Fourteen Chinese dissidents and the Chinese Communist Party have finally agreed on something: Liu Xiaobo should not get the Nobel Peace Prize. While Chinese authorities have found his pro-democracy work worthy of 11 years of prison time and have made it clear to Norway that his victory would not be in its best interests, a group of overseas Chinese dissidents found Liu to be "unsuitable" for the award because they believed he has not adopted a strong enough line against the ruling Communist Party:
In a letter, the signatories accused Mr. Liu...of maligning fellow activists, abandoning persecuted members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement and going soft on China's leaders.
"His open praise in the last 20 years for the Chinese Communist Party, which has never stopped trampling on human rights, has been extremely misleading and influential," they wrote.
Chinese dissidents against Chinese dissidents? The New York Times accurately notes that the letter is symptomatic of the Chinese dissident community throughout the world, a "fractured group beset by squabbling and competing claims of anti-authoritarian righteousness." Well, it wouldn't be the first time exiled dissidents haven't gotten along.
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A guerrilla artist, using a trick popularized by grafitti-artist Banksy, placed portraits of the taoiseach in the Royal Hibernian and National Galleries. In one, he's holding his underwear; in the other, he's in the loo. In both, he's nude, though depicted in classically chaste poses.
Irish police immediately confiscated the paintings and announced a public search for the offending, offensive artist -- although it's unclear that he or she committed any crime at all. Except against good taste, perhaps.
With three weeks to go until the G20 Summit, the British government is assiduously preparing to host the world's leaders. It's beefing up security. It's passing out press credentials. And, like any shrewd party host, as shown by a memo obtained by the Financial Times, it's naming the in-crowd.
The document solicits bids from public relations firms, asking them to help create "moments of drama for the media" around the Summit. In a section entitled "Target Audiences," it splits the G20 countries into "tier one" and "tier two," spelling out who's worth some extra attention.
Early indications suggest that the following are our priority countries and will be the focus of intensive diplomatic lobbying and engagement:
- US, Japan, France, Germany (key G8 countries) and Italy (as next G8 President)
- China, India
- South Africa (as the only African nation)
- South Korea (as the Chair of the G20 after the UK)
- Brazil (as the main South American nation)
- Saudi Arabia (as the only Middle East nation)
Tier 2 countries include other G20 members, non G20 countries, regional groups and developing countries.
Who falls into "tier two"? Russia, Australia, Argentina, Mexico, Indonesia, Turkey, and Canada.
A Tory spokesman immediately responded:
"The downgrading of some participants before they have even set foot in London sends completely the wrong message. In particular it is wrong for Commonwealth countries such as Australia and Canada to be put into the so-called second tier. So too are some of the world's developing countries whose people will potentially be among those hardest hit by the global crisis."
Looks like its Gordon Brown's turn to be called an ungracious host.
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Bertie Ahern: The Taoiseach (PM of Ireland) is victorious despite a series of scandals.
Fred Thompson: Whetting the right's appetite.
Saudi-bound plane passengers: Spared a real-life "Snakes on a Plane" experience after 700 serpents are confiscated from the carry-on bag of an Egyptian en route to Saudi Arabia.
Democrats: Will have hell to pay with the left after Congress passes a war funding bill sans withdrawal timetable.
Lebanon: A Sunni militant group tries to radicalize Palestinians living in squalor in Nahr el-Bared, a refugee camp in northern Lebanon.
Bangladesh: UAE will accept more Bangladeshi workers.
Nilofar Bakhtiar: Pakistan's tourism czar forced to resign for hugging para-jumper instructor.
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Australian farmers: It finally rains.
Illegal immigrants: Amnesty (or something like it) on the way.
Protectionists: Doha going nowhere.
The Japanese economy: Enjoying a record current account surplus.
Odyssey Marine Exploration: Struggling treasure hunters hit $500 million jackpot.
Team Landis: Tries to blackmail Greg LeMond.
World Bank reformers: United States moving to install Wolfowitz replacement ASAP.
Al Qaeda of North Africa: Algerian elections go off with nary a peep.
Gordon Brown: Long-suffering, dandruff-prone UK treasurer prepares to succeed Tony Blair as the head of Labour and Britain.
Vietnamese stocks: So hot right now.
