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"Politics is the process and method of gaining or maintaining support for public or common action, the conduct of "decision-making for groups. Although it is usually applied to "governments, political behavior is also observed in "corporate, "academic, "religious, and other institutions. "Political philosophy is the study of topics such as politics, "liberty, "justice, "property, "rights, "law, and the enforcement of a "legal code by authority: what they are, why (or even if) they are needed, what, if anything, makes a government legitimate, what rights and freedoms it should protect and why, what form it should take and why, what the law is, and what duties citizens owe to a legitimate government, if any, and when it may be legitimately overthrown, if ever. "Political science is the field devoted to studying political behavior and examining the acquisition and application of "power, or the ability to impose one's will on another. Its practitioners are known as political scientists. Political scientists look at "elections, "public opinion, institutional activities, the "ideologies behind various "politicians and "interest groups, how politicians achieve and wield their influence, and so on.

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""Oliver Stone, director of JFK

"JFK is a 1991 American film directed by "Oliver Stone. It examines the events leading to the "assassination of President John F. Kennedy and alleged subsequent cover-up through the eyes of former "New Orleans "district attorney "Jim Garrison (played by "Kevin Costner). Garrison "filed charges against New Orleans businessman "Clay Shaw ("Tommy Lee Jones) for his alleged participation in a "conspiracy to assassinate the president, for which "Lee Harvey Oswald ("Gary Oldman) was found responsible by two Government investigations: the "Warren Commission, and the "House Select Committee on Assassinations (which concluded that there was another assassin shooting with Oswald). The film was adapted by Stone and Zachary Sklar from the books "On the Trail of the Assassins by Jim Garrison and Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy by "Jim Marrs. Stone described this account as a ""counter-myth" to the "fictional myth" of the "Warren Commission. The film became embroiled in controversy. Upon JFK's theatrical release, many major American newspapers ran editorials accusing Stone of taking liberties with historical facts, including the film's implication that President "Lyndon B. Johnson was part of a "coup d'état to kill Kennedy. After a slow start at the box office, Stone's film gradually picked up momentum, earning over $205 million in worldwide gross. JFK went on to win two "Academy Awards and was nominated for eight in total, including "Best Picture. The film was one of three films Stone made about the American Presidency, followed later by "Nixon with "Anthony Hopkins in the title role and "W. with "Josh Brolin as "George W. Bush.

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The resignation letter of U. S. President "Richard M. Nixon on August 9, 1974 during the "Watergate scandal.

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""Barack Obama
Contrary to the rumors you have heard, I was not born in a "manger. I was actually born on "Krypton and sent here by my father, "Jor-El, to save the planet "Earth.
"Barack Obama, Political fundraising "dinner in "New York, October 2008

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""Yasser Arafat in 1999

"Yasser Arafat (1929–2004) was a "Palestinian militant and politician. As "Chairman of the "Palestine Liberation Organization and "President of the "Palestinian National Authority, Arafat continuously fought against Israeli forces in the name of Palestinian self-determination. Arafat was constantly surrounded by controversy, as in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when "Fatah faced off with "Jordan in a civil war. Forced out of Jordan and into Lebanon, Arafat and Fatah were the targets of "Israel's 1978 and 1982 invasions of that country. Arafat was said to be a key planner of the "Black September organization's murder of eleven Israeli athletes at the "1972 Summer Olympics. The majority of the Palestinian people – regardless of political ideology or faction – viewed him as a heroic "freedom fighter and "martyr who symbolized the national aspirations of his people. However, many Israelis have described him as an unrepentant terrorist. In 1994, Arafat received the "Nobel Peace Prize, together with "Yitzhak Rabin and "Shimon Peres, for the negotiations in the "Oslo Accords. In late 2004, after effectively being confined within "his Ramallah compound for over two years by the "Israeli Defense Forces, Arafat became ill and fell into a coma, and later died.

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