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Politicians, take note: "Local" interviews are no longer all that local. In this interview, Rob Caldwell, anchor for WCSH in Portland, Maine, asks Republican presidential nominee John McCain about his running mate Sarah Palin's credentials when it comes to "national security, diplomacy, foreign policy" and "the fight against Islamist extremism."

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Representatives from 30 major cities around the world are meeting in New York at the invitation of Michael Bloomberg and former President Clinton to discuss methods of combating global warming. Bloomberg said city leaders will have to fill the "void" caused by national governments' failure to act.

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More and more towns are putting lobbyists on the payroll to tap federal tax money through earmarks (those special appropriations that make their way into omnibus bills in Congress) According to the NYT, "since 1998, the number of public entities hiring private firms to represent them in Washington has nearly doubled to 1,421 from 763" Bridges, roads, walkways, pedestrian crosswalks cities and towns are finding that a little bit of lobbying can go a long way .

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