April 30, 2008 It has become a campaign like no other. Continuing to throw conventional wisdom out the window, it defies description or logic. Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama can't even agree on who has the most votes. And the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Bill Clinton loom large.
April 19, 2008 It's estimated that 2 percent of the population has fingerprints that barely register. Scott Simon is one of them – and it can complicate everything from adopting his daughters to getting cleared for a frequent-flyer prescreening program.
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April 17, 2008 A keen-eyed gardener delivers disappointing news to Michele Norris: The beautiful, beloved purple flowering plant in her garden is an invasive species that, if it spreads, could snuff out other plants in its wake.
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April 16, 2008 The presidential race has been filled with slips of the tongue followed by regret. This year's candidates aren't the first to trip up on the campaign trail. In 1976, Jimmy Carter apologized after saying he saw "nothing wrong with ethnic purity" being maintained in urban neighborhoods.
April 11, 2008 Ted Koppel says the global efforts to draw attention to China's human rights record as the Olympic torch continues its rounds is working. But, he says, as far as bringing real change in Tibet is concerned, the protests surrounding the torch are doing little.
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April 3, 2008 Will she drop out of the Democratic presidential contest or won't she? Should she or shouldn't she? Daniel Schorr says the "Comeback Kid" is a Clinton tradition and, if Sen. Hillary Clinton ultimately loses the nomination, she will go down with all guns blazing.
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April 2, 2008 John McCain's running-mate choice is important for two reasons. The presumptive Republican nominee needs to send a signal to doubting conservatives that he is really one of them. And McCain, 71, may well be a one-term president, so the person he picks for VP will be eagerly watched.
March 19, 2008 Does Barack Obama's speech on race change the dynamic of the presidential contest? It's probably too soon to tell, but there's no question that race has now moved to the forefront of the campaign.
March 16, 2008 Forty years ago an atrocious event changed the course of the Vietnam War. The My Lai massacre shocked Americans and marked a turning point in how the public perceived the conflict. Are there similarities between My Lai and events in Iraq?
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March 11, 2008 Democrats have been on a roller-coaster ride lately. The party cheered a Democrat's victory in the race for the House seat held by former Republican speaker Dennis Hastert. But then came news that Eliot Spitzer, New York's Democratic governor, was embroiled in a prostitution scandal.
February 27, 2008 Ralph Nader's entry into the presidential race stirs bitter memories for many Democrats who believe his candidacy cost Al Gore the election eight years ago. We look at the disputed 2000 election in Florida and gauge readers' reactions to the role superdelegates might play in 2008.
February 21, 2008 John McCain seems destined to win the Republican nomination, but he still hasn't completely won over conservatives. To do that, the Arizona senator may need to broaden his search for a running mate beyond the political arena.
February 20, 2008 Despite all the hand-wringing over scandals in sports, including allegations that superstar pitcher Roger Clemens used illegal performance-enhancing drugs, commentator Frank Deford says sports fans are inclined to forgive and forget.
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February 13, 2008 With Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in a close race, the Democratic nomination could end up being decided at the party's convention this summer. But Democratic "superdelegates" could step in before then, leaving voters feeling disenfranchised.
February 6, 2008 As the NBA moves briefly into the spotlight dominated by other sports, its All-Star Game shows one of pro basketball's major shortcomings — its stars are considered more important than their teams.
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