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Decade's top speeches

The decade's top 10 political speeches, as ranked in descending order by MSNBC's First Read blog: Barack Obama's race speech in Philadelphia (in photo); President Bush after the Sept. 11 attacks; Al Gore's 2000 concession speech; Obama's keynote at the 2004 Democratic convention; a tie between Bush's "mushroom cloud" and "axis of evil" speeches in 2002 and Colin Powell's 2003 WMD speech to the United Nations; Sarah Palin's 2008 GOP convention speech; Hillary Clinton's 2008 concession speech; Democrat Zell Miller's keynote at the 2004 GOP convention; Howard Dean's 2004 scream speech; and a tie between Hugo Chavez, Moammar Gadhafi and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the U.N., and also Ahmadinejad at Columbia University.

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