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Media briefs: Tele fear … Totaro takes UK … new Block revealed …

Planet Hillary, scaremongering and more media tidbits.

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Media briefs: Rundle on Hendo and Keith … Time for Hillary …

The irrelevance of Gerard Henderson, Time is ready for Hillary to announce, and other media snippets of the day.

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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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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer gives the ABC a fail for its Sunday news sense. Plus other political views noted along the way.

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Media briefs: Sunday Mail ed sacked … dodgy cyber stats … bumper watch …

Sunday Mail ed’s brutal sacking. The editor of Adelaide’s The Sunday Mail, Megan Lloyd, has been removed from the job by News Limited’s Sydney bosses after 25 years with the company. Crikey understands Lloyd was given the heave-ho on Wednesday night and was not offered another position in the company – a development that has […]

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Mapping a reminiscent non-war in Africa

Trouble in Mali has US and UK forces on alert join a new front in the war on terror. But those rushing to chase al-Qaeda and offshoots in Africa should know the history and complexity.

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Clinton’s star power shone through as Obama’s ambassador

Hillary Clinton has proved herself one of the most successful secretaries of state the US government has ever seen. Will she make a tilt for the presidency? Keep an eye on her actions …

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After shaky start, 2012 a triumph for feminism

Despite all the claims that feminism is dead, 2012 proved a landmark year for women around the world — from Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech to Hillary Clinton. Is social media facilitating a new wave of feminism?

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Why it has to be Hillary (but it shouldn’t be)

The prospect of Hillary Clinton running for US president in 2016 is delicious to many Democrats. Which isn’t to say it’s the best idea for a post-Barack Obama era.

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Defence spending: the most expensive ‘free ride’ in history

Australia is not “free-riding” on the US. Instead, we’re doing what everyone else, including the US itself, is doing and cutting unnecessary expenditure. Only US contractors lose.

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Tips and rumours

So, what about the 2016 presidential race? … no papers for Griffith … alcohol and a charity auction don’t mix …

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Gillard takes Pacific shopping list to regional forum

Australia is taking a substantial diplomatic shopping list to the Pacific Islands Forum, as the region is briefly catapulted into the limelight.

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‘Softly-softly’ policy on Vietnam sparks debate

A visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Vietnam on July 10 has drawn a stark contrast to Australia’s “softly softly” approach on Vietnamese human rights.

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Chelsea stops denying she’s a Clinton

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Hillary and Bill, recently accepted a job as a NBC reporter. It’s the latest step in her move to a more public life, says Amy Chozick in this fascinating NY Times profile.

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Cyberspace freedom … except where they upset the copyright industry

The Obama Administration’s Cyberspace strategy places heavy emphasis on freedom, but in practice it’s only as much freedom as the copyright industry wants

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Photoshopping the news … send in the clones

The camera may never lie, but Photoshop can tell some outrageous porkies.

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Clinton gets photoshopped out of history

The iconic image of the White House Situation Room during the Osama bin Laden raid appeared in Hasidic newspaper Der Tzitung but Hillary Clinton, who was holding her hand over her mouth in horror, had been removed.

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America wrestles its conscience post-bin Laden

Hillary Clinton stood shoulder to shoulder with Kevin Rudd earlier today in Washington, two life-long opponents of the death penalty, praising the extra-judicial killing of an unarmed man. But it changes everything when it’s Osama bin Laden.

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So long, farewell, or maybe another president Clinton?

Hillary Clinton has announced she will not stand for a second term as Secretary of State, and The Atlantic notes the four clear reactions to the news: sadness, scepticism, speculation or succession.

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When governments know less than their citizens

The traditional asymmetry of information between people and their governments has been upended in recent months. It’s unlikely to ever be restored.

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Egypt: Mubarak’s hair-brained promises just a comb-over

If Mubarak’s war on his own people widens, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will have to consider what role they played, however indirectly, in encouraging it with their inept and slow-witted response.

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All the single ladies …

Women in politics — a series of headlines.

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Lebanon’s status still a regional conflict fault line

Lebanon’s political crisis is set to deepen as the UN prosecutor’s findings into the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri were filed on Monday, writes freelance political writer Antoun Issa.

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Ted’s still firing on law and order

It is clearly hard to get out of that election mode when posturing about tough on law and order is seen by politicians as a pre-requisite for success.

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The Canberra Cables

This will not be end of Kevin Rudd’s starring role in the WikiLeaks Canberra cables, writes Luke Miller.

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