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What Baseball Really Needs: Mr. Personality

In baseball, there were always a fair complement of coaching characters: old cracker-barrel philosophers, feisty wise guys and even a few sardonic intellectuals. But the oddballs are diminishing — with the exception of Bobby Valentine of the Boston Red Sox.

Tina Brown's Must-Reads: Political Change-Makers

Daily Beast and Newsweek editor Tina Brown highlights a book and an article on two titanic individuals at the center of political change: Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin and pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar.

Songs We Love: Disney Songwriters The Sherman Brothers

NPR staffers celebrate the men behind "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" with their memories.

In GOP Races, It's About Delegates And Santorum Probably Can't Get Enough

According to Josh Putnam, the political scientist who maintains the Frontloading HQ blog, it's all about delegates and Romney's lead in that department will be hard for Santorum to overcome to get the 1,144 delegates needed for the nomination.

In Ohio, Kaptur Beats Kucinich; Schmidt Upset By Wenstrup

Kucinich's defeat represents the end of a remarkable political career, at least for the time being, which started when he was elected to the Cleveland City Council at age 23. He later became the youngest mayor of a major U.S. city when he was elected Cleveland's chief executive in 1977.

Try And Try Again: 3 Tales Of Spectacular Failure

Fold, founder, flop: That's what the protagonists of these three books do well. Author Lysley Tenorio recommends stories about men whose good intentions are undeniable, if not always admirable. Have a favorite story about failure? Tell us what it is in the comments below.

Politics Gets Dirtier: Attack Ad Goes After Cat

If American politicians are going to quarrel like cats and dogs, why not just elect cats and dogs? Yet even pets can't hide from the political caterwauling; attacks against the candidacy of Hank the Cat may have reached a new low.


Week In Politics: Super Tuesday, Israel And Iran

Robert Siegel talks to our regular political commentators — " E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of the New York Times — about Super Tuesday, Israel and Iran.