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The War Over “Charlie Wilson”

That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

“Charlie Wilson’s War” debuts this weekend, and while its box office prospects are uncertain in a year in which moviegoers have shunned seemingly any type of war pic, it’s generated considerable interest in Washington. How true is it? The Politico’s Jeffrey Ressner looks at the original script of “Charlie Wilson” and discovers that many scenes ultimately were cut, including some that took some dramatic liberties. Included: Many references to 9/11. In addition, there was considerable pressure from the real-life Julia Roberts character, Joanne Herring, to tidy up her image. The Politico’s Helena Andrews interviews Wilson’s colleagues in Congress, and they doubt that such a figure could get away with his tactics again.

The Song Is Mine: The Wall Street Journal’s John Jurgenson writes about the increasing use of music from major artists at campaign events.

“Using popular songs for political purposes is a twist on a tactic that goes back to George Washington. The increasing use of such songs is an outgrowth of the fact that, in an age when voters are pulled by a growing number of media sources, politicians are looking for tools to help them cut through the clutter. There are trade-offs, however, including potentially loaded lyrics and the chance of artist backlash. John McCain had been playing “I Won’t Back Down,” but rocker Tom Petty asked him to do just that and stop using the tune for his campaign.”

And, I’m in Minnepolis (with a fresh blanket of snow) for the weekend — that’s why there were no posts yesterday, as I was braving the airports. There will be posts through the holidays.

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