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Showdown Takes Shape in Ivory Coast

The West African nation of Ivory Coast is under crisis as troops supporting the United Nations-recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, move for a final push to oust Laurent Gibagbo, the sitting president.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



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More Than 100 Killed in Explosion at Yemen Factory

The country is already in turmoil, to say the least, so Monday’s explosion at an ammunition factory in Yemen, which killed more than 100 people, had political ramifications even if the blast itself was accidental, as local sources reported.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE


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Karzai Plans for Transfer of Control in 7 Regions

Come July, foreign forces will begin withdrawing from Afghanistan, coinciding with President Hamid Karzai’s plan to begin returning seven regions of his country back to local control.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Exiled Aristide Returns to Haiti

Arriving on a charter jet from South Africa, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has returned to Port-au-Prince after seven years in exile.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama: No Education Cuts

Insisting that “the best jobs program out there is a good education” and lamenting the U.S.’ slip down the ranks in the global brain trust, President Barack Obama declared Monday that his budget plan won’t include high costs to the American educational system.

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Again With the Bachmann Presidential Rumors

With 2012 buzz building about Sarah Palin, it seems only fitting, not to mention inevitable, that Minnesota’s own tea party darling, the dependably batty Rep. Michele Bachmann, would also be the subject of speculation about a possible charge at the White House.

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Damon No Longer an Obama Fan

Matt Damon was apparently paying attention as he narrated “Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson’s Oscar-winning documentary about the architects of the ongoing global economic catastrophe, as he’s broken with the cohort of celebrities who ...

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Chirac Trial on Hold?

It’s taken 15 years to get this far (which is to say not very far at all), so what’s the rush for former French President Jacques Chirac to stand trial for corruption charges stemming from his time as the mayor of Paris? Well, he’s 78 years old, for one ...

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE



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More 2012 Noises From Palin

While you’re adjusting to the notion of a possible Newt Gingrich campaign 2012 blitz, it might be time to start preparing for some Palin-for-president action as well. She hasn’t yet said she’ll make a break for the White House, but judging by this ...

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Samantha Appleton

Obama Exploring ‘Full Range of Options’ on Libya

President Obama took a moment Thursday, during a news conference at the White House with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, to discuss the crisis in Libya and to indicate somewhat vaguely that he’s exploring “every option that’s out there” in terms of the U.S.’ possible responses.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE



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Bring In the Newt

Just when we’d gotten used to life without presidential campaign nonsense, here it comes again. What better way to kick it off than with the news that none other than Newt Gingrich is expected to announce that he’s putting together an exploratory committee ...

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Egypt Freezes Mubarak Family Assets

Now that Hosni Mubarak has exited his post as Egypt’s president, his reportedly extensive wealth is no longer protected by his position, and authorities in his homeland have moved to freeze his assets, as well as those of his family members, in the midst of a fraud investigation.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Brings Budget Plan to Captive Audience of Middle Schoolers

President Obama may have picked one of the only places in the country where delivering a speech about his new budget plan would be met with enthusiasm by visiting the Parkville Middle School and Center for Technology in Baltimore ...

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama Plays It Down the Middle

Could President Obama’s newly unveiled budget—which includes, he claims, funding cuts to programs he supports—represent an attempt to win over some conservative constituents before Nov. 4, 2012?

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Mubarak Resigns

After 18 long days of protests and unrest, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has finally capitulated to the demands of massive anti-government crowds, stepping down late Friday. Making the announcement was Vice President Omar Suleiman, pictured.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Donald Trump for President

America’s gaudiest billionaire told a crowd at the Conservative Political Action Committee that he is considering a run for the White House, which, if elected, he will surely paint gold.

Posted on Feb 10, 2011 READ MORE


Egyptian Crowds Await Mubarak News

Late on Thursday, thousands of Egyptian protesters converged in the epicenter of their revolt, Cairo’s Tahrir Square, to wait for expected news about President Hosni Mubarak, who may not be their president for long, according to the Associated Press.

