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Week In Politics: GDP, European Debt Crisis

Melissa Block 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 new GDP figures and the European debt crisis.
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For Baseball Fans, May The Force Be With You

What if Darth Vader was controlling not just the Death Star, but also the Yankees? Commentator Hart Seely thinks he, like Luke's father, can influence plays on the field from afar. How do you affect your team from your couch? Tell us your secret baseball-watching rituals in the comments.
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Brain Injury Gives Man A Second Chance To Be Kind

Before Marco Ferreira had an accident that left him in a coma for six weeks, he was known for his sarcasm and quick wit. Kids bugged him. Now, he says, he has a "second chance to be good."
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In L.A., Dreams Of Sunshine Became A Nightmare

Behind the glamour and the star power, deep inequality persists in Los Angeles. For commentator John Ridley, living through the riots taught him about the city's many dimensions. Do you have stories of the riots? Tell us about your experiences in the comments.
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Bradbury's Tale: A 'Wicked' Read, A Haunted Book

It wasn't just the creepy carnival that drew Seth Grahame-Smith to Something Wicked This Way Comes. It was also the book's frank portrayal of parents who don't behave like grown-ups. Do you remember when you realized your parents weren't perfect? Tell us about it in the comments.
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Lillian Hellman: A 'Difficult,' Vilified Woman

A fierce playwright, a fiery socialist and a pioneering feminist, Lillian Hellman lived unapologetically. But today she's remembered as a fabulist and a rabble-rouser — if she's remembered at all. A new Hellman biography, A Difficult Woman, hopes to set the record straight.
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U.S. Women In Golf, Tennis: Where Are You?

There are lots of great American female athletes on teams, but where are the individual athletes? Frank Deford laments the lack of success by American women in individual sports like tennis and golf.
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Prostitution's Real Casualties Aren't Secret Service

I've been curious about a question I haven't heard in the stories about U.S. Secret Service agents misbehaving before President Obama's arrival at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia. Why were world leaders meeting in a place with legalized prostitution anyway?
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Jargon To Jabberwocky: 3 Books On Writing Well

Jonathan Gottschall is an English professor fed up with academia's ugly jargon. He recommends three books that help writers with their prose. Has a book ever helped you with your composition skills? Tell us about it in the comments.
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Those Wild And Crazy Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins are back in the news. That's no surprise to Frank Deford, who thinks the team is one of the zaniest in baseball.

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