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Mexico's President Proves His Critics Wrong

Mexican President Felipe Calderon is giving his first State of the Union address Saturday night — and what a difference a year makes.

Coming into his presidency, it looked as though Calderon would be a lame duck. There was a divided electorate, an opposition figure in Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador — who refused to concede defeat — and a country that seemed beset with insolvable problems, such as a raging drug war.

But now, even his critics say Calderon has been governing with a deft touch.


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