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Sunday Roundup

Posted: 01/15/12 12:00 AM ET

This week was a tumultuous one around the world. U.S. officials condemned a "deplorable" video showing Marines urinating on the corpses of suspected Taliban fighters in Afghanistan -- and categorically denied any U.S. involvement in the car bomb killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran. In Europe, Standard & Poor's stripped France of its AAA credit rating (sacre bleu!) and downgraded eight other countries. In China, Apple halted sales of the iPhone 4S after a near-riot outside the company's flagship store in Beijing (what does Siri have to say about that?). Meanwhile, here at home, Rick Perry condemned "vulture capitalism," a Gingrich-aligned super PAC released a long Romney-as-rapacious-capitalist video that looked like it had been produced by Occupy, and John McCain called Citizens United "one of the worst decisions I have ever seen." Welcome to 2012's beyond left and right politics.

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