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GOP Reaches Out To Women More In Convention Programming Than In Platform Writing

The Republican National Convention is trying to build a bridge to more female voters.


Just Say No: Doping Diminishes All Athletes

Athletes aren't always the best role models but, for commentator Frank Deford, the worst sin they can commit is doping.

Romney's Forces Are In Control For Now, But Maybe Not For Long

ANALYSIS: The next era of conservative politics is just as likely to be dominated by the insurgents as by the forces that have brought Mitt Romney to his party's presidential nomination.


'The Magus': A Thrilling, Chilling Guilty Pleasure

The Magus is the story of a man who wished for adventure — only to be disappointed when that wish comes true. Author Nick Dybek says he identified with the book when he read it at age 20. Was there ever a time you longed for a more interesting life? Tell us about it in the comments.

Tempest In Tampa: Isaac Tests Mitt Romney's Mettle

ANALYSIS: The last surviving purpose of the convention is to reach a vast audience and make an impression. Perhaps the special circumstances of this week will give the Republican presidential contender a unique way to do that.


From Goldwater To Palin: Memorable GOP Convention Moments Of The Past

National political conventions don't offer the same impact as they did in the past, but that's no reason to ignore this year's festivities. This week's Political Junkie column lists five memorable conventions of the past.

Making Peace With Our Cyborg Nature

What rankles so many of Lance Armstrong's detractors is the sense that somehow, he artificially enhanced himself to reach seemingly superhuman heights. Yet the story of modern humans, argues philosopher Alva Noe, is a story of our integration with artificial and mechanical enhancements.

Phyllis Diller: Showing, And Celebrating, Her Age

Phyllis Diller, who died at the age of 95 this week, broke down doors in comedy — not just for women, but for the middle-aged.