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The old culture war politics is dying but new culture wars are gathering force. The transformation of the battlefield will change our public life.

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Fox News stalwart and self-styled culture warrior Bill O'Reilly briefly shifted his focus away from Lady Gaga on Tuesday to fixate upon Jennifer Aniston and her blasphemous ideas about single parenting.

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Who knew that while George W Bush held office at the White House, a supporter of gay marriage and abortion rights lurked under the same roof? That would be his wife, Laura Bush, who told Larry King and his shiny suspenders (continued).

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Karl Rove, the George W. Bush strategy specialist who was instrumental in mobilizing the conservative voting base using so-called wedge issues such as gay marriage during the last decade's elections, has ended his own second marriage. Rove and his wife of 24 years, Darby, technically divorced last week.

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There were many messages sent from South Bend on Sunday. Obama's opponents seek to reignite the culture wars. He doesn't. They would reduce religious faith to a narrow set of issues. He refused to join them.

Bill Boyarsky

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In Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy, the fact that he is African-American has seemed to be an obstacle that could be overcome with a good campaign, a few breaks and the issues turning his way. That's what is happening now.

Bill Boyarsky

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While it’s fashionable for the media and some of his own supporters to be mourning the demise of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, they may well be overlooking an important point—that the vaunted McCain-Palin ticket has peaked. What else but such blind optimism could be motivating the unflagging energy of thousands of Obama grass-roots workers?

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Scientists may have found a way to grow stem cells without using embryos. The president's people are claiming this as a White House victory, causing a flood of gall on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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