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Sal Gentile

Multimedia Web Editor

Sal writes about politics and international news for Need to Know. He also co-produces Need to Know’s regular web series on the 2012 election, “Presidentiality,” and has produced podcasts for the Climate Desk. Before coming to Need to Know he covered New York politics, reported on-air for Baltimore’s public radio station and contributed analysis to The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC. He proudly edited his award-winning college newspaper, Johns Hopkins News-Letter. Follow him at twitter.com/salgentile and salgentile.tumblr.com.

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Tim Pawlenty, neocon?

The former Minnesota governor has tried to burnish his public image by adopting a hawkish foreign policy platform in the early days of the campaign.

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Republicans supported gay marriage in New York. Will they do the same in Maryland?

The lone Republican lawmaker to support gay marriage in Maryland said the result there could be similar to New York, “with the final margin being the Republicans.”

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Republican rift on foreign policy widens as Pawlenty criticizes ‘isolationist’ rivals

The Republican party is deeply split on America’s wars, and that rift widened Tuesday as Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty criticized his rivals for appealing to “isolationist sentiments.”

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The view from 10,000 miles: Huntsman brings an outsider’s eye to the 2012 campaign

Jon Huntsman comes to the presidential campaign as something of an outsider. Which view of America will he take: The outlook of the Tea Party, or the outlook of the rest of the world?

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Treatment of jailed Bahrain dissidents called ‘brutal,’ as activists call for U.S. action

Ibrahim Sharif, who was sentenced to five years in jail Wednesday, was seen as especially threatening to the government of Bahrain because he was a Sunni leading a largely Shiite movement.

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Republicans offer starkly different views on Obama’s Afghanistan strategy

The GOP presidential candidates issued mostly muted responses to President Obama’s decision to withdraw 30,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year.

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Is Jon Huntsman the GOP’s ‘serious’ candidate (and do they even want one)?

Jon Huntsman, a relative latecomer to the Republican presidential field, is hoping to cast himself as the grown-up in the race. But will that matter to GOP primary voters?

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In turnaround, Republicans struggle to attack Obama on national security in first debate

“Republicans won’t have the historic advantage that they enjoyed for something like 30 years” on matters of national security, said one Democratic strategist.

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Few sharp exchanges in first GOP presidential debate, as candidates assail Obama

The candidates passed on opportunities to clash with one another in their first debate, choosing instead to attack President Obama’s economic policies.