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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"...

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