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Drafting My Fantasy Picks & Tackling Nobel Trends

It's been a surprising year for the Nobel Prize. But there's no fooling commentator Dennis O'Toole — he's been plotting his picks like drafts for the Super Bowl.
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Unlike Most Marxist Jargon, 'Class Warfare' Persists

Words like "proletariat" and "masses" have largely left the lexicon, but linguist Geoff Nunberg says "class warfare" is a specter that haunts the English language — whenever there are appeals for making the rich pay more.
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These Days, Everyone Dares Call It Treason

Treason is the only crime defined in the U.S. Constitution and is considered by many to be the worst of all crimes against society. So when one politician accuses another of treason, that should be a serious charge, right? Not so much, as it turns out.
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Stevens Chronicles 'Five Chiefs' Of The Supreme Court

John Paul Stevens' new memoir is framed as a discussion about the office of the chief justice; it includes a brief history of the nation's first 12 chief justices, followed by thorough descriptions of the five he knew well. Stevens, now 91, retired in 2010 after nearly 35 years on the Supreme Court.
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Immigrants' Status Explored In 'Barbarian Nurseries'

In his new novel, Hector Tobar explores the inconsistencies in the country's dependence on illegal immigrants even as some Americans persist in keeping them at arm's length.
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ESPN Pulls Hank Williams Jr. Song From 'MNF' Over Hitler Remark

ESPN says it won't use Hank Williams Jr. in tonight's Monday Night Footballprogram, after the singer compared President Obama to Adolph Hitler earlier today. Williams made the remark on Fox News, while talking about Obama playing golf with Speaker John Boehner.
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Op-Ed: Legality And Wisdom Of Killing Al-Awlaki

An American drone flying over Yemen fired a missile that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaida operative and U.S. citizen. Many hailed the elimination of a man implicated in several terrorist plots. Others wonder how any American citizen can be placed on a death list based on secret intelligence.
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Berkeley Bakes Cupcakes But No Fresh Ideas

In her weekly commentary, Michel Martin says the controversial bake sale hosted by a Republican student group at the University of California, Berkeley, is upsetting for several reasons. The prices were based on customers' race and gender, with white males paying the most.

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