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X + Y: watch an exclusive clip from the drama about a teenage maths prodigy - video

Asa Butterfield stars in X+Y, a romantic drama about shy teen who is a whizz with numbers, but struggles to figure out people. Based on the documentary Beautiful Young Minds, about a team of pupils preparing for the International Mathematical Olympiad, Morgan Matthews' film is released in the UK 13 March a href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/video/2015/mar/04/x-and-y-clip-asa-butterfield-video"Continue reading.../a
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X + Y: watch an exclusive clip from the drama about a teenage maths prodigy - video

FEED - The Guardian - 51 min 32 sec ago
Asa Butterfield stars in X+Y, a romantic drama about shy teen who is a whizz with numbers, but struggles to figure out people. Based on the documentary Beautiful Young Minds, about a team of pupils preparing for the International Mathematical Olympiad, Morgan Matthews' film is released in the UK 13 March a href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/video/2015/mar/04/x-and-y-clip-asa-butterfield-video"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/4407b246/sc/38/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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เปเลหนุนเมืองจิงโจ้จัดเวิลด์คัพ

เปเล เชียร์ออสเตรเลียคว้าสิทธิเจ้าภาพฟุตบอลโลก
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The Illusion of Choice

FEED - The Huffington Post - 51 min 50 sec ago
At the moment 68,000 or so NYC 8th graders are anxiously waiting to find out where they'll be offered seats for high school. Word just hit the street that match letters will be released this Thursday, the culmination of what for many families was months of tours, open houses, testing, auditions, interviews, test prep (for some kids this went on for years), portfolio building and seemingly endless stress. This one letter will determine the next four years of these kids' lives.

Not to sound histrionic, but it's a big deal.

Schools here work differently than much of the country, where kids go from the local middle school to the local high school. NYC's high schools are choice based. According to some it's a remarkable system. The Brown Center on Educational Policy recently named New York City as number two on its list of best choice systems in the country. But, as a parent of an 8th grader I know that the dictionary definition of choice and the reality of going to school here aren't the same thing.

Students and families do have choices. There are over 400 high schools offering over 700 programs in the main round. That's an astounding amount of choice. But, just because a student chooses a school or a program, that doesn't mean they get chosen back. Kids have the opportunity to rank up to 12 schools and then information from all 8th graders is fed into a computer system, which hopefully matches them with programs based on any number of screens and criteria. Click here to read how that system works. Unfortunately, the individual screening systems many schools use have been found faulty as the office of NYC's comptroller discovered when examining results. Plus, the number of students interested in top schools far outweigh the number of seats available.

There are NYC's specialized high schools, another option open to students, extraordinary institutions some with worldwide reputations. The original three: Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech boast 14 Nobel laureates, more than some countries. Unfortunately, the integrity of these remarkable, rigorous institutions is now being threatened by the current mayor and city council, who want to dismantle the admissions system that's been in place for decades. Admission is based on one test -- a purely merit based system that rewards hard work and diligence, with no opportunities for bias, favoritism, or subjectivity. This process has been protected by state law since 1971, but is now being challenged. No one has actually determined what would take its place and how a new system more like the screened system (problematic as noted above) would benefit either students or the schools themselves.

And then there are very real issues like failing elementary and middle schools across the city that don't prepare their students for success at challenging high schools. Fourth grade standardized tests, which in large part determine middle school placement, are far more important than many realize. Attending a rigorous middle school makes a considerable impact on high school choices. There are concrete discrepancies by borough and neighborhood regarding viable options -- not all are created anything close to equal. Parents who don't speak English are even more challenged by the complicated and unwieldy admissions process. Those without computer access, or the ability to take time off from work for touring and open houses. And the onus is on families to figure it out, often with not enough input from schools or the Department of Education.

So yes, there are choices. Some of them are outstanding, even life-changing. But far too many kids in NYC don't get those chances. For this to be a truly democratic choice system that works for the majority of NYC kids there has to be better support in elementary/middle schools, (weakened by the removal of required tutoring time by the newly passed teacher's contract), better education for families about potential opportunities for their kids, and an easier to navigate system, which would hopefully level the playing field, allowing far more students to excel than do now.
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Jet airliner skids off runway

