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Maine's Olympia Snowe Won't Seek Re-Election_Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, who for 33 years in Congress has personified an increasingly unfashionable Republican centrism, said she won't seek re-election, taking a final shot at the Senate's partisanship.
That just became harder, because Maine is a Democratic-leaning state. President Barack Obama won it by 17 percentage points in 2008, and Democrats say they are in a strong position to replace Ms. Snowe with a Democrat. Maine's filing deadline for congressional candidates is March 15, so Ms. Snowe's announcement gives the GOP little time to recruit a strong candidate.
Tuesday's announcement also reflects the dwindling number of centrists of both parties in the Senate. Sen. Scott Brown (R., Mass.), a fellow centrist, faces a tough race for re-election. On the other side of the aisle, Sens. Ben Nelson (D., Neb.) and Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, an independent who usually votes with the Democrats, are both retiring.
Ms. Snowe fills the role of a centrist as much as anyone in the chamber. In early 2009, she was one of three Republicans who voted for Mr. Obama's stimulus law.
That year, she also voted for Mr. Obama's health-care overhaul at the committee level, declaring, "When history calls, history calls." She later voted against the bill on the floor.
Ms. Snowe, 65, is enormously popular in Maine. She was first elected to the state legislature in 1973, taking the place of her husband, who had died in an auto accident.
In her latest Senate election, in 2006, she won with 74% of the vote. But she said politics had become more bitter recently. "I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term," Ms. Snowe said in her statement Tuesday.
Maine's governor, Republican Paul LePage, was elected in 2010 with a surge of tea-party support. But Ms. Snowe had largely defused a tea-party challenge, and neither party regarded her as vulnerable.
Democrats welcomed the development Tuesday. "Maine is now a top pickup opportunity for Senate Democrats," said Guy Cecil, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas), who is coordinating the Republican Senate primaries, said "this will be a key battleground in the fall" but added, "I am confident it will remain in Republican hands."
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Miller plans to throw open the doors of the Arena Bar and Grill in Guelph, Ont., and roll out the welcome mat for anyone who wants to help him celebrate his big day. Hiring a band and printing t-shirts is the least he can do, he said, for an occasion that's been 60 years in the making.
Miller is a leap year baby, the term commonly given to those who are born on the extra day in February that rolls around every four years.
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A spokesman for Qualitest Pharmaceuticals said that "there are no immediate health issues currently" because of the packaging problems. Rather, he said, the chief concern is that women may unintentionally become pregnant after taking the oral contraceptive.
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She is working on a Diablo Cody project out of the country. The movie is based around a plane crash survivor.
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Waite Emmy miniseries "Captains and the Kings"_Series Description:
The Captains and the Kings was a 540 minute miniseries that aired on NBC about a penniless Irish immigrant who travels to American in the middle of the 1800s, determined to become wealthy at any cost. Along the way he forgets about the other important things in life like family and friends and the other things that give life true meaning.
Brady said in a statement posted on his Facebook page Wednesday that he is "deeply saddened by the passing of my coach, mentor and friend."