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Week In Politics: Economy, GOP Primary Race

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 the economy and the GOP primary race.
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The Marvels And Messes Of A Month Of Writing

This week marked the end of National Novel Writing Month, a marathonlike contest that boasted over 200,000 participants last year. Each year, some attempts end in failure. However, for others, like best-selling author Erin Morgenstern, it's only the beginning of their story.
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Three Juicy Tales Of The Ultimate Food Taboo

Few things are creepier than the idea of eating another person — even in extreme circumstances. Author Mitchell Zuckoff recommends these three stories where humans are the main course, whether on account of tribal ritual, or of extreme desperation.
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Being Positive: Love And Life After An HIV Diagnosis

Chris Whitney lived in San Francisco in the 1980s, when there wasn't much known about AIDS. But then he tested positive for HIV. He explains what happened next to his friend Erin Kuka.
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Pew Study Shows Rise In Religious Lobbying

Maureen Fiedler of Interfaith Voices interviews Allen Hertzke about a Pew Forum report on the fivefold increase in the amount of money being spent by religious groups on lobbying in Washington since 1970.

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Not Quite Norman: Living Up To A Literary Legacy

Can inspiration hit too close to home? Author Alex Gilvarry chronicles the challenges of trying to emulate famed writer Norman Mailer — while staying in Mailer's old house.
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Many Women Underestimate Fertility Clock's Clang

A new survey finds that while women understand that fertility declines with age, they dramatically underestimate by how much. Infertility experts say the increasing number of older women having babies — often through extensive fertility treatments — can provide a false sense of comfort.

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A Father's Promise, Reinvented And Renewed

Even though we may "pinkie promise," we can't give our kids everything. Commentator Ken Harbaugh reflects on the promises parents make and break — and make again.
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For Two Old Teammates, Risks Of Loyalty Are Real

In the 1960s, Dave Bing and Jim Boeheim were the starting guards for Syracuse University's basketball team. Since then, both men have shown a huge capacity for loyalty. But as they face tough times in Detroit and at Syracuse, they're also risking their legacies.
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Barney Frank, Congress' Gay-Rights Pioneer, 'Not Retiring From Advocacy'

Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank says he decided not to seek re-election to a 17th term in 2012 because congressional redistricting would have given him a slew of new constituents and a difficult, expensive campaign."I think I would have won," Frank, 71, said during a Monday press conference in Massachusetts announcing his retirement. "But it would have been a tough campaign."

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