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They have jobs, and they’re quickly filling them with veterans from five other networks. That would be Al Jazeera America, which is hiring folks from ABC, CNN, NBC, CBS and MSNBC in time for its rapidly approaching debut. The aggressive cable news network meant for U.S. audiences launches Aug. 20, ready to occupy the spot on the cable landscape once occupied by Al Gore’s Current TV.

The Qatar-based parent company announced Monday that Kate O’Brian has been named president; she is former senior vice president for news at ABC. “Al Jazeera America will demonstrate that quality journalism is alive and well in the United States,” she says.

Among the hires: David Doss, a former CNN senior executive producer, has been named a senior vice president. Another new senior vice president: Marcy McGinnis, former associate dean of Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism who headed CBS newsgathering operation during coverage of 9/11, the war in Afghanistan, and Hurricane Katrina. Shannon High-Bassalik also was named a senior vice president, and hails from CNN, and before that both MSNBC and NBC.

All will answer to Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director for international operations, now interim chief executive officer for Al Jazeera America.

DOG TRAINING

There are circus trains, steam-powered excursion trains and “quiet” cars. So why not a pet train — or at least a pet car? That what “The Pets on Trains Act of 2013” proposes. The bipartisan bill introduced by Republicans Reps. Jeff Denham of California and Michael G. Grimm of New York plus Rep. Steve Cohen, Tennessee Democrat, would compel Amtrak to lift its ban on nonservice dogs and allow train travelers, with certain restrictions, to bring their dog and/or kitty along for the trip.

The legislation has support from the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. “For many of us, our animals are family,” says Mike Canning, president and CEO of the industry group. “Airlines have been permitting pets on flights for years. Fares for pets vary from airline to airline, as do regulations, but at least air travel has given pet owners an option.”

Among other things, the bill proposes a designated “pet car” on each train for trips 750 miles or less.

POLL DU JOUR

57 percent of all registered Hispanic voters are Democrats, 14 percent are Republicans.

54 percent of foreign-born Hispanics who are U.S. citizens are Democrats, 11 percent are Republicans.

53 percent of native-born Hispanics are Democrats, 12 percent are Republicans.

49 percent of Hispanics who are legal permanent U.S. residents are Democrats, 8 percent are Republicans.

33 percent of the 11.1 million “unauthorized” Hispanics are political independents, 31 percent are Democrats.

27 percent don’t identify with, or lean toward, either major party; 4 percent are Republicans.

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