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British PM accused of sowing religious strife with ‘Christian country’ remarks

Britain is a ‘plural society,’ and characterizing it as a Christian country ‘fosters alienation and division in our society,’ public figures urge David Cameron in letter

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The Stupid War on the Common Core

An unholy alliance between the Tea Party and the teachers’ unions threatens to derail the most promising education reform in decades.

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Baoding ready for Beijing overflow

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Baoding, a city just outside Beijing, in Hebei province will create 34 districts to absorb branches of institutes and companies based in the overcrowded capital, authorities say. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Senior party officials at start of trial of ‘mafia’ tycoon Liu Han in Xianning, Hubei

<!– google_ad_section_start –> More than 150 top Communist Party officials arrived in Xianning, Hubei province, yesterday to oversee the highly anticipated trial of Sichuan mining tycoon Liu Han for alleged mafia-style crimes. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Gray Shadows in DC Primary

Party affiliation and race are factors in Tuesday’s primary for D.C. mayor, but the biggest issue for voters is whether to support incumbent Vincent Gray in light of his shady “shadow campaign” investigation or to put their trust in an overly cautious Muriel Bowser.

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Do Lu Ping’s comments reveal Beijing’s hidden bottom line?

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The “carrot and stick” approach is common in negotiating and bargaining. It would not be exceptional for Beijing to use this tactic in its talks with Hong Kong’s pan-democrats on who may be eligible to run as the city’s leader in 2017, hopefully through universal suffrage. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Liberal academics push compromise 2017 plan

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The blueprint, spearheaded by the vice-chairman of the SynergyNet think tank, Dr Brian Fong Chi-hang, and Community Care Fund chairman Dr Law Chi-kwong, dispenses with public nomination, a point that radical pan-democrats consider is indispensable. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Politics is second to solving people’s problems: New People’s Party’s Judy Chan Ka-pui

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Four months ago, few in Hong Kong – not to mention the political arena – would have heard of the name Judy Chan Ka-pui. Yet, the New People’s Party freshman shot to fame in the small hours of March 24 when she defeated Democratic Party lawmaker Sin Chung-kai and People Power chairwoman Erica Yuen Mi-ming to win a Southern District Council by-election. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Far right National Front party poised for electoral breakthrough in France

<!– google_ad_section_start –> France on Sunday held a second round of voting in local elections that are set to result in a breakthrough by the far right and trigger a reshuffle of the beleaguered Socialist government. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Berlusconi’s latest political strategy: pet adoptions

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has unveiled a scheme to boost his flagging popularity: finding homes for hundreds of thousands of stray dogs and cats to win the hearts of animal lovers, media reports said Sunday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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China seizes $US14.5bn assets linked to ex-spy chief Zhou Yongkang – report

Gold, paintings and property confiscated, and 300 relatives and allies held or questioned in huge investigation into corruptionChinese authorities have seized assets worth at least 90bn yuan ($US14.5bn) from family members and associates of retired domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, who is at the centre of China’s biggest corruption scandal in more than six decades, two sources said. More than 300 of Zhou’s relatives, political allies, proteges and staff have also been taken into custody or questioned in the past four months, the sources told Reuters.

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Experimental therapy fails to cure blood pressure

An experimental therapy that was once hailed as a possible cure for people whose high blood pressure does not respond to medication, has been shown to be ineffective, a US study said Saturday. Known as renal denervation, the process involves inserting…

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Christian radio hosts: Michelle Obama is ‘Hitlerian’ for supporting local health centers

Christian radio hosts Matt Barber and Mat Staver took offense to First Lady Michelle Obama’s recent visit to a Florida clinic to promote the Affordable Care Act, likening it to Nazi rhetoric, Right Wing Watch reported on Friday. “This is evil,” Barber said on the duo’s show…

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Ex-Chris Christie staffer’s lawyer blasts ‘venomous,’ ‘sexist’ report by his lawyers

Bridget Kelly’s lawyer responds to internal Christie report (via NJ.com) Blasting the report commissioned by Gov. Chris Christie’s office as containing “venomous, gratuitous, and inappropriate sexist remarks” toward Bridget Anne Kelly, her lawyer fired back today against allegations that…

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India election: Congress manifesto pledges $1tn spending spree

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Rahul Gandhi promises job creation, health provision and pensions for all as rival BJP leader Narendra Modi heads for victoryIndia’s ruling Congress party has pledged to create millions of jobs for the poor, increase health spending, and revive the emerging power’s faltering economy in a last-ditch effort to stave off defeat at national elections.Unveiling his party’s manifesto for elections beginning 7 April, Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the country’s most famous political dynasty and the face of the Congress campaign for re-election, said $1tn (£600bn) would be spent on India’s inadequate infrastructure and a universal pension scheme created if his party was returned to power.

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Christie: GOP Picks Bad Candidates

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Says the party is not the problem.

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The Confederacy Has Risen Again

Inspired by the values of the old South and fueled by corporate money, the Tea Party scorns compromise and leaves us again a house divided.

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China graft crackdown hits Hong Kong’s ‘Dried Seafood Street’

<!– google_ad_section_start –> In a narrow Hong Kong street filled with the tang of dried sea creatures, shopkeepers are blaming China’s recent corruption crackdown for falling sales of expensive banquet foods such as shark fin and abalone. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Prosecutor demands severe punishment as Bo Xilai trial ends

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Chinese prosecutors demanded a heavy sentence for ousted top politician Bo Xilai as his divisive, dramatic trial ended on Monday, saying his “whimsical” challenge to charges of bribery, graft and abuse of power flew in the face of the evidence. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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