Michael Moore: U.S. Treasury stupidly publicizes the perennial blowhard's latest stunt, which involves schlepping sick 9/11 rescuers to Cuba.
Timor-Leste: What better way to end the violence than to elect a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize?
Iran doves: So much for engagement, eh?
Japanese vending machines: Vital source of panties threatened by crackdown in Colombia.
Poland: Pootie-Poot scuppers Polish hopes bring Kazakh oil around, not through, Russia.
Stephen F. Hawking: Paralyzed physicist does flips in zero gravity.
Britney Spears: Much better!
Environmentalists: Earth Day overshadowed by ... another Earth.
George Tenet: Didn't anyone tell the former CIA director that whiny, self-serving memoirs are unbecoming?
Nigeria: Fraudulent elections mar the democratic progress of Africa's most populous country.
Knut: Ball of fuzz defiant after receiving death threat, rolls around in adorable fashion.
Lebanese plastic surgeons: Lebanese bank offers "plastic surgery loans" in famously image-conscious nation, where demand for cosmetic enhancement has increased 20 percent since last year.
British travelers: A pound'll buy you two bucks.
Chan Chun Chuen: Property investor and feng shui advisor inherits $4.2 billion from Hong Kong's richest woman.
Daquiri drinkers: Fruity drinks are good for you.
The Böög: Swiss cotton snowman goes up in flames, gets slammed by weather experts.
Bollywood fans: "Wedding of the century" between megastars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan crashed by love-struck, wrist-slashing starlet.
Debbie Schlussel: B-list pundit guesses wrongly that the Virginia Tech shooter was from Pakistan. It goes downhill from there.
Yahoo! Sued by a Chinese political prisoner for allegedly ratting him out to the Chinese government.
Crackberry addicts: Nearly two days of Blackberry outages give North American users the DTs.
Fidel Castro: Healthy again.
Lesbians: Synthetic sperm cells derived from a woman's bone marrow tissue could make male participation irrelevant for women who wish to conceive.
Iraqi chauvinism: The Islamic Army in Iraq, a Sunni nationalist group, splits with al Qaeda.
Lost expats: Beijing corrects lousy English translations of 6,500 street signs.
Don Imus: Fired twice in two days for his comments about Rutgers' women's basketball team.
The Emerald City: The most fortified four square miles in Iraq appear more penetrable than anyone could've imagined.
Vonnegut fans: Lose a great one.
Algeria: Back to the bad old 90s?
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Orchestrates the release of the 15 British soldiers with cynical aplomb.
French pride: TGV train smashes the speed record for conventional rail trains, whipping by at 574.8km/h (356mph).
Alexandra Hai: Becomes Venice's first female gondolier after a 10-year battle.
Observant Jews: Kosher foods getting cheaper as China ramps up production.
Bashar al-Assad: Basks in Nancy Pelosi's pratfall in Damascus.
Tony Blair: Gets schooled in public relations by a five-foot-two crazy man.
Virtual gamblers: FBI sniffs around the cyber-gambling dens and parlors of Second Life.
Venezuelans: No booze for Easter.
Swedish millionaires: Get a big tax cut.
China: Strikes oil for the first time in years.
Russian democracy: Putin rejects a proposal to change the constitution to allow a third term.
George Costanza: Fictional character gets his own foreign policy doctrine.
Northern Ireland: Rival leaders learn to share.
Iran: Gives wrong coordinates while accusing Brits of straying into Iranian waters.
U.N. Human Rights Council: Proves itself once and for all to be worse than useless.
Sting: Bono named Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his work on poverty, making him outrank the former Police singer.
MC Rove: The White House advisor may be in hot water, but there's still no reason to jump up and down about it.
Berlin Zoo: Even Stephen Colbert loves little Knut, the zoo's abandoned baby polar bear.
UFO buffs: France opens its files of extraterrestrial sitings from the past 50 years.
Global advertising: Snickers wins the day with the best ad all year—shot in Jeddah, animated in Amsterdam, and all to the beat of a Kuwaiti hip-hop song. Why can't Super Bowl ads be more like this?
Robert Mugabe: You know he's truly lost it when inviting Angolan ninjas to restore order in Zimbabwe seems like a good idea.
Old feuds: Is the decades-old spat between literary giants Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel García Márquez coming to an end?
