Palestinians have been celebrating the release of nearly 500 prisoners in an exchange with Israel that freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. It will be weeks before the second phase of the prisoner exchange takes place. Washington has offered a new meeting of the Mideast Quartet as a sign peacekeeping efforts are still alive, but few expect progress.
Designer Katie Shelly's upcoming cookbook offers 50 illustrated recipe "blueprints" for basic meals — from simple snacks to more hefty dishes like eggplant Parmesan. She hopes they'll inspire any level of cook to improvise in the kitchen.
Of all the current Washington scandals, the one involving the IRS appears to have the most staying power. It rolls into one package an agency many love to hate, partisan suspicions and the American appetite for conspiracies.
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