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Australian foreign minister resigns amid speculation of leadership bid

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd resigns amid speculation that he might mount a leadership challenge to Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

(CNN) Washington - The Australian media have been abuzz in recent days with reports that Rudd is considering contesting Gillard's leadership of the governing Labor Party.

Observers predicted a showdown could take place next week when Parliament resumes and Rudd was due to return from an overseas trip. But his sudden announcement in Washington in the middle of the night caught people by surprise.

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The Political Revelation Of A Windshield Cleaning

Charity may begin at home, but for our Naples-based psychiatrist, it also begins behind the wheel.

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Mariateresa Fichele

Every time we stop at a traffic light, the same scene takes place between my husband and me.

It goes something like this: Someone approaches our car to clean the windshield, I tell my husband to turn on the windshield wipers, he gets outraged and tells me I’m a horrible person.

But then, if we''ve instead decided to give them something in exchange for their service, my husband somehow never has any change on him. I always manage to find some, and feel obligated to give the person whatever I've found.

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