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Bill Clinton To Mitt Romney: Barack Obama Is My True Heir

CHARLOTTE — Bill Clinton offered an impassioned defense of President Obama as a leader in the mold of his own image Wednesday night, praising him for rescuing an ailing economy even as Republicans sought to thwart him at every turn.

Five Takeaways From Wednesday At Democratic Convention

If you missed the second night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., we live blogged it here.

Arizona immigration law to take effect as judge upholds contentious section

A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Arizona authorities can enforce the most contentious section of the state’s immigration law, which critics have dubbed the “show me your papers” provision.

Human Rights Watch accuses US of covering up extent of waterboarding

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused the US government of covering up the extent of waterboarding at secret CIA prisons, alleging that Libyan opponents of Muammar Gaddafi were subjected to thetorture before being handed over to the former dictator’s security police.

Quebec elections: separatist victor sets out minority government plans

The nationalist victor in the Quebec elections will prepare for government under the shadow of a police investigation into the murder of a man at the party that celebrated her win.

NYPD secret police spying of Muslims ends New Jersey surveillance

New Jersey‘s attorney general has assured a group of Muslim leaders that a New York police department unit that conducted surveillance of Muslims is no longer operating in the state.

Hillary Clinton arrives in China to stinging personal attacks in state media

Personal and stinging attacks in the state media heralded the US secretary of state’s arrival in Beijing. “Many people in China dislike Hillary Clinton,” said an editorial in the state-run Global Times. “She has brought new and extremely profound mutual distrust between the mainstream societies of the two countries.” Such stringent remarks were extremely unusual on the eve of a visit by a US secretary of state, noted Shi Yinhong, an expert on the bilateral relationship.

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