What you will miss by focusing on the size of Donald Trump's inauguration crowd

What matters more: Crowds — or how Trump is quickly reshaping America?

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Is Vladimir Putin a dictator? Here’s what experts have to say.

Is Putin a dictator or not?
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Another Triumph For Democracy in Ghana Ignored By Africa's "Saviors"

It's the biggest moment in Ghana since the nation won its independence, so why don't you know about it?
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Bahrain Protests: How This Country is Becoming the New Egypt

As Bahrain clamps down on anti-government protests, will it be the next nation to experience a violent outbreak? And if it does, should the US do something about it?
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Mic Check: The Scariest Quote From the Bradley Manning Trial Nobody is Talking About

Today's PolicyMic newsletter, featuring my take on the five top world news stories and some of the best links from around the web.
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Mosler Plan: This Brilliant Plan Forces Mega-Donors to Give Money to Candidates They Hate

Economist Warren Mosler introduces a new way to remove special interest money in politics, leaving the politicians more beholden to the public. Is it a viable option?

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Tamarod Protests: Is Egypt Ready For Its Second Revolution In 2 Years?

Millions of people have signed onto the Tamarod campaign to force Mohammed Morsi from office. But if Egypt just replaces its leader without making systemic changes, it will be back to square one.
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Bashar Al-Assad: We Know Who's in the Syrian Opposition, and It's Time to Arm Them

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a bill that could arm "vetted elements of the Syrian opposition." Do we know who the opposition is and should we be giving them American weapons?
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Venezuela Election 2013: Henrique Capriles Challenges Results, Doesn't Stand a Chance

The vote audit administered by Venezuela's National Electoral Council is unlikely to change the outcome of the April election; however, Capriles should take solace in the public's support.
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Venezuela National Assembly Fight: Watch the Brawl Break Out, See the Injuries

Have the rules of democracy changed, or is the situation in Venezuela turning from bad to worse?
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Nicolas Maduro Cracks Down On Pro-Henrique Capriles Government Workers In Venezuela

The government of newly-elected president Nicolas Maduro begins a campaign of intimidation and persecution against government employees who backed opposition challenger Henrique Capriles.

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Venezuela President 2013: Nicolas Maduro Victory Ushers New Wave Of Restricted Press

Working class Venezuelans will find it more difficult to learn about the opposition as the law continues infringing upon media outlets’ freedom of expression.
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Who Won the Venezuelan Election? Maduro Claims Narrow Victory, But Capriles Decry Fraud

Nicolas Maduro, Hugo Chavez's heir, claimed a 200,000-vote presidential victory Sunday in Venezuela, but opposition leader Henrique Capriles is decrying fraud and demanding a recount.
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Venezuela Election 2013: Day Before Election Capriles, Opposition Close Gap with Maduro

Venezuela's election to replace Hugo Chavez may be a closer race than expected, with Henrique Capriles gaining steam in final hours against Nicolas Maduro.
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Bassem Yousseff: Arresting the "Egyptian Jon Stewart" Won't Save Morsi From Public "Belittling"

In yet another move to silence opposition, Egyptian state prosecutors ordered the arrest of a satirist (also known as the Egyptian Jon Stewart) for allegedly "belittling" President Morsi.
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Chokri Belaid Assassination: Tunisia’s Turning Point

Fears are growing over political violence in Tunisia as a political opposition hero's death has sparked mass protests and questions on the stability of the fledgling democracy.

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Who Should I Vote For: 6 Most Important Questions If You Are Still Undecided in Election 2012

If you're heading to the voting booth and still undecided about whether to once again vote for Mitt Romney, consider these six points.
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Mohammed Morsi Does Not Rule Egypt, We the People Do

To President elect Mohamed Morsy: We are watching you. 13 million people might have chosen you, but we are the ones who rule.
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Bush Administration's Actions Don't Match Ms. Rice's Words

Despite its talk, the Bush administration did not consistently pursue democracy promotion across the Middle East.
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UK Army Personnel Cuts Lead to Cheap Politics

The British Labour opposition party's criticism of armed forces cuts have been shallow and used for cheap political gain.
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Roadblocks to Revolution: Why Yemen Might Not be Next to Fall

The resignations of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and Zine Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia have inspired protests in Yemen, but those seeking regime change in Sana'a have a lot to overcome.