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US Army Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander in Iraq, said Thursday he expected to make further troop cuts after a 45-day freeze in withdrawals that begins in July.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain has invited 10 couples to his Sedona, Ariz., ranch this weekend for what campaign staffers called a purely social engagement, but three guests have been mentioned by fellow Republicans as possible vice-presidential running mates: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, Democratic officials said advisers have begun a search for Barack Obama's running mate.

The $290 billion farm bill passed by Congress over President Bush's veto will have to be passed all over again due to a printing error discovered Wednesday. The version sent to the White House omitted a 34-page section of the bill. House members said they hoped to pass the entire bill again Thursday.

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