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The Filter: Oct. 3, 2008

A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.IN DEBATE, REPUBLICAN TICKET SURVIVES ONE TEST(Adam Nagourney, New York Times)Gov. Sarah Palin made it through the vice-presidential debate on Thursday without doing any obvious damage to the Republican presidential ticket.

The Filter: Sept. 10, 2008

A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.CAMPAIGNS ADJUST THEIR PACE TO MEET SHORT SEASON(Adam Nagourney, New York Times)Senators John McCain and Barack Obama are confronting a sharply abbreviated general election campaign season, the product of the late nominating conventions and a boom in early voting in tightly contested states.

The Filter: 2.11.08

A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.CLINTON REPLACES TOP AIDE AMID LOSSES(Anne E. Kornblut and Dan Balz, Washington Post)Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton shook up her presidential campaign yesterday, replacing campaign manager and longtime aide Patti Solis Doyle with Maggie Williams, her former White House chief of staff, in an acknowledgment of the unexpectedly difficult struggle in which she finds herself against Sen.

A Changing Portrait Of DNA

Every day, it seems, scientists learn something new about how our genes work. The latest insights into the dazzling and complex machinery of life itself.

Start Planning Now

When you turn 50, it's more than an embarrassing birthday. It's the outer door to retirement, whether you know it or not. Some people save for years so they can retire early (55 is a favorite age).

Two Cheers for Bremer

In his speech to the nation Tuesday night, the president never mentioned his name. Very few people do these days, except to bash him. L. Paul Bremer III is still harshly criticized in most popular accounts of the Iraq occupation as an American viceroy who never understood the country he was trying to reconstitute and who made serious mistakes that helped to foment the insurgency, such as disbanding the Iraqi Army.


The human genome project may be near completion, but the "real" human-genome project is just getting underway. Scientists now know the sequences of most of our genes.

Mail Call

The Dawning of Operation Iraqi FreedomReaders expressed their own "Shock and Awe" at the start of the war in Iraq, the focus of our March 31 issue. "Shouldn't it be 'Shock and Awful'?" asked one.