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Perry Says He 'Stepped In It' At Debate, And Many Agree

His performance at Wednesday night's GOP presidential debate might be the stuff of history — the kind of history that candidates don't like to make. Thursday, he admitted he had "stepped in it" for being unable to remember he wants to eliminate the Department of Energy.

Penn State Trustees: Paterno's Firing Is In School's 'Best Interest'

Penn State students flooded downtown State College, Pa., after the school's trustees fired football coach Joe Paterno and university President Graham Spanier amid a growing furor over their handling of sex-abuse allegations against a former assistant football coach. Police in riot gear used pepper spray to try to break up the crowd.

In With The South, Out With The East

In sports, the SEC is very popular these days, especially in football. But, as Frank Deford points out, it's hard times for members of the Big East.

Family Doc Says No To Perilous Chickenpox Pops

Recent reports from Nashville,Tenn., and Phoenix spot the trend of "chickenpox parties" and virus-infected items such as lollipops to avoid vaccination. Former Assistant Surgeon General and family physician Douglas Kamerow says this is a really bad idea.

Obama To Dump Biden From The Ticket In Favor Of Hillary? Give Me A Break

This week's Political Junkie column: President Obama says Joe Biden is doing a great job as vice president. Biden says he will run again in 2012. Hillary Clinton says rumors of her replacing Biden on the ticket are nonsense. And they are. So why doesn't this story go away?

America's Stake In A United Europe

It is always tempting for Americans to look at problems in Europe and ask, "What does that have to do with me?" It's not just the billions of dollars U.S. banks hold in Greek debt; the European Union was created in answer to history.

Tumultuous Tales Of Loathing And Wit

Love is a many splendored thing ... or is it? Author Eleanor Henderson, once admittedly infatuated with the writings of her teacher, Robert Cohen, insists that you must read The Varieties of Romantic Experience -- his collection of tumultuous tales of love and the struggles that lie therein.

Crossing The Border: A Case For Legalizing Drugs

Commentator Austin Bay, a life-long Texas resident, has seen the ravages of the drug trade worsening on the border for decades. A retired military intelligence expert and conservative blogger, he now takes the position that the drug wars can't be ended without decriminalizing the drugs crossing the border.