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Kevin Rudd, Australia's new prime minister, combines iron discipline with a puckish sense of humor, political toughness with a reflective spiritual side, and a youthful disposition with an old pro's skill at divining where a majority lies.

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While we Americans were gorging ourselves on turkey and dressing, Australians were busy voting out their Prime Minister John Howard, who has been one of President Bush's closest allies. His successor, Kevin Rudd, has pledged to sign the Kyoto climate treaty, withdraw from Iraq and apologize to aborigines for Australia's past abuses.

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One of George Bush's staunchest allies in the war is facing stiff competition at home. Australian Prime Minister John Howard is currently losing in the polls to a dynamic opponent in a political battle that could foreshadow the American election.

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Australian Prime Minister John Howard is hurting politically, and so he has despicably turned against the vulnerable, arguing recently that Australia should have a blanket ban against HIV-positive immigrants.

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The Democratic chairman, speaking on Pat Robertson's network, said that the Dems' platform declares "marriage is between a man and a woman"--when, in fact, it doesn't. Gay rights groups are angry. Update: Pat Robertson, by the say, said that God told him that America would be hit by tsunamis in 2006. OK, Dean misspoke, but what a sad commentary that he was having a serious conversation with a delusional hate-monger like Robertson, anyway.

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