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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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Moscato Madness: The Dessert Wine's Sweet Surge

The Italian dessert wine has gone from relative obscurity to the toast of the town. Moscato is the fastest growing varietal wine in the country. Hip-hop artists sing about it. Jugs of Barefoot moscato are sold at BJ's Wholesale Club. It's on the menu at Olive Garden. What's up with that?
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A Fan's Notes On Pro Sports, Brain Damage

I'll watch the Super Bowl next week with my children and wonder how comfortable we fans can be, sitting and snacking, while too many of the players we cheer entertain us and get rich at such terrible cost to themselves.
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Week In Politics: State Of The Union; Republican Debates

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.

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