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Election Countdown 2012: In Quebec, It's Not the Fees, It's the Debt

Washington Post - Russia’s do-as-it’s-told parliament showed unusual signs of defiance Tuesday when a minority of lawmakers seized on a mostly unexplored tactic here — the old-fashioned-filibuster — and fought hard and long against a bill that would impose huge fines on protesters.

They had no hope of success — Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party holds 238 of the 450 seats in the State Duma, the parliament’s lower house — but they scored a huge victory nonetheless, making Russians pay attention to a normally rubber-stamp body that rarely makes news. On Tuesday evening the Duma dominated Twitter, running ahead of tweets about two quarreling pop stars and even forcing “Today Is National Hug Your Cat Day” into third place.  Read more.


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