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The Big East Conference: What's In A Name?

Athletic conferences don't make much sense anymore. Commentator Frank Deford remarks on how the Big East conference is no longer as big or as east as it used to be.
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Letters: Romney's Foreign Policy Adviser, Antietam

Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish read letters from listeners about an interview with Mitt Romney's foreign policy adviser, the choice of words in another story, and coverage of the 150th anniversary of the battle of Antietam.
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Are SuperPACs Good For Democracy?

Money has been flowing through this election season like never before. Some say unfettered political spending is a necessary part of free speech; others argue that approach drowns out many voices. A panel of experts takes on the topic for Intelligence Squared U.S.
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Romney's Wrong And Right About The '47 Percent'

Yes, about half of Americans don't pay income taxes. But experts say few of those are shirking their responsibilities — and most pay many other types of taxes. Meanwhile, the GOP nominee has mixed some figures to come up with his conclusions, fact checkers say.
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Op-Ed: It's Time To Fix Our Broken Password System

Experts tell us the passwords for our myriad accounts and devices should be long, contain numbers, letters and symbols and not include personal information. Oh, and you're supposed to remember them all, too. In The Atlantic, Rachel Swaby argues they system is unsustainable, and offers a solution.
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Putin Turns Photo Ops Into Soviet-Style Agitprop

The Russian president admitted this week that many of his highly publicized stunts are staged. Critics charge that state-run media may have returned to a time when Russians don't turn to the news for news so much as clues to what people in power expect them to think.

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