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Published: 02/27/11

Happy 100th Birthday to the 1911 .45 Pistol, Our Gun of Choice

By  James Grady - Politics Daily
Happy 100th Birthday to the 1911 .45 Pistol, Our Gun of Choice

This year marks the 100th "birthday" of one of America's most successful and culturally impactive political tools: the 1911 .45 semi-automatic pistol. Yet this is not just a story about a gun. Though, of course, this story stars and starts with that gun. Or rather, our need for it that emerged when U.S. armed forces fought Muslim insurgents on Asian turf that most Americans have trouble finding on a map. As most of us remember -- especially fans of Mark Twain and Rudyard Kipling -- from 1899-1913, the United States fought the Philippine-American War for control of those Pacific islands. In...

Published: 03/4/10

Oscars' New Voting System: Could It Work for Gordon Brown?

By  Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
Oscars' New Voting System:  Could It Work for Gordon Brown?

For Oscar lovers like me, the usual nail-biting anticipation that accompanies the annual Academy Awards is all the greater this year. Not only are there more films up in the category of Best Picture, but the rules by which that movie is selected have also changed. In a curious case of life imitating art, the British government is also looking at reforming its electoral system along similar lines. In both cases, the big question on everyone's mind is this: Who benefits?...

Published: 01/9/10

Sex Scandal Captivates Northern Ireland

By  Theunis Bates - AOL News
Sex Scandal Captivates Northern Ireland

(Jan. 9) - A 58-year-old woman named Mrs. Robinson has an affair with a 19-year-old boy toy, with shocking consequences. No, this isn't the plot of 1967 movie "The Graduate," but a real-life political scandal that has gripped Northern Ireland. British media reported Saturday that Iris Robinson -- a member of Britain's parliament since 2001, and the wife of Northern Ireland's leader, First Minister Peter Robinson -- will step down within days, following her confession to cheating on her husband 18 months ago. Mrs. Robinson said in an open letter Wednesday that she started the "brief affair" wh...

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