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The five must-read posts from today, on Sri Lanka, Barack Obama and friendly conservatives.

1. Questions Fox must answer over close links to Sri Lankan "dictator"

Left Foot Forward reveals that Liam Fox met Sri Lanka's president three times last year and says the Tory defence spokesman must explain why he accepted hospitality from a man with such a poor human rights record.

2. A history of Obama feigning interest in mundane things

Does what it says on the tin -- New York magazine has compiled a slideshow of pictures of Obama feigning interest.

3. Tory proposals are designed to fatally wound Labour by 2015

At LabourList, Paul Richards argues that three seemingly innocuous Tory proposals are in fact carefully calibrated to undermine Labour's effectiveness in parliament.

4. Ends and means

The Economist's Bagehot asks whether people on the right of politics are nicer than people on the left.

5. The Gnu is back!

John Rentoul explores the possibility of a government of national unity.

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