A Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Little Rock, Ark., in 2010.
January 31, 2012 The breast cancer charity says it has stopped the grants because of a congressman's investigation into whether Planned Parenthood has used public money to provide abortions. Planned Parenthood says Komen is bowing to political bullying.
January 31, 2012 The NFL championship is in Indianapolis this Sunday, and Indianans will be flaunting their signature items alongside beer, pizza and other standard football fare: pork, popcorn and sugar-cream pie. What's on the menu at your football party?
President Obama traveled in the presidential limo with his dog, Bo. Adviser David Axelrod tweeted this photo from the White House Flickr account to tweak the Romney campaign.
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January 31, 2012 Twitter has become the latest medium for campaign spin. It's a stream of barbs over debates, crowd estimates and ad wars. And even the candidates' dogs are not off-limits.
January 31, 2012 Bestselling novelist Jonathan Franzen came out heavily against ebooks, but, really, who cares?
January 31, 2012 Prospects for the global economy teeter between best and worst case scenarios. Mohamed El-Erian of Foreign Policy thinks that world leaders face a choice between proactive measures for growth and social justice and political dysfunction.
January 31, 2012 Leading a meaningful life is difficult in a society that seems to value flash and cash more than depth and consequence. Commentator Adam Frank says there is hope for us all, however, buried within our very own human nature.
Republican presidential hopefuls former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney debate in Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday.
January 31, 2012 The prolonged procedure of picking a Republican presidential candidate just gets nastier and nastier. One man maligns another; the victim viciously bites back. And everybody piles on President Obama. A look at why this primary season has taken on a noticeably negative chill.
January 31, 2012 Americans have been engaged in a debate over inequality. Matthew Continetti of the The Weekly Standard argues that the difference between rich and poor is not the most important issue, but has sucked Republicans into the "inequality trap."
January 31, 2012 A 2010 survey by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities of the 400 richest taxpayers in America found that their average effective tax rate was 16.6 percent in 2007. The Editors of The New Republic argue that raising the Capital Gains Tax is the best way to solve this inequality.
January 31, 2012 The price tag of many American colleges and universities has risen dramatically. Charles Kenny of Foreign Policy suggests that if you want to save money on a university and still get a good education, forget the local community college — send your kid overseas.
January 31, 2012 Unlike politics in Europe, American elections are colorful, full of personality and feature triumphalist rhetoric. Tim Stanley of The New Republic argues that American democracy might look ugly close up, but from far away it is a beacon of hope.
January 31, 2012 Florida holds its 2012 Republican primary today. Jeff Parker wonders if any candidate will leave the state unscathed, while Lisa Benson thinks the damage they've already suffered comes from a completely different source.
January 31, 2012 In this eerie dystopian novel by Ben Marcus, the speech of children becomes (quite literally) toxic. Communication breaks down, but so do the metaphors, leaving the reader wondering what to take away from the book.
Introverts, who prefer quieter, lower-stimulation environments, have trouble thriving in today's extrovert-oriented culture, says author Susan Cain.
January 30, 2012 Introvert Susan Cain is here to make the case for people who like to work in peace and quiet. Today's workplaces are designed for extroverts, she says, and put too much emphasis on group work. Cain's new book is called Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking.
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January 30, 2012 Mitt Romney and his supporters have outspent Newt Gingrich and his supporters — much of it on negative advertising — by more than three-to-one in Florida. Taylor Jones and John Cole find that as far as negatives go, each candidate is his own worst enemy.
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