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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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A weekend with Hillary

Crikey Media Wrap: Barack Obama may have twice canceled his plans to visit Australia, but on the weekend America’s most powerful woman - Hillary Clinton - satisfied the nation’s craving for a good whack of high profile American political celebrity.

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New York Times | LINKS|

Scramble to save Middle East peace talks

Despite the US proudly launching peace talks with Palestinian and Israeli leaders just a month ago, no resolution could be reached before the end of Israel’s freeze on West Bank settlement construction. What will Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas do now?

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The Australian | FEDERAL|

Sheridan: Obama gives Rudd the fist bump of approval

He might not be PM, but Washington is pretty happy with Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd leading the “special relationship” between the US and Oz. Rudd even lucked out on a private meeting with Obama at the White House, reports Greg Sheridan.

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Christian Science Monitor | LINKS|

Still no peace in sight for Israel-Palestine

Only a fortnight remains of Israel’s settlement freeze, but despite days of intense peace talks brokered by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, no resolution was reached.

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The Atlantic Wire | LINKS|

Should Sudan split?

The split of Sudan into two different states is inevitable, says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But should the US encourage the divisions? Atlantic Wire examines the different coverage.

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The Daily Beast | LINKS|

Why Clinton is better than Obama

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made the best speech of the entire Obama administration last week, when she spoke of “a new American moment”. She would have made a far better president, argues Tunku Varadarajan.

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Financial Times | LINKS|

US and Turkey no longer pals?

Turkey — along with Brazil — voted no for tougher sanctions against Iran by the UN, but the sanctions were passed. Is it the relationship between the US and Turkey — long-term allies — now tarnished?

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Slate | LINKS|

Ministry of Truth: do you remember when Obama and Ahmadinejad shook hands?

Slate conduct an interesting experiment, doctoring photos to change historical political events and then seeing how readers’ memories measure up. Orwell’s 1984 suddenly seems a little closer to home.

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Foreign Policy | THE REST|

What gets a coup a thumbs up from the US?

When a political coup occurs in a foreign land, why do some get instant US approval while others are refused recognition? Joshua Keating explains how the US deals with overseas military coups and multiple leaders claiming legitimacy.

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The Guardian | EUROPE|

Hillary Clinton: One step closer to a nuclear-free world

The new US-Russia nuclear treaty means world is now not only a safer place, it has sent a clear “up yours” to Iran and North Korea, writes US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Salon | UNITED STATES|

PHOTO GALLERY: It passed! Behind the scenes of the US health care bill

Judging by this joyful photo gallery showing Jesse Jackson Jnr snapping pics of demonstrators on his mobile and Hillary Clinton giving Barack Obama a giant hug, the Democrats were pretty excited that the US health reform bill passed.

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Economist | THE REST|

Is the US and Israel love affair about to break up?

The relationship between Israel and the US is at crisis point, says The Economist, with Barack Obama becoming increasingly fed up after Israel’s announcement of 1600 new houses to be built in Palestinian Jerusalem.

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Boston Globe | BOOKS|

How much dough can you make off a political memoir?

Sarah Palin’s made millions from Going Rogue and Bill Clinton got a US$15m advance for his memoir. Boston Globe examines just how many big ones penning a political book can bring US pollies — doubtful that Battlelines brought in that much.

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