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The five must-read posts from today, on Obama, election day and Cadbury

1. Unhappy anniversary, Obama

The FT's Gideon Rachman says that the problem with Barack Obama's first year in office is that his biggest domestic achievement is a negative one -- stopping the recession from turning into a depression.

2. Scott Brown's acceptance speech: five best lines

On a slightly lighter note, Hattie Garlick at Comment Central picks the highlights from the new senator's acceptance speech.

3. Market mayhem on day after polling day?

Benedict Brogan looks at how a late election result could upset the financial markets.

4. Cadbury's and Kraft: what the left needs to consider now

Darrell Goodliffe at Liberal Conspiracy blogs about how we can empower those directly affected by changes of ownership.

5. Sir David Omand on THAT "45 minutes" claim

Omand appears today before the Chilcot inquiry. Paul Waugh draws attention to what he has already said on the record about the WMD claim.


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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.



In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.