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Aaron Paul: 'Breaking Bad' Dealer Isn't Dead ... Yet

Student-turned-drug dealer Jesse Pinkman was supposed to die in the first season of the AMC drama. But the writers decided the chemistry between high school teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul) was too good to let go.
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'Breaking Bad': Vince Gilligan On Meth And Morals

Vince Gilligan's AMC drama Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston as a high school chemistry teacher turned drug dealer. Gilligan says he pitched the show by telling AMC: "You take Mr. Chips and turn him into Scarface."
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The Ed Koch Factor: How Will It Play In 2012?

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat, is still an important voice for a number of Jewish voters. Just last week, his support helped a GOP candidate win a special election in New York. Now Koch is telling President Obama to listen up or risk losing the Jewish vote in 2012.
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'Mad Men's' Blankenship: Dying To Go To The Emmys

Miss Ida Blankenship may have been the most memorable character among many on AMC's hit drama last season. When actress Randee Heller took a fatal header into her desk, she cemented her place in TV history — and earned the right to take her first stroll on the Emmy red carpet.
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Jimmy Carter: 'No Downside' to Palestine Statehood

Jimmy Carter, the first U.S. president to call for a Palestinian homeland, urges the U.S. to not veto Palestine's statehood vote at next week's U.N. meeting. There's "no downside" to it, he says, as international recognition could reinvigorate failed peace talks between Israel and Palestine.
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Economist: U.S. Skating On Thin Ice

Lakshman Achuthan of the Economic Cycle Research Institute says all of his economic indicators point to more sputtering ahead. "The risk of a new recession is quite high," he says.
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Allison Pearson's 'Love' Letter To Keith Partridge

Allison Pearson follows up her 2002 best-seller, I Don't Know How She Does It, with I Think I Love You, a novel about a teenage girl's obsession with teen star David Cassidy. The book wasn't hard for Pearson to write. When she was growing up, she was madly in love with Cassidy too.
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Memories Of Grandma Silvia, And Slavery's Legacy

When she was 16, Ellaraino visited her great-grandmother, Silvia, for the first time. And Silvia had plenty of stories to tell. They were about being a teenager — and seeing the Civil War, and slavery, come to an end.
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Wisdom From Award-Winning Author Wideman

John Edgar Wideman is the 2011 Lifetime Achievement winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, which recognizes works that have made important contributions to understanding racism and appreciating diversity. Wideman has written 13 novels, six collections of short stories and two memoirs. He talks about his life, works and the award he receives today.

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