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The End Is Near, And It's No Walk 'On The Beach'

Growing up in the '80s, author Myla Goldberg crafted a survival plan in the event of a nuclear war. But all that changed when she read On the Beach by Nevil Shute. Have you ever read a book that gave you a sobering picture of the world? Tell us in the comments.
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Please Sir, I'd Rather Have Another

In the run-up to the Belmont — the final race in the Triple Crown — commentator Frank Deford explains why he doesn't want I'll Have Another to be the winning horse.
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How Walker Held On To His Job In Wisconsin

Gov. Scott Walker beat back a recall attempt in Wisconsin on Tuesday by doing what he had to do, turning out huge majorities in the Republican enclaves of the state — especially in its eastern half near Lake Michigan.
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The Venus Transit: Who Cares?

There is far deeper and far more intimate reason why the Venus transit matters and it's all about Time.
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Just Deserts Follow Attempted Pasty Tax

This week, the British government reversed course on a plan to place a 20 percent tax on hot foods like pasties, a humble food more associated with the layman than a posh parliamentarian. Sometimes those politicians must eat their words.
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Week In Politics: Jobs Report, Wis. Recall

Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the new jobs report.
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Tina Brown's Must Reads: The Queen's Jubilee

As Britain celebrates Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years for her as monarch, Newsweek editor Tina Brown recommends readings on the history of the Queen's reign and her enduring popularity.
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The Word 'Hopefully' Is Here To Stay, Hopefully

When The Associated Press said it would no longer condemn the use of the adverb "hopefully" in its style guide, most people shrugged. But the announcement was a red flag to people who have made the adverb the biggest bugaboo of English usage over the past 50 years.
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For Romney, The People May Trump The Money In Associating With The Donald

What Mitt Romney is looking for in Donald Trump is something he can't get from other billionaires. It is populist appeal. Trump has star power the way Sarah Palin had star power, except you won't catch him retreating to Alaska and renouncing it.

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