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Facebook Triumph for Colbert

Regardless of Americans’ varying opinions about Comedy Central court jester Stephen Colbert’s satirical (or is it?) play for the White House, one thing’s for sure—the man’s getting results.  While Barack Obama’s bid to build a loyal network of young’uns on Facebook grew slowly, Colbert’s followers almost crashed the ultra-popular site’s servers in mere days.

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Giuliani Lowers the Discourse

Historians may one day debate Rudy Giuliani’s recent preposterous comments at a New Hampshire town hall meeting. “Did he mean it?” they might ask. “Or was he just dehydrated?” While addressing voters, the candidate said that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were debating whether to invite Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Osama bin Laden to their inaugurations. But wait, there’s more.

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Clinton, Obama Neck and Neck in Iowa Poll

Granted, every time a candidate sneezes it seems to occasion a change in the polls these days, but it’s of potential interest that, after recent weeks’ reports seemed to suggest that Hillary Clinton on a national basis was far ahead of her nearest presidential competitor, Barack Obama, he trails her by just two points in a new University of Iowa Hawkeye Poll surveying Iowa caucus-goers.

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Where Were You When ...

If you’re a Truthdig reader, chances are you’re also a BBC News reader. For 10 years now, the BBC has done an excellent job of bringing online news to the world. To celebrate, it has pulled together important online front pages from that period, ranging from the Clinton impeachment to 9/11 to the hanging of Saddam.

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Questioning Adoption-Abortion Link

One of the right wing’s most frequently invoked alternatives to abortion is adoption—but, as an Op-Ed piece in the Los Angeles Times points out, the relationship between the two choices is not at all as direct or demonstrable as some politicians, such as Rudy Giuliani, have made it seem.

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State Dept. Gave Blackwater Shooters Immunity

Three senior law enforcement officials have revealed to the Associated Press that the State Department gave all of the Blackwater guards involved in the Sept. 16 killing of 17 Iraqi civilians immunity from prosecution.

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Sarkozy Ditches ‘60 Minutes’ Interview in a Huff

Sacre bleu!  French President Nicolas Sarkozy abruptly shut down an interview with Leslie Stahl for “60 Minutes,” took his microphone off and walked out of the tête-à-tête, which CBS aired as part of the show’s “Sarko L’Americain” segment Sunday night.

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Cristina Kirchner

Is Argentina Ready for a Woman President?

We certainly hope so, because it has just elected one. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who happens to be the current first lady, managed to pull in more than 40 percent of the vote. In fact, the runner-up (with 23 percent of the vote) is also a woman. Not bad for Gaucho country.

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Credibility Gap

Clothing companies and the consumers who buy their products tend to feign ignorance when it’s revealed that those products are a bargain because they were made by 10-year-old slaves. That’s certainly the case with Gap, which says it was unaware of the sweatshop in New Delhi, India, where children were recently found toiling under deplorable conditions to create clothes bearing the Gap Kids logo.

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NFL Star Discovers That Londoners Speak English

Clearly doing little to raise America’s profile abroad, Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder said that, until his team was booked to play against the New York Giants at London’s Wembley Stadium, he didn’t know that people in England spoke English

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