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NEWS SUMMARY: Today, we bring you news from the world of politics.

Or more exactly, we bring you news of two new ways you can plug into ABC News coverage of politics and the conventions.

From now until election day — available to you 'round the clock — ABC News Now and Noted Now.

CONSIDER OUR RARE USE OF ALL CAPS HERE AS THE DIGITAL EQUIVALENT OF OUR GRABBING YOU BY THE LAPELS AND YELLING SWEETLY IN YOUR EARS:

WE LOVE POLITICS AND WE LOVE MEDIA AND IF YOU ARE A NOTE READER, WE HOPE YOU TRUST OUR SENSIBILITIES ABOUT WHAT IS IMPORTANT AND GOOD AND KEY.

DON'T SKIM AND DON'T IGNORE.

WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT TWO NEW WAYS FOR THE JOURNALISTS OF ABC NEWS TO GET YOU THE BEST POLITICAL COVERAGE AVAILABLE ANYWHERE, BUT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO ADJUST YOUR HORIZONS AND BUILD UP YOUR TECH MUSCLES JUST A LITTLE BIT.

OK — resuming in a normal tone of voice and volume.

Let's start with the gavel-to-gavel sound and picture and reporting . . .

Launching this Monday at the start of the Democratic National Convention, ABC News Now extends to digital cable the 24-hour news programming already available via our broadband service on ABCNEWS.com.

As we alluded to both last week and this, ABC News will feature primetime coverage of the Democratic convention from 10:00 p.m. ET to 11:00 p.m. ET on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday on our broadcast affiliates all over America.

But you don't have to wait that long to find out what's going on. ABC News Now will cover the Democratic convention in Boston and the Republican convention in New York, gavel-to-gavel, anchored by Peter Jennings — and you can watch it on TV over either your digital TV or cable signal, or on your PC by signing up with one of our broadband partners or on ABCNEWS.com.

But it doesn't stop there.

ABC News Now isn't just a convention phenomenon; it will remain on the air, on your digital signal and broadband connections, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, right through the election — and through it we'll cover many Bush/Cheney and Kerry/Edwards campaign events live and in full that you won't be able to find on any other cable channel or anywhere else on the Web.

So you will be able to watch at home or office or dorm room — anytime.

It's ABC News political coverage as you have come to expect it — streaming video, just like on "regular" TV — just delivered in a myriad of modern ways.

We'll also have regular newsbriefs from our anchors and news reports from ABC News correspondents around the world.

Again, beyond all the coverage of politics and news you will get from ABC News, this will be THE place for live events all day and into the night.

How often have you been all excited this year to see a speech by President Bush or John Kerry and found the cable networks either cutting away or not covering the event at all?

ABC News Now is now — starting Monday — an indispensable product in your political media life.

If you are working on the campaign, covering the campaign, or simply intensely interested in the outcome, you are going to want to spend a little time today making sure you know how you are going to be able to watch starting Monday.

How do you get to see all this fantastic coverage? Several ways:

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