9:17am

Wed July 13, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: Semicolon, Hyphen And No Serial Comma

The serial comma is a contentious topic.
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Maria Kari is a freelance writer and journalist currently based in Vancouver, BC.

"Who gives a [insert expletive] about an Oxford comma," asked the Vampire Weekend boys in 2008, shocking many an English teacher and publishing industry professional. Now, three years later, the usefulness of the oxford comma (also known as the serial comma) has come into question again. Let me preface this article by assuaging your worried souls: despite rumors to the contrary, the Oxford comma is not dead.

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9:11am

Wed July 13, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: McConnell Speaks For 'He' Not 'We'

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, Utah, looks on as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill about balancing the budget.
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Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard.

Shortly after Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell unveiled his "contingency" plan for a debt limit increase, the Associated Press bulletin read: "GOP Leader McConnell proposes giving Obama new power for automatic debt limit increase."

It's surely not the headline McConnell wanted, but unlike much of the media coverage of the debt fight, it's accurate. And that's a problem.

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9:11am

Wed July 13, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: Multiple Wives Is So Five Minutes Ago

A man kisses his bride during a mass wedding in Jakarta, Indonesia in April.
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Robert Zeliger is an editor for Foreign Policy.

Polygamy has become passe — at least for young people in Indonesia and Malaysia.

86.5 percent of Indonesians between the ages of 15 and 25, and 72.7 percent of young Malaysians, disagree with the practice, according to a new survey. Of course, in and of itself that isn't earth-shattering news, but given that the countries are overwhelmingly Muslim and generally quite conservative, the number is interesting.

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9:10am

Wed July 13, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: McConnell Waves White Flag For GOP

Republicans and Democrats are locked in a debate over the nation's deficit but some believe the GOP is ready to surrender.
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Jonathan Chait is a senior editor at The New Republic. He writes the magazine's TRB column. He is also the author of The Big Con: Crackpot Economics and the Fleecing of America. He has worked at The New Republic since 1995.

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8:50am

Wed July 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Yankees Fan's Good Deed Could Prove Taxing

Originally published on Wed July 13, 2011 6:52 am

New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, right, and Christian Lopez at a news conference on Saturday (July 9, 2011) at Yankee Stadium.
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The feel-good story of last week about the young New York Yankees fan who very willingly gave back the home run ball that shortstop Derek Jeter clobbered to get his 3,000th career hit took a predictable but still somewhat depressing turn yesterday.

The New York Times reported that: "No Good Deed Goes Untaxed (Perhaps)."

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8:10am

Wed July 13, 2011
The Two-Way

U.K. Lawmakers Unite To Oppose Murdoch Bid For Broadcaster

There's a lot happening right now in the expanding scandal in the U.K. over allegations that newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch's News International illegally obtained private information — sometimes by paying police — about thousands of people, from members of the royal family and a former prime minister to victims of the 2005 London bombings and the 9/11 attacks.:

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7:34am

Wed July 13, 2011
Around the Nation

Mistake Found In North Dakota's Constitution

North Dakota became a state in 1889. Now, 122 years later, a flaw has been found in the state's constitution. Historian John Rolcynski noticed it doesn't say the governor has to take an oath of office, as required by Article VI of the U.S. Constitution.

7:30am

Wed July 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Budget Talks: Chances For Deal Dwindling?

Negotiations will continue today between the White House and congressional leaders, but as NPR's Scott Horsley said on Morning Edition, the path to a deal on raising the federal debt ceiling, cutting federal deficits and eventually shrinking the $14+ trillion federal debt "is far from clear."

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7:29am

Wed July 13, 2011
Around the Nation

Man Jailed For Pelting Flight Attendant With Snacks

A passenger on a Southwest Airlines plane tried to use a new electronic cigarette on a flight from Los Angeles to Utah. Told to stop, he allegedly got so mad he pelted the flight attendant with peanuts and pretzels.

6:46am

Wed July 13, 2011
Animals

South Dakota's Well-Loved Tortoise Dies At 130

Methuselah, a giant tortoise whose life began in the Galapagos Islands 130 years ago, has died in Rapid City, South Dakota. Since 1954, the huge animal was the star attraction at Reptile Gardens.

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