FEED - CNN - Top Stories - 51 min 57 sec ago
A Turkish Airlines jet carrying 224 people skidded off a runway Wednesday morning at Kathmandu's airport, forcing those on board to evacuate and effectively shutting down Nepal's lone international airport, authorities said.div class="feedflare" a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=4-zTkJ32S48:q2RvA6i7oWA:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=4-zTkJ32S48:q2RvA6i7oWA:7Q72WNTAKBA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=4-zTkJ32S48:q2RvA6i7oWA:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=4-zTkJ32S48:q2RvA6i7oWA:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=4-zTkJ32S48:q2RvA6i7oWA:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=4-zTkJ32S48:q2RvA6i7oWA:gIN9vFwOqvQ"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=4-zTkJ32S48:q2RvA6i7oWA:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/cnn_topstories/~4/4-zTkJ32S48" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
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บีเอ็มซีแอลลุ้นได้ส่วนต่อสายน้ำเงิน ครม.เปิดช่องคมนาคมเจรจารายเดิม เร่งหาข้อสรุปภายใน2สัปดาห์

ครม.ไฟเขียวก่อสร้างรถไฟฟ้าสายสีน้ำเงินส่วนต่อขยายบางซื่อ-ท่าพระ และหัวลำโพง-บางแค เสียงส่วนใหญ่เห็นพ้องให้เปิดเจรจาเจ้าเดิม บ.รถไฟฟ้ากรุงเทพ ตัดปัญหาล่าช้าและระบบไม่ตรงกัน
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ผู้ค้าแนะรัฐตรึงราคาLPGเดือนมี.ค.หวั่นซ้ำเติมแรงซื้อประชาชน

ผู้ค้าแนะกระทรวงพลังงานเคาะตรึงราคาแอลพีจีที่ต้องประกาศเปลี่ยนแปลงตามราคาโลกเดือนมี.ค. 58 นี้เพื่อดูแลค่าครองชีพประชาชนท่ามกลางเศรษฐกิจที่ชะลอตัว จับตาถก”กบง.”เคาะขึ้น 10 สตางค์ต่อกก.หรือตรึงราคา
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Hu Bing: British menswear's newest ambassador

pThe Chinese model has turned his hand to acting, singing, Olympic sport and philanthropy. Now he is to be the global representative for London Collections Men/ppBritish menswear has a new cheerleader – and he’s a quadruple threat. Hu Bing, a Chinese actor, model, singer and philanthropist, has been appointed to the new role of a href="http://www.londoncollections.co.uk/news/710/Hu-Bing-Appointed-As-First-Int"international ambassador for London Collections Men/a, a move that makes a great deal of business sense./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2015/mar/04/hu-bing-british-menswears-newest-ambassador"Continue reading.../a
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Hu Bing: British menswear's newest ambassador

FEED - The Guardian - 54 min 11 sec ago
pThe Chinese model has turned his hand to acting, singing, Olympic sport and philanthropy. Now he is to be the global representative for London Collections Men/ppBritish menswear has a new cheerleader – and he’s a quadruple threat. Hu Bing, a Chinese actor, model, singer and philanthropist, has been appointed to the new role of a href="http://www.londoncollections.co.uk/news/710/Hu-Bing-Appointed-As-First-Int"international ambassador for London Collections Men/a, a move that makes a great deal of business sense./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2015/mar/04/hu-bing-british-menswears-newest-ambassador"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/4407abcd/sc/38/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166799488/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/4407abcd/sc/38/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166799488/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/4407abcd/sc/38/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166799488/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/4407abcd/sc/38/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166799488/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/4407abcd/sc/38/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166799488/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/4407abcd/sc/38/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166799488/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/4407abcd/sc/38/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166799488/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/4407abcd/sc/38/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166799488/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/4407abcd/sc/38/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/222166799488/u/60/f/663828/c/34708/s/4407abcd/sc/38/a2t.img" border="0"/
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Is Maggie Smith leaving 'Downton Abbey'?

FEED - CNN - Top Stories - 54 min 12 sec ago
She's leaving. She's not leaving. Which is it?div class="feedflare" a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=LqGT5DCHrcQ:KlBs7GJvcFE:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=LqGT5DCHrcQ:KlBs7GJvcFE:7Q72WNTAKBA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=LqGT5DCHrcQ:KlBs7GJvcFE:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=LqGT5DCHrcQ:KlBs7GJvcFE:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=LqGT5DCHrcQ:KlBs7GJvcFE:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=LqGT5DCHrcQ:KlBs7GJvcFE:gIN9vFwOqvQ"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=LqGT5DCHrcQ:KlBs7GJvcFE:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/cnn_topstories/~4/LqGT5DCHrcQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
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Costello: Who wants a divorce from Midwest?

