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8:35am

Thu July 28, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: A Needed Defense Of The Black Athlete

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall runs the ball during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. Mendenhall received criticism after tweeting his opinion about reactions to the death of Osama bin Laden.
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Mike Tillery, writer/founder of the sports blog The Starting Five, has contributed to SLAM and Sacramento magazines.

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8:20am

Thu July 28, 2011
Asia

How Bin Laden's Death Has Affected Al-Qaida

Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst. His writing has appeared in The New York Times and Foreign Affairs, among others. The Longest War is his third book.
Scott Wallace

Is al-Qaida planning an attack to coincide with the tenth anniversary of September 11?

"Of course they'd like to," says national security analyst Peter Bergen. "And some of the materials recovered in the [Osama] bin Laden compound indicate a desire to do something. But a desire to do something is quite different than actual implementation. I think that this is a group that that has not only suffered the loss of its leader, but was already in very bad shape before that happened."

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7:46am

Thu July 28, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Overhaul Law To Boost Health Spending, Barely

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A fresh analysis of the nation's health spending suggests that over the next 10 years, the Democrats' Affordable Care Act will boost the number of people with health insurance by about 30 million, while health costs overall will rise by only one-tenth of a percentage point more than they would have if the law hadn't passed.

Let me repeat: one-tenth of a percentage point!

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7:39am

Thu July 28, 2011
The Two-Way

A Tweet May Have Caused Chaos At L.A. Film Premiere

Police estimated that about 2,000 extra people showed up to the Hollywood premiere of Electric Daisy Carnival Experience, a documentary about a rave. What was supposed to be an invite-only event quickly overflowed Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the crowd spilled onto the streets.

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6:54am

Thu July 28, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: It's Green and Blue, But Not Bright

Fluorescent light bulbs are set to be banned in favor of more energy efficient CFL lights. However, in July alone, there have been three light-related votes.
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Joseph Bottum is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and the author of The Second Spring: Words into Music, Music into Words.

In the beginning, there was a glade. A green and foresty place, a meadowy clearing in the great big woods. The robins called from branch to branch. A laughing stream wove gently through the dell. A rabbit hopped through the long grass, bright with morning dew. All was well, and all manner of things were well — until, one day, the evil came.

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