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German minister says nuclear U-turn "not rational": report

Germany's economy minister told a closed meeting of business leaders that Berlin's sudden U-turn on nuclear power was based on electoral politics and was 'not rational', a newspaper reported on Thursday.Full story

Kazakh officials order leader's posters be removed

Election officials in Kazakhstan have ordered local authorities to take down posters of the country's long-standing leader ahead of campaigning for a presidential election in April. Full story

5 biggest political lies of 2010

  Election years always guarantee a good dose of political fudging, and 2010 was no exception. Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and political analyst Ron Reagan join Hardball’s Chris Matthews to run through the biggest whoppers.

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Final results give Chavez slim Venezuela vote win

Myanmar tells U.N. it aims for 'free and fair' vote

Opponents hope to rein in Chavez after election

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  Can Democrats rally for November?

Democratic political strategist, Dave "Mudcat" Saunders, talks with Rachel Maddow about what Democrats have to do to rally supporters for a victories in the coming midterm elections.

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