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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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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Public servants (particularly those in the Department of Health and Ageing) will be particularly nervous now that their expected restructure has not been announced. Plus other political snippets noted along the way.

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Russia may yet offer US a Syrian lifeline

The United States may have been given an opportunity to avoid military intervention in Syria while saving face. But will Bashar Al-Assad really play ball?

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Supposed superiority, or stop being such a smart-arse

Crikey readers have their say on Guy Rundle’s language, Obama’s supposed moral authority and why Crikey should stop being such a smartarse.

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How Australia should use the UN to lead on Syria

With the US poised to launch military action against Syria, can Australia’s UN Security Council presidency make a difference? Retired diplomat Bruce Haigh assesses the options.

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Compare and contrast — Syria vs Iraq

It’s over-simplistic to compare the situation in Syria with early 2000s Iraq — for starters, there is already conflict in Syria, writes Charles Richardson.

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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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Pause for thought on Syrian chemical attacks — and reprisals

There’s still no clear evidence on which group was responsible for a chemical attack in Syria. This lack of information makes Western intervention risky, argues Crikey’s foreign affairs writer.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Labor and the Coalition battle it out to be meaner to refugees as prices rise. Plus other political views noted along the way.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Maybe it’s time for the Libs to follow Labor’s example and undergo a leadership spill? Plus other political views noted along the way.

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Snapshots from an American dystopia

Barack Obama has created an absurdist dystopia in which any sense of the ridiculous is overwhelmed. From drone strikes to force-feeding hunger strikers and spying on its citizens, this is change you can’t believe in.

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Obama’s speech on gays in Africa a step forward for human rights

In Africa anti-gay measures have enjoyed covert support from Republicans, which is one of the reasons Obama’s speech to the Senegalese government this week is a major step forward, writes Charles Richardson.

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