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Watching 'House of Cards' in Tehran, to hard-liners' delight

Watching 'House of Cards' in Tehran, to hard-liners' delight

Iran's government has long tried to keep out American pop culture, but it seems happy to let Iranians watch the backstabbing, deceitful machinations of fictional U.S. politician Frank Underwood in "House of Cards."

Iran's hard-liners point to the show and say: This is what America is really like.

The sudden arrival of the Netflix series, which is filmed in Maryland and stars Kevin Spacey as a South Carolina congressman who connives his way to the presidency, illustrates the reach and popularity of Western television and film. It also offers a window into the thinking of Iran's censors, who have approved the dark portrayal of power politics and even murder in the...

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