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Sarah Sands: Men are being wrongfooted by the new feminists

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Diary: Armchair Field Marshal still fighting the last war

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Palin leads early manoeuvring for the White House

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Rupert Cornwell: It's not just the Tea Party that's turned US politics into an absurdity

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