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When Did 'Kumbaya' Become Such A Bad Thing?

The soulful folk song, born in the low country of South Carolina, has migrated from representing strength and power in togetherness to reflecting weakness and wimpiness. Somehow, it's morphed into a cynical code word.
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Obama Government-Streamlining Offer Creates GOP Dilemma

Maybe even if it weren't a general-election year, President Obama would still be proposing that Congress give him the power to merge federal agencies to make the government smaller and more efficient. But it is an election year and the president's proposal gives him a way to counter GOP charges that he's a big-government Democrat.
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Stephen Colbert's Big News: He May Run For President Of South Carolina

He's also given Comedy Central's Jon Stewart control of his SuperPAC. What high jinks will they get up to?
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Threats And Lies, And 'Who I'm Supposed To Be'

Nathan Hoskins knew from an early age that he was gay. But when he was growing up in rural Kentucky, his mother took extreme steps to convince him otherwise. Looking back on it now, he says, "I am who I'm supposed to be."
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Ode To The Dead: In Remembrance Of Characters Past

Can a book of elegies rise above maudlin morbidity? Author Stewart O'Nan says yes — and he recommends a great one by Christie Hodgen. It's a book that will break your heart, and warm your soul.
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Bill Janklow, Former U.S. Rep. And S.D. Governor, Has Died

Janklow was a force in the state's politics. He was known as a colorful politician, who got things done even if he had to be forceful.
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Bill Moyers Is Back On TV — And Better Than Ever

The veteran broadcaster returns to public television with a new public affairs program. Critic David Bianculli says it might be hard to find, but it's important to watch.
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Gary Oldman: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sirius

The actor is so good at what he does, you might not recognize him from role to role. He's played everyone from Sid Vicious and Dracula, to Sirius Black in the Harry Potter films, and now George Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
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Wear 'Em, Chuck 'Em, Float 'Em: 10 Things To Do With Twinkies

When we heard the news about the Hostess bankruptcy and the possible demise of the Twinkie, we got to thinking about just how wonderful Twinkies are. Here are some ways to experience the joy of Twinkies without eating them.
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Stephen Colbert Looks For Fresh Face In GOP Race And Sees Himself

We've been through this with him before, so talk from Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert about running for president needs to be viewed with suspicion. He's at it again and promises a "major announcement" on his show tonight.

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