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Song Of The Day
8:17 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Anderson And Roe: A Speechless 'Billie Jean'

Full of unexpected twists, Anderson and Roe's Michael Jackson cover takes a pianistic moonwalk.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 5:00 am

Two pianos pound out a series of deep, dynamic runs with ominous fervor. Could it be... Edvard Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King"? Up the keyboard the classical pianists climb, as if emerging from a pit of hellfire. Then, a sudden burst of percussive staccato notes establishes a familiar melody: The song is Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean."

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Opinion
8:17 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Foreign Policy: I've Met Joseph Kony

A man with machete wounds to his head from an attack by rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) is treated in a hospital on February 21, 2009 in Ngilima, northeastern Congo.
Lionel Healing AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 7:41 am

Norbert Mao is a lawyer and politician in Uganda. In 2006 and 2007 he made several trips to South Sudan and the LRA base in Congo campaigning for peace.

On January 12, 2003, I received my first phone call from Joseph Kony, the elusive leader of the Lord's Resistance Army. At the time, I was a member of parliament representing an area that was the epicenter of the war in Northern Uganda. The call lasted about two hours — which was remarkable given that Kony was in the bush, and using a sat phone, to boot.

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U.S.
8:17 am
Thu March 22, 2012

An Open Letter ... About Open Letters

Anneke Schram iStockphoto.com

Dear Open Letter Writers,

Are you open to the idea that the open letter has become the victim of its own success?

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Shots - Health Blog
7:56 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Medicare Board Draws Fire Before It Even Meets

IPAB sounds like a new Apple product, but it's actually a controversial board that is at the heart of House Republicans' efforts to upend the 2010 federal health law.

The Independent Payment Advisory Board, created by the health law, is supposed to help hold down costs in Medicare, the federal health program for seniors and the disabled.

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The Two-Way
7:20 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Murray Lender, Who Introduced Many Americans To Bagels, Has Died

From a Connecticut bakery to the nation.
Mike Derer AP

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 9:37 am

If you were young in the 1960s or '70s and like many of us didn't live around New York City, the first bagel you ever saw and enjoyed was probably a Lender's.

So it's with a sense of sadness and nostalgia that we pass along this, from The Associated Press:

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