Italy: Convinces the Afghan government to swap five imprisoned Taliban fighters for an Italian journalist held hostage in southern Afghanistan. (Because that's the message you want to send to militants.)
Preemptive political reports: Reuters, the Washington Post, and the Politico all jump the gun and get it wrong, reporting yesterday that John Edwards would suspend his campaign.
David Petraeus: Eats sweets in war-torn Ramadi; the press swoons.
AIPAC: Leads the fight to kill a Congressional bill constraining the U.S. president from taking military action on Iran.
Rudy Giuliani: News that the Republican presidential candidate's law firm lobbied for Hugo Chávez's oil company hits in February 2007, not February 2008.
Polish thongmakers: Go from cottage industry to global business.
Alberto Gonzales: For obvious reasons.
Bangalore's strays: The southern Indian city captured 2,000 canines and killed 200 in the past week after two children were recently killed by stray dogs.
U.S. productivity: Down the tubes as March Madness begins.
Dinesh D'Souza: If the National Review doesn't like his book, who will?
India's 36 billionaires: Leave the rest of the region in the dust.
Aromatherapists: New sleep study hands quacks a new, legitimate line of business on a silver platter.
Robots: South Korean experts aim to protect them from abuse. (Don't laugh. Widespread adoption of a robot code of ethics may save humankind from a massive cyborg retaliation someday.)
Chinese scientists: The research money is raining down like a Shanghai monsoon.
Obsessive liberal bloggers: It was Fitzmas after all.
The Fourth Estate: But will the Libby verdict end the press's special privileges?
Newt: Former House Speaker finally admits to having an extramarital affair while leading the charge to impeach Bill Clinton for ... lying about an extramarital affair.
Saudi women: "A Saudi woman who was kidnapped at knifepoint, gang-raped and then beaten by her brother has been sentenced to 90 lashes -- for meeting a man who was not a relative, a newspaper reported on Monday." - AFP
Norway: Sued by ostracized Nazi offspring.
Gun-control advocates: Federal appeals court strikes DC handgun ban.
Moroccan prisoners: King Mohammed VI pardoned almost 9,000 inmates to celebrate the birth of his daughter, Princess Lalla Khadija.
Somalia: The first good news out of the country in a while: the UN predicts peace there for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, it will require 8,000 peacekeepers.
GooTube: Scores BBC content.
Stephen Hawking: Released from gravity.
The U.S. Army: Loses face and personnel over the Walter Reed mess.
Airbus: Downsizing makes unions mad.
Mañana: Peru's president launches anti-tardiness campaign.
State of the onion: The price of the tear-inducing bulb has recently skyrocketed 500% in India, and irate housewives are venting on talk radio.
Tokyo kids: No snow this winter for the first time in 131 years.
The American public: The AP's weeklong ban on Paris Hilton news has ended.
Ségolène Royal: She's back in business after a knockout TV performance.
David Geffen: After trashing Hillary to Maureen Dowd and starting the first Obama-Clinton brawl, the leader of the Hollywood-political complex has become the early arbiter of the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
Chimps: Today, it's simple hunting spears. Tomorrow, WMDs?
Nintendo: The Wii is crushing the competition.
Indian drug companies: Expect a spike in demand for generic drugs from India after Britain's Office of Fair Trading chastized the National Health Service for relying on expensive name brand drugs.
Islam: Michael Jackson may convert.
Cluster bomb makers: Forty-six countries call for a 2008 treaty to ban cluster munitions.
Italian stability: Prodi's left-wing coalition can't hold it together, rankling investors.
Iran: Will likely fail to meet goals of enrichment program; still getting slammed by the IAEA.
China: The hero of the six-party talks.
Jack Bauer: The military's alleged emulation of the 24 hero's torture tactics is the highest form of flattery. Right?
Nicolas Sarkozy: Ségolène sinking fast.
Danish cartoonists: Prosecutors ask that all charges against Charlie Hedbo—the French journalist sued for republishing the notorious Danish cartoons of Mohammed—be dropped.
Ralph Fiennes: En route to Mumbai to spread the good word about safe sex, becomes a lifetime member of the Mile High Club.
Hillary Clinton: Gets deleted.
The surge: U.S. House of Representatives condemns it.
