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U.S. Navy / Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess

Is Sex Addiction Just a (Convenient) Myth?

Here we go again: Just as the question was raised during the latter phase of the Bill Clinton era, Tiger Woods’ recently revealed indiscretions have prompted questions of whether there is such a thing as “sex addiction,” or whether it’s just code for “boys will be boys” ... until those boys get busted, that is.

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Leno Tapped for White House Press Dinner

The suddenly controversial comic Jay Leno, who’s still embroiled in a public spat about “The Tonight Show” with outgoing host Conan O’Brien, will be the main act at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, where well-dressed members of Washington’s media elite rub elbows with politicians ... (continued)

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Milton Viorst on the Emancipation of Europe’s Jews

A new book by Michael Goldfarb grapples with the fate of a people caught between hope and history.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / Tambako the Jaguar

Primordial Brew: Did Alcohol Inspire the Cultivation of Civilization?

Sure, it behooved our Neolithic ancestors to band together and form proto-civilizations for many reasons, but one main motivation, according to archaeologist Patrick McGovern—who works, and we kid you not, at the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health—was the time-honored pursuit of alcoholic intoxication.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


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Bill Gates Launches Online Diary

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates is getting into online sharing mode with the launch of his new Web diary, the Gates Notes, in which he holds forth about his various projects, plus sections called “What I’m Learning” and “Curious Classroom”—plus travel videos!

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons/U.S. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

DreamWorks Moving on MLK Project

DreamWorks Studios is moving forward with its planned Martin Luther King Jr. feature film after the project suffered a setback last year because of a dispute between members of the late civil rights leader’s family. On Tuesday, the studio announced that it had hired screenwriter Ron Harwood, who penned the Oscar-winning script for “The Pianist,” to write the screenplay for the MLK movie.

Posted on Jan 19, 2010 READ MORE


Wyclef Jean
AP / Diane Bondareff

Wyclef Jean Defends Charity, Makes Plea for Haiti

After spending three days in his earthquake-ravaged homeland, Haitian-born musician and onetime Fugee Wyclef Jean addressed the press in New York with a mixture of sorrow for his country and defiance about allegations that he had misappropriated funds intended to go to his foundation, Yele Haiti, in the past.

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / vtdainfo

NBC Opens Its Wallet to Get O’Brien Off ‘Tonight Show’

If you think things get nasty in the world of electoral politics, consider all the fun that’s gone down in recent days in late-night comedy circles, what with the sticky tangle that NBC execs got themselves into after handling the highly charged Jay Leno-vs.-Conan O’Brien “Tonight Show” debacle with all the delicacy and subtlety of a jackhammer. ... (continued)

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Peter Stothard on ‘The Poison King’

You’ve heard of Spartacus, but how many remember the notorious scourge of the Roman Empire, Mithradates, denounced as one of antiquity’s greatest terrorists and rebels?

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Clooney Comes to Haiti’s Aid

This is a time when celebrity can come in handy, and one star in particular, George Clooney, is lending his power to the cause of helping earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The actor-director is also rallying some of his famous friends to join him for a “mega-telethon” he’s planning, according to The Wrap.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE


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