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What’s Wrong With This Picture?
“Everybody in the family played Scrabble and took great pride in hoarding Ks and Qs and slapping them down in long, fancy words on triple-letter scores.”—“Going Rogue,” p. 12.
Reprise? Obama and Afghanistan
The president had a difficult decision to make. The war had been raging for a long time. The U.S. and its faraway enemies had fought to a stalemate—but people just kept dying.
Roll Over, Sarah Palin, and Give Glenn Beck the News
Buddhism in India Documentary Online
Buddhism in India has yielded a legacy of many remarkable cultural heritage sites, many of which are an active part of the country’s living fabric. Founded by Siddhartha Gautama in the sixth century B.C., Buddhism spread throughout India and beyond over the following centuries. Its followers built temples, shrines and monuments all over the country.
From Tom Paine to Glenn Beck—the Perversion of Common Sense
Conservatives would have us believe that they hold a monopoly on common sense. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and many other right-wing rabble-rousers regularly portray themselves as defenders of the good, old-fashioned common sense of average Americans against an out-of-touch liberal elite.