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By Antony Ingram

We've got used to carmakers using the letter "i" to describe their products, but isn't that a little selfish?

Volvo clearly thinks so which is why its latest design study, due at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, is called the Concept You.

The unusual name comes from the Swedish maker's new brand strategy, called "Designed Around You". The aim behind the strategy is to understand people, designing cars that are more human-oriented.

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When there's conflict, Jon Stewart said Thursday, there's a winner and a loser, and Mitt Romney clearly got "Rickrolled" in the Republican primary debate.

Romney painted himself as the intellectual candidate, referring to his 59 bullet-point jobs plan. Rick Perry, on the other hand, drew huge applause for being governor of a state which executed a couple hundred people and for declaring, "I hate cancer."

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The new Siena poll of the special election to replace Anthony Weiner in New York's 9th Congressional district is rough reading for Democrats.

The numbers: Republican businessman Bob Turner 50%, Democratic state Rep. Dave Weprin 44%. The survey of likely voters was conducted from September 6-8, and has a ±3.3% margin of error.

The election is this Tuesday, September 13.

From the pollsters' analysis: "Turner is viewed favorably by 48 percent of likely voters and unfavorably by 34 percent, while Weprin has a 41-41 percent favorability rating. By a 43-32 percent margin, likely voters say Turner is running the more positive campaign, and by a similar 39-30 percent margin, they say Weprin's is the more negative campaign."

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Democrats are racing to protect their hold on New York's 9th district, where the special election Tuesday will decide the successor to the disgraced Anthony Weiner. Yesterday, the DCCC announced a major TV ad buy. Today it's their Super PAC sibling, House Majority PAC.

Not surprisingly, the concerted national Democratic effort isn't aimed at boosting Democrat David Weprin but at going after Republican Bob Turner.

The House Majority PAC's new TV ad, which highlights Turner's opposition to closing corporate tax loopholes, features a Tea Party activist kicking it old school. Very old school. Take a look.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday said that al Qaeda was behind a specific, credible but unconfirmed report of a threat to harm Americans, notably in New York and Washington.

President Obama is in Richmond, Virginia today to continue pushing his jobs plan. Watch the president live at 11:35 a.m. ET:

Sarah Palin is still teasing the media and the country at large with the possibility of a Presidential run. Now, even as prominent Republican figures are urging her to make a final call and end the coy dance, it seems she’s mixing things up again, this time by hewing to the populist edges of the tea party. This morning, the media got around to unpicking comments she made at a Tea Party event in Iowa over the weekend. The NYT reports along with her usual attacks on the ‘far left,’ she picked up some of the angrier “curse on both your houses” tea party themes.

She made three interlocking points. First, that the United States is now governed by a 'permanent political class,' drawn from both parties, that is increasingly cut off from the concerns of regular people. Second, that these Republicans and Democrats have allied with big business to mutual advantage to create what she called 'corporate crony capitalism.' Third, that the real political divide in the United States may no longer be between friends and foes of Big Government, but between friends and foes of vast, remote, unaccountable institutions (both public and private).

Some have begun speculating about the possibility of a third party run for Palin and her remarks seem calculated to fan the fires of that speculation; Matt Drudge was amongst those linking to the article this morning.