July 31, 2012 Stephen King's It showed Erin Morgenstern that the demons and ghouls of childhood stories don't hit the road just because you grow up. Have you read something that both scared and enticed you? Tell us about it in the comments.
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An artists rendition of an interstellar "Bussard Ram-Jet" starship.
July 31, 2012 Should we be sending emissaries (and colonists) to the stars. Yes! Just remember that those who leave won't really be coming back.
July 31, 2012 After losing badly in the post-revolutionary scramble for power, Foreign Policy's Shadi Hamid says Egypt's liberals are in denial and are embracing conspiracy theories about the United States.
July 31, 2012 Commentators home and abroad have been quick to criticize Mitt Romney's foreign trip, but The Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes says that, on the whole, the excursion is likely to be a positive for the Republican candidate.
July 31, 2012 The photos of Mitt Romney and former Polish union leader Lech Walesa may look cheery, but The Nation's John Nichols says the labor movement in that country wants nothing to do with the Republican candidate.
July 31, 2012 As Romney wraps up his foreign tour with a last day in Poland, The New Republic's Nate Cohn says his performance in the Eastern European country could determine the election.
July 31, 2012 Gross Domestic Product grew by only 1.5 percent in the second quarter according to the Commerce Department, heightening anxiety about the recovery. John Darkow thinks the economy may need a new pilot, but Pat Bagley feels it might get moving if Republicans would just lend a hand.
July 30, 2012 After German Uwe Hohn threw his javelin nearly out of the stadium in 1984, a move that spooked officials with its potential deadliness, the flying spears were changed to fly shorter. But people have been throwing sticks for 400,000 years, and some of these ancient spears might have been able to fly far farther than modern javelins.
July 30, 2012 Peruvian President Ollanta Humala's brother is in jail, his dad thinks he's a traitor and almost everyone says his wife does the real governing. Even so, Foreign Policy's Michael Shifter says he has a chance to turn the country around.
July 30, 2012 Conservative Republican governors across the nation have been lining up to reject an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but The Nation's Richard Kim says the argument that states can't afford to cover more people simply doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
July 30, 2012 The Congressional Budget Office may have lowered its estimated cost for the Affordable Care Act, but The Weekly Standard's Jeffrey H. Anderson says it's still far too much.
July 30, 2012 In the wake of last week's disappointing GDP numbers, The Weekly Standard's Irwin M. Stelzer says the biggest single threat to the recovery is the government.
July 30, 2012 With less than 100 days to go before the election, The New Republic's Jonathan Cohn highlights what he says are distortions of Obama's economic record and says zero economists support the GOP platform.
July 30, 2012 Scientists say 20 percent of the nation is now in the two most severe stages of drought, intensifying debate over the causes of this summer's unusually intense weather. R.J. Matson thinks global warming is largely to blame, but Chip Bok isn't convinced.
July 30, 2012 Astrophysicist Adam Frank doesn't usually read self-help books, but something about Walker Percy's existential optimism in Lost In The Cosmos actually changed his outlook on life. Do you have a favorite self-help book? Tell us in the comments below.
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