The Upshot
  • The four granite faces of American presidents on Mt. Rushmore could be on land that is returned to native tribes. At least, that is one of the recommendations from a United Nations Commission that some of Native American tribal lands be restored, including  the Black Hills of South Dakota, home to Mt. Rushmore.

    James Anaya, a U.N. special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, completed a fact-finding mission that will include the Black Hills suggestion as part of his assessment of the U.S. compliance with the  Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

    According to the Associated Press:

    The Black Hills, home to Mount Rushmore, are public land but are considered sacred by the Sioux tribes. The Sioux have refused to accept money awarded in a 1980 U.S. Supreme Court decision and have sought return of the land. The Black Hills and other lands were set aside for the Sioux in an 1868 treaty. But Congress passed a law in 1877 taking the land.

    President Barack Obama endorsed the

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  • The buzziest moment during the first debate among Mexico's four candidates for president this Sunday happened before anyone had said a word.

    At the debate's start, a curvy model wearing a form-fitting white dress with a revealing cutout showing off her generous cleavage, presented a box for candidates to draw papers that would determine who would go first.

    The sultry mystery woman's momentary appearance stole the show. Julia Orayen, a model and former Playboy Playmate was acting as a Mexican Vanna White for the event. The stunning—and distracting--brunette appeared for all of 30 seconds, but it was long enough to set the twitterverse on fire, turning grown men into 13-year-old boys.

    "The best was the girl in white with the cleavage at the beginning," came the comment from former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda, a New York University professor.

    As Yahoo! Mexico's writer Miguel Ángel Castillo put it, "Decide for yourselves, but which presidential candidate can compete

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  • As France bids "adieu" to Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, supermodel-singer Carla Bruni, a new fascinating female steps into the role of France's "premiere dame." Here, some facts about Valerie Trierweiler.

    1. The divorced mother of three is the companion of newly elected president Francois Hollande. This will make her the first unmarried "first lady" in France's history.

    2. The 47-year-old has been a journalist for Paris Match magazine since 1989—and she refused to step down when she started dating Hollande, the presidential candidate she met while covering politics for her magazine.

    3. The partner of Hollande, she no longer covers politics due to the conflict of interest. However, the reporter was enraged to find herself on the cover of Paris Match recently, which dished about her relationship with the socialist candidate. Ms. Trierweiler tweeted, "What a shock to find yourself on the front page of your own paper. I am angry to see the use of photos without my agreement and without

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