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The university says it's not reconsidering its presidential pick. 

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The grilling of the New Jersey governor has only begun.

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America's least-favorite city is television's favorite backdrop.

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The show gets the twisted, paranoid spirit of Washington right, even if it exaggerates the details.

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What happened at Manhattan's Zen Studies Society?

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The New Republic Sex Issue

No, we haven't published one. But if we did...

The New York Times Book Review published a sex issue Sunday, which includes reviews, author essays, and readers’ stories about losing one’s innocence.

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Earlier this week, I noted that it was odd for conservatives to be lamenting that the IRS scandal had been allowed to slip away, when in fact they had won this whole round. There had been a huge explosion in coverage in May when the revelations first appeared, nearly all of it making them out to be evidence of a grand Nixonian conspiracy to silence grass-root conservative groups. This explosion in coverage inevitably took its toll on the Obama administration—Obama’s personal approval ratings on characteristics like trust and honesty dropped sharply—and on the IRS, which has not only seen its own standing drop in the polls, but which has seen no shortage of employees disciplined or tarred. Meanwhile, the story has faded from the headlines exactly over the time period when more and more evidence was emerging that the conspiracy wasn’t nearly as grand as first believed—in fact, that there was no conspiracy at all. That is, it has helped conservatives that the media turned away when it did—after the damage had already been done.

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We're Sorry, Monica Lewinsky!

We thought you were bad, but now we've met Sydney Leathers

Was America too hard on Monica Lewinsky? It seems like a crazy question. She did, after all, almost derail a presidency after near-schtupping a married man. She paraded her literal dirty laundry in front of the nation, setting the navy work dress back decades. She became a stand-in for the moral degredation of post-empire America.

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If, like me, you are in that curious band of Americans who still faithfully read Peggy Noonan’s column, you know that she was back at it this past weekend with her latest idee fixe: the IRS scandal. It was her eighth column on that subject in less than three months. The week prior, she had written one hollering about a new “bombshell” revelation that turned out, on closer inspection, to be two months old.

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The general problem with the media's coverage of Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner has been the near-fanatical assumption that people care whether their politicians have morally upstanding sex lives. Thus, the news that Spitzer or Weiner is doing well in the polls is greeted with shock or surprise or handwringing about what it says about today's electorate. Now, certainly there are some people out there who really, truly care whether Silda Spitzer has given her blessing to Eliot Spitzer's run for government office.

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