar with the exact aircraft that crashed told me that the DHC-3 Stevens was flying on was a "beautiful and well-maintained airplane" that was an example of the best of the best available to Alaskan bush pilots.

"It's a really well-built airframe," charter pilot Tom Schlagel told me. In his own Dillingham-based charter business, Schlagel uses a smaller version of the same DeHavilland plane that crashed, though, as he told me, his is "less fancy" than the one that went down last night.

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Former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) passed away as a result of a plane crash last night outside of Dillingham, Alaska. He was 86 years old. He leaves behind a wife, Catherine; five children from his first marriage to Ann -- Ben, a former state Senator, Susan, Beth, Walter, Ted Jr.; and Lily, his daughter with Catherine.

Stevens was the longest-serving Republican member of the United States Senate in its history, having first won election to it in 1968.

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1||August 10, 2010: Alaska Senator Ted Stevens (R) is killed in a plane crash near Dillingham, Alaska. Here's a look back at the senator's career. ||Newscom/RollCall&&

2||March 4, 1997: Stevens, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) walk down the Senate steps. ||Newscom/CQ&&

3||1997: Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) and Stevens. ||Newscom/RollCall&&

4||April 28, 1981: President Ronald Reagan meets with Republican Congressional Leadership in the Cabinet Room of the White House. Majority Whip Stevens is third from the left. House Minority Whip Trent Lott (R-MS) is on the right. ||Newscom/CNP&&

5||Stevens with astronaut John Glenn. ||Newscom/RollCall&&

6||February 8, 1978: Stevens meets with President Jimmy Carter. ||National Archives&&

7||1975: Stevens waits with a marching band for President Ford to disembark from Air Force One at Eielson Air Force Base.||Alaska's Digital Archives&&

8||1975: President Ford at Eielson Air Force Base, flanked by Gov. Jay Hammond (R-AK) on the left, Stevens and Rep. Don Young (R-AK) on the right. ||Alaska's Digital Archives&&

9||April 21, 1997: Stevens and Sen. John Warner (R-VA) during a Senate rules committee hearing. ||Newscom/RollCall&&

10||May 6, 1969: Rep. Howard Pollock (R-AK), Stevens, Vide Bartlett, Sen. Mike Gravel (D-AK), and Sen. Warren Magnuson (D-WA) dedicate the E. L. Bartlett Memorial Auditorium in Washington D. C. with a bust of Bob Bartlett. ||Newscom/ShowCasePix&&

11||May, 2005: Stevens and former Senator Al D'Amato (R-NY) walk through the Ohio Clock Corridor to a Republican luncheon. ||Newscom/RollCall&&

12||September 3, 2003: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Stevens during a Senate commerce hearing. ||Newscom/CQ&&

13||September 16, 2004: Stevens, far right, at the groundbreaking for an Air Force Memorial. From left, H. Ross Perot Jr., Air Force Memorial Foundation president; Chief Master Sgt. Gerald Murray; Gen. John Jumper, Air Force chief of staff; James Roche, secretary of the Air Force; Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA). ||Newscom/Scripps Howard News&&

14||June 26, 2008: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Stevens help pass out cake during an event celebrating 50 years of Alaska statehood.||Newscom/KRT&&

15||October 22, 2008: Stevens, with daughter Beth (left) and wife Catherine, arrives at a federal courthouse the day after Stevens' corruption charges went to a jury. Stevens had been charged with seven counts of ethical misconduct, and was found guilty on all seven counts in October 2008. But in April 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder dropped the charges against Stevens, citing prosecutorial misconduct. Full coverage here. ||Newscom/RollCall&&

16||January 7, 2002: Stevens with Vice President Dick Cheney at a mock swearing-in ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber of the Capitol. ||Newscom/UPI&&

17||March 2, 2005: President George W. Bush speaks at a ceremony to award baseball great Jackie Robinson a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal as Stevens and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) look on. ||Newscom/UPI&&

18||May 19, 2005: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Stevens, and Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT), joke during a news conference on judicial nominees. ||Newscom/CQ&&

19||October 29, 2003: Stevens meets with Bill Frist and California Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger (R).||Newscom/ShowCasePix&&

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