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    Bristol's Engagement: What Effect on Sarah?

    Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston, the parents of Sarah Palin's grandson, Tripp, have announced in Us Weekly that they're engaged and that they hope to marry within six months. Earlier this week we looked at what a federal disclosure from Palin's political-action committee meant for her presidential prospects. Perversely, the nuptial news could have an even greater impact.
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    Obama’s New Effort to Curb the Spread of HIV/AIDS

    The Obama administration has launched a strategy to combat HIV/AIDS that aims, by 2015, to reduce the number of infections by 25 percent, decrease the number of people living with HIV by 30 percent, and increase the number of people aware of their positive status to 90 percent.
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    Jonathan Alter Appears on 'Late Night With David Letterman'

    NEWSWEEK columnist Jonathan Alter went on "Late Night With David Letterman" Tuesday night to talk about his new book, "The Promise: President Obama, Year One," which offers a behind-the-scenes view of the administration's political successes and failures.
  • Can Obama Persuade Voters to Stay the Course?

    Confidence in President Obama as the agent of change to restore the economy and chart a positive course has deteriorated to the point where nearly six in 10 voters say they “lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country,” according to the latest Washington Post/ABC poll.
  • Charges Against Gay Activists Dropped

    After criminal charges were dropped today against gay military members Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. James Pietrangelo, Choi alleged that the government was "embarrassed."
  • Two Key GOP Senators Give Dems a Boost on Financial Reform

    Changes to financial regulations got a shot in the arm Tuesday with news that two Republican senators will (gasp!) vote with Democrats in favor of the latest version of the legislation. Democrats made several key alterations to win the votes of Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine and Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, giving Democrats the 60 votes they need to break a GOP filibuster and move the bill to the president’s desk.
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    BP Installs New Well Cap

    After days of preparation, BP’s effort to replace the loose-fitting cap that has been collecting oil for the last few weeks with a sealing cap appears to have gone successfully.
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    Sarah Palin Presidential Run Watch: What Does the SarahPAC FEC Report Mean?

    Why does a new filing from Sarah Palin’s SarahPAC have political circles atwitter? It’s the large sums that are going out the door, not the record amounts that the political-action committee raised in the second quarter. Suddenly, a Palin presidential run in 2012—though improbable—looks more likely. But are the numbers all they’re cracked up to be?
  • The Tale of the Barefoot Bandit

    After two years on the run, 19-year-old Colton Harris-Moore, the alleged "barefoot bandit," who reportedly stole a plane and fled to the Bahamas, was caught in typically cinematic fashion.
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    Newt for President?

    Newt Gingrich says he may run for president in 2012. But could he win? At this point, probably not.
  • New Jersey's Medical Marijuana Solution

    The medical-marijuana market, which is legal in 14 states and under consideration in at least 12 others, may benefit sick people. But it has proved a headache for regulators. Unlicensed dispensaries, crooked doctors, and fake medical-need cases have plagued early adopters like Colorado and California.
  • How Hawaii Plans to Wean Itself off Oil

    President Obama has called for a “national mission” to end America’s dependence on oil. Perhaps the biggest hurdle, however, isn’t national will—a majority of Americans now back an energy overhaul—so much as finding a workable template. Could Hawaii fill the void? The archipelago is more than twice as oil-dependent as the U.S. at large, drawing about 90 percent of its energy from imported crude. And because of the exorbitant transport costs, it also has the highest gas and electricity rates in the country—and some of the most ambitious plans for keeping them down.
  • How to Reduce Emergency-Room Wait Times

    The American health-care industry is often accused of placing profits over people’s care. But the profit motive may help alleviate at least one perennial issue: slow service in the emergency room. Patients sit for an average of 37 minutes—twice the federally recommended goal—before seeing a physician, according to a 2009 report by the Government Accountability Office. But while most industry experts predict longer delays as millions of newly insured people join the market, some hospitals are solving the problem—slashing wait times in an effort to win the new business.
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    Weisberg: Why John McCain Is So Angry

    I’ve stopped reading news about John McCain for the same reason I tune out the daily updates on Afghanistan and the BP oil spill: it’s too damned depressing. Well into the 2008 primary season, McCain showed glimmers of his old gutsy, independent spirit. Since losing to Barack Obama, however, he’s turned into the kind of party hack he once lived to mess with.
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    Ignore the Polls and Focus on Economic Stimulus

    It’s begun. With merely four months until the elections, we’re starting to see the articles outlining the angry divisions between the president’s counselors. The fight apparently pits the political team, which wants the president to turn his attention to the political problem of deficits, against the economic team, which wants him to keep focusing on economic stimulus.
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    Feds Growing Weary of BP's Promises

    With the approaching deadline to stop the oil gusher in the gulf, tensions between government officials and BP executives are increasing.
  • Campaign Ads So Good, They're Bad

    In campaign ads, there's a thin line between awesome and awful. The latest viral ad from a Florida state rep is catchy, but does it fall on the wrong side of the line?
  • Obama Taking Risk in Challenging the Arizona Law

    President Obama gets accused of a lot of things, but it would be tough to argue that his administration’s constitutional challenge of Arizona’s anti-illegal-immigration law was poll-driven. Because even though you might not know it from some of the media coverage, Arizona’s new law is really, really popular.
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    What Would Reagan Really Do?

    Some Republicans want to impose a Reaganite purity test on this fall’s candidates. Today, though, the 40th president himself wouldn’t pass it.
  • Inside the GOP, a Shadow Battle for Control

    The prospect of the November elections becoming a replay of 1994 has Democrats running scared everywhere except, apparently, at the White House, where the famous Obama cool keeps everyone’s emotions in check. Sure, losses are expected in the first midterm of a new president, but let’s not lose too much sleep over it.
  • Federal Judge Rules the Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional. Will it Stick?

    Yesterday, Massachusetts federal district Judge Joseph Tauro declared that gay men and women recognized as married by their individual states should have access to the same federal benefits as heterosexual married couples. In doing so, he declared Article III of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, unconstitutional. The controversial decision posits the question for both supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage of how best to support their cases and what the rulings, now under review by the Obama administration, will bring in the long term.
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    Did Oil Kill the Animals Washing Up in the Gulf?

    Determining an oil spill’s toll on wildlife is never an easy feat—and the challenging conditions of the current gulf spill make it all the more complicated. While most of the animals collected alive have been visibly covered in oil, the majority of those that have been found dead have had no oil visible on their bodies, making the cause of death difficult to ascertain.