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The Vote Getter

over 4 years ago

Forget Rahm Emanuel, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has “earned the badge of the toughest nut in F***nutsville” and is one of history’s most skilled vote-getters, writes Richard Adams.

Novel Copy

Bitter Pills: The Media and Healthcare

over 4 years ago

The press didn't just do a lousy job of explaining the stakes during the healthcare debates, they failed us on a much more fundamental level. According to the Columbia Journalism Review's Trudy Lieberman, the complexity of the topic notwithstanding, media coverage of the healthcare reform ...

As I Please

New Legal Moves Against America's Israel Lobby

over 4 years ago

Set against last weekend’s Washington jamboree organised by pro Israeli AIPAC, one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the United States, the meeting of senior officials of the United States Internal Security Section with members of a US Middle East think tank, barely registered on the political ...

Dr. Kaku's Universe

The Changing Climate

over 4 years ago

I have often been asked about my thoughts on the recently increased storm activity and global warming. The fact is, you cannot judge a book by its cover, so you cannot make any definitive statements one way or the other about global warming based on current storms, which are primarily local effects ...

The View From Europe

More Poet Than President

over 4 years ago
by C B

What kind of international political influence would the United States have if Barack Obama’s most notable characteristic were his love of haikus? Probably not very much. For the European Union, a bloc in constant struggle to gain international clout, this is an actual problem – the only thing ...


Nutty Cure

over 4 years ago

Eating walnuts slows the growth of prostate cancer in mice and has other beneficial effects on the multiple genes related to the control of tumor growth and metabolism.