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  • Palin's Gender, Family, Politics Spark Debate
    The selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate electrified the social conservative base of the Republican Party. On Wednesday, Palin addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. Palin's gender, family and politics have people debating her place on the ticket.
  • S.C. Senator, Female Delegates Upbeat About Palin
    The selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is thought to have bolstered John McCain's conservative credibility, particularly among women. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and a group of his state's female delegates at the Republican National Convention say McCain's running mate will help the party.
  • New Orleans' Rebuilt Levees Pass Gustav's Test
    As New Orleans residents begin to return to the city, they'll find uprooted trees and some ongoing power outages, but not the more devastating damage that was feared. That's thanks, in part, to the rebuilt levees that protected the city. Work to make them stronger continues.
  • Storm-Stricken La. Town Fears Losing Residents
    One of the towns hit hardest by Hurricane Gustav was Montegut, La. Local officials say it could take weeks to bring electricity back to the community, and some worry that residents, tired of weathering hurricanes, will leave for good.
  • Georgia Rift Reveals Russians' Anti-U.S. Sentiment
    Russia is facing international isolation over the conflict in Georgia, but many Russians appear unconcerned, expressing views that are increasingly hostile to the United States. And the Kremlin says it's ready for a new Cold War.
  • Has Palin's Light Dimmed Among Evangelicals?
    Evangelical voters who make up a substantial part of the GOP's conservative base rejoiced when John McCain selected Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. Then it was revealed that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant. Many evangelical groups said they weren't fazed by the news, but fissures have appeared in that facade.
  • 1964 Convention Established GOP As Conservative
    In 1964, Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater and the conservatives took control of a divided Republican Party and a volatile convention that was referred to as "the Conservative Woodstock."
  • Coca-Cola Juices Up Its Business In China
    The world's biggest soft drink maker is about to become the biggest juice seller in the world's most populous country. Coca-Cola has struck a deal to pay more than $2 billion for China's largest juice company. It'll be Coke's biggest-ever overseas deal.
  • Boeing Braces For Machinists' Vote, Possible Strike
    Members of Boeing's largest union vote Wednesday on whether to go on strike. The machinists union says the commercial aircraft maker's contract offer isn't good enough.
  • The Future Of Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac
    David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, talks about the beleaguered housing finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. "If they get bailed out, then mortgages are easier to get than if they go under, and that's what this is all about," he says.

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