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Signing Day: Like Christmas For College Sports

On National Signing Day, high school seniors can officially plight their troth to a college football program. And that means grown-up college football zealots are acting like kids at Christmas: "Who will Santa bring to my alma mater's team?"
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Furor Erupts Over Susan G. Komen Halt Of Grants To Planned Parenthood

The breast cancer charity says it has stopped the grants because of a congressman's investigation into whether Planned Parenthood has used public money to provide abortions. Planned Parenthood says Komen is bowing to political bullying.
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Santorum Reacts To Romney Romp In Florida By Going After Gingrich

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum chose to characterize his distant third-place finish in Florida's Republican presidential primary as a victory, of sorts. And then he lit into the distant second-place finisher, Newt Gingrich.
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Despite Florida, GOP Concerns About Romney Linger

Mitt Romney's huge win in Florida positions him well for the contests ahead. The only thing the Florida outcome failed to do, some critics maintain, was present a convincing case that Romney is the best possible Republican candidate to take on President Obama.
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Tina Brown's Must-Reads: Dictators

Daily Beast and Newsweek Editor Tina Brown looks at writing about life under totalitarian regimes, recommending a new novel about North Korea, an article on "dictator chic," and one that chronicles and contextualizes the history of the Inquisition.
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Campaigns Embrace Twitter: Who Let The Snark Out?

Twitter has become the latest medium for campaign spin. It's a stream of barbs over debates, crowd estimates and ad wars. And even the candidates' dogs are not off-limits.
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The Slimary Process: Is This The Nastiest Race Ever?

The prolonged procedure of picking a Republican presidential candidate just gets nastier and nastier. One man maligns another; the victim viciously bites back. And everybody piles on President Obama. A look at why this primary season has taken on a noticeably negative chill.
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Your Problem, Not Mine — Until It Is

In her weekly commentary, Michel Martin says the challenges of the minority — including marriage, relationship and education issues — are often a prelude to what will happen to the many. But the many often don't think so until it's too late.
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'An Available Man': Love After Loss

Hilma Wolitzer's finely observed comedy of manners follows the romantic misadventures of recently widowed 62-year-old Edward Schuyler as he re-enters the dating pool with a splash.
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GOP Presidential Contest: Is It Over Or Just Getting Started?

Mitt Romney's last three rivals have started preparing their backers for a disappointment on primary night in Florida. But they still insist they're in the race until the August convention. Anything less than a show of absolute confidence has a tendency to become a self-fulfilling prophecy of doom.

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