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If Obama squeaks out a national popular vote victory, it could be days or weeks until he takes the lead.

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How the late Tony Scott's career arc mirrored the arc of the action-movie industry.

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Irish? Me?

Mom always refused to admit we were Irish, though the evidence was pretty overwhelming. Our names, for example: she was a Cruise before she married a Dempsey, or an Ó Diomasaigh (pronunciation: Oh! DEMMA!-shay) as my father sometimes corrected her. His father was Paddy—single-handedly cut the Manchester ship canal, apparently. Had 14 kids. Got a medal from the Pope for services to the poor (though he WAS the poor). Mom disagreed with none of this, except the bit about Paddy being Irish. “Nope,” she said, “Ballinasloe, County Galway? Rubbish.

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The end of 2011 brought discouraging news for advocates of effective goods movement policy, as evidenced by new developments in the standoff between the ports of Charleston and Savannah. As reported by the Charleston Post & Courier (h/t to Peter T.

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Western Civilization

Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles Art 1945-1980 An Initiative of The Getty Foundation I. The bohemian luxe of a big white room full of Beatrice Wood’s ceramics, with dozens of fantastically shaped bowls, teapots, and chalices clothed in shimmering metallic glazes, is one of the capital impressions from “Pacific Standard Time,” an extravaganza involving exhibitions at more than sixty southern Californian cultural institutions.

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Capital Tracks

Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern AmericaBy Richard White (W.W. Norton, 660 pp., $35) I. The scene is iconic, known to many Americans even casually acquainted with their history. Locomotives of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads come engine grate to engine grate, separated by a mere railroad tie, at Promontory Summit, Utah, on May 10, 1869, commemorating the completion of the first transcontinental railroad.

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-- I implore my readers to chip in funds to buy this place for me as the new Jonathan Chait blog west coast headquarters. The rug really ties it together. -- The White House's snazzy national debt infographic. -- Nation's poorest spend 42% of income on transportation. -- WaPost: Bachmann shacked up with Uncle Sam for federal home loans. -- Poor John Boehner, everyone wants his plan to fail. -- The Congressional Hellenic Caucus doesn't have much to say about Greece, or anything else. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Arial; color: #071980}

It’s summertime, and the living is easy—at least for Ixodes scapularis, the species of ticks now out in droves spreading Lyme disease throughout the Northeast, the mid-Atlantic, the West Coast, and the upper Midwest. Cases of Lyme disease have increased sharply over the last 15 years: Between 1995 and 2009, the number of infections jumped from 15,000 to 40,000.

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There’s some big news in health care and it has nothing whatsoever to do with repealing the Affordable Care Act. This morning the Obama administration released its proposed regulation for the design of “Accountable Care Organizations.” ACOs are groups of health care providers--doctors, hospitals, etc.--that team up to provide ongoing, coordinated care to their patients.

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Inspector Bellamy IFC Films Nothing Personal Olive Films White Material IFC Films It is almost as if designed. The last film of Claude Chabrol, who died in September, is such an apt example of his major gifts that it is almost as if he had planned a farewell.

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