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Wed March 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama's Basketball Brackets: All No. 1s In The Final Fours

We'll leave it to others to decide if this is news or not. But given the always high interest in the NCAA basketball championships and given the need for some relief from the all-too-serious news we're also covering, we thought many of you who are into March Madness might want to know that:

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Wed March 16, 2011
It's All Politics

Haley Barbour's Challenge: Dropping Deep South's Baggage

Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi clearly appears to have some built-in advantages in the race for the Republican Party's presidential nomination.

He knows better than most his party's inner workings, having served in key roles from his days in the Reagan White House's political operation forward.

Of course, strong and long ties to the party's establishment aren't necessarily positive for a candidate in a GOP with a strong anti-establishment movement like the Tea Party.

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Wed March 16, 2011
Health Care

Medicine's Rising Costs Put 'Hippocratic' Oath At Risk

In most medical schools, students recite the Hippocratic Oath together to mark the start of their professional careers. The soon-to-be physicians swear to uphold the ethical standards of the medical profession and promise to stand for their patients without compromise.

Though the oath has been rewritten over the centuries, the essence of it has remained the same: "In each house I go, I go only for the good of my patients."

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Wed March 16, 2011
Krulwich Wonders…

Gotcha! Elephant Caught Cheating

Call her lazy, call her a cheat, call her what you like, but she's one very clever elephant.

On this page, I've got three videos. Together, they document an elephant intelligence test, administered in Lampang, Thailand by a young, highly regarded graduate student, Joshua Plotnik of Emory University. The freeloading elephant, a five year old female, Neua Un, shows up in the last video, but we should do this step-by-step.

Let's start with this:

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Wed March 16, 2011

Thousands Flee Nuclear Zone In Japan

Thousands of people have fled northeast Japan's exclusion zone around the crippled nuclear power plant. Thousands more Japanese lost their homes in last week's earthquake and tsunami.