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Highlights from Dave's monologue for April 10, 2012.
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The US government has filed a lawsuit against five publishers and the country's most valuable firm Apple accusing them of price fixing in the e-book market.

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Drugs giant Johnson & Johnson is ordered by a US judge to pay $1.1bn for downplaying the risks involved in taking its anti-psychotic drug Risperdal.

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BBC Radio 5 live Drive heard how twitter saved a man kidnapped in the boot of his own car.

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President Obama explains why we need the Buffett Rule, which make our tax system more fair by ensuring that people who make more than $1 million a year pay at least the same share of their income in taxes as middle-class families.
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April 10, 2012 - A European court rules that Britain can extradite five terror suspects to the United States.

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Ken Livingstone blubbing while watching his own party election broadcast is the latest in a long, but often ignoble, tradition
Do tears betray an unforgiveable weakness or cast our leaders in a refreshingly human light? Ken Livingstone turning on the waterworks while watching his own party election broadcast will probably not endear him to London voters – yourself is not the most popular cause to cry for – but at least red-eyed Red Ken was bang on trend.
Male politicians have rushed to bare their snivellingly sensitive souls in recent times. When Nick Clegg revealed he "regularly" sobbed while listening to music, political bruiser Ed Balls trumped him by boasting of weeping when watching the "incredibly emotional" Antiques Roadshow.
But it would be wrong to think of tears as a pitifully self-indulgent symbol of modern times. Abraham Lincoln skilfully employed tears in his oratory and, as befitted someone frequently tired and emotional, Winston Churchill loved a good blub in Parliament. The Iron Lady was made of sterner stuff until her departure from Downing Street was poignantly illustrated by the image of Margaret Thatcher indulging in a little lip-quivering in the prime ministerial limo.
Women leaders are usually damned if they do cry and damned if they don't. Aides at first feared that Hillary Clinton's tearful exchange with a voter after losing the Iowa primary to Barack Obama in 2008 would damage her but it actually played well, particularly with women voters. Tears (and implausible denials) can be emasculating, however: Edmund Muskie's presidential campaign was torpedoed in 1972 when he responded to newspaper criticisms of his wife by apparently breaking down in tears. He insisted they were melted snowflakes on his cheeks.
Every US president since Reagan has deployed a strategic tear or two (a welling-up may go down well with voters but bawling or howling is too temperamental) but it was Hillary's husband who really reinvented crying. Blubbing Bill wasn't averse to a bit of fakery as well, turning laughter into tears when he realised he was being filmed at a funeral.
Despite taking lessons from Clinton, Tony Blair was less comfortable with public tears. It was said he cried when told of the death of Dr David Kelly and Blair subsequently claimed he shed "many" tears over Iraq war dead. His alpha-male communications chief Alastair Campbell also choked back a whimper when he defended his former boss over Iraq on the Andrew Marr Show.
Gordon Brown welled up when talking on TV about the death of his baby daughter, Jennifer, but coming before the 2010 general election, this genuine display of emotion from a prime minister encumbered by his stiff image was greeted with widespread cynicism.
The most profitable political tears are probably those shed when a politician is confronted with a tragedy that is not the demise of their own careers. Livingstone has at least mastered this art in the past: he cried in public when he apologised for the slave trade during his time as mayor of London. © 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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An Indian mother weeps after her child died following abuse by her husband who had wanted a son.An Indian mother weeps after her child died following abuse by her husband who had wanted a son.

FILE - This April 4, 2012 file photo provided by the California Department of Corrections shows 77-year-old serial killer Charles Manson Wednesday, April 4, 2012. Manson will have an April 11, 2012 parole hearing in California. (AP Photos/California Department of Corrections, File)Debra Tate hopes that Wednesday is the last time she has to walk into a prison and argue to parole officials that Charles Manson should not be freed.

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