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“Billy Blythe.”

Title of a new 1950s-era operetta based on the life of former President Bill Clinton. Auditions were held Saturday at a Little Rock church.


“The digital world is where the action is in my line of work, and The Huffington Post is at the center of the new paradigm.”

Howard Fineman, on his decision to leave his position as senior Washington correspondent for Newsweek after 30 years and join Arianna Huffington’s gaggle of journalists and bloggers. Mr. Fineman will cover national politics.


- 58 percent of Americans say the nation needs a third political party because Republican and Democratic parties do a “poor job.”

- 62 percent of tea party supporters and 51 percent of tea party opponents agree.

- 61 percent of liberals and 54 percent of conservatives agree that a third party is needed.

- 47 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A USA Today/Gallup Poll of 1,021 adults conducted Aug. 27 to 30 and released Friday.

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