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Prior to President Barack Obama’s marathon 54 minute speech in Ohio today, the Obama campaign sent our several statements promising the speech would be a major address framing the campaign going forward. Despite the hype, the speech was mainly a rehash of themes and ideas from the president’s recent stump speeches and his remarks were widely panned as overly long by the political press corps.

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[Updated at 11:44 a.m. ET] Egypt’s highest court declared the parliament invalid Thursday, and the country’s interim military rulers promptly declared full legislative authority, triggering a new level of chaos and confusion in the country’s leadership.

The Supreme Constitutional Court also ruled that a former member of President Hosni Mubarak’s regime may run in a presidential election runoff this weekend.

The ruling on parliament means that it must be dissolved, state TV reported.

The court found that all articles making up the law that regulated parliamentary elections are invalid, said Showee Elsayed, a constitutional lawyer.

Parliament had been in session for just over four months. It was dominated by Islamists, a group long viewed with suspicion by the military.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, in control of the country since Mubarak’s ouster, announced that it now has full legislative power and will announce a 100-person assembly that will…

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very interesting moves…. toward digital first.


It’s become obvious by now that many newspaper companies are struggling when it comes to making the transformation from print to digital. Shutting down the print version on certain days — as Advance Publications and Canada’s Postmedia have recently done with many of their titles — and putting up pay walls are seen as desperation moves, part of a forced march toward digital made as a result of financial distress. But not everyone sees it this way: The Daily Emerald, a student newspaper at the University of Oregon, is going “digital first,” not because it has to but because it sees that as the future and ultimately a better way to serve its readers.

As a recent profile of the paper at the Nieman Journalism Lab blog points out, the Daily Emerald isn’t just managing to scrape by; it is actually doing pretty well from a financial point…

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When pay-TV options came out in the 1980s consumers were buying choice: more channels and more options for their prime time or daytime or anytime entertainment. But when the choices are infinite and spread among Facebook (s fb), So You Think You Can Dance and Angry Birds, consumers aren’t demanding choice. In today’s world what am I actually buying when I buy TV packages, be they from a pay-TV provider, Hulu, Amazon on Demand (s amzn) or Netflix (s nflx)?

After thinking about TV in this way, I realize that traditional cable is no longer about choice. It’s about access: We have an abundance of choice but not necessarily what we crave. As an access provider for content, cable has the widest depth of content right now, but it also costs the most. When I thought about what I was actually buying, it shed light on cable’s problems but…

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Daily World Watch

On one hand:

NATO – New Zealand

Vietnam – USA

USA – India 1, 2.

India – Japan

Australia – USA

and a sum-up for US Asia Pivot.

On the other hand:

China – Russia 1, 2, and a sum-up.

And China – Pakistan.

Now, before you draw your conclusion

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