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Must Read Op-Eds for Friday, November 11, 2011

11/11/11 09:24AM

A SPLIT DECISION  BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMERWASHINGTON POSTContrary to the condescending conventional wisdom, the American electorate is no angry herd, prepared to stampede on the command of today’s most demagogic populist. Mississippi provided an exemplary case of popular sophistication — it defeated a state constitutional amendment declaring that personhood begins at fertilization. ... Remarkably, this rejection was carried out by an electorate decidedly pro-life. ... This is no disoriented, easily led citizenry. On the contrary. It is thoughtful and discriminating. read more

An excerpt from Jack Jacobs' book 'Medal of Honor'

An excerpt from Jack Jacobs' book 'Medal of Honor'

11/11/11 06:00AM

If Jack Jacobs wanted a challenge, he certainly had one in 1966. He had a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, a wife and a daughter, and no money. He had been through ROTC, and his plan was to enter active duty to earn a regular paycheck, then attend law school when his three-year Army commitment was finished. He volunteered immediately for airborne duty—paratroopers earned extra pay for the hazardous duty.A year later, Lieutenant Jacobs was in Vietnam as an adviser to a Vietnamese infantry battalion in the Mekong Delta. read more

Morning Headlines: Friday, Nov. 11th

11/11/11 05:56AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Report: Sandusky’s charges could extend to TexasPaterno contacts criminal defense lawyerAssistant coach sidelined due to threatsPerry takes debate blunder to Letterman26 soldiers killed as Syria protesters fight backKidnapped MLB player's family