July 31, 2010 As Chelsea Clinton's pending nuptials demonstrate, weddings are increasingly notable for their amazing lack of intimacy and their evolution into industry, especially for celebrities. When you have to invite several hundred people to please the relatives or the company or Congress before you've invited even one friend from grade school, your wedding has as much intimacy as Times Square on New Year's Eve.
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July 30, 2010 Russian President Dmitri Medvedev has come to stand for ineffectual high-mindedness, yet it's just possible that he understands the current political moment better than we do. According to Stephen Sestanovich of The New Republic Medvedev's gambling that America, and politicians who want to learn from America, can seem cool again.
July 30, 2010 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is once again accusing Colombia and the U.S. government of plotting to topple him. But according to Otto Reich John Sweeney of Foreign Policy it's really Chavez who poses a threat to peace in the region.
Bindu Ahlawadi gets used to meals for one at a pay-for-stay home in New Delhi. Her daughter lives in Pittsburgh.
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July 30, 2010 As India competes in the global economy, new challenges arise for its aging population, who once relied on their children to help them through old age. Morning Edition commentator Sandip Roy explains.
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July 30, 2010 Tom Davis grew up in Pensacola, Fla., enjoying everything the seaside town has to offer. But in the summer of 2000, when he was 21, a surfing accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. Tom recently took a moment with his parents, Connie and Robert, to talk about his injury -- and their life together.
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July 29, 2010 The last thing the Democrats want as they head into the fall elections is for the GOP to be able to use the "culture of corruption" charge, which brought the Dems to power in 2006, against them. And so they wish the Rangel case would go away.
French matador Sebastian Castella gives a pass to a bull during a bullfight on July 14.
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July 29, 2010 This week, Catalonia's parliament voted to uphold a ban against bullfighting set to take effect in 2012. Foreign Policy takes a look at photos of Spain's much-celebrated and much-debated sport.
July 29, 2010 Seyward Darby of The New Republic explains why charter-school bashing is off-base and why Race to the Top is a cutting-edge effort that encourages states to make big changes that will help all of their students -- black, brown, or white.
July 29, 2010 Arizona Federal Judge Susan Bolton decided to block immediate implementation of central provisions of the state's new anti-immigrant laws on Wednesday. John Nichols of The Nation believes that she was upholding one of the most basic principles of Constitutional law: that the federal government gets to set immigration policy.
July 29, 2010 According to the editors of National Review, Judge Susan Bolton twists facts and logic to support the Justice Department’s claim that the Arizona state law preempts the federal immigration scheme.
July 28, 2010 At best, President Obama will be able to use the show to reach less than 5 percent of the nation. Still, Cord Jefferson of The Root suggests that it's important to acknowledge that this kitschy, daytime TV appearance could be an opportunity for him to present and explain complex stances to people who don't normally seek out such knowledge.
July 28, 2010 Pakistani schizophrenia is deeply distressing and frightening. Reuel Marc Gerecht of The New Republic warns that an American retreat would make the Inter-Services Intelligence s former die-hard Islamist boss Hamid Gul, a dangerously captivating man, into a compelling shrink.
July 28, 2010 Although traditionally served as an after-dinner sipper, this Italian liqueur is perfectly suited for any time of day -- particularly in a cocktail. But don't just drink it. Make your own, then use it for cooking and baking to impart creamy, lemony flavor without a lot of acidity.
Someone Got Served: Like many sports, cheerleading championships have sprung up around the world. Here, the Baika Cheerleading Club Raiders perform during the Japan Cup Cheerleading Championship in Tokyo.
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July 27, 2010 A judge has ruled that cheerleading is not a real sport, defeating a college's attempt to get around Title IX rules for female participation in sports. But what about the 64,000 high school girls who are on competitive "spirit squads" -- are they not athletes?
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Former USDA official Shirley Sherrod was forced to resign last week after her comments about overcoming racial prejudice were taken out of context.
July 27, 2010 Host Michel Martin explores the lessons that can be learned from the Shirley Sherrod story -- by the president, by Fox News Channel and by all journalists -- about race, politics and the power of the truth.
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