Posted on Feb 10, 2011 READ MORE


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Bush Cancels Trip Over Fear of Arrest

Former President George W. Bush canceled a planned trip to Switzerland over fear of legal action there as pressure mounted on the Swiss government to arrest him and open a criminal probe into allegations of torture if he visits the country.

Posted on Feb 5, 2011 READ MORE


Yemeni President’s Departure Announcement Met With Skepticism

On Wednesday, yet another longtime leader of a Middle Eastern nation in turmoil addressed his nation, and Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh followed the Egyptian example by claiming that he too would perhaps step down sort of soon.

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Mubarak Plans His (Eventual) Exit

Claiming he “did not intend to seek re-election” this September, Egypt’s embattled President Hosni Mubarak made the vague announcement on state television Tuesday night that he planned to stay put “for the next few months” before leaving office.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE


Raw Video: Cairo, Tuesday Night

On Tuesday night in Cairo, it was clear that the protests calling for the end of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade rule had not lost momentum over the course of a week. This raw video clip from the Associated Press shows ...

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama Backs Down From Gun Control Showdown

Eighteen years ago, the late Betty Friedan called her friend Ann Reiss Lane, a prominent Los Angeles civic activist. She was angry about the gun industry’s latest outrage—high-fashion ads marketing guns with grips made for a woman’s hand.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 READ MORE



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Egyptian Leading Man: ‘We Are Very Disappointed With America’

Over the weekend, The Wrap’s Sharon Waxman checked in with one of Egypt’s top TV and movie actors, Khaled Nabawy, who was using his star power to draw attention to the ongoing clash between Egyptians and President Hosni Mubarak’s regime ...

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama’s New Role Model: Ronald Reagan?

What could Ronald Reagan possibly have in common with Barack Obama, except, say, a certain demonstrable allegiance to Wall Street? Time’s Michael Scherer and Michael Duffy tease out some ways in which The Gipper’s legacy has informed ...

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Hundreds Arrested as Egypt Protests Continue

Despite the Egyptian government’s forceful response—including mass arrests, a ban on protests and the use of batons and tear gas—to demonstrations around the country against President Hosni Mubarak’s administration, the clashes continued ...

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Bachmann Eyeing White House Run?

Here are two words that ought to strike fear into the hearts of many Americans: President Bachmann. Although it’s definitely a long shot, and she’d be up against none other than Sarah Palin, Rep. Michele Bachmann could have been positioning ...

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Egyptian Protesters Rail Against Mubarak’s Regime

The recent Tunisian uprising has apparently had an effect on nearby Egyptians, as thousands took to the Internet and then to the streets of Cairo and around Egypt on Tuesday to demonstrate against President Hosni Mubarak’s long-standing government.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jae C. Hong

Where Liberals Go to Feel Good

The liberal class’ solution to the bleak political landscape is the conference, where liberals go to feel good about themselves again. Forget about reclaiming and re-electing President Obama—worry about resisting him.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

How Obama Can Define Moderation

President Obama faces a choice in this week’s State of the Union message: Does he spend the next two years consolidating the gains he has made, or does he go into retreat?

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP via Los Angeles Times

Obama and Hu Play Up the Positive

This week’s challenge for President Obama: diplomacy in the face of possible adversity, on both the domestic and international fronts. As the House of Representatives was considering a repeal of his hard-won health care reform law on Wednesday ...

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hedi Ben Salem

President Reportedly Flees Tunisia

The Tunisian government is in upheaval after weeks of violent protests over high unemployment and skyrocketing food prices. Al-Jazeera reported that the prime minister had taken the reins of government after President Ben Ali left the country.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE



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White House Mum on Palin’s Latest Words

If the president, or anyone in Obama’s close advisory circles, has an opinion about Sarah Palin’s latest rhetorical creation—her already infamous “blood libel” zinger—the world will have to do without that information for the time being.

