When Serena Williams said recently that she doesn't love tennis, many people gasped and clutched their pearls. When we see someone who achieved what we couldn't, says Frank Deford, we're all the more put out if they can blithely turn their back on it.
Having a parent enter the dating scene might be traumatic, especially if the mother in question is a senior citizen. Writer Brian Unger suspects his mother is looking for more than just warmth in Florida.
By now, many New Year's resolvers are finding out how difficult it is to give up caffeine. History brims over with coffee-lovers who couldn't bring themselves to quit the bean — even when they faced decapitation.
Newt Gingrich criticized Obama for the growth in food stamps, calling him "the best food stamp president in American history." He later said that "more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history." We check it out.
The former Utah governor had a bankable blend of looks, charm, money, conservative karma and international street cred. Best of all, perhaps, was his ability to sit down with a big-time journalist and talk a good game.
All of the Republican presidential hopefuls take on President Obama in their stump speeches, attacking his health care plan, his jobs record and more. But the shorthand former House Speaker Newt Gingrich uses, calling the nation's first black president the "food stamp president," triggers questions about race.
In her commentary for MLK Jr. Day, Michel Martin recalls speaking with two women — one black, one white — of roughly the same age who witnessed the same lynching. Martin will never forget a particular comment from the black woman, and asks the broader question of what Americans should keep and leave behind on this day.
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