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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.

Monday morning roundup

Afghan vote marred by fraud; “Boardwalk Empire” premiers.

Could Phil Davison be the next president of the United States?

A viral stump speech set against a backdrop of inspirational music.

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Elizabeth Warren tapped to set up new consumer agency

The Harvard lawyer and consumer advocate will help set up a new oversight bureau with vast regulatory powers.

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Clearing the air: The fury over Jonathan Franzen’s ‘Freedom’

Is Jonathan Franzen’s new book really a “must read”? A few critics have dared to detract, and gender bias looms above the debate.

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Finding an optimist in the Middle East peace process

A former Palestinian negotiator believes a compromise on the contentious issue of Israeli settlements, the first point of disagreement in the talks, is not only possible but likely.

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Interview with Phil Davison, the man behind one of the most intense stump speeches ever

In his first post-fame interview, Phil Davison talks about his frustration with unemployment, his “radical” political beliefs and his next career move.

As peace talks begin, the Hamas question remains unresolved

Now that peace talks have restarted, Need to Know checks in on a question we asked several weeks ago: What to do with Hamas?

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Ariz. gov. doesn’t think ‘beheadings’ are all that interesting after all

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer had a less-than-stellar debate performance that has gone viral on the Internet, but the real curiosity is her claim of headless bodies found in the desert.

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Paterson signs first-ever domestic workers rights bill

Gov. David Paterson signed the nation’s first-ever law protecting the rights of nannies and other domestic workers on Tuesday, extending workplace protections to nearly 300,000 people.