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A Primary Role: Small States Earn Those Big Stakes

Iowa and New Hampshire might look small and vanilla in a nation of multiplying hues and creeds, but they pay attention to their lead-off responsibilities.

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly made a comment that German Chancellor Angela Merkel ate a "second helping of cheese," even though she says she's on a diet.

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Siri's answer to the meaning of life is actually kind of impressive.

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