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    Hey Dummy! Read this and you'll look smart. You don't have to be smart to impress people -- you just have to fake it. Here's a daily list of must-read articles that will impress your co-workers, wow your friends and make you seem smart....

    • Historians and political scientists weighed in on what former presidential election the current one most closely resembles: Eisenhower v. Stevenson? Carter v. Reagan?
    • Leona Helmsley made superb tabloid fodder last year when it was discovered she left millions to her pet dog in her will. Turns out, leaving money to pets is common, and a network of animal-loving attys and their clients have engineered a quiet revolution in the law.
    • A diverse district of Paris is one of the largest, poorest and most crime-ridden. The 19th Arrondissenment is deeply divided and gang turf wars further exacerbate segregation and rivalry in the district.
    • Washington has offered aid to Hurricane-ravaged Cuba for the first time in the 47-year history of U.S. trade embargo.
    • The advertising firm that promotes Starbucks is tossing out the company like yesterday's grande frappuccino.  The ad firm said it "just makes sense" to part from the coffee giant as they move the brand forward.
    • Time magazine compiled a very apropos list of the top-10 U.N. General Assembly moments including when Khrushchev lost it, Chavez called Bush 'the devil' and Ahmadinejad got fired up.
    • Just weeks ago, Raymond James was a little known Florida-based bank whose claim to fame was having its name emblazoned on Bucs stadium in Tampa. Now, amid all the Wall Street shake-ups, it's become the nation's third largest securities firm.