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Circuit Judge Debra Nelson listens to attorneys in the George Zimmerman pretrial hearing in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla., June 7, 2013. (Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)
Circuit Judge Debra Nelson listens to attorneys in the George Zimmerman pretrial hearing in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla., June 7, 2013. (Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)

Winston Churchill famously remarked that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others. He was right. Yes, the process of elections...




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    The Subsidy Show

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    Italy and Japan: Troubled Twins of Globalization

    It might seem odd but two inward-looking countries from old Europe and the Pacific, troubled twins with such strong cultures, offer insights into the future... Read more

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    A few weeks ago LG published a promo video for the LG G3 Beat and at the very end of the video they used a... Read more


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