FEED - CNN - Top Stories - 55 min 50 sec ago
I am a friendly, hard-working Ohio native. It's how a lot of my friends in New York describe Midwesterners. It's as if we're assembled at "The Flyover Wonder Bread Factory," devoid of color or depth.div class="feedflare" a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=HQitxglH6Wc:VaIVhSiZCzI:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=HQitxglH6Wc:VaIVhSiZCzI:7Q72WNTAKBA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=HQitxglH6Wc:VaIVhSiZCzI:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=HQitxglH6Wc:VaIVhSiZCzI:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=HQitxglH6Wc:VaIVhSiZCzI:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=HQitxglH6Wc:VaIVhSiZCzI:gIN9vFwOqvQ"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=HQitxglH6Wc:VaIVhSiZCzI:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/cnn_topstories/~4/HQitxglH6Wc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
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Dustin Yellin Is Shredding $10,000 For The Sake Of Art, And It's Pretty Damn Beautiful

For the upcoming Spring/Break Art Show, part of New York’s Armory Arts Week, Dustin Yellin is collaborating with artist collective the Bazaar Teens on an eight painting series entitled "The Riches of God’s Love unto the Vessels of Mercy."

And by paintings, we mean brown canvases covered in $10,000 worth of shredded bills.



Yup, Yellin is spearheading a series of artworks that literally destroy an anonymous donor’s donation and spew the carnage all over poop-brown canvases. And, we have to say, we're on board. But we should probably add, the artworks are each priced at $10,000 and all proceeds from the sale will go toward the creation of eight grants for high school seniors interested in art.

The sensational artwork was inspired in part by the fair's theme of "Transaction." It was also inspired by a serious time crunch. "I'd been asked to do the show," Yellin explained in an interview with The Huffington Post, "but I had so much stuff cooking so we didn't start thinking about it until fairly close to the deadline. I'd been in talks with our donor and he really wanted to help. Everything was in agreement except for what we were going to do. When it came time to decide with such limited time available, we began to worry -- what's the point in having to rush to put on a fairly mediocre art show, where everything is hung at eye level and looks like everything else?"



And then the idea struck. Instead of spending money to produce average artworks that would enter the contemporary art marketplace, was there a better way to use the donation? Yellin resolved to take the allotted cash, in the forms of twenties, fifties and one hundred-dollar bills, and shred the loot in a wood chipper. He then used tweezers to apply the massacred dough to emulsion-covered canvasses.

"We were aware of the problematics of destroying money. There was a lot of debate and fight over it. Eventually we decided to go ahead with it," he said. In more lofty terms:

"The only way that we could do it was to redistribute the money. We wouldn't make money at the art fair. We would basically increase the value of the money that we did have by valorizing the artist's touch and then redistribute whatever mythical value is attached to this stupid, wasteful, destructive act."

Yellin is the first to affirm the potential critiques lodged against the project. Aside from dubbing the act "stupid" and "wasteful," he also remarked, "they look like shit" and "it's totally a stunt." But in some bizarre way, this only makes the strange and charitable act all the more engrossing. "We wanted the sensational aspect of the act to speak to something beyond the frame and have it engage in a different dialogue," Yellin explained. "Could the intention be beautiful? Its other value, not its aesthetic value."



If the works sell, Yellin will have used the strange alchemy of art to increase the value of money simply by destroying it. And even if they don't, he argues it's no different from any art fair piece remaining in stock. "Let's say we invested $10,000 and we made some neon that said, 'Holding Hands Together Before The Night Is Over' and that doesn't sell. I don't know why we're called into question for this wasteful aesthetic gesture in particular. If we're all going to make these artistic critiques of the economy and act within it, it's fucking stupid."

In the end, there are few negatives things you can say about Yellin's project that he wouldn't agree with already. He's just hoping you notice some beauty there as well. "It is a stunt. It's totally a stunt. But it can be other things. We always want a multiplicity of meanings and values to be attached to things. This could be a bunch of assholes doing something but it can also be good at the same time."

"The Riches of God’s Love unto the Vessels of Mercy" will be on view at the Spring/Break Art Show from March 4 through March 8, 2015.
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Dustin Yellin Is Shredding $10,000 For The Sake Of Art, And It's Pretty Damn Beautiful

FEED - The Huffington Post - 56 min 34 sec ago
For the upcoming Spring/Break Art Show, part of New York’s Armory Arts Week, Dustin Yellin is collaborating with artist collective the Bazaar Teens on an eight painting series entitled "The Riches of God’s Love unto the Vessels of Mercy."

And by paintings, we mean brown canvases covered in $10,000 worth of shredded bills.



Yup, Yellin is spearheading a series of artworks that literally destroy an anonymous donor’s donation and spew the carnage all over poop-brown canvases. And, we have to say, we're on board. But we should probably add, the artworks are each priced at $10,000 and all proceeds from the sale will go toward the creation of eight grants for high school seniors interested in art.

