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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

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Donald Trump wrapped up his public tryout of potential vice presidential candidates in Indiana Tuesday night with Gov. Mike Pence giving the final audition.

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The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

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Donald Trump picked a military town — Virginia Beach, Va. — to give a speech Monday on how he would go about overhauling the Department of Veterans Affairs if elected.

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The season for blueberries used to be short. You'd find fresh berries in the store just during a couple of months in the middle of summer.

Now, though, it's always blueberry season somewhere. Blueberry production is booming. The berries are grown in Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan and the Pacific Northwest — not to mention the southern hemisphere.

But in any one location, the season is still short. And this means that workers follow the blueberry harvest, never staying in one place for long.

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Holiday Greetings From The World Of Politics: Dogs, Churches, And Plaid Shirts

Dec 22, 2011

This is the time of year when many political figures take a moment away from the day-to-day hassles of representative democracy to acknowledge the holiday season.

Newt and Callista Gingrich communicated their Christmas wishes via a political ad on YouTube. In the video, they compare Christmas lights to "the fire of freedom" and manage to include a child and a stuffed puppy.

Because it's "Paid For By Newt 2012," there's a great moment at the end when he says, "I approve this message." There's nothing quite so festive as meeting the legal requirement that you explicitly sign off on your own Christmas card. Come to think of it, do you do this with your holiday cards? Forgery abounds, you know.

Mitt Romney's card is perhaps best titled "A Very Romney Christmas." Or perhaps "A Very Very Very Romney Christmas." You have to admit, if you had that many adorable children and grandchildren, you might do this very thing. Not sure all the boys are on board with the shirt, though.

If you're looking for someone to read you the Biblical story of Christmas, you can get that, too. From whom? From Herman Cain. Secular themes include more candles, PEACE, and sweaters.

Of course, the mix of holiday cheer and political content varies from message to message. In this address from Senator Rand Paul about his father Ron Paul, there's a blurry tree, but other than that, there's not a whole lot of Yuletide business going on here.

Lest you conclude that only those who want to be president send out holiday cards, keep in mind that those in office do, too. The Obama family Christmas card focuses on Bo, their dog, conked out by the fireplace. Themes: ribbons, canine melancholy.

Perhaps it's simpler, when calling out from the political world to the holiday world, if everyone does what Herbert Hoover did: Put on a hat, have your picture taken, and be done with it.

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