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Tolstoy and politics 

The Decembrist: “Tolstoy would not have made a good political pundit: Unhappy campaigns are very much alike, or at least they look alike. Campaigns in their down cycles all tend to look absolutely disastrous. Kerry’s campaign looked like one of the biggest train wrecks in political history back in November. It can be hard to tell the difference between one where the fundamentals are strong but it just needs a fresh face, and a campaign that’s doomed.”

U-turn 

It looks as though Nasa may be reconsidering its plan to abandon the Hubble space telescope. Let’s hope it gets a reprieve.

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