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Hollywood is providing the lines but not the substance

WARREN BEATTY'S new satirical comedy about American political life, Bulworth, begins with a scene in which a senator listens to his campaigncommercials, all of which begin with the same vacuous invocation of moment. "We stand at the doorstep of a new millennium," he declares, before identifying the native virtues of the American people: instinctively hostile to welfare handouts, naturally enterprising and self-reliant.

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Three UK companies snap up German firms after tax change

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Outlook: Tarmac/Aggregate

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'How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is'

IT BEGAN as the French television evening news and ended like a vulgar parody of King Lear, Act One, Scene One. Lear to Cordelia: "Mend your speech a little/Lest you may mar your fortunes." Or as Jean-Marie Le Pen put it: "I know all about family treachery. My daughter is linked with a leader of the sedition."

When ants, noise and no view are better than bunk beds

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Thursday Book: The philosopher's philosopher

WITHIN REASON: A LIFE OF SPINOZA BY MARGARET GULLAN-WHUR, JONATHAN CAPE, pounds 20

Theatre: Time is of the essence

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Arts: Reading between some very fine lines

Three poets, with three very different styles, together add up to a night of warm lyrical excellence.

Obituary: Richard Denning

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Dame Shirley moves pounds 70m out of Britain

BARONESS PORTER has moved a personal fortune estimated at pounds 70m from Britain into offshore accounts to avoid paying a pounds 26.5m court surcharge for "wilful misconduct" in the "homes for votes" scandal at Westminster City Council.
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