The sensational artwork was inspired in part by the fair's theme of "Transaction." It was also inspired by a serious time crunch. "I'd been asked to do the show," Yellin explained in an interview with The Huffington Post, "but I had so much stuff cooking so we didn't start thinking about it until fairly close to the deadline. I'd been in talks with our donor and he really wanted to help. Everything was in agreement except for what we were going to do. When it came time to decide with such limited time available, we began to worry -- what's the point in having to rush to put on a fairly mediocre art show, where everything is hung at eye level and looks like everything else?"



And then the idea struck. Instead of spending money to produce average artworks that would enter the contemporary art marketplace, was there a better way to use the donation? Yellin resolved to take the allotted cash, in the forms of twenties, fifties and one hundred-dollar bills, and shred the loot in a wood chipper. He then used tweezers to apply the massacred dough to emulsion-covered canvasses.

"We were aware of the problematics of destroying money. There was a lot of debate and fight over it. Eventually we decided to go ahead with it," he said. In more lofty terms:

"The only way that we could do it was to redistribute the money. We wouldn't make money at the art fair. We would basically increase the value of the money that we did have by valorizing the artist's touch and then redistribute whatever mythical value is attached to this stupid, wasteful, destructive act."

Yellin is the first to affirm the potential critiques lodged against the project. Aside from dubbing the act "stupid" and "wasteful," he also remarked, "they look like shit" and "it's totally a stunt." But in some bizarre way, this only makes the strange and charitable act all the more engrossing. "We wanted the sensational aspect of the act to speak to something beyond the frame and have it engage in a different dialogue," Yellin explained. "Could the intention be beautiful? Its other value, not its aesthetic value."



If the works sell, Yellin will have used the strange alchemy of art to increase the value of money simply by destroying it. And even if they don't, he argues it's no different from any art fair piece remaining in stock. "Let's say we invested $10,000 and we made some neon that said, 'Holding Hands Together Before The Night Is Over' and that doesn't sell. I don't know why we're called into question for this wasteful aesthetic gesture in particular. If we're all going to make these artistic critiques of the economy and act within it, it's fucking stupid."

In the end, there are few negatives things you can say about Yellin's project that he wouldn't agree with already. He's just hoping you notice some beauty there as well. "It is a stunt. It's totally a stunt. But it can be other things. We always want a multiplicity of meanings and values to be attached to things. This could be a bunch of assholes doing something but it can also be good at the same time."

"The Riches of God’s Love unto the Vessels of Mercy" will be on view at the Spring/Break Art Show from March 4 through March 8, 2015.
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The Demolition Of Workers' Comp

FEED - The Huffington Post - 56 min 35 sec ago
DENNIS WHEDBEE’S CREW WAS RUSHING to prepare an oil well for pumping on the Sweet Grass Woman lease site, a speck of dusty plains rich with crude in Mandaree, North Dakota.
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Opinion: Obamacare fails poor, middle class

FEED - CNN - Top Stories - 58 min 2 sec ago
More people are going to lose employer-based care and be reliant on government programs that limit choice.div class="feedflare" a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=FrRkx_Inz_o:VyjvQrRCTBs:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=FrRkx_Inz_o:VyjvQrRCTBs:7Q72WNTAKBA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=FrRkx_Inz_o:VyjvQrRCTBs:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=FrRkx_Inz_o:VyjvQrRCTBs:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=FrRkx_Inz_o:VyjvQrRCTBs:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=FrRkx_Inz_o:VyjvQrRCTBs:gIN9vFwOqvQ"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=FrRkx_Inz_o:VyjvQrRCTBs:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/cnn_topstories/~4/FrRkx_Inz_o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
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Labour accuses Cameron of trying to sink TV debates

FEED - The Guardian - 1 hour 32 sec ago
pPrime minister refuses to commit to two-way debate with Ed Miliband as Labour reveals Tories missed meeting with broadcaster/ppDavid Cameron has been accused of trying to sink the television election debates after repeatedly refusing to commit to appearing opposite Ed Miliband in a head-to-head encounter./ppLabour said the prime minister was seeking to “scupper the negotiations and sink the debates” after Cameron told MPs he wanted the debates to happen before the campaign. Labour sources said Conservative negotiators had missed two recent meetings about the debates with the broadcasters./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/04/labour-accuses-cameron-trying-sink-tv-debates"Continue reading.../aimg width='1' height='1' src='http://feeds.theguardian.com/c/34708/f/663828/s/44079798/sc/7/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/
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