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Barack Obama’s envoy to Beijing is making noises about running against his boss next year. Is he serious?

By Sasha Issenberg

On New Year’s morning, Washington awoke to a surprising new entrant in the who’s-running-for-president guessing game: Jon Huntsman Junior. In the spring of 2009, the then Utah governor had left the US to be Barack Obama’s ambassador to China in what seemed like a clever White House move to keep a potentially formidable Republican rival out of the mix. “Keep your friends close and your enemies in China,”…


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