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  • Loss of Jobless Benefits Could Be Serious Blow to U.S. Economy

    Don Lee, Los Angeles Times | December 01, 2010

    With 2 million jobless workers set to lose unemployment benefits this month, the kind of extension that Congress routinely approved in the past has fallen victim to partisan deadlock — and the consequences could be serious for the U.S. economy...

  • NASA Discovers New Life

    Nicholas Graham, The Huffington Post | December 02, 2010

    NASA is holding a press conference today at 2pm to announce a major finding in their research in astrobiology, and speculation is high the agency said the finding "will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life." The news has leaked now, and while the discovery is not extraterrestrial life, NASA has indeed uncovered an entirely new form of life that "doesn't share the biological building blocks of anything currently living" on Earth...

  • David L. Ulin on Doonesbury

    David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times | December 02, 2010

    It’s been years since I thought about -- really thought about -- “Doonesbury,” Garry Trudeau’s Russian novel of a comic strip, in which dozens of characters loop in and out of one another’s orbits, sketching a portrait of their times...

  • Once An Editor, Now The Subject

    Celia McGee, The New York Times | December 03, 2010

    IT doesn’t really matter whether Serendipity, the restaurant on East 60th Street in Manhattan, was already serving footlong hot dogs in 1975, or its frozen hot chocolate. Neither Nan Talese nor Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis would have ordered them anyway. “I don’t think I noticed what either of us had,” Ms. Talese, the longtime editor, said there recently — the first time she had returned since that long-ago meeting. “We were there to talk about books.”...

  • The GOP's Fiscal Time Bomb

    Howard Kurtz, The Daily Beast | December 03, 2010

    Call it the revenge of George W. Bush: The GOP temporary tax cut has exploded nine years later, forcing Democrats to duck and cover. Howard Kurtz talks to the Bush aides behind the plot. George W. Bush set the trap just over nine years ago, and the Democrats are still trying to extricate themselves..

  • The Butt of Doonesbury, and Proud Of It

    Dylan Loeb McClain, The New York Times | December 06, 2010

    Garry Trudeau has criticized many people and institutions in the 40 years since he first started drawing Doonesbury, the Pulitzer-Prize winning comic strip. But his latest cause is a personal one: he has come to the defense of two of his more colorful characters who’ve been banished from a Connecticut college campus...

  • NYTBR on 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective

    John Schwartz, The New York Times | December 06, 2010

    ”Doonesbury” has a centerfold, and it’s not Boopsie. If you pick up the latest collection of comic strips by Garry Trudeau, you will be impressed by its heft — at nearly 11 pounds, it is not the floppy little compilation that fits neatly atop the toilet tank. The new 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective (Andrews McMeel, $100) gives this venerable comic the luxe treatment. Not just a coffee-table book, it could come with legs and be a coffee table...

  • Why We Can't Stop Playing: Mixing Psychology With Physics, Cute Characters, And Lots of Cheering

    Nick Wingfield, Wall Street Journal | December 06, 2010

    Not since the invention of bacon and eggs has the collision of fowl and swine tasted so good. A game called Angry Birds is dominating the best-selling-applications charts for Apple's iPhone with a simple, whimsical premise: Players turn different species of scowling birds into projectiles with which to crush a collection of grunting pigs scattered around various ramshackle structures. More than 12 million copies of Angry Birds have been sold since it went on sale late last year, most of them 99-cent downloads for iPhones and iPod touches, according to Rovio Mobile Ltd., the Finnish company that created the game...

  • WikiLeaks Founder Threatens To Release Entire Cache Of Unfiltered Files

    Doug Sanders, The Globe and Mail | December 06, 2010

    At the centre of a tightening web of death threats, sex-crime accusations and high-level demands for a treason trial, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange threatened to unleash a “thermonuclear device” of completely unexpurgated government files if he is forced to appear before authorities...

  • Bush V. Gore's Disgrace Deepens

    Eric Alterman, The Daily Beast | December 06, 2010

    Passions are supposed to recede with time as wisdom and maturity, but the Supreme Court’s willingness to hand the presidency to George W. Bush looks even worse than it did 10 years ago, when passions flared and pundits feared for the future of the republic. The obvious problem with making Bush president was the fact of the Bush presidency, a catastrophe in so many directions at once that presidential historians argue today about whether Bush was the worst president in American history or merely the worst since Grant, Buchanan, or Johnson (Andrew, not Lyndon)...