Chrysler: On Valentine's Day, Daimler tells its U.S. car division: It's not me, it's you.
Anna Nicole Smith's baby: Becomes a football.
NASA: The Lisa Nowak bizarre love triangle makes being an astronaut doubly sexy.
Frenchmen: The introduction of a line of male pantyhose, in a "thick, mannish knit," has answered many a prayer.
Harvard: After 371 years, the Board of Overseers picks Drew Gilpin Faust as the university's first female president.
Ganges dolphins: A Japanese acoustic tracking device may save the endangered cetaceans, one of only four dolphin species that inhabit rivers and lakes.
Reagan's ghost: Not only was February 6 the Gipper's birthday, but now residents of a Polish city are demanding that a statue of the former U.S. president replace a Soviet monument, in a plaza to be renamed "Ronald Reagan Freedom Square," no less.
Iranian peaceniks: Iran takes it up a notch, as a top cleric insists on state radio that the United States is within his country's "firing range."
Chinese spitters: Beijing is training residents to be on their best behavior for the 2008 Olympics, so anyone expectorating in public can expect a fine of 50 yuan ($6.50).
Indian consumers: Serious inflation—affecting everything from the price of lentils to apartment rents—threatens India's economic boom.
Godless communism: 300 million Chinese identify as religious, according to the first major survey of religious belief in China—triple the official number.
Caribbean wackiness: Anna Nicole Smith, former unwelcome Bahamas resident, passes away.
William Zabka: Bad guy "Johnny" from The Karate Kid makes a comeback on YouTube.
Al Gore: Global warming is big news, and now the unlikely matinée idol of An Inconvenient Truth gets nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Taliban: Back and stronger than ever in southern Afghanistan.
Heat-tolerant Belgian cyclists: Wilfried Cretskens wins the sixth annual Tour of Qatar.
Hugo Chávez: Just days after winning the power to rule by decree, the "non-dictator" announced plans to nationalize all oil projects in the country by May 1.
Palestinian unity: Eleven Palestinians die in Gaza as another Hamas-Fatah ceasefire crumbles.
British childhood innocence: Harry Potter, erotic star of the stage?
AEI: Washington think tank busted for offering 10 Gs to anyone willing to cast doubt on global warming.
Tony Blair: The cash-for-peerages scandal threatens to bring him down, er, sooner.
Maher Arar: The Canadian government awarded $8.9 million in compensation to the evidently innocent man who had been deported by the U.S. to Syria and subsequently tortured.
Hollywood: La-la Land finds itself at the center of Democratic attention.
Trevor Ncube: The prominent Zimbabwean publisher and government critic got his passport restored.
James Webb: A year ago, he was a Republican. Now he's getting rave reviews from Democrats for his rebuttal to President Bush’s State of the Union address.
Pandas: They've gotten so prolific that China's zookeepers need help coming up with names.
Ford Motor Company: $12.7 billion? Damn, that’s a lot of red ink.
Iranian Arabs: Four executed for terrorism after what Amnesty International says were unfair trials.
Lebanon: The fractious politics of Beirut have begun to slide into civil violence on the streets once again.
The ".um" Domain Name: No one was using it.
Vietnamese soccer players: How do you say Black Sox in Vietnamese?
China’s missile program: Stuns the world with its successful test of an anti-satellite weapon.
Mahmoud Abbas: Israel comes through on its delivery of $100 mil for the beleaguered PA leader on the eve of talks with Hamas.
Global golden globes: Mexican director wins best picture. Brit wins twice for portraying Elizabeths I and II. American wins for playing African dictator. And don't forget Borat.
Poor Mexicans: Faced with public outrage over the soaring price of tortillas, Calderon abandons his laissez-faire background and puts a cap on the price of corn products.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Gets slapped by Supeme Leader Khamenei's newspaper for being a loose cannon on nukes.
The Egyptian parliament: Who wants to see this MP (at left) do a striptease on the chamber floor?
Turkish modernity: Prominent Turkish editor who wrote of Armenian genocide is gunned down in broad daylight.
Oil producers: For the first time in 20 years, oil consumption dropped last year in developed countries. Even worse, the feds are taking $15 billion of your money and investing it in renewable technologies. Ouch.
Angela Merkel: No touchy-touchy in her meeting with Bush yesterday.
