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Show too much T&A and you could be MIA on an airline flight

Show too much cleavage and some airlines may leave you at the departure gate.  Same goes for T-shirts with four-letter words. Yep, some airlines appear to have dress codes.  We say “appear” because the dress codes aren’t published anywhere, at least not where the public can find them, and enforcement is selective at best. Capitol Hill Blue called several airlines and asked for copies of their dress codes for passengers. Some said no written code existed.  Others said such codes are not public.  Others didn’t respond. Blogs are buzzing about a woman who says Southwest Airlines this past spring told
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Lackluster election, choices leave voters undecided, unexcited

Call them maybes. Two months out from Election Day, nearly a quarter of all registered voters are either undecided about the presidential race or iffy in their support for a candidate, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows. These voters could well prove decisive in a close contest. And they will be tough nuts for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to crack. Just 29 percent of them have a strong interest in the campaign, compared with 51 percent of those who’ve made up their minds. So no, they won’t be hanging on every word coming out of the national political conventions in
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Obama: ‘I want to preserve Medicare’

President Barack Obama says the Medicare program is about keeping promises to millions of seniors who have put in a lifetime of hard work. Obama is using Saturday’s radio and Internet address to discuss a surging campaign issue. He says his goal is to strengthen Medicare and preserve the program for future generations. Obama makes no mention of Republican rival Mitt Romney but says Republicans in Congress would turn Medicare into a voucher program that wouldn’t keep up with costs. The GOP ticket has accused Obama of cutting more than $700 billion from Medicare to pay for his health care
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Former Navy SEAL’s bin Laden book draws threats, investigations

The former U.S. Navy SEAL who authored a soon-to-be-published book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is now facing threats against his life in addition to possible criminal prosecution. An official al Qaeda website on Friday posted a photograph and the name of the former Navy commando responsible for the book, calling him “the dog who murdered the martyr Sheikh Osama bin Laden.” The head of U.S. Special Operations Command told current and former troops that the military would take legal action against anyone found to have exposed sensitive information that could cause harm to fellow forces. “We
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Romney used secret data mining system to identify wealthy donors

Building upon its fundraising prowess, Mitt Romney‘s campaign began a secretive data-mining project this summer to trove through Americans’ personal information — including their purchasing history and church attendance — to identify new and likely wealthy donors, The Associated Press has learned. The project employs strategies similar to those the business world uses to influence the way Americans shop and think. Now they’re being used to sway presidential elections. The same personal data consumers give away — often unwittingly when they swipe their credit cards or log into Facebook — is now being used by the people who might one
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Finally, a Presidential election with some clear choices

November’s presidential election offers Americans one of the starkest choices in years. On this, at least, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney can agree. Obama says voters will choose between “two fundamentally different visions of where we take America.” To which his Republican rival counters: “If you want to know where his vision leads, open your eyes…It leads to lost jobs, lost homes, lost dreams.” Romney promises a countervision of “growth and jobs and economic vitality.” There are no shades of gray. Beyond the usual election-year distortions and exaggerations, a yawning issues gulf separates the two candidates. Romney sharpened the
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Romney: Birth certificate? I don’t need no stinkin’ birth certificate

Wading into a debunked conspiracy theory, Mitt Romney raised the issue of President Barack Obama‘s citizenship Friday by joking that “no one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate.” At a rally in the suburbs of Detroit, Romney told a crowd of about 5,000 that he and his wife were happy to be back near their childhood home. “They know that this is the place that we were born and raised,” the candidate said. The remark was a clear reference to the discredited claims that Obama was not born in the United States and thus ineligible to be president. Hawaii
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Mission impossible? Turning a political convention into exciting TV

Patriotic music? Check. Balloon drop? Check. Sign-waving delegates? Check. Viewer interest in this summer’s Republican and Democratic national conventions? Still unclear. With the parties’ quadrennial presidential nominating gatherings fast approaching, organizers on both sides are bedeviled by a similar challenge: how to raise TV viewer interest in the multiday affairs, which threaten to be largely predictable spectacles nearly devoid of suspense. The conventions were a ratings hit in 2008, when Democrat Barack Obama became the first black presidential nominee for a major party and Sarah Palin made her national debut as Republican John McCain’s running mate. This year’s gatherings promise
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Akin mess keeps Republicans in chaos

For Republicans, it could be another lost week in their effort to keep November’s election focused on President Barack Obama’s handling of the weak U.S. economy. After much of the summer news cycle was dominated by immigration, Obama’s healthcare overhaul, Medicare and a gaffe-ridden foreign trip by Mitt Romney, the Todd Akin controversy is further obscuring the Republicans’ central message on jobs. Uproar over comments by Republican congressman Akin that women’s bodies automatically protect them from impregnation after “legitimate rape” is also overshadowing the buildup to the party convention in Tampa next week. Despite appeals from Romney and other leading
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Romney tries to steer campaign message back to the economy

Republican Mitt Romney, seeking to refocus his presidential campaign on the economy after days of distraction, is promoting energy proposals aimed at creating more than 3 million new jobs and opening up more areas for drilling off the coast of two political battleground states, Virginia and North Carolina. Romney’s pivot to energy, a key component of his jobs agenda, comes as the national debate has turned away from the GOP candidate’s jobs message and toward issues like rape, abortion, welfare and Medicare 2½ months before Election Day. Signaling a renewed emphasis on the economy, Romney will travel from Arkansas to
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