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An "unknown donor" presented former Dick Cheney with the gift of life Saturday, when surgeons at a Virginia hospital performed a heart transplant on the former vice president.

Cheney, 71, had suffered five heart attacks over the past 25 years. He waited nearly two years for his new heart and is said to be recovering well in the intensive care unit of Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va.
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All of a sudden embattled Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher has competition in the coming election. You just knew it was going to happen.

Delray Beach Mayor Woodie McDuffie only waited three days to jump on Bucher's latest embarrassing clunker and declare himself better suited for an important public-service job that requires precision and competence. Count him in as a candidate for Palm Beach County supervisor of elections.
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The U.S. Supreme Court dealt President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency a blow on Wednesday.

According to CNN, the Supremes gave an Idaho couple another chance to challenge a government ruling barring construction of their "dream house," an important property rights defeat for the Obama administration.
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Mitt Romney is looking to kick President Obama in the two places it will hurt him most -- his wallet and his home state. Romney's latest conquest is Obama's old pal, Susan Crown.

Crown says she is supporting a more pro-Israel candidate this year. Instead of supporting Barack Obama as she did in 2008, she's fundraising for Mitt Romney.
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Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher did it again.

She found a way to make an election aftermath scary-memorable.

Last Tuesday's election in Wellington is a mess, all races were tabulated incorrectly and guess what? They've already been certified. They're a done deal.

Voters who thought they were casting a ballot for the mayor, actually voted for a council seat 1 candidate; those who voted for the council seat 1 candidate didn't realize they were selecting for council seat 4; as for the mayor -- he got the council seat 4 votes.
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ESPN isn't hedging its bets. The sports network confidently says Peyton Manning is negotiating a contract with the Denver Broncos and the team will attempt to trade Tim Tebow. Period.
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I talk a lot about what mainstream media do wrong, so I don't want to forget to point it out when one among them does something right.

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers -- the newspaper group that includes The Stuart News, The Port St. Lucie News, The Fort Pierce Tribune and the Vero Beach Press-Journal -- produced an editorial on Monday applauding state Rep. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach for saving Florida taxpayers $41.8 million.
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Not-so-rich-folks who work for government wondered who wrecked the curve for them after they read my Monday column, "Public Employees' Pensions Can Sink the Ship."

I wrote this: "The majority of union members in America today are white-collared, college-educated and work for the government, where they receive an average of $123,049 annually in pay and benefits -- twice the average of workers in the private sector."
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Seems I'm not alone in my concern for the direction and sustainability of Florida's retirement system. Robert McClure, a Ph.D. member of Floridians for Sustainable Pensions (FSP), has just released a statement on the opportunities lawmakers missed to deal with the crisis during the 2012 legislative session.
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We might speak the same language, but when it comes to social conservatism, don't even.

Get this:

Members of Parliament are about to fight a case at the European Court of Human Rights in which two British women want their right established to display the cross at work.

Did you get what I'm saying here? These British ministers will argue against the women.
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