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On Tuesday, producers and fans of "Sesame Street" marked the 40th birthday of the super-popular children's program -- the most researched show in TV history -- in New York City. Big Bird and friends were on hand for the festivities, of course.

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Paul Craig Roberts, who was assistant secretary of the treasury during Ronald Reagan's presidency, sees the Georgia-Russia conflict differently than the Bush administration does: "Americans themselves have nothing to gain," Roberts said Friday; "What is operating is the dangerous ideology of the American neoconservatives whose goal is to assert American hegemony over the entire world."

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When point-blanked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer about how he would handle the current situation in Pakistan, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul blasted US alignment with "military dictator" Pervez Musharraf and accused Washington of fostering unrest among anti-U factions in Pakistan by setting up a "puppet government" Rep Paul was on Thursday's "Situation Room" .

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