January 27, 2006 As he prepares to deliver his State of the Union message, President Bush challenges the perception that he's out of touch. And his administration has gone on the offensive on domestic spying and other issues.
January 26, 2006 Many lawmakers genuinely want to reform the system that has been exploited by the likes of former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. But the investigation and scandal are just too good a political issue, at least for Democrats, to let go of too quickly.
January 24, 2006 Being heard on NPR is considered by many as a sign of having made it. Authors and musicians interviewed on NPR notice that their new book or CD starts selling briskly -- and usually within 24 hours. But how does one get on NPR? It's a question that puzzles many.
January 24, 2006 Madeleine Brand speaks with personal finance contributor Michelle Singletary about whether so-called reverse mortgages are a good option for retirement-age homeowners. Unlike traditional mortgages, a reverse mortgage allows a homeowner to loan money against the value of the house, and the loan only comes due when the homeowner sells the property, dies or the house is no longer the principal residence. Singletary writes "The Color of Money" advice column for The Washington Post.
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January 23, 2006 According to the National Golf Foundation, some 30 million Americans play golf. But that means many more of us don't. Brian Unger looks at the lives of those who don't play, and who feel uncomfortable -- even inadequate -- whenever the subject comes up.
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January 20, 2006 The Bush administration wants a federal judge to force Internet search engine giant Google to provide records of what its users search for. Alex Chadwick talks to Day to Day tech contributor Xeni Jardin about the move and Google's response. It's believed the government's goal is to collect data to support a law the administration believes would block minors' access to online pornography.
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January 18, 2006 Slate contributor Seth Stevenson reviews the new -- and very unusual -- public service announcement from the American Red Cross promoting blood donation.
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January 17, 2006 Madeleine Brand shares money and finance questions from Day to Day listeners with personal finance contributor Michelle Singletary. Singletary also writes the syndicated column "The Color of Money" for The Washington Post.
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January 17, 2006 Television critic Andrew Wallenstein shares his thoughts about the new CBS television show Love Monkey, which follows the lives of four male friends as told through the eyes of a record executive scouting for the "next big thing" in Manhattan.
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January 4, 2006 This year, some believe the Abramoff scandal will hobble the Republicans, who were recipients of roughly two-thirds of his lubricating largesse. But that will depend on who gets indicted, and whether the targets include names big enough to capture the public imagination.
December 29, 2005 Journalists can't seem to resist predicting the future despite the high risk of looking foolish. One reason is that the temptation to play the seer is strong. Another is that we are lured into peeking over the hill by the need to evaluate where we are right now.
December 22, 2005 For a column that often revels in the politics of the past, it's the time of year to look at the people who left us and assess the impact they made.
December 19, 2005 Humorist Brian Unger responds to last week's news that the National Security Agency (NSA), under the direction of President Bush, has been electronically eavesdropping on Americans within U.S. borders. Unger worries that NSA computers can't distinguish between terrorist chatter and harmless American humor.
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December 15, 2005 To listen this week to the fourth and final installment in President Bush's series of speeches on the Iraq war was to experience waves of deja vu. The speeches sounded much like each other and looked backward more than ahead at what Americans should expect to see in Iraq.
December 13, 2005 If you're confused about how, who and how much to tip this holiday season, you're not alone. Alex Chadwick speaks about the ins-and-outs of holiday tipping with Michelle Singletary, Day to Day regular personal finance contributor and the author of "The Color of Money" column for The Washington Post.
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