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Russian billionaire to challenge Putin

MOSCOW — The Russian billionaire who also owns the New Jersey Nets basketball team announced he will challenge Vladimir Putin for the presidency next March, a sign of how quickly the political landscape has shifted since parliamentary elections widely criticized as having been rigged. A public outcry against results of the Dec. 4 vote has presented Putin, long Russia’s strongest ...

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Kabila rejects poll doubters

Kinshasa – Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila on Monday conceded “mistakes” had been made in last month’s election which returned him to power, but rejected mounting criticism that the results lacked credibility. A leader of Congo’s highly-influential Catholic Church said the results handing Kabila victory over challenger Etienne Tshisekedi in the November 28 vote “do not conform to ...

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Villepin Announces Run for French Presidency

Paris. Former French prime minister and conservative politician Dominique de Villepin announced Sunday he would take on his right-wing rival President Nicolas Sarkozy in next year’s presidential vote. “I have decided to be a candidate in the 2012 presidential election,” he told TF1 television. “I intend to defend a certain idea of France… I have a conviction: the 2012 meeting ...

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Australia PM reshuffles cabinet, targets jobs

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard reshuffled her cabinet on Monday, focusing on job creation and labor relations, as she tries to reverse plummeting voter support ahead of elections due within two years. Gillard’s changes included promoting junior minister Bill Shorten to a new super ministry for jobs, prosperity and industrial relations, while other major economic, defense and ...

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How much does organization really matter in Iowa?

Is organization overrated? Every time you turn on cable news or read a blog, you can’t help but hear talk about how important it is for a presidential candidate to have a large and well-funded political organization to win the all-important Iowa caucuses. Loading… Comments Weigh In Corrections? Tweet Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix”, a campaign politics blog for the ...

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Fall 1941: Pearl Harbor and The Wars of Corporate America

Myth: The US was forced to declare war on Japan after a totally unexpected Japanese attack on the American naval base in Hawaii on December 7, 1941. On account of Japan’s alliance with Nazi Germany, this aggression automatically brought the US into the war against Germany. Reality: The Roosevelt administration had been eager for some time to wage war against ...

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