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Aug 28, 2015
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A week in politics: It’s (still) all about Trump

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Summer 2015 is drawing to an end, with Bloomberg noting that Donald Trump appears to be more than a seasonal fling and Politico reports that some GOP leader are plotting creative ways to neutralize the prospect of his becoming a third-party candidate.

Trump kicked off the week with more tongue-lashing of Fox anchor Megyn Kelly, a move that prompted Fox News president Roger Ailes to demand an apology from Trump for lambasting Kelly on Twitter. Another journalist stirred the ire of the business magnate this week: Fusion’s Jorge Ramos was kicked out of a Trump press conference for asking unwanted questions about immigration. Perhaps not surprisingly, Trump’s approval rates among Hispanic voters are not great.

Aug 25, 2015
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Latin America’s Trump? ‘I don’t even have his hairstyle,’ says Maduro

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Photo caption: A man walks past a mural depicting Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas August 13, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s recent move to close border crossings and deport hundreds of Colombians prompted some of his opponents to compare him to Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.

Aug 25, 2015
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The battle of the billionaires

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Media mogul Rupert Murdoch thinks it’s time for another billionaire to step into the campaign limelight: fellow business magnate and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Murdoch, the billionaire owner of News Corporation, took to Twitter on Sunday in what appeared to be an official endorsement of Bloomberg.

Aug 21, 2015
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A week in politics: ‘They’re called babies’

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Presidential hopefuls pulled no punches as the campaign race heated up this week.

GOP candidates engaged in some Hillary Clinton-bashing  as new details emerged about some allegedly classified emails she sent and received on her private server while she was Secretary of State (Reuters took home an exclusive on this.)

Aug 19, 2015
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Move over, Donald. Here comes ‘Deez Nuts’

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Social media was abuzz on Wednesday with the news of an unlikely presidential candidate climbing the polls in North Carolina.

According to data released by polling company Public Policy Polling, presidential hopeful Deez Nuts is polling at 9 percent in that state, on a par with Florida Senator Marco Rubio and outperforming Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin.

Apr 22, 2015

Documentary ‘Democrats’ explores Zimbabwe’s quest for democracy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two rivals attempt to bridge Zimbabwe’s deep political divide by drafting a new constitution in the documentary “Democrats,” which examines the nation’s search for democracy.

The film, which was shot over three years and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, provides an insight into the country’s complex political landscape in the aftermath of the contested 2008 elections.

Feb 13, 2015
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Italian Uber boss slur reveals depths of Italy’s misogyny

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Earlier this week, Benedetta Arese Lucini, the general manager of Uber’s operations in Italy, woke up to news that someone had hung a banner near her home in central Milan, calling her a “slut” and revealing her home address.

The latest incident in a smear campaign against the female executive, who has worked for the online taxi-hailing company for almost two years, was not only an attack against the car service, but also emblematic of Italy’s deeply-entrenched misogyny, commentators say.

Feb 13, 2015
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Italian Uber boss slur reveals depths of Italy’s misogyny

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Earlier this week, Benedetta Arese Lucini, the general manager of Uber’s operations in Italy, woke up to news that someone had hung a banner near her home in central Milan, calling her a “slut” and revealing her home address.

The latest incident in a smear campaign against the female executive, who has worked for the online taxi-hailing company for almost two years, was not only an attack against the car service, but also emblematic of Italy’s deeply-entrenched misogyny, commentators say.

Feb 13, 2015
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