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AP photo / Thibault Camus

Paris Is Burning Again

French youths rioted for a second night in the suburbs of Paris, injuring nearly 80 police officers and torching more than 70 buildings and cars. Police officials said the violence was “far worse” than two years ago, when rioters set fire to 10,000 cars and 300 buildings over three weeks.

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Obama: Being Married to a President Doesn’t Make You One

With the Iowa caucus fast approaching, the candidates are getting less shy about flinging a little mud. Take this jab from Barack Obama, for example: “There is no doubt that Bill Clinton had faith in [Hillary] and consulted with her on issues, in the same way that I would consult with Michelle. ... On the other hand, I don’t think Michelle would claim that she is the best qualified person to be a United States senator by virtue of me talking to her on occasion about the work I’ve done.”

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bbc.co.uk

Teacher Arrested for Teddy Bear Name Game

In a particularly delicate situation involving crossed cultural wires, a British primary school teacher in Sudan could face six months in jail, a fine or 40 lashes after allowing her students to name a teddy bear “Muhammad” for a class exercise.

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Phony FEMA Press Conference Not the First of Its Kind

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has taken some well-deserved heat for its ersatz “press conference” held in response to October’s California wildfires, but, as it happens, FEMA wasn’t the first to stage such a smoke-and-mirrors act.

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guardian.co.uk

Marriage and the State:  Not Exactly a Love Story

Amid the fracas over who can marry whom, professor and author Stephanie Coontz poses a provocative question in Monday’s New York Times that leads to some interesting history and shifts the focus of the debate:  “Why do people—gay or straight—need the state’s permission to marry?”

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Gore and Bush
nytimes.com

Gore and Bush Survive Each Other’s Company

By all accounts it was an awkward meeting between two men who’ve clearly disliked each other since the 2000 election: Al Gore and George W. Bush, grinning uncomfortably for the cameras. Gore, who was invited by tradition because of his Nobel win, offered a tension-breaking comment during the photo op, but the president just kept smiling in silence.

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Cheney
thephoenix.com

Another Heart Treatment for Cheney

BBC: “US Vice President Dick Cheney has been found to have an irregular heartbeat and will get further evaluation shortly, his spokeswoman has said. ... Mr Cheney, 66, has had four heart attacks, quadruple bypass surgery and operations to clear blocked arteries. He was fitted with a pacemaker in 2001.”

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Dana Perino
cnn.com

Perino: Bush Didn’t Lie to McClellan

Turns out that the current White House press secretary, Dana Perino (pictured), has broached the uncomfortable topic (considering her position) of Scott McClellan’s upcoming book.  Unsurprisingly, Perino reported in an off-camera moment during Monday’s White House press briefing that Bush never knowingly misinformed McClellan.

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Musharraf
time.com

Musharraf the Civilian

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has heeded strong hints from his concerned friends in the U.S. government by announcing that he’ll give up his post as his country’s army chief this week—but he’ll remain “supreme commander” of Pakistan’s armed forces.

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Trent Lott
blogs.southflorida.com

Trent Lott to Resign

The Senate’s second-ranking Republican is expected to announce that he will resign by year’s end. Trent Lott’s health is fine, but he wishes to pursue “other opportunities,” a congressional official said. Lott famously put his foot in his mouth in 2002 when he said the country would have been better off had Strom Thurmond won his segregationist bid for the presidency. Update: Money and politics are likely to blame (or thank).

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