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McCain Picks Woman Governor for VP

Sen. John McCain announced Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential candidate, calling her "the running mate who can best help me shake up Washington."

The next day McCain officially accepted the nomination as the Republican candidate for president, and described his vision, details.

The Republican Party’s conservative Christian base had been lukewarm, even wary of the 72-year-old McCain, but in picking the deeply conservative Ms. Palin to join him on the ticket the Arizona Senator energized what had been a lackluster convention, details.

Photos from Day Three of the Convention, here.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made history Thursday when her party nominated her to be the first female Republican vice presidential nominee. Palin described herself as a fighter against corruption, a bipartisan reformer, a firm believer in free-market capitalism" and "a lifelong Alaskan who grew up hunting and fishing," details.

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Zardari elected Pakistan's president

The widower of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto considered a U.S. Ally, has won the election to be the country's next president, replacing President Pervez Musharraf.

Zardari supporters celebrate after election victory

Zardari has promised a tougher fight against members of the Taliban and Al Qaeda ensconced in the nation’s tribal areas. Last week American commandos attacked a village near the Afghan border in what American military officials said could be a continuing campaign in Pakistan’s tribal region, details.

But the Pakistan parliament condemned the U.S.-led assault in the border region. "[The USA & Zardari] are trying to change the perception of the people that this is our war.," a spokesperson said, details.

The next day the foreign minister, Qureshi, vowed to defend Pakistan against foreign intrusion. "We will not compromise on any violation of our sovereignty," he said, details.

And Zardari’s ruthless ascent to the presidency of Pakistan has spread fear among some relatives and rivals, details.

Pakistan, has been buffeted by more than 18 months of political turmoil that saw Bhutto's assassination and Musharraf's fall from power.

There is no popular vote for president, merely a few days of behind-the-scenes jockeying in parliament for power.

In the days leading up to the vote, most people asked about the balloting said they were much more concerned about soaring food prices and electricity cuts, more/video.

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Vice-President Cheney Warns Russia to Reverse Its Course

The outcome of this conflict would have profound consequences for U.S. efforts to maintain and expand the flow of oil and natural gas to the West while bypassing Russia's old pipeline, details

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Cheney delivered $1Billion cash in aid to Georgia. Warns of confrontation with NATO. Calls for NATO enlargement

"Russia's actions are an affront to civilized standards and are completely unacceptable," the vice president said, details.

At a meeting of the European Union Britain lead a call to punish Russia, details.

Russia warns against the rearming Georgia and has previously accused Washington of having advance knowledge of, and participating in, Georgia's attack on South Ossetia, details.

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Record U.S. Bail-Out, Take-Over of Mortgage Banks

Action likely to be the biggest financial bail-out of recent history, if not all time.

The US government’s immediate cash injection is expected to be between $15 billion and $20 billion, details.

Many questions remain about the government’s plan, details.

The hope is that by stabilizing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which together own or guarantee nearly half of all US mortgages the government will forestall a more severe decline in economic activity, details

Obama & McCain's positions, here.

Other Prime Time Issues

Protests at GOP gathering result in 284 arrests

House Judiciary Committee Seeks More Anthrax Details

Iraq's Sunni anti-Qaeda fighters fear for their future

U.S. needs more troops in Afghanistan, commander says


Iraq Prime Minister Maliki demands firm withdrawal date

Iraq wants all troops out by the end of 2011

Maliki said an agreement on the future of US forces in Iraq must include a firm withdrawal date, details.

The U.S. side has been rejecting a firm timetable for pulling out troops, arguing that must depend on the situation on the ground in Iraq, details

No plans for withdrawal this year.

Maybe US troops could exit Baghdad next summer, General suggests. details

Lingering tensions slow Iraqi withdrawal plans, Pentagon says, details. Pentagon leaders have recommended to President Bush that the United States make no further troop reductions in Iraq this year, details.

"Until we have a deal, we don't have a deal."

Iraqi officials also want US troops to end patrols of Iraqi towns and villages by the middle of next year, US says there's no deal, conflict of views, details.

The White House wants a so-called "Status of Forces Agreement, (SOSA) without a vote by either the the Iraqi parliament or the U.S. Congress. Bush has no intention of seeking Congressional approval,about this long-term contract for the disposition of troops and bases, details.

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