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Gen. Petraeus Is Too Important To 'Be Thrown Out'

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Despite the rapid revelations of the scandal, military writer Tom Ricks remains a defender of General Petraeus. He's written much about the general over the years, and also knows Paula Broadwell, the writer with whom Petraeus had an affair. Steve Inskeep talks to Ricks, who's latest book is called The Generals.
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'The Wake' Is An Unlikely Hit In An Imaginary Language

Paul Kingsnorth self-published The Wake, his tale of the 11th-century Norman conquest of England, written in a pastiche of Old and modern English — and was startled when it became a smash hit.
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Philly Preps Blessed Beer And Other Edible Swag To Greet Pope Francis

Enterprising businesses will mark the pope's visit to Philadelphia next month with irreverent tchotchkes — including beers brewed with holy water and toasters that etch the pontiff's face on bread.
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National Portrait Gallery Won't Remove Bust Of Planned Parenthood Founder

Conservative groups want the gallery to take down the bust of Margaret Sanger, who they say was racist because of her support for eugenics.
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UMUC To Eliminate Textbooks, With Goal Of Saving Students Some Money

The university, located in Prince George's County, says it's a front-runner in making a transition of this magnitude. Students will use online materials instead.

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