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  • One Moment in Afghanistan, Heroism and Heartbreak

    Elizabeth Rubin, The New York Times | November 15, 2010

    Three years and three weeks ago. Dusk was falling fast on the Korengal Valley. We were crouched on a shrub-laden plateau some 8,000 feet up in the mountains. The soldiers were exhausted and cold. We’d been sleeping in ditches for five nights. Insurgents were everywhere...

  • Mark Twain Editors Work for Decades on Writings

    Debra Levi Holtz, The San Francisco Chronicle | November 15, 2010

    A century after his death, Mark Twain is back on the national best-seller lists, thanks to decades of work by some UC Berkeley scholars. Editors from the Mark Twain Papers and Projects archive at the university's Bancroft Library have released the first volume of the author's unexpurgated autobiography, which contains some searing remarks about politics and Wall Street that still resonate today...

  • The Gulf Between Us

    Terry Tempest Williams, Orion | November 15, 2010

    Stories of terror and beauty from the world's largest accidental offshore oil disaster...

  • CBS Sunday Morning

    Jeff Greenfield, CBS Sunday Morning | November 17, 2010

    In 1970, the tumult that had engulfed so many college campuses for a decade reached even Ivy-covered Yale University. But by then, a 22-year-old senior named Garry Trudeau had already begun to chronicle the steps and missteps of his generation, in just four panels a day. Before he graduated, the strip (now named "Doonesbury") became nationally syndicated - a comic strip utterly unlike anything seen in American newspapers. It was sold, its creator recalls, as "dispatches from the front lines of the counterculture . . . reporting from the trenches, and that it had a kind of generational authenticity."...

  • Olbermann, O'Reilly and the Death of Real News

    Ted Koppel, The Washington Post | November 18, 2010

    To witness Keith Olbermann - the most opinionated among MSNBC's left-leaning, Fox-baiting, money-generating hosts - suspended even briefly last week for making financial contributions to Democratic political candidates seemed like a whimsical, arcane holdover from a long-gone era of television journalism, when the networks considered the collection and dissemination of substantive and unbiased news to be a public trust...


  • Franken Sense: The Very Serious Senator From Minnesota

    Jeffrey Rosen, The New Republic | November 18, 2010

    In July 2009, after a cliff-hanger of an election and an ugly court battle over the results, Al Franken finally arrived in the United States Senate. Eager to lay the groundwork for legislative accomplishments, the author of Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot looked for common ground with his new GOP colleagues. In the case of Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican, that common ground was music. In addition to his senatorial career, Hatch is a prolific songwriter—he has written odes to John McCain, America, Hanukkah, and Princess Diana, among other subjects—and so Franken approached him and asked to hear a few tunes...


  • North and South Korea Exchange Dozens of Artillery Shells

    Mark McDonald, The New York Times | November 23, 2010

    SEOUL, South Korea — North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire on Tuesday after dozens of shells fired from the North struck a South Korean island near the countries’ disputed western sea border, South Korean military officials said.

    The South Korean military immediately went to “crisis status,” said a Defense Ministry official. There were widespread media reports that Seoul had scrambled F-16 fighter jets but the official declined to confirm whether the planes were in the air...

  • Coast Guard Rescues Man on Suisun Bay's Roe Island

    Justin Berton, The San Francisco Chronicle | November 23, 2010

    What appeared to be a harrowing story of survival emerged from Suisun Bay on Monday - that of a wayward rafter who spent five days stranded on a deserted island nibbling on vitamins and native plants and fashioning a crude "SOS" sign until the U.S. Coast Guard rescued him. But after returning to shore, Brian "Goat Man" Hopper added a twist to the tale. He admitted that he failed to make use of a key piece of equipment during his stay on Roe Island north of Concord: a cellular telephone...

  • Sen. Mitch McConnell's Earmark Power Credited For Revitalizing Louisville

    Ann Gerhart and R. Jeffrey Smith, The Washington Post | November 23, 2010

    The once grand downtown of this city on the Ohio River is shabby, as the nation's old downtowns tend to be. Magnificent tall cast-iron-fronted buildings sit empty. So do historic brick tobacco warehouses, surrounded in razor-wire, tagged with graffiti. But the downtown of Kentucky's largest city also has a spectacular redeveloped waterfront featuring bike paths and open vistas, the spanking-new KFC Yum! sports arena, and a medical complex of several hospitals that employ nearly 20,000 people, treat tens of thousands and conduct cutting-edge research. This resurgence is a result of civic vision, pride, tenacity - and the impressive earmark performance of Louisville's Slugger: Mitch McConnell (R), Kentucky's longest-serving senator and the powerful Senate minority leader.

  • South Korea's Defense Chief Resigns in Wake of Attack

    Mark McDonald, The New York Times | November 25, 2010

    President Lee Myung-bak accepted the resignation of Defense Minister Kim Tae-young on Thursday amid intense criticism over the South’s response to an artillery attack by North Korea two days earlier and the sinking of a warship in March. “There was a need to revamp the military landscape,” a senior government official said Thursday night. “It was time.”...