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The Two-Way
9:33 am
Tue November 5, 2013

For The Sake Of Happiness, Venezuela's Maduro Moves Up Christmas

Yey Christmas: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro rises his clenched fist during a political meeting in Caracas, on August 7, 2013.
Juan Barreto AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 10:11 am

Perhaps Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is taking a hint from big U.S. retailers: For the sake of happiness, Maduro said, he declared an early beginning to the Christmas season.

"Today, on this first day of November, we decided to declare the arrival of Christmas, because we want happiness for all people," Maduro said.

Maduro made the decree on Friday, which means we're a bit late to this story, but it was too good to pass up.

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The Two-Way
8:46 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Kirk's First Senate Speech Since Stroke Is For Gay Rights Bill

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., speaking from the floor of the Senate on Monday.
C-SPAN.org

Before Monday evening's 61-30 vote in the Senate to move forward on legislation to prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois marked another milestone in the recovery from a stroke he suffered in January 2012.

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It's All Politics
8:41 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Tuesday Political Mix: The Young Skip Obamacare, For Now

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greets supporters on the eve of the election in a race that looks like a launchpad for a 2016 presidential run.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 8:59 am

Election Day 2013 is finally here, fellow political junkies!

Tuesday may be an off-year election, but that doesn't mean those whose job it is to explain the implications of elections won't attempt to wring every last bit of plausible and implausible meaning from it.

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Parallels
8:09 am
Tue November 5, 2013

World Headlines: Immigrants A Net Boost To U.K., Study Says

Border Control at London's Heathrow Airport.
Steve Parsons PA Photos /Landov

Britain, The Guardian

We begin with a hot-button issue in Britain – and elsewhere: immigration.

Migrants to Britain since 2000 are less likely to receive benefits or use government housing than those people already in the country. That's according to a new study by the University of London's migration research unit.

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The Two-Way
7:54 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Bangladesh Sentences 152 Soldiers To Die Over Mutiny

A Bangladeshi border guard cries inside a prison van as he leaves a special court after a verdict in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Tuesday. The court sentenced 152 people to death for a 2009 mutiny by disgruntled border guards who killed dozens of military commanders during a brutal, two-day uprising.
A.M. Ahad AP

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 8:44 am

A court in Bangladesh has handed down the death penalty for 152 soldiers in connection with a mutiny by border guards in 2009.

The Associated Press says that "the sentences followed a mass trial involving 846 defendants — a process criticized by a human rights group who said it was not credible and that at least 47 suspects died in custody."

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