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ONE OF my millennium's resolutions is to spend less time with my family - not my real family, but my internet family, a wide-ranging e-mail network providing a steady stream of gossip, support and inspirational poetry. Thanks to my modem I am in constant touch with faraway friends and relations. They are not, sadly, my friends and relations.

Dark suits and Christ fail to give Bush the edge

AFTER TWO lacklustre performances in television debates, George W Bush salvaged something from his third excursion into the debating hall, but still had much catching up to do. As the verdicts rolled in overnight and yesterday morning, the overall judgement on his latest appearance was: better, but still not good enough.

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Sun setting on America's family farms

FROM HER farmhouse kitchen, Lavon Griffieon can see field after field of green, stretching out to the horizon. On one side, that is. On the other, marching up almost to the farm, are serried ranks of brown and beige houses, concrete evidence of a problem that America is starting to notice: urban sprawl.

Living off fat of the bland: American Times: DES MOINES, IOWA

OUTSIDE, THE day is as hot as a well-tended barbecue at the Iowa State Fair. Inside, at the swine barn, the animals are moving nervously around the sawdust-strewn pen, sweating in the afternoon heat with a slightly harried look in their eyes. Their pigs don't look too happy either.

Monitor: The US press comments on the funding of the Iowa straw poll

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Lamar Alexander pulls out of race

THE FIELD of Republican candidates for the Presidency narrowed yesterday, as a long- time contender finally acknowledged reality and withdrew.

Letter from Des Moines, Iowa: Sluggers not heroes any more

HE DID it again on Saturday. Mark McGwire. Hit a home run, that is. A year ago, America was exploding with pleasure every time the man punched a ball into outer space but this year, the sportswriters are being very blase. McGwire broke Roger Maris' record in 1998, and that was something; but if he breaks his own, well that just goes to prove how little the records are worth these days.

Forbes is second, but emerges as real victor

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