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Romney passes million follower mark on Twitter

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney has passed one million Twitter followers but still lags far behind the man whose job he wants, Democratic President Barack Obama.

“1 million active followers – thanks everyone for your support. Help us keep the momentum going,” tweeted the candidate, crowned last Thursday as the Republican candidate to take on Obama in the November election.

The tweet linked to a page seeking donations for Romney, who has been outraising Obama consistently as the two wage a neck-and-neck battle for the White House expected to hinge on a couple of key swing states.

Ahead in the cash game, the Republican candidate still has some way to go before he catches Obama in the Twitter popularity stakes as the president closes in on 20 million followers.

Online communications are set to be even more important than in 2008, when Obama raised the bar on targeting voters and donors via the Internet.

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A recent Pew study suggested Obama was again embracing Internet messaging more than his rival, especially by targeting key groups such as Hispanics and women voters.

“Obama holds a distinct advantage over Romney in the way his campaign is using digital technology to communicate directly with voters,” the study said.

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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."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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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.

— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019

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