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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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New York Times | LINKS|

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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Failed Messiah | LINKS|

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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The Atlantic Wire | LINKS|

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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Rudd deserves points for confronting some brutal truths

The leaked conversation between Hillary Clinton and Kevin Rudd contradicts the perception that the former Australian prime minister was “soft” on China, writes Dr John Lee, a foreign policy fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies

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WikiLeaks cheat sheet: the most explosive stuff dropped so far

As news agencies throughout the world scramble to be the first to break the most scandalous, outrageous or bizarre cables, here are a few of the best so far, writes Crikey intern Alison Drew-Foster.

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Spectator (UK) | JOURNALISM|

Leigh Sales: Behind-the-scenes at my Hillary Clinton interview

ABC journo Leigh Sales spills the beans on meeting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her recent Australian visit, from making small-talk with Hillary about the security risks of kangaroos to her promise of a future one-on-one interview.

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Another vintage ‘let’s get Rudd’ story

Rudd’s not a gatecrasher, a DFAT source says. His enemies, and there are many, should get over him and let him get on with his job and his life.

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In the Asian century, Washington must still offer leadership

Experts tend to be relentless followers of academic fashion. Nowhere is this more apparent than talk about ‘the rise of China’ and the dilemma it creates for Australia, says Dr John Lee.

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The banks have become the robber barons

Crikey readers have their say.

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The Australian | FEDERAL|

Sheridan: Clinton was pussyfooting around on cap and trade

When Hillary Clinton spoke about America’s suspension of cap and trade legislation and how it had no implications for Australia, she was doing her best not to embarrass Julia Gillard rather than talking honestly, writes Greg Sheridan.

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The Age | LINKS|

Wright: Here comes Hillary, the 24/7 politician

Hillary Clinton’s weekend visit to Australia in which she smoothly segued between leaders, events and discussion points reminded her audiences that she is a true 21st century round-the-clock politician, and an impressive one at that, says Tony Wright

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