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Rundle: US Senate race a parade of male centrefolds and batshit Tea Partiers

Ahead of the US midterms, the Democrats vital signs are ebbing in some key states.

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Rundle: dispatches from Hawaii, where Obama’s legacy hangs in the balance

Crikey’s writer-at-large is in Obama’s home state, surveying the Democrats’ chances of holding onto anything of their legacy. He is most certainly not sitting in a luau bar and contemplating surfing.

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Rundle: embracing Islamists abroad while fomenting terrorism at home

The global making and breaking of alliances in the fight against the Islamic State is an incoherent mess. Likewise our own government’s self-serving response to the matter.

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Abbott, the nervy pugilist who may or may not have taken us to war

Tony Abbott’s eagerness to get involved in the “war” against Islamic State obscures how little we know what we’re doing in Iraq, or with whom we’re doing it.

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Who benefits from the return to Iraq?

The inconsistencies in the case for intervention in Iraq demonstrate how the US and Australia are struggling to see where their real national interests lie.

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iSentia index: Victorian Parliament stumbles on while Abbott stays in the limelight

The Prime Minister’s overseas trip took the attention off the budget, at least for a little while.

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Iraq insurgency revives shuffling zombie neocon army

The chaos in Iraq is another chance for neoconservatives to push for Western intervention — a course that will again make us less safe from terrorism.

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Abbott and Harper renew a blinkered coalition of denialism

Tony Abbott’s efforts to stymie international action on climate change ignores how central climate change is becoming to economic and security issues.

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Obama coughs up the solution to coal pollution

The US President is switching the conversation on climate change over to human health. Doctors George Crisp and David Shearman say he’s on to something.

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The increasingly demented Right can’t stop Obama

Barack Obama’s latest declaration on climate change is the third in a highly successful three-pronged domestic policy agenda. And that drives the Republican establishment — and their lunatic Tea Party cousins — nuts.

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Obama changes the conversation on climate change

Barack Obama is framing the need to act on carbon pollution as being about human health — preventing asthma, heart attacks etc. Might that work here?

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Media briefs: Bolt v ABC twit … Obama’s web skit …

ABC journo quits Twitter after Bolt slap … A leading woman at The New York Times … Barack Obama slaps Zach Galifianakis …

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Media briefs: Planet Janet speaks … People axed … dancing cop …

Neocon Janet Albrechtsen has helpfully drafted President Barack Obama’s state of the union speech for him — by telling him to do exactly what he’s doing. Plus other media tidbits.

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Get Fact: is marijuana no more dangerous than alcohol?

US President Barack Obama has said marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol. Crikey intern David Ross takes a look at the figures in Australia to see if that’s true.

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Saville’s Shout: a tour of Sydney’s art and music gigs

Sydney is chockers with music, art and dance this January. Crikey hits up some of the shows — but finds we just can’t learn to love jazz.

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Fallout spreads from Obama’s surveillance state

The National Security Agency is inflicting damage on both US businesses and US foreign policy as the extent of global surveillance becomes apparent.

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In the game of chicken, we have a winner

Conceding “there are no winners” in the debt ceiling standoff was just modesty from US President Barack Obama. The Republicans lost this one. Big time.

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Switch on the panda camera, Boehner pumps for a backdown

After more argy-bargy in Congress, a deal to pull the US back from the financial brink has been done. Most are calling this a victory for Democrats, writes American reporter Andrew Murfett.

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Crikey Clarifier: what would happen if the US defaults?

US Republicans have edged a little closer to a deal with Barack Obama on the government shutdown and raising the debt ceiling. But what if that can’t meet the deadline? Crikey looks at the consequences.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits for Thursday

Are auditors obliged to be honest? New research shows they’re unlikely to bite the hand that feeds.

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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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When the clock strikes 12, US will bring down the world economy

Nobody is blinking in Washington, with Republicans hostage to the Tea Party and Democrats refusing to budge. A shutdown of the US government is now likely, writes reporter Andrew Murfett stateside.

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US shutdown politics Cruzing to a Boehner

Pundits are taking the looming US shutdown as evidence of right-wing bubble thinking. Maybe, or maybe it’s a hard-right strategy to complete a final takeover of the Republican Party.

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Fed chief form guide: who will replace Ben Bernanke?

It’s perhaps the most important economic post in the world. But with a leading contender in the wings, why is Barack Obama delaying a decision on who’ll replace Ben Bernanke?

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