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Rodney Atkins to Perform at Republican National Convention

The Republican National Convention is in for a real treat this year. On August 26, politicians will step off their platforms to give Rodney Atkins the stage. The singer will headline the RNC welcoming party, which will take place at Tropicana Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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West Texas GOP Politicians Like Mitt Romney Picking Paul Ryan as Running Mate, But Do You? [POLL]

Predictably, the feedback among West Texas GOP lawmakers is that Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a wise choice in selecting Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as a running mate. But last I checked, it's important to have the backing of fellow party members, but even more important to have voters' approval.

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Former First Lady Laura Bush is Coming to Abilene to Speak at a Benefit Dinner

Abilene's Global Samaritan Resources (G.S.R.) Benefit Dinner is an annual event that's featured some well known speakers in the past, like former Governor Mike Huckabee, comedian Henry Cho, A.C.U. President Royce Money and this year the G.S.R. is bringing in former First Lady Laura Bush. But before you rush out to buy your tickets, there's a couple things to consider.

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Mitt Romney Taps Rep. Paul Ryan As Vice Presidential Running Mate

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has named Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin his running mate.

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Don’t Have a Lot of Twitter Followers? You Probably Like President Obama

During the last race for the White House in 2008, Barack Obama got many of his campaign donations from people who gave small amounts — but since there were a lot of them, they quickly added up to a substantial sum.

As this year’s presidential campaign heats up, there’s a similar narrative — only this time it involves overall influence, and it’s playing out on Twitter.

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The Farm Bill and Drought to be Main Focus at Abilene Wheat Conference

The Big Country Wheat Conference will be held August 23rd at the Taylor County fair grounds, 1982 Lytle Way in Abilene. The Farm Bill will affect most all West Texans, as most farmers and ranchers try to figure out the challenges the new 'Farm Bill' will bring. The drought conditions are also top-of-mind for most area farmers And ranchers. If you'd like to attend the event, there is no registration fee for those who preregister by August 17th.

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Taylor County Sheriff’s Debate Gave Insight, But Did it Make a Difference?

With the runoff election for Taylor County Sheriff coming on July 31st, there seems to be more and more undecided voters paying close attention to the race Incumbent Les Bruce and his challenger, Deputy Sheriff Ricky Bishop squared off on a televised debate earlier this week to send their message to Taylor County.

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Tim McGraw Reveals His Political Ambitions Are on Backburner

“That was back in my drinking days,” Tim McGraw says about past comments concerning a future in politics (quote via the Star Tribune). “Who knows? I feel like I’ve been very fortunate. If one of these days I’m in a position where I can give back and feel like I’m smart enough to help and not just doing it for the hell of doing it, then it would be something I’d consider. But certainly it would be after my kids are grown.”

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Steve Martin Sells Mitt Romney’s Pot in Hilarious Letterman Skit [VIDEO]

As I doze off each night, I’m either watching Colbert, Stewart, Fallon or Letterman…all depending on when I actually get in bed. Well, last night I flipped on the TV and The Late Show with David Letterman was on. Letterman, in my opinion, is the king of late-night TV and last night proved again his majesty reigns with a skit that Steve Martin starred in.

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Election 2012 — President Obama Has the Support of Smartphone Users

Many national polls show President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, essentially tied in the upcoming race for the White House. But according to a new survey, there’s at least one segment of the population Obama has mostly locked up: smartphone users.

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Morgan Freeman Says Barack Obama Isn’t America’s First Black President

Thanks to his support of civil rights, Bill Clinton has been wryly dubbed by some as “America’s first black president.” But chances are good Morgan Freeman disagrees with that — in fact, he says even Barack Obama doesn’t qualify for the title.

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53% of Abilene Agrees With Supreme Court Ruling on “Obamacare”

Shortly after the Supreme Court announced their ruling on "Obamacare", the controversial healthcare bill that will make it mandatory for all Americans to have healthcare insurance and expand Medicaid benefits, we asked you if you agreed with the decision. The results were as close as the 5-4 Supreme Court verdict on the case.

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