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The Rundown - December 12

# What's next for Russia?
# The Kremlin has called for investigations into vote fraud
# "Putin 2.0 Could Be More Autocratic Than 1.0" - Lilia Shevtsova, "Moscow Times"
# "A Coloured Revolution in Russia?" - Joshua Tucker, "Al Jazeera"

# Iran says it won't return the U.S. drone (but maybe it would)
# Micah Zenko on the capture of the drone for "Foreign Policy"
# NPEC releases a new report on Iran's nuclear program

# The U.S. has left the Shamsi Air Base in Pakistan
# A Taliban spokesman denies the TTP is in talks with the Pakistani government
# "Bastiat In Kandahar" - Anne Jolis, "The Wall St. Journal"
# Hamid Karzai says foreigners are to blame for corruption in Afghanistan
# Esha Chhabra on the revival of Afghan art

Of Interest
# Getting more from less in the media industry (video)
# Beware: creative people are more likely to lie to you
# "Intellectuals and Politics" - Gary Gutting, "The New York Times"
# GigaOM reviews the new Google Currents
# Twitter has launched brand pages

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The Congress is working towards a budget agreement
# The "PBS Newshour" analysis of Shields and Brooks