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Love On Hold: For Army Wife, Missed Connections

For the families of deployed soldiers, the connection to a love one can be Commentator Siobhan Fallon describes the wait for a daily phone call from the war zone.
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The Man Who Studies The Fungus Among Us

Botanist Nicholas Money's book Mushroom takes readers inside the world of the fungal organisms that appear overnight on lawns, are occasionally poisonous and appear in everything from Alice in Wonderland to some lifesaving medications.
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If You Really Need Wikipedia Today, You Can Get To It

While the site's English pages have been "blacked out," it's offering a workaround — including access via mobile devices. Wikipedia and other sites are protesting pending anti-online piracy legislation that they say goes too far.
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Hate Politics, Love TV, Live In S.C.? Not Your Week

Republican candidates are actually spending less money on TV ads than they did four years ago. But outside groups have more than made up the difference. By one analysis, the average viewer in at least one South Carolina market will see political ads 182 times before Saturday's presidential primary.
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Take Your Ball And Go Home? How Dare You!

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.
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Hot To Trot: Dating With A Few More Wrinkles

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.
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Drink Coffee? Off With Your Head!

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.
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Is Obama Really The 'Food Stamp President'? Fact-checking The S.C. Debate

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.
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The Huntsman Saga: Another Media Favorite Takes The Fall

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.
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'Food Stamp President': Race Code, Or Just Politics?

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.

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