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Robert Watson

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The Vice Presidential Debate: Five Takeaways

Robert Watson | December 11, 2012 | Politics
After watching this debate, I can't help but to think: Who are the folks who are still undecided?! After two years of campaigning, well over a billion dollars in spending, countless speeches, and two debates, voters have two dramatically different choices.
Ryan Doherty

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Amanda Todd Suicide, A Sensless Tragedy

Ryan Doherty | December 11, 2012 | Canada Alberta
She was a typical girl of her age. She took pictures with her friends out on various adventures. She had a Facebook Account, A Twitter account, and membership with some web-cam chat sites. It turns out she had joined the cam sites to try and meet new folks, something we've all done in one way or another. In many ways, she wasn't much different from me when I was 15.
Nomiki Konst

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Forget the Last Two Years of Campaigning, This Is the Time to Pay Attention: How Polls, Ads and Debates Will Win Swing Voters

Nomiki Konst | December 11, 2012 | Politics
Ignore everything about the 2012 election prior to today. Before this point, ignore every poll, every positive and negative ad, every gaffe -- because none of it matters.
Ai-jen Poo

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VP Debate: We Can All Agree...

Ai-jen Poo | December 11, 2012 | Politics
Elections must be about more than polls and he-said versus he-said horse race analysis. No matter how petty our politics may seem, ideas still matter -- especially to the people whose lives those ideas directly impact.
Danny Groner

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'Grace': When Faith Isn't Enough

Danny Groner | December 11, 2012 | New York
Thanks to stellar acting from his small cast portraying complex characters, Grace is saved. Paul Rudd may lead the way, but his character Steve is actually the least complex of them all.
John Hudak

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Grit Won

John Hudak | December 11, 2012 | Politics
Tonight Obama needed a champion, an advocate, and a force that did what he failed to do: show a contrast with Gov. Romney and rekindle the post-DNC enthusiasm. Joe was that force.
Jared Bernstein

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Guess What's Driving the Deficit?

Jared Bernstein | December 11, 2012 | Business
Things that get into and out of the system, like the Recover Act and even the TARP, are not the things that drive the deficits.
Craig Crawford

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Ryan: Not Now, Maybe Someday

Craig Crawford | December 11, 2012 | Politics
Who knows what vice presidential debates mean, but at a minimum they show us who's ready to step up if needed. Paul Ryan might be ready someday, but not now. Joe Biden's decades of experience showed. Ryan's lack of readiness was painfully apparent.
Steven Weber

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Mr. Words Goes to Town

Steven Weber | December 11, 2012 | Politics
And the American people, their attention spans scrupulously shortened to the point of an Oliver Sacks case study with three second recall, has supposedly forgotten all the crap that, from Romney and Ryan, passed for policy. But ladies and gentlemen, that's just BS.
Michael S. Lofgren

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The Austerity Trap: Is Past Prologue?

Michael S. Lofgren | December 11, 2012 | World
Predictably, the unemployment rate rises above 25 percent, riots and demonstrations ensue, and an extreme right-wing party rapidly gains adherents. What this will mean for Europe's political future is unclear.
Monique Ruffin

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You Are the Answer

Monique Ruffin | December 11, 2012 | Politics
This election might be one of the great defining events of our time. Are we spectators standing on the sideline, waiting to see if our guy will win, or are we in the game playing for the victory we desire?
Peter Morgan

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Is The Way Central Banks View Inflation Simply Wrong? - Why QE Will Create Inflation.

Peter Morgan | December 11, 2012 | UK Politics
There has been an assumption by mainstream macroeconomists over the last thirty years, since the inception of monetarism, that inflation is purely a monetary phenomenon. This assumption has led to the concept that money supply and prices are effectively directly correlated. For example if money supply increased the expected outcome would be for prices to rise and conversely if money supply decreased the expected outcome would be for prices to fall.
Corey Pandolph

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TOBY, Robot Satan

Corey Pandolph | December 11, 2012 | Comedy
Bobby Elliott

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The Poetry That Matters Most: On Matthew Dickman's Mayakovsky's Revolver

Bobby Elliott | December 11, 2012 | Books
As much as I have loved poetry, I don't particularly like that it can be so opaque, and in Matthew Dickman's poems I believed there was a promising, alternate path for me to follow, forged by a poet I would be reading for the rest of my life.
Fauzia Burke

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6 Steps for Finding the Best Publicity Team for Your Book

Fauzia Burke | December 11, 2012 | Books
Most authors know that a public relations effort for their book is essential for their success. But, how do you choose the right PR firm for your book
Tamar Birckhead

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When the Law Doesn't Fit the Crime: Lessons From the Blogosphere

Tamar Birckhead | December 11, 2012 | Crime
Practicing criminal law is not rocket science. It's also not open heart surgery. But it's more than just slapping a slice of cheese between two pieces of bread and calling it a sandwich.
Kat Jackman

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If You Are Bored to Tears of X Factor Here Is Something New: Emerging Icons Featuring Erin K

Kat Jackman | December 11, 2012 | UK Entertainment
A song by Erin K is like no other.
Rachael Toon

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Labour v Conservative: My Party Conference Comparison 2012

Rachael Toon | December 11, 2012 | UK Politics
Labour are using opposition to their advantage, and members are responding to the rallying cries of those in charge. The Conservatives are sticking things out. Government is not proving easy but they seem to be taking people along with them - especially their young members, who could be the campaigning difference in 2015 between a Labour victory and a Labour defeat.
Jennifer Dorr

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Are You There God? It's Me, Mommy: How Unaffiliated Parents Can Fill 'the Void' When They Don't Want to Join a Religious Institution

Jennifer Dorr | December 11, 2012 | Parents
Joining a temple now seems artificial. And let's just say my husband is utterly disinterested in the whole house-of-worship thing. When I discussed this with a friend who recently joined a church, he said, "Just make sure there is something to fill the void."
Dr. Andrew Weil

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Carbohydrate Density: A Better Guide to Weight Loss

Dr. Andrew Weil | December 11, 2012 | Healthy Living
On its surface, the cause of the Western world's obesity epidemic seems simple: People are eating too many calories and getting too little calorie-burning exercise; the imbalance manifests as excess fat. But this explanation is too simple.