From left, Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), during Wednesday's session.
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June 30, 2010 ANALYSIS: Other news has overshadowed the confirmation hearings, and a Democratic majority in the Senate has made the outcome seem almost predetermined.
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Jiminy Glick, as played by Martin Short. (Rose M. Prouser/AFP/Getty Images)
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June 30, 2010 Larry King announced this week that he'll be leaving his show. As CNN looks for a replacement, NPR staffers have some suggestions.
June 30, 2010 Daniel W. Drezner of Foreign Policy is just as confused about the Russian espionage conspiracy as you are.
June 30, 2010 Efficient fantasy is the best way to describe Argentina's current run to the quarterfinals. Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation, argues it is in the best interests of international soccer to see Argentina take it all the way.
June 30, 2010 Saudi Arabia and the United States have grown apart. According to Simon Henderson of Foreign Policy, it appears likely that the kingdom will diverge even further from its decades-old bond with Washington.
June 30, 2010 There is no denying the new diversity of this year's GOP candidates. For Neera Tanden of The New Republic what will be more interesting is whether it will bring with it any substantive changes for the party and the ideas that it promotes.
June 30, 2010 In the Middle East, the origins of traditional dishes like hummus are the subject of contentious debate across cultures and borders. But Israeli food writer Vered Guttman suggests that these culinary similarities are reason for hope.
June 30, 2010 LeBron James officially becomes a free agent Wednesday night, the instant July begins. No day has been so anxiously awaited in New York and other NBA cities since 1933, when Prohibition was repealed. But the key issue remains: When will James turn the corner on his career?
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June 29, 2010 According to David Rittgers of National Review, strict gun-control policies have failed to deliver on their essential promise: that denying law-abiding citizens access to the means of self-defense will somehow make them safer.
June 29, 2010 There's no question that President Obama's new National Security Strategy, released late last month, is an improvement over the "shoot first, ask questions later" approach favored by the Bush/Cheney administration. But for William D. Hartung of The Nation it is not different enough.
June 29, 2010 The most striking development at the G-20 summit was the Obama administration's declaration that it intends to move forward with the Korea free trade agreement. According to Phil Levy of Foreign Policy, if the administration sees this through, it may mark a welcome return to U.S. trade leadership
June 29, 2010 With Gen. David Petraeus' confirmation hearings beginning today, Anand Gopal of The New Republic believes the most pertinent lessons he learns might be from places like Hiratian. The political bankruptcy of direct Taliban rule in these areas has succeeded in doing what the Americans have not: turn the population against the insurgents.
June 29, 2010 Capt. Benjamin Tupper, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, recalls his former commanding officer's reluctance to let Afghan soldiers use computers.
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Most people already know Kurt Cobain the rock star. But author Karan Mahajan says Kurt Cobain the writer is "funny, self-aware, and snotty with a knack for off-the-cuff profundity."
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June 28, 2010 Page after page of Kurt Cobain's terrible handwriting is reproduced in faithful facsimile — covering forthcoming gigs, favorite songs, prophecies of fame, janitorial wages and the firing of terrible drummers. Author Karan Mahajan says these funny, self-aware writings are much more than a pacifier for weepy fans.
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Tom Cruise is up to his old tricks in Knight And Day, but they don't seem to work as well as they used to.
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June 28, 2010 Tom Cruise tried out some old tricks in this weekend's Knight And Day, but audiences weren't all fired up about it. If people won't go for him when he's being silly, where does he go next?
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