Posted on Jan 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Russia Points to Pilot Error in Polish President’s Crash

Last April’s plane crash in Smolensk, Russia, which claimed the lives of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other passengers, was due to error on the part of the Tu-154’s Polish pilots—or so say Russian investigators, drawing mixed reactions from the Polish side.

Posted on Jan 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Boehner Bursts Birthers’ Bubbles

Those “birthers” out there still hoping to contest President Obama’s American citizenship won’t have much of an ally in the newly installed House Speaker John Boehner, but he also won’t question their own beliefs on that front.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Meet Brazil’s New President

Brazil’s first female president has finally been sworn into office. Dilma Rousseff, a protégé of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, promised to protect the most vulnerable of Brazilian society in her inaugural speech Saturday.

Posted on Jan 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Oliver Weiken

Former Israeli President Katsav Convicted of Rape

After three years since the initial charges, an Israeli court has found the country’s former President Moshe Katsav guilty of rape and sexual harassment.

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 READ MORE


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Palin Trailin’ in 2012 Poll

This just in: Sarah Palin may not be a shoo-in for the GOP’s 2012 presidential nomination, according to a new CNN poll released on Tuesday. The survey also suggested that President Obama hasn’t squandered his support from Democrats ...

Posted on Dec 28, 2010 READ MORE


Obama Tallies Up Year-End Wins

Although the outcome of this fall’s midterm elections didn’t suggest great possibilities for the last two years of President Obama’s term, he would like to suggest, as he does in this speech after Wednesday’s START vote, that ...

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE


An Afghan War Refresher With President Obama

President Obama took to the podium Thursday to declare that “we are on track to achieve our goals” in Afghanistan, although the war there “continues to be a difficult endeavor.” This assessment wouldn’t have anything to do with two big setbacks ...

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Guillermo Arias

Protesters Rail Against Haitian Election Results

The results of the Nov. 28 presidential election in Haiti did not sit well with thousands of Haitians, according to Reuters. They took to the streets around the country to protest Wednesday.

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Matt Sayles

Elizabeth Edwards Dies at 61

On Tuesday, Elizabeth Edwards, who fought a very public battle with her husband John Edwards over his private life even as she fought cancer, died of the disease in North Carolina.

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 READ MORE


Obama Attempts to Justify Tax-Cut Compromise

This just in: The rich get richer. President Barack “Hope ’n’ Change” Obama ticked off a lot of people Monday by helping the affluent and entitled stay that way with his GOP-appeasing tax cut plan ...

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Brazil Recognizes Palestine

In a public letter addressed to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday, outgoing and popular Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva formally recognized Palestine as an independent state within its 1967 borders.

Posted on Dec 5, 2010 READ MORE


Obama Wants to Put Federal Workers’ Wages on Ice

In his latest bid to chip away at our nation’s trillion-dollar deficit, President Obama announced a new proposal Monday to freeze civilian federal employees’ salaries for the next two years, pointing to the need for all Americans to “sacrifice” ...

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE


Obama Drops In on ‘MythBusters’

President Obama is making a cameo appearance on “MythBusters”—and no, it’s not to prove once and for all that he was born in Hawaii. Instead, he’s interested in something called Archimedes’ solar ray, being a giant nerd and all.

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE


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Sarah Palin’s Latest Incarnation: Reality Star

Sarah Palin has been many things to many people: Vice presidential candidate to John McCain; inspirational leader to scores of She-publicans and “Mama Grizzlies,” not to mention tea partyers in Alaska and “the lower 48”; and brunt of jokes to countless others besides Tina Fey.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE



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Deficit Commission Under Scrutiny for Outside Ties

On Wednesday, a special task force assembled by the Obama administration to deal with the ever-burgeoning U.S. deficit, aka the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, made some controversial recommendations ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE


Bush to Kanye: All Is Forgiven

During his comfortable sit-down with Matt Lauer on Wednesday’s “Today” show, former President George W. Bush was visited by the pre-taped image of a contrite Kanye West, who was all ready to make nice after his Bush-is-a-racist claim of yesteryear.

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