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Zogby Defends Poll Against Clinton

Zogby International has issued a statement in defense of its poll showing Hillary Clinton, unlike Barack Obama and John Edwards, losing to any of the top five Republican candidates. Clinton’s chief political strategist dismissed the survey as “meaningless,” and Zogby shot back, noting that “no other campaign has made as many requests for Zogby polling data over the years than [Mark] Penn has made on behalf of Clinton.”

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Riots Spread In France

Unrest has broken out in the city of Toulouse in southern France as riots continued for a third night in Paris. France’s prime minister has called the youths involved “criminals,” and President Nicolas Sarkozy has scheduled an emergency meeting of his security staff for Wednesday.

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Giuliani ‘Even More Certain’ Now About Iraq War

Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani clearly shares a particular personality trait with President Bush:  the kind of unassailable certainty that even evidence to the contrary can’t uproot.  Take his position on the Iraq war, for example, which he still believes—even more so, now—was the right move for the U.S. to have made.

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Flynt Confirms He’s Investigating Sen. Lott

Sen. Trent Lott’s sudden resignation announcement on Monday sparked speculation, starting on the Web site Big Head DC, that Lott decided to step down in order to avoid an exposé about his personal life by porn baron and political provocateur Larry Flynt, who confirms that an investigation is under way. 

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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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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.

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE

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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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 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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