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Tickets for Obama’s nomination speech selling big

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His approval rating may be under 50 percent but some Americans are still willing to pay good money to hear President Barack Obama speak.

With the 2012 election campaign in full swing, Obama will make a high-profile pitch to voters Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Democrats’ are holding their party convention.

With tickets for the event in hot demand, some holders were willing to part with their credentials for up to $230.

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One man, who said he could not attend because of work commitments, posted a sales ad on the popular Internet site Craigslist looking for offers: “The tickets are free, but I would like to be reimbursed for the two days of missed work and the 7 1/2 hours that I stood in line for them.”

When contacted he said that figure was $230.

Organizers of the event at the 70,000-seater Bank of America stadium had handed out tens of thousands of “community credentials” on a first-come-first-served basis.

“There’s overwhelming enthusiasm for this president and this convention across North Carolina, the region and the country,” said Democratic National Convention committee spokeswoman Joanne Peters. “Tens of thousands of Americans have already not only received community credentials, but have confirmed their attendance by activating them.”

But some were left out.

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In August local media reported thousands of people waited in line for hours for a chance to get a ticket only to leave empty handed.

With days to go before the speech, local Internet sites were littered with locals willing to pay for tickets.

One would-be buyer wrote: “I was out of town when they were given out and did not have the opportunity to get any. I really would like to take my nephew with me to view this historic event.”

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But organizers warned that tickets were not transferable and “unauthorized, unlawful, or attempted resale through any means is grounds for seizure and automatic cancelation of this Community Credential.”

[Image via Agence France-Presse]

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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.

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