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Articles by Andrew Murfett

Super Bowl Sunday, an American circus like no other

Nothing unites America like the Super Bowl. But amid the New York glitz and TV advertising glamour, there’s a dark side to one of the world’s biggest sporting events.

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Consumers Target-ed: the US retail data-mining scandal

Hackers managed to steal data about millions of customers from retail giant Target at the tail end of last year, and the effects are still being felt. Are Americans about to get serious about personal financial security?

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Hollywood fad, or tobacco habits vapourised? The rise of e-cigarettes

Hollywood is hooked on e-cigarettes, and some health authorities in the United States believe they help people kick the tobacco habit. So why are they effectively banned in Australia?

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‘A political organisation that employs journos’: how Fox sets the agenda

A new book sheds light on how Roger Ailes and Fox News have created a culture of intense fear — and then capitalised on it. So what do we learn about News Corporation and Rupert Murdoch?

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A bridge too far? ‘America’s governor’ may have flattened prez hopes

Has Chris Christie blown it? The Next Republican President of the United States has been hit by humiliating political scandal and a nagging sense he’s simply not fit for the White House.

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At home with the Cheneys: Liz quits, Mary seethes, Dick mediates

Liz Cheney has quit her bid for the US Congress, leaving a gay sister still seething and her former vice-presidential father trying to heal rifts within the Republican Party.

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Would you like a raise with that?

The minimum wage in the United States is just $7.25 an hour. For a long time that has remained unchanged and undebated — but the workers are now rising up.

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The new drone war: Amazon and the online retail battle

Drones delivering books? A TV stunt on 60 Minutes is all part of a fierce retail war in the United States on “Cyber Monday”. The future of retailing is very weird indeed.

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America, a land largely free of pokies — but that’s changing

Unlike Australia, the United States has largely been sheltered from the pervasive gambling industry. But that’s changing, and Americans are asking if it’s for the worse.

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McCain’s ‘embarrassed’, but Tea Party has no shutdown shame

It was supposed to be about healthcare, but as the US government shutdown rolls on Republicans now want to talk about debt. Crikey reports from Florida where Obamacare has stalled.

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Shutdown standoff, ‘exasperated’ President v obstinate GOP

The stalemate in Washington continues, as President Barack Obama tries to wrangle obstinate Republicans. But the signs of government shutdown are few.

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After 9/11, they may take their purses but never their freedom

The United States has traded liberty for security, with a vast domestic spying program and unprecedented security measures. Does that mean the terrorists have won?

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When Americans wake up from the dream, there’s much to do on race

It’s been 50 years since Martin Luther King’s iconic speech, but the grim reality is that not much has changed for African-Americans since then.

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Rupert’s play of the day: the US sport to beat the pirates

It’s one of Rupert Murdoch’s biggest gambles: can his new sports network take on broadcasting giant ESPN? The future of the company’s TV business depends on it.

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