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Socialist Michelle Bachelet Wins Presidency in Chile

But 41% turnout worries new Chilean leader

(Newser) - Chile's once and future leader Michelle Bachelet easily won today's presidential runoff, returning center-left parties to power by promising profound changes in response to years of street protests. Bachelet won with 62% of the vote to 38% for the center-right's Evelyn Matthei, who promptly congratulated her rival.... More »

'Pathetic' Depardieu Quits France in Tax Rage

Trades barbs with PM, turns in passport after he moved to Belgium

(Newser) - For those American liberals who threaten to move to France should a presidential election not go their way, Gerard Depardieu is noisily heading in the opposite direction and burning his bridges as he goes: The actor is publicly surrendering his French passport and lambasting socialist PM Jean-Marc Ayrault, who had... More »

Obama in '98: 'I Actually Believe in Redistribution'

Conservatives bring to light old video

(Newser) - Suddenly Barack Obama has a potentially damaging soundbite of his own to contend with—although his is more than a decade old. The Drudge Report yesterday began promoting audio from 1998 in which he utters the words, "I actually believe in redistribution." Mitt Romney immediately latched onto the... More »

Stop Calling Obama a 'Socialist'

Director Milos Forman: Those who suffered under real thing deserve better

(Newser) - When Czech native Milos Forman directed One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the character of Nurse Ratched symbolized for him the brutal Communist Party he grew up under, "telling me what I could and could not do," he writes in the New York Times . Which is why... More »

Type in, and Guess Where You'll End Up?

(Newser) - Some wily jokester apparently got ahold of and and set them to redirect … to President Obama's campaign website. Some Republicans have apparently fallen for the prank, fueling existing speculation that Obama is a socialist or a Communist, the New York Times notes: One user... More »

Tea Partier's Protest Plan: No More Hiring

She encourages small-business owners to go 'on strike'

(Newser) - Well, here’s one idea for small businesses to help get us out of this economic mess we’re in: Stop hiring people! That’s the proposal from Tea Party Nation member Melissa Brookstone in a manifesto picked up (and derided) by Gawker and Wonkette . Brookstone’s post accuses the... More »

The Most Socialist US State Is...

Hello, West Virginia

(Newser) - The term "socialism" gets thrown around a lot in American politics, but what does it really mean? Greg Bocquet of says you can measure it by how much a state government spends on its social programs as a percentage of GDP. However, "the results may surprise... More »

Another Poll Spells Trouble for Obama, Democrats

Democracy Corps survey finds 55% think president is socialist

(Newser) - Writing in the New Republic , William Galston unveils the results of a most recent Democracy Corps poll taken on the public's perception of President Obama. The left-leaning polling firm, headed by James Carville and Stan Greenberg, found that 55% of those questioned agreed that "Obama is a socialist,"... More »

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