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The phoney war surrounding the race for the Republican presidential nomination seemed on the verge of claiming its first scalp last night, after Newt Gingrich's entire inner circle of advisers decided to resign en masse, citing "differences" over the direction of the campaign.

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Pulitzer winner in plagiarism row

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Sarah Palin defends 'blood libel' remark and rounds on her critics

Sarah Palin, defending herself against criticism following the serial shootings in Arizona said that she used the term "blood libel" to describe comments made by those who falsely tried to link conservatives to the assassination attempt against Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Speaking out for the first time since she used the term in a video, Palin said on Fox television that the term referred to those "falsely accused of having blood on their hands".

US weapons fuel Mexican drug wars

The overwhelming majority of weapons fuelling Mexico's drugs war are being sold in the US, where gun dealers are responsible for supplying at least 60,000 of the illegally trafficked firearms seized by the authorities since 2006.

Tina Brown returns to print, buying 'Newsweek'

Newsweek, the heavyweight current affairs magazine launched between the world wars, has been snapped up by The Daily Beast, the feisty website with no demonstrated ability to make money, created two years ago by Tina Brown.

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Bite the Hand That Feeds You, By Henry Fairlie

Henry Fairlie, who died at the age of 66 two decades ago, is remembered with awe by a few fellow journalists of his era. Born of a Scottish journalist father, he rapidly climbed the heights of British journalism before embarking for America in 1966, where he wrote mainly for the Washington Post and the political journal, New Republic. Linking his name with George Orwell, Hendrik Hertzberg of the New Yorker maintains that his political essays "can induce something like ecstasy."

Bristol Palin is single – again

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