The Two-Way
11:23 am
Thu May 3, 2012

With Chen's Fate Uncertain, Online 'Dark Glasses' Campaign Continues

The Dark Glasses blog.
ichenguangcheng.blogspot.com

Before his escape from house arrest, his stay at the U.S. embassy in Beijing and now his plea that he be allowed to go to the U.S., Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng was the focus of a "Dark Glasses" campaign aimed at drawing attention to his plight.

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The Two-Way
10:40 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Congressman Calls For Hearing On Google Street View Data Collection

The camera mounted on a Google Street View car used to photograph whole streets obscures part of the U.S. Internet giant's logo.
Daniel Mihailescu AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 10:59 am

Google may be facing new investigations into its Street View program, which collected 600 gigabytes of personal data including e-mails, passwords, pictures and web searches while its vehicles roamed the streets.

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Song Of The Day
10:24 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Yellow Ostrich: Beyond The Bedroom

When "Marathon Runner" begins, Yellow Ostrich's Alex Schaaf (center) steps up to the mic not as a homebound tinkerer, but as a frontman.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 5:03 am

When "Marathon Runner" begins, it's a little familiar and a little chaotic. Fans of Yellow Ostrich's first album, The Mistress, will recognize the voice of singer Alex Schaaf, which sounds most at home when it's threading through his loop pedal. But here, something is broken: The loop is unbalanced, resetting mid-measure, failing to lock into a groove.

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World
8:31 am
Thu May 3, 2012

A Look At Bin Laden's Letters To Confidants

Some of the documents found during the raid on Osama bin Laden's hideaway in Pakistan were released Thursday. West Point's Combating Terrorism Center has been reviewing those documents.

Opinion
8:16 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Foreign Policy: Egypt's Presidential Reality Show

Thousands of Egyptians rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square on April 20, 2012 to protest against the ruling military and hold-overs from the former ruling government ahead of the presidential election to be held at the end of May.
Khaled Desouki AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 6:37 am

Dr. H. A. Hellyer is a geo-strategic expert on the MENA region, with experience at Gallup, the Brookings Institution & Warwick University.

"Who needs to watch sitcoms on TV anymore? We watch Egyptian news instead for entertainment."

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The Record
8:15 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Dudes Act Like A Lady: 'Call Me Maybe' Takes Over YouTube

Released in December, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" has been rising on the charts — it reaches no. 5 this week — and winning the hearts of fans on YouTube.
Vanessa Heins Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:51 pm

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Book Reviews
8:15 am
Thu May 3, 2012

'Newlyweds': A Big, Fat Cross-Cultural Marriage

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Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 3:27 pm

American literature is rich with books that illuminate our culture from an immigrant's fresh perspective. The most powerful tend to be written by the newcomers themselves, or their offspring, but there are exceptions. Nell Freudenberger's latest novel, The Newlyweds, is about a young Bangladeshi woman determined to find a better life by marrying an American she meets on a dating website. Coming from a native New Yorker, it's an act of sustained, cross-cultural ventriloquism and empathy.

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Opinion
8:14 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Weekly Standard: The War Beyond Afghanistan

President Barack Obama attends a meeting with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, on May 2, 2012 in Kabul, Afghanistan. The U.S. and Afghan Presidents signed a long-term strategic partnership outlining their cooperation following the 2014 withdrawal of NATO and allied forces.
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Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 10:32 am

Daniel Halper is The Weekly Standard's Online Editor

William Kristol offers his thoughts on President Obama's Afghanistan speech in a piece for the Washington Post:

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Opinion
8:14 am
Thu May 3, 2012

The Nation: A Guide To Obama's Afghanistan Speech

President Barack Obama delivers an address to the American people on U.S. policy and the war in Afghanistan during his visit to Bagram Air Base May 2, 2012 in Afghanistan. Obama told Americans the goal of defeating the al Qaida network was within reach.
Kevin Lamarque AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 8:09 am

Senator Tom Hayden is the Nation Institute's Carey McWilliams Fellow.

President Obama's dramatic speech from Afghanistan should be parsed as a careful election-year orchestration of his plan to "wind down" the war. It is no accident that the speech came during the first-year commemoration of the killing of Osama bin Laden, the event providing Obama the rationale for ending American combat while placing hawks and political rivals on the defensive.

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Shots - Health Blog
8:09 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Energy Drinks Can Take Teeth On An Irreversible Acid Trip

Drinks like Red Bull contain citric acid, which can strip away the enamel that protects teeth from decay.
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Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 8:28 am

Drinks with a lot of sugar will rot your teeth, right? That's the conventional wisdom.

But what about the acid? It's not something we think much about, but dentists say it's high time we start, especially when it comes to the river of energy drinks we — and young people in particular — are consuming.

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