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Argentina to Seek Takeover of YPF

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner will ask Congress to expropriate oil-and-gas producer YPF SA, allowing the government to share ownership of the company with oil-producing provinces, a spokeswoman for Ms. Kirchner said Monday.

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Why I Am a Republican

I am a Republican BECAUSE I root for the little guy.


It is not the prosperous that I love. It is the opportunity that comes with prosperity.


Prosperity brings good things to the little guy. It brings a job. It brings innovation. We almost all have cars because someone wanted to figure out how to sell them to the little guy. It pushes us to be great. It allows any one of us to create a business.


I do not want a government that feeds me, clothes me, and treats me like a disadvantaged child. I do not want a government that treats our most productive people like milk cows. We cannot punish success without making it more scarce and we cannot reward failure without making it commonplace.


I like the little guy, because I am a little guy. I want the landscapers to find work taking care of the property of the wealthy. I want the painters to paint their houses too. I want the contractors to add a wing to the house, or even build a new one. I want every little guy to go home at night proud of what he has done for the day and a little richer for it.


I am a Republican BECAUSE I am an environmentalist. I do not believe that watching Judge Judy from your trailer, or driving a 12 year old rust bucket is environmentally sound.


I do not believe that 800 sequential days off because the jobs have disappeared is good for any person’s health, or any community’s health. I want the personal environment of every citizen to improve. I think that people who are in charge of their own destinies can afford better, less polluting cars, better housing, better water and better health. Their mental state will improve if they do not sit at the TV accepting government payments, food stamps and the sinking feeling that they cannot provide for their own families.


I am a Republican BECAUSE I believe in Liberty. I believe that almost everyone is an expert in their own lives. No one else can be more aware of the myriad of details that make life so rich. I do not believe that a government, any government, knows how to lead an individual life better, or more efficiently then that individual leading the life. Big government is a formula for wasting money trying to come up with one size fits all policies while common sense tells you that one size does not fit all.


I am a Republican BECAUSE any government powerful enough to give you everything you desire is powerful enough to take everything you have.

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American Jim Yong Kim chosen to lead World Bank, extending US hold on post

Jim Yong Kim, an American who is president of Dartmouth College, has been chosen to be the next president of the World Bank. His selection Monday extends the U.S. hold on the top job at the 187-nation development agency.

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Wasserman Schultz bails on fundraiser with bundler who helps criminals get tax breaks

DNC chair cancels event with Virgin Islands bundler

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Unfortunate Celebrity Tattoos

When seeding your skin with permanent ink, make sure you have thought through all of the possible consequences.

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New Net Name System Mired in Controversy

If you want to own your own top-level domain you have until Friday to submit your application (along with the $180,000 fee). Once the deadline passes, that is it for the foreseeable future.

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GDF Suez, U.K. Utility Agree on Price

GDF Suez and the independent directors of International Power said they reached an agreement on the terms of a cash offer at 418 pence per share, well above the 390 pence GDF Suez initially indicated it would pay.

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KONY Sequel Got 2% of the Traffic of Its Predecessor

KONY 2012 was the most-viral video of all time. Its sequel? Not so much.

More than a week after KONY 2012: Part II – Beyond Famous hit YouTube, the video, which was also created by Invisible Children, has racked up about 1.7 million views. That’s less than 2% of the traffic that KONY 2012 got in its first five days. Part II’s performance shows that the success of the initial video will be hard, if not impossible, to repeat.

“The first campaign was an anomaly,” says Matt Fiorentino, director of marketing at Visible Measures, a video measurement firm. “We’ve never seen anything like it before.” Fiorentino adds that 1.7 million views is still very good for a video, particularly one with a social good message. “Compared to a regular campaign, it’s pretty good,” he says. “Whatever they put out is going to be very visible.”

Both KONY 2012 and its successor were designed to raise awareness about Joseph Kony, a Ugandan warlord behind the Lord’s Resistance Army, a guerrilla force dedicated to overthrowing the Ugandan government. The videos aim to have Kony arrested for war crimes by the end of 2012. Invisible Children is also planning a worldwide rally on April 20 called “Cover the Night.”

Released on March 5, KONY 2012 is now up to around 180 million views, according to Visible Measures. The success has drawn critics, including a group called Visible Children that took issue with Invisible Children’s overhead costs.

Invisible Children also drew unwanted attention a couple of weeks after the video hit when the group’s director and co-founder, Jason Russell, was detained by police in San Diego for charges of public drunkenness and lewd behavior.

With all that back story, there was a lot of curiosity about the KONY 2012 sequel, but Fiorentino says there was probably nothing Invisible Children could have done to garner another video with comparable views, except maybe to wait longer before it released the sequel. Says Fiorentino: “They needed to give the audience time to breathe.”

Representatives from Invisible Children could not be reached for comment.

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Foursquare Tops 20 Million Users

Foursquare has added five million registered users in the last 16 months, bringing its total user base to 20 million.

The three-year-old startup confirmed the 20 million number through a 4sqDay badge, which is being awarded to anyone who uses the app to check in on Monday (April 16 or “four, squared”).

“Thanks to all 20 million of you for making us part of your lives,” the badge’s message reads.

New user growth has slowed since the last time Foursquare announced a milestone. When the company announced it had reached 15 million users last December, it had tripled its userbase and added 10 million users in about one year.

Foursquare users have, however, checked in 2 billion times in the last two years, according to the 4sqDay badge message. On average, that’s 100 times each — suggesting that while checking in may be the least prevalent smartphone activity, those who do use Foursquare do so frequently.

A December 2011 study from Forrester Research found that just 5% of U.S. adults use any location-based check-in services, suggesting that checking in has a long way to go before reaching the mainstream.

But Foursquare’s user base is large and valuable enough enough to have attracted partnerships with big brands such as American Express, and its newest features emphasize its value as a resource rather than a check-in service. Its new web interface, for instance, focuses on discovery features, and the web version of its recommendation feature Explore now includes 250,000 restaurant menus.

Do you use Foursquare? Tell us why or why not in the comments.

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Romney taps longtime adviser to lead running mate search

Mitt Romney has tapped a longtime adviser to begin his search for a vice presidential candidate. 

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