Xunlei: The Chinese downloading service inks a deal with Google. Let the renminbi roll in!
Government reformers: The new House ethics rules are more than window dressing. But did they have to take away the free tickets to 'Skins games?
Ethiopia: The speed of their victory over the Islamists in Somalia stunned the world. But if they don't get out of there soon, they could wind up in the loser column one of these weeks.
Russian workers: They don't come back from their extended New Year's break until next Tuesday.
Cancer: Johns Hopkins researchers say they've found the cure. The secret? "A designer molecule made of sugars and fatty acids."
Democracy scholars: Seymour Lipset, the Hoover Institution scholar who made enormous contributions to the understanding of how democracies develop, has died.
Linton Brooks: The U.S. nuclear weapons czar was fired after a series of embarrassing security breaches at Los Alamos.
Felipe Calderon: Mexico's president can't travel without a note from mom.
Lt. Gen. David Petraeus: Inherits General Casey's nightmare to become the Creighton Abrams of the Iraq War.
Rwandans: Finally, something good happens in that country. An American millionaire promises to bring 8 million Rwandans free Internet.
Steve Jobs: Apple clears him of wrongdoing in Optionsgate.
Boeing: The company's cargo plane business is saving their butts and putting Airbus to shame.
Gerald Ford: Sure, he died this week, but not before surpassing Ronald Reagan as the oldest ex-president. His reputation soared as commentators remembered him fondly.
The French: So far, no terrorist attacks despite the high alert level.
Venezuelan television viewers: Hugo Chavez shut down the country's second-largest TV station, a hotbed of opposition activity.
One unhappy German tourist: A typo nearly sent him to Sidney, Montana rather than Sydney, Australia. Wearing shorts and a T-shirt, he almost hopped on a puddle-jumper in Portland, Oregon before realizing his mistake.
Saddam Hussein: He may hang tonight.
The Shia: A top Sunni cleric in Saudi Arabia declares them infidels during the Hajj as sectarianism roils the Middle East. "By and large, rejectionists (Shiites) are the most evil sect of the nation and they have all the ingredients of the infidels," Sheikh Abdul Rahman al-Barak says on his website.
Richard Branson: The U.K. billionaire's latest airline venture, Virgin America, must be at least 75% American-owned in order to get a license.
"El coco": Courageous Cuban journalist Guillermo Fariñas wins 2006 cyber-freedom prize from Reporters Without Borders.
Wii owners: Those lucky enough to get their hands on the gaming device found that the strap on the controller wasn't sturdy enough to withstand their enthusiasm. Now Nintendo is promising to replace 3.2 million straps with hardier ones.
Namibia: The new face of Hollywood's Wild West.
Two dolphins in China: The world's tallest man reached into their guts and saved them from choking to death.
Chinese dolphins: Yangtze river dolphins are "functionally" extinct. Pollution killed them.
Belgian jokesters: The Belgian revolution was televised by a state-run channel, but it was a prank. Belgians and foreign embassies were not amused.
Prince Turki: The Saudi ambassador to the United States quit suddenly this week in a huff, furious at getting out-maneuvered by his main rival.
<-- This guy: How long did it take film director Michel Gondry to learn how to solve a Rubik's cube in under two minutes... using only his feet?
Michael Crichton: One of the world's last prominent global warming skeptics proves he's also a big jerk.
Norwegian strippers: Stripping is an art form, says a top Norwegian appeals court.
Bill Frist: Harry Reid is a former boxer, so the outgoing Senate majority leader lucked out when he was hugged, not slugged on his exit from the Senate.
Bob Gates: The hearings were a love fest. But now you have to deliver, Mr. Secretary.
Nancy Pelosi's lungs: Smoke 'em while you still can, boys. You're in Nancy's world now.
Indian men: The international spec. for condoms is too big for most of them.
The poor: A World Bank assessment report says it fails to lift tens of millions out of poverty.
Iraq Study Group: The problem with taking nine months—you're likely to be overtaken by events.
Gunter Verheugen: German paparazzi caught the EU "enlargement commissioner" naked on a beach with his chief of staff ... after he denied he was having an affair with her.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: The Iranian Prez is in hot water at home for enjoying himself too much while watching Indian and Egyptian hotties at the Asian Games.
Gay couples in South Africa: In a landmark law taking effect today, South Africa becomes the first African country to allow gay marriages.
Latin leftists: Rafael Correa wins in Ecuador, and his "personal friend" Hugo Chávez looks set to win another term in Venezuela's election this Sunday.
AIDS patients: Thailand moves forward with production of generic retroviral drugs, and Bill Clinton's foundation strikes a deal with Indian drug makers to slash the price of more than a dozen pediatric AIDS medicines.
Toyota: Tops Ford's auto sales in the U.S. market.
Russian Forbes: The magazine's December issue was pulled from newsstands this week after its cover subject, the wife of Moscow's mayor, complained about her profile, leading the editor in chief to quit in protest. The German licensing company responsible for the decision to pull has since reconsidered.
American history: The U.S. citizenship test for immigrants drops questions about the nation's history in favor of queries about the nature of democracy.
Somalia: Suicide blasts moves the country closer to the brink of civil war.
U.N. peacekeepers: The U.N. will hold a conference on Monday to discuss allegations that children in Haiti and Liberia have been victims of rape and prostitution by U.N. peacekeepers.
Online retailers: "Cyber Monday" is expected to trump today, also known as "Black Friday," the traditional king of Christmas shopping days.
Asian trade: China and India vow to double trade by 2010, and the region's stock markets are hitting record highs.
The American public: O.J. Simpson's book and TV special, detailing how he "might" have murdered his ex-wife and her friend, are cancelled.
Chen Shui-Bian: Taiwan's president survives yet another opposition bid to oust him from office for a corruption scandal.
Putin: Poisoned former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko issues a statement just before dying, accusing Putin of "barbaric and ruthless" murder.
Syria's Bashar al-Assad and Hezbollah: Heaped with scorn as hundreds of thousands rally in Beirut to mourn assassinated Lebanese Minister Pierre Gemayel.
Iranian soccer fans: FIFA suspends the Islamic Republic from international competition because of "government meddling."
Ségolène Royal: The sexy Socialist looks set to become the next (and first female) president of France.
Al Jazeera International: It has finally hit the airwaves. And with 80 million viewers on the first day, it promises to give CNN and the BBC a run for their money.
Bond fans: The wait was long and hard, but the new film is finally a good one.
Sony: Gamers are willing to shell out $500 and camp outside stores for days - even get shot by robbers - in order to get their hands on the new Playstation 3.
Iraq's Sunni minority: In more signs of the downward spiral, the government issues a warrant for the arrest of one of the country's top Sunni clerics.
Catholic reformers: Benedict XVI isn't about to let celibacy for clergy go the way of Latin masses under his watch.
Residents of Bracciano, Italy: TomKat has arrived. The paparazzi nightmare begins.
North Korean fat cats: Japan cuts off North Korean officials' flow of caviar, cars, booze, and baubles.
Tonga: Eighty percent of the buildings in the capital's business district have been torched. And no one outside of Tonga notices.
Bush I team: Another member of the First Dad's government comes back to clean up Bush II's mess.
Iraq Study Group: The Baker-Hamilton commission is devising a new course for the U.S. in Iraq. No one knows what they'll say, and yet their words are already being greeted as gospel on both sides of the aisle.
Daniel Ortega: Elected the next president of Nicaragua. Even Oliver North's campaigning couldn't stop him.
Vietnam: Number 150 at the WTO.
U.S. Independents: The new must-have swing voters. They can expect to be inundated with direct mail and robo-calls for the next two years.
John Bolton: Looks like he's headed for unemployment.
Turkey: EU divisions over the country's accession could derail membership talks.
Gay Jews: A controversial gay-pride parade manages to proceed in Jerusalem, though the outcry from ultra-orthodox Jews is loud and clear. The 4,000 marchers had to be protected by 3,000 police.
Conspiracy theorists: With partisan rancor at a new high and fears of chaos on election day, expect any surprising results to be met with angry shouts of "FRAUD."
Tennessee couch potatoes: Between Aug. 1 and Oct. 15, local TV ran 12,007 ads by Senate candidates Bob Corker and 7,239 by Harold Ford.
John Kerry: Just in case anyone needed reminding of why he lost.
Georgian pensioners: Gazprom plans to double gas prices next year.
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