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The Advantage of Incumbency

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Mitt Romney’s May Day plan seemed pretty reasonable for a man who had been systematically and successfully clearing his path to the Republican nomination for more than a year.

Republicans had been quietly dinging President Barack Obama throughout the previous weekend for appearing to be taking a victory lap leading up to the anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Blind Chinese Activist Abandoned by US?

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Chen Guangcheng fearful of Chinese government after escaping house arrest.

PBS NewsHour: After Escape, Chinese Dissident Reportedly Under U.S. Protection

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The location of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who escaped house arrest, remained a mystery Monday as U.S. and Chinese officials said as little as possible amid a delicate diplomatic situation just ahead of a high-level meeting between the nations. Gwen Ifill reports. 

PBS NewsHour: Blind Dissident's Escape: an 'Opportunity' for Chinese Government?

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As Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng declared his freedom in a YouTube video, President Obama declined to speak directly Monday about the delicate diplomatic situation. Gwen Ifill discusses the story's significance and how it unfolded with Susan Shirk of the University of California, San Diego and Voice of America's Sasha Gong.

Chinese Dissident Escapes Arrest

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A blind human rights activist may be under the protection of U.S. diplomats.

PBS NewsHour: Chinese VP Xi Ready for 'Candid' Dialogue on Human Rights

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Amid ongoing tension between China and the United States on a variety of issues from human rights to currency policy, President Obama struck a hopeful note Tuesday as he hosted Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who is likely to become the next president of the world's most populous nation. Gwen Ifill reports.
 

Hoekstra Super Bowl Ad Draws Criticism

On The Radar

Former Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra, who’s hoping to unseat Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in Michigan, is facing criticism for 30-second ad that aired in Michigan during the Super Bowl and features an Asian woman speaking broken English. In the ad, the woman rides a bike through rice paddies as Asian-sounding music plays in the background.
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U.S., Allies Mount Pressure on Syria at U.N.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led a high-wattage diplomatic push Tuesday to persuade the U.N. Security Council to endorse an Arab plan for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down, but she couldn't break the steadfast objections of Russia and China.
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China Reportedly Hacked Chamber Of Commerce

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that hackers in China broke into computers at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, potentially accessing information about its operations and members. NPR's Tom Gjelten talks with Robert Siegel on what, if anything, the hackers could have accessed.
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Chinese Hack Into US Chamber of Commerce, Authorities Say

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For more than a year, hackers with ties to the Chinese military have been eavesdropping on U.S. Chamber of Commerce officials involved in Asia affairs, authorities say. The hackers had access to everything in Chamber computers, including, potentially, the entire U.S. trade policy playbook.
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