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Countdown reviews the year of ‘whackjob’ Palin

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From going bust by resigning as governor of Alaska to going rogue, MSNBC’s Countdown pays tribute to Sarah Palin’s turbulent year.

“Never mind that her guy wiped the floor with you and your guy in the election last year,” MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell declares, standing in for host Keith Olbermann. “If you want to move product you go on ‘Oprah.'”

Which, of course, Palin recently did to promote her new book, Going Rogue.

“She was at Barnes & Noble today and actually had to take a break because she got a cramp in her wink,” O’Donnell later mocks.

“Will Sarah Palin be named the wackiest whack job of the year?” he intones. “Countdown‘s” 2009 whack job jamboree debuts next Tuesday, December 29th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.”

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“You went rogue on us, Sarah.”

This video is from MSNBC’s Countdown, broadcast Dec. 21, 2009.



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New Zealand tightens gun laws again after mosque attack

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New Zealand announced plans for a national firearms register Monday in its second round of gun law reforms following the Christchurch mosque attacks which killed 51 Muslim worshippers.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said regulations around who could hold firearm licences would also be tightened to "stop weapons falling into the wrong hands".

Ardern said the March 15 killings, when a gunman opened fire at two Christchurch mosques as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers, had changed attitudes towards gun ownership in New Zealand.

"There is a new normal around firearms, it is a change of mindset," she told reporters.

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Mascots and javelin carriers: Tokyo adds robots to Olympic roster

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A roster of Olympic robots that will do everything from welcoming visitors to transporting javelins has been unveiled as Tokyo works to showcase Japanese technology at next year's Summer Games.

Japan hopes the 2020 Olympics will be a chance to put its tech sector back on the map after years in which the country's reputation as an industry leader has flagged.

Auto giant Toyota has a roster of five robots with different roles to play, from cutesy renditions of the Olympic mascots to a staid transport bot.

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Final hours of voting in race to become British PM

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The voting closes Monday in the contest to become Britain's next prime minister, with Boris Johnson expected to be confirmed as the winner charged with delivering Brexit.

After a month-long contest between former London mayor Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the postal votes of up to 160,000 grassroots Conservatives will decide the governing party's next leader.

The voting window slams shut at 5:00pm (1600 GMT).

The result will be announced on Tuesday, with the winner immediately becoming the new Conservative leader, the victor taking office as prime minister on Wednesday.

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