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April 17, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - The well-tailored spy and the dueling Islamists are out. Egypt's election commission Tuesday upheld its decision to disqualify three key presidential candidates: Omar Suleiman, former intelligence chief and vice president; Khairat Shater, onetime political prisoner and Muslim Brotherhood financier; and Hazem Salah abu Ismail, an anti-Western ultraconservative preacher. The outcome was largely expected after the candidates appealed the commission's Saturday ruling.
November 5, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
If the last week has taught us anything, it's the power, and limitations, of political narrative. First, there was Hurricane Sandy, which brought climate change back into the presidential race - and led to an essential photo op: President Obama clasping the arm of Chris Christie, New Jersey's Republican governor. Then there was the Romney campaign's attempt to “expand the map” by staging rallies in Pennsylvania, a state in which most polls put Obama comfortably ahead. Over the weekend, surrogates for both candidates sparred over whether Obama might be slipping or Romney's shift was a desperate act of political sleight-of-hand.
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