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Reports That Gov. Christie Will Give Keynote Tamp Down Veep Talk

News that first broke in the New York Post would seem to signal that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn't going to be the Republican Party's vice presidential nominee.

The Post reports that "the word is going out quietly to Republican activists across New Jersey. ... Gov. Chris Christie is going to be giving the keynote speech" at the GOP convention in Tampa next month.

NBC News, which says it has also been told that Christie will be giving that high-profile address, notes that being the keynote speaker "sometimes serves as a launching pad for political figures with ambitions of higher office" — remember then-state Sen. Barack Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic convention. But, the network adds, "typically, the keynote speaker is separate from the vice presidential nominee, who, like the presidential nominee, speaks on separate nights."

NPR's Liz Halloran previously reported on the pluses and minuses of putting Christie on the ticket:

Upside: Popular national figure; blunt personality appealing.

Downside: Popular national figure; blunt personality appealing — which has the potential to overshadow the candidate, a la McCain/Palin in 2008.

Our friends at It's All Politics are following the 2012 campaign here.

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Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

RuPaul is the most recognizable drag queen in America. His hit show, RuPaul's Drag Race is up for two Emmy Awards as it begins filming its ninth season. But drag, he says, will never be mainstream.
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Food World Rallies For Quake-Hit Amatrice, Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the Italian town devastated by Wednesday's earthquake.
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Turmoil At D.C. Agency Linked To Contract Disputes With Top Campaign Contributor

The head of the D.C. Department of General Services has resigned and two top staffers are being forced out after a company that has been a key contributor to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s campaigns lost out on two major city construction contracts, sources tell WAMU 88.5.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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