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US embassy cables reveal that Hillary Clinton instructed staff around the world to spy on UN staff and leaders. Photograph: Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images
US embassy cables: Verdict on the leaks about the Middle East
The behind-the-scenes revelations about American diplomacy really only shock three groups of people.
For white Americans, things aren't what they used to be
Pity George Bush. Scanning eight years of calamity for the lowest point in his presidency could not have been easy. Among the top contenders: Abu Ghraib; failing to act on threats of an al-Qaida attack before 9/11 or find WMD in Iraq; helping to collapse the economy; being forced to withdraw a supreme court judge choice; and failing on immigration reform.
Talking to the Tea Party
Over a breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs and bacon in a back room of the Nugget Casino in Pahrump, rural Nevada, shortly before the midterm elections, the talk among some forty men turned to the most propitious moment for armed insurrection.
The Tea Party is not new, or coherent. It's merely old whine in new bottles
Lectures about fiscal responsibility from the occupants of a plush suite on the 20th floor of one of the fanciest hotels in Las Vegas stick in the craw like a slice of cantaloupe swallowed sideways. Appropriately, the Tea Party Express's open bar, trays of fruit and skyline view at the Aria hotel on election night smacked more of a corporate event than a political, let alone a populist, one.
US midterm elections: Harry Reid's survival is a rare bright spot for Obama
Today, in a plush suite on the 20th floor of the Aria casino and hotel, the leaders of the Tea Party express took stock of both the new political reality they had helped create and the lasting economic reality that made it possible.
Younge America: Election night with the Tea Party
US midterm elections: machine v momentum
To listen to some pundits, the election is pretty much over already. The Democrats, if you missed it, lost big time. The Republicans are back; Obama is effectively neutered. All we're waiting for now is someone to cast and count those damn votes.
Younge America: The old farts' club
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