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In your face, foreign community! Afghan President Hamid Karzai has begun dissolving foreign private security companies, including the firm formerly known as Blackwater, as he moves to make good on a promise to ban the private contractors by year's end.

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Apparently undeterred by Sarah Palin's challenging stance from the RNC podium Wednesday night, The Boston Globe and other media outlets went about their business of vetting Palin's past, as with any other public figure who aspires to play a major leadership role on the world stage. As it turns out, Palin's own experience on said world stage has thus far been rather limited.

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The year is 2008, and President George W. Bush has learned an important lesson in global affairs: "Outside forces" taking part in foreign clashes "tend to divide people up inside their country" and "are unbelievably counterproductive."

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Watch William F. Buckley Jr., the godfather of modern conservatism, tell a CBS reporter how any self-respecting head of state would have stepped down from office had he or she made the kinds of mistakes that Bush has made.

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A Harper's reporter goes undercover on a tour designed to introduce Western men to Eastern European and Russian women The tour company says men are treated ?like an alpha-male wolf having the sheep brought in? (The picture above is a real company listing) .

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U.S. roads and bridges paid for by American taxpayers are being sold to companies abroad. Selling roads and bridges to private companies provides states with extra cash in the short term, but as Indiana's House Democratic leader has argued, these deals are shortsighted taxpayer rip-offs that funnel long-term profits to foreign coffers. (h/t AmericaBlog)

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