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Romney to announce VP pick via iPhone app

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Desperate to be the first to learn of White House hopeful Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick? There’s an app for that.

Continuing their strategy of teasing out the Republican’s process for choosing his running mate, the Romney campaign Tuesday rolled out a smartphone application they say will serve as the first official distribution channel for the news.

“The historic announcement is getting closer,” said Beth Myers, the Romney campaign senior adviser whom he tasked to head the secretive vice presidential search operation. Romney faces President Barack Obama in November’s election.

“With this new app, users can be the first to know the second member of America’s Comeback Team.”

The free app, called “Mitt’s VP,” is available on the iPhone and Android platforms.

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Tradition dictates that the challenger unveils his running mate either in the immediate run-up to his party’s national convention, or during the event itself, as Republican nominee John McCain did in 2008.

This year’s Republican convention takes place August 27-30, but observers began chattering heatedly in recent weeks about how team Romney might make an early announcement in order to deflect the punishing criticism of his business record and his refusal to release more than two years of tax returns.

Myers fueled the speculation last Friday, when she recommended 13 Republican politicians or former administration officials that people should follow on Twitter. Almost all of them are considered potential VP candidates.

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The consensus among experts and national media is that Romney is focusing on two front-runners for the job: Minnesota’s former governor Tim Pawlenty and Senator Rob Portman of Ohio.

Pawlenty has a personable working-man connection with voters that Romney, a multimillionaire former businessman and investor, lacks, while Portman has extensive Washington experience and could help Romney win the crucial battleground state of Ohio.

Both are considered safe choices who wouldn’t rock the boat or stir controversy — something that Romney may be eager to avoid after McCain’s choice of Alaska’s then-governor Sarah Palin proved to be a debacle.

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Other potential Romney picks include Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez.


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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

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British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate

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Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.

The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.

In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.

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Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6

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President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.

Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.

Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.

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