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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
8:43 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Why We Like What We Like

Can we really taste the difference, or is it all just down to context?
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Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 6:41 am

Can you tell the difference between gourmet liver paté and dog food?

I mean, can you tell the difference by taste?

Many of you are probably pretty sure that you could, and also that you could tell the difference between a $100 bottle of a splendid vintage and some $5 schlock, right? But can you really? In a blind taste test?

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Opinion
8:43 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Weekly Standard: Big Economic Challenges Remain

Job seekers attend a career fair in midtown Manhattan on Feb. 6, 2012 in New York City. In signs that the U.S. economy is recovering, the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 8.3% from 8.5%, its lowest level in three years. However, there are other employment measures to consider.
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Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 7:16 am

Jay Cost is a staff writer for The Weekly Standard.

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Opinion
8:42 am
Fri February 10, 2012

New Republic: Birth Control Bad Politics For Obama?

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash, speaks with Sen. Blumenthal, D-Conn, Sen. Lautenberg D-NJ, and Sen. Boxer, D-Calif, during a news conference on Feb. 8, 2012 in Washington, D.C. The news conference discussed the Obama administration's requiring employers to provide free contraceptive in their health coverage.
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Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 7:17 am

Johnathan Cohn is a senior editor for The New Republic.

Many pundits seem convinced the Obama Administration's decision on contraception coverage is bad politics for the president. And although I support the decision to make coverage mandatory, even for large religious institutions, that conclusion about the politics is likely true in at least one sense.

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Opinion
8:42 am
Fri February 10, 2012

The Nation: Rocky Recovery For Women

A woman begs for alms along the Las Vegas strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 11, 2011. U.S. unemployment edged down to 8.3 percent at the end of January. Employment levels are not equal among all demographics.
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Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 7:17 am

Laura Flanders is a commentator for The Nation.

Three years ago, when President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, he said:

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Opinion
8:41 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Weekly Standard: Voters Oppose Contraception Rule

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ, speaks as Sen. Blumenthal, D-Conn, and Sen. Boxer, D-Calif, during a news conference on Feb. 8, 2012 in Washington, D.C. The news conference was to discuss the Obama administration's requiring employers to provide free contraceptive in their health coverage.
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Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 7:35 am

John McCormack is a staff writer for The Weekly Standard.

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