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medium_080820-mccain-liebermanJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ?  Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius speaks at a Michigan Women for Obama town hall meeting at Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008. Sebelius, a possible Democratic running mate wouldn't say if she expects to be chosen by presidential candidate Barack Obama.  WASHINGTON (AP) — When Barack Obama shows up Saturday in Springfield, Ill., on his way to the Democratic Convention, he'll have his new running mate grinning beside him. But that man or woman is still unknown, even as speculation rises to a fever pitch.Same with John McCain, just days away from his Republican convention.A big reason the jobs are still open: The contenders believed to be still in the running could pose significant risks as well as helping the presidential candidates.For Obama, for instance, picking a senator like Delaware's Joe Biden or Indiana's Evan Bayh would bring experience to the ticket but would also make it harder to emph...
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Michael%2BMonsoorLinda Douglass Said What?  1)  Even the most grizzled cynic would be hard-pressed not to be deeply touched by a particular scene the video tribute to Michael Monsoor.  2)  That statistic cited by Laura Bush of the increase in the number of Africans receiving AIDS treatment thanks to President Bush's work on the issue is simply amazing (rising from 5,000 to 250,000?...not sure on that exact stat...am checking now [see update below]).  3)  Heh.  5)  Fred Thompson's recounting of McCain's POW experience is something unique in our politics.  I think people have a vague notion of McCain's POW experience, his heroism, and his service to his country.  I read it for myself during the primary season.  Even mere weeks ago that would not have been believed.  PEPFAR is the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease in human history.  When the President launched this initiative in 2003, about 50,000 people in all of Sub-Saharan Africa were receiving anti-retroviral treatment.  1.  ...
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amd_rudygiulianiJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ?  Text of prepared remarks by Sen.  Remarks as prepared for delivery to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday by former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn.:Tonight our thoughts are still with our friends and fellow citizens in the Gulf Coast area, and our thanks go to those who have worked so hard to keep them safe. There can be no more important work than this.But what we are doing at this convention is also important to our country.We are going to nominate the next president and vice president of the United States of America.We do so while taking a different view of our country than that of the other party.Listening to them you'd think that we were in the middle of a great depression; that we are down, disrespected and incapable of prevailing against challenges facing us.We know that we have challenges ... always have, always will.But we also know that we live in the freest, strongest, most generous and prosperous nation in the hist...
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shopaholicTimothy M.  Already a Variety subscriber?  Daily VarietyThe whole paper.  Posted: Mon., Aug.  Florida locations such as Tampa offer off-season bonuses to productions shooting 75% or more of their principal photography in the state.  Tropical storms aren't putting a damper on Florida film/TV production.The state, which has endured more hurricanes than normal in recent years, bounced back by offering a 5% "off-season" bonus for productions shooting 75% or more of their principal photography during June-November.The state also provides a hurricane preparedness plan, which offers productions a decrease in the cost of production insurance.Florida's incentives offer feature productions a 15%-22% cash rebate with a $625,000 qualified spend. Since July 2004, recipients have spent more than $256 million in the state on Florida wages, local services and products and provided approximately 35,000 industry jobs.Indie films reap a 15%-17% cash rebate with a $100,000 minimum spend; multiple commerci...
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00201076Thanks for voting!  UPDATED: Just a few hours after an unrelated court appearance Tuesday in Rock Island, a Moline man took five people hostage in a Fort Madison, Iowa, motel and was arrested after he sent two hostages on a beer run, police say.Police said 33-year-old Jason Slagel, is charged with five counts of false imprisonment and going armed with intent in Lee County. Slagel allegedly pulled a knife during an argument Tuesday night with another man and told the people in the room that they wouldn’t be allowed to leave.According to police, Slagel got thirsty and sent two of his hostages out for beer. After the hostages left, they called police, and Slagel was arrested without incident.One man was cut and Slagel had a cut on his hand, but police said the injuries weren’t serious.Before going to Fort Madison, Slagel attended a preliminary hearing in Rock Island County Circuit Court on Tuesday for a felony possession of a controlled substance charge and pleaded innocent. H...
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51K5A624Z6L._SL500_AA240_St.  Trying to hold onto their jobs. Obama has a more than a cult following.  Make no mistake.  And also make no mistake about McCain - I didn't realize this until today, but he's one of the neo-cons. He's not the best and brightist of them, and perhaps the other neo-cons were a little more careful about what they told John after his Letterman debacle...  Angie - I don't think it will happen.  Outside of Iraq and standing up to neo-con stupidity with regard to foreign affairs, Hagel is from the other party for a reason.  McCain will have the same problems if he picks Lieberman, who despite basically being a neo-con, was a Democrat for a reason.  Meanwhile McCain has the endorsement of Lieberman, a guy who actually was on the presidential ticket in 2000!  Love it!  I am sure if it were against Obama or Clinton, the headline would be screaming.  The American people aren't a cult.  The american people support Obama.  Anybody who calls the American people a cult either doesn't understand A...
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humpty_aliceFirst Read is an analysis of the day's political news, from the NBC News political unit.  An conservative group, the American Issues Project, announced it will be airing TV ads highlighting Obama’s (tenuous) ties to former ‘60s radical William Ayers, the New York Times writes. “One of [the group’s] founders, Ed Failor Jr., is the executive vice president of Iowans for Tax Relief and worked for Senator McCain’s Iowa campaign committee in 2007, before leaving that summer, when Mr. McCain pared back operations. Records show Mr. Failor’s firm earned $50,000 from the McCain campaign. A spokesman, Christian Pinkston, said Mr.  More: “(Mr.  And: “Fox News Channel said Thursday night that it would not accept the advertisement amid questions about its legality. That raised the possibility that other stations and networks could have similar issues, but Mr. Pinkston said he was confident the advertisement would have healthy exposure in the two states.  In a lengthy front-page piec...
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St.  In Hendry County, U.S.  Two teenage boys are in a car chase with a reckless, sexually perverted Polk County sheriff’s deputy. The boys crash, killing Miles White, 16. But the sheriff’s office does not investigate its deputy’s involvement. Why?  Best Super Bowl moment?  Seven years after Sleeping Arrangements by British author Madeleine Wickham appeared on London bookstore shelves, it has reached a wider audience.The reason: Wickham is also the creator of the financially challenged, bubbly Brit Becky Bloomwood, star of the Confessions of a Shopaholic series. Under her better-known pen name, Sophie Kinsella, Wickham has birthed one of the most beloved chick lit characters, and now new life has been given to some of her pre-Shopaholic books.In Sleeping Arrangements, two drastically different families find themselves trapped in the same villa while on holiday in Spain. "Sharing" the villa are smug marrieds Hugh and Amanda and life partners Chloe and Philip (he's agai...
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