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2013: Political images of the year

Israelis demand end to U.S. spying

JERUSALEM — Senior Israeli officials on Sunday demanded an end to U.S. spying on Israel, following revelations that the National Security Agency intercepted emails from the offices of the country’s top former leaders.<p>It was the first time that Israeli officials have expressed anger since details of …

Customs ship should be sent to disrupt Japanese whaling: Bob Brown

''The last custom vessel was sent down by Kevin Rudd in 2007, and in 2008 the federal government court ruled the whaling was illegal and issued an …

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Australian politics: subscribe by email

Enter your email address below to receive all the latest news and comment on Australian politics from the Guardian, delivered to you every weekday.<p>From the big, breaking news to quiet, thoughtful analysis, we’ve got everything you need to keep up with Australian political manoeuvres.<p><b>Or try our</b> …

Clive Palmer outspent Labor in final week advertising blitz, analysis reveals

Clive Palmer and the Australian Salary Packaging Association both spent up big for a say in the Australian political process<p>Mining magnate Clive Palmer outspent the then incumbent Labor government in the final week of September’s election campaign, with new figures from Nielsen recording a $2.7m …

Greens may be biggest losers from three years of political turmoil, poll shows

Voters in Anthony Albanese's Sydney seat desert the minor party as support in even inner-city strongholds falls away<p>The Greens are losing support even in their inner-city strongholds, with a Guardian Lonergan poll in the Sydney seat of Grayndler dashing the minor party's hopes that voters would …

10 Australian female politicians to watch

Julia Gillard may be out and 'sexygate' may be rumbling on, but let's not forget there are incredible female politicians in Australia<p>Tony Abbott was criticised last week for referring to Liberal candidate Fiona Scott's "sex appeal", but he's back at it. This morning he praised Scott's answer to a …

In defence of Australian welfare

Railing against a soaring benefits bill and middle-class handouts is another international trend Australia should avoid importing<p>Australians like to import cultural habits from overseas. When I was in primary school, dressing like East 17 and following the Charlotte Hornets was the height of …

The battle for Batman: why Australian politics is still a boys' club

The federal seat will probably be won by a male candidate. A predictable outcome, but it doesn't have to be that way<p>What a mess this battle for Batman is becoming.<p>First, senator David Feeney and ACTU president Ged Kearney were contenders for pre-selection in the federal seat of Batman, Victoria. …

Rupert Murdoch and his influence on Australian political life

Over the course of the federal election, Australia will experience a real time experiment which will demonstrate the degree of influence exerted by Murdoch on Australian political life<p>In 2007, journalist Ken Auletta spent a great deal of time with Rupert Murdoch while writing a magazine profile of …

Queensland premier lifts ban on using $50 and $100 notes in poker machines

Charities claim the move, which casino owner Echo Entertainment had lobbied for, will hurt problem gamblers<p>Queensland has lifted the limit on the value of notes poker machines can accept in a move that the premier, Campbell Newman, says will have little impact on problem gamblers.<p>For the past 12 …

Abbott sacks asylum seeker health advisers

"They have sacked the people in the country who know the most about refugees. Torture and trauma services … psychologists who have worked extensively …

Cory Bernardi tells Malcolm Turnbull: stop advocating same-sex marriage or quit frontbench

Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has called on former Liberal leader and current Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to stop publicly advocating …

Joe Hockey appoints former Liberal MP to foreign investment advisory job

Former South Australian MP Patrick Secker to take up $49,000-a-year part-time job on body that advises the treasurer<p>The Abbott government has appointed a former Liberal MP to a $49,000-a-year part-time government job – the second such decision announced this week.<p>The treasurer, Joe Hockey, said on …

Scandal’s Lisa Kudrow on Sexism in Politics (and That Epic Rant)

What would happen if Hillary Clinton emulated Lisa Kudrow’s character in Scandal and gave an impassioned speech about sexism? It’s not easy being a …

Political brawl erupts over NBN sub

<b>news</b> Federal Parliament hasn’t even been back in session for a week, but a political brawl has already erupted between the largest three parties over …

Obama's Highly Political Economy Speech

The president's speech was more about establishing the grounds for a fight with the GOP than it was about new policies.<p>Kevin Lamarque/Reuters<p>Sometimes a speech is designed to really do something -- to uplift, to rally, to comfort or heal, to lay out fresh plans and gird for a fight. And sometimes …

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Politics as it happened - Canberra reacts to Indonesia crisis

Australia's relationship with Indonesia sinks with ambassador recalled as fallout continues over spying allegations. Follow all the latest with politics live

'Turkey urgently needs a sustainable development strategy'

ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News<p>Some in Turkey believe sustainability is about 'continuation,' while others believe it is just about the environment, …

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WSJ Live is currently unavailable to stream on-demand, but may be available on Hulu with Live TV depending on regional availability. Try Live TV for …

Obama: rebranding healthcare will be difficult given partisan politics

President conceded that government-run IT is inefficient, but said glitches hard to fix when 'one side of Capital Hill invested in failure'<p>Barack Obama admitted on Tuesday that the task of rebranding his troubled healthcare reforms will be challenging because of the partisan nature of Washington …

The greatest political speeches: former speech writers pick their favorites

What makes a memorable speech? On the Gettysburg address anniversary, we want you to tell us which are meaningful to you<p>One hundred and fifty years ago today, Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the best-known and most beloved speeches in American history. To mark the anniversary, we asked three …

Study: Commuting Adversely Affects Political Engagement

Researchers think an increase in commuting may be partly to blame for widespread political disengagement among many Americans. As stressed-out commuters disengage, they leave the political arena to the most partisan voters.<p>Transcript<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>Okay. We all know about the partisan divide in …

New German political party seeks an end to euro

Alternative for Germany, a new political party whose main aim is the “orderly dissolution” of the euro, celebrated its founding congress in Berlin on Sunday. Experts believe the party could have a significant impact on September’s elections.<p>It’s a spectacle that Germans are getting tired of: …

Europe

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Cameron at PMQs and potential Tory rebellion over army reserve: Politics live blog

• My PMQs verdict • Afternoon summary • Army reserve revolt - Summary and analysis

China Sends 'Peace Ark' To Philippines Via Choppy Political Seas

China says it is sending a state-of-the-art hospital ship to help typhoon victims in the Philippines. The move follows widespread criticism that China's first response to the disaster was stingy. China — the world's second-largest economy — initially pledged a total of just $200,000, less than a …

The Big Feminist BUT: The Caveats of Gender Politics in Comics

<i>“Feminism is too important to be discussed only by academics,”</i> Caitlin Moran wrote in her excellent <i>How to Be a Woman</i> and, indeed, gender politics permeate everything from our language to our capacity for love to our economy to how kids come to see the world. Luckily, Moran’s point comes wonderfully …