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Clinton Meets With Zelaya Today

The State Department announced that Secretary Clinton will meet with deposed Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya at Foggy Bottom today at 1 pm. It's closed press, but they will provide an official photo after.

Zelaya said yesterday that he hopes the United States will support efforts to restore him as president, the AP reported.

Special Event: RealClearWorld Looks At Iran Election

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RealClearWorld, the one-stop shop for the best international news and analysis, is co-sponsoring a special policy discussion on this week's Iran presidential election. Hosted by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, RCW will offer a live webcast of the event, which features Washington Institute's Mehdi Khalaji, American Enterprise Institute's Ali Alfoneh, as well as Iran expert - and regular RCW contributor - Meir Javedanfar.

The event takes place Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET.

Be sure to check out what will be a fascinating look into what the election could mean for the average Iranian, as well as for President Obama's foreign policy.

Biden dines with son in Iraq

Vice President-elect Joe Biden ended his last overseas trip as a U.S. senator with a visit to Iraq today, a visit that ended with a meal with his oldest son.

Delaware Atty. Gen. Beau Biden, a captain in the state National Guard, arrived in Iraq on Nov. 20, for a one year deployment with the 261st Signal Brigade. Because of his scheduled deployment, Biden was not able to join his family in Chicago on Election Night, though the elder Biden said his son would have been allowed to leave his unit had he chosen to do so.

"This kid is a different brand," he told reporters that day, relating his son's wishes not to be treated differently than other members of his unit. The Bidens did spend time together after the election, shortly before Beau's deployment.

According to Biden's Senate office, he and Sen. Lindsay Graham started the day in Basra, meeting with the commander of the Iraqi Army there. They then flew to Baghdad and were briefed by U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and General Ray Odierno, commander of the Multi-National Force in Iraq. The two also met with Iraqi Pres. Jalal Talabani and other Iraqi leaders.

Biden was expected to return to the United States after the Iraq stop. He will formally resign his Senate seat this Thursday.

SKYY Vs. Absolut

Hundreds of angry Americans took to pouring their Absolut vodka down the drain after the company published an advertisement showing several Southwestern states as part of Mexico. Sensing an opening akin to a major gaffe on the campaign trail, SKYY Vodka has issued a press release slamming their Swedish rivals. As it turns our, SKYY supports the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

We generally don't run press releases as a whole, but this is just too funny:

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo officially ended the Mexican-America War (1846-1848). With the signing of this treaty, the United States gained control of what was to become the Golden West, including California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and parts of Colorado and New Mexico. Today, SKYY® Vodka, the number-one vodka produced in the United States, spoke out against suggestions by Absolut® Vodka to disregard that treaty, as well as the joining of Texas to the Union in 1845, as depicted in Absolut's recent advertising.

"Like SKYY Vodka, the residents of states like California, Texas and Arizona are exceptionally proud of the fact that they are from the United States of America," said Dave Karraker, SKYY Vodka. "To imply that they might be interested in changing their mailing addresses, as our competitor seems to be suggesting in their advertising, is a bit presumptuous."

In the ad, an "Absolut World" is depicted where the map of North America is re-drawn with Mexico claiming much of the Western United States, negating the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, as well as the Gadsden Purchase (1853), and the independence of Texas (1836).

"Don't get me started on the Gadsden Purchase," continues Karraker. "I think the folks in Tucson and Yuma would be rubbed the wrong way if they hear this landmark deal was somehow nullified as suggested by Absolut, a Swedish-owned brand."

SKYY Vodka was founded in San Francisco in 1992 and continues to be produced in the United States. Premium SKYY Vodka is made from American grain carefully selected from the Midwest and 100% pure filtered water. SKYY's proprietary four-column distillation and three-step filtration process consistently ensures exceptional quality. SKYY Vodka products include luxury SKYY90 and new SKYY Infusions, a unique, all-natural infused experience made with premium SKYY Vodka and succulent real fruit.

"Don't get me started on the Gadsden Purchase"? It's an attack line to make the Obama and Clinton press offices jealous.

Capture The Flag

The world's increasing fuel needs mean countries are doing anything they can to stake their claims to any oil fields left. Now, the battle is raging over a more and more pertinent question: Who owns the North Pole?

Russia last month sent a submarine underneath the Pole, where it planted a titanium flag to claim the area in order to win drilling rights on what many believe is one of the world's largest untapped oil fields. At the time, Canadian Foreign Minister Peter MacKay dismissed the move with a great zinger: "This isn't the 15th century. You can't go around the world and just plant flags and say, 'We're claiming this territory.'"

Russia's move followed a visit to Resolute Bay by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who traveled to the country's northern-most point to claim that "the first principle of Arctic sovereignty is -- use it or lose it." Meanwhile, Denmark, which lays claim to Greenland, has called for international talks over the North Pole.

Talks may not do any good, points out The New Republic's Josh Patashnik. Russia now claims soil samples from beneath the North Pole show the area is geologically linked to the Russian continental shelf, which would give Russia oil drilling rights. Patashnik: "I suppose [the soil sample] has a little bit more legitimacy than going around and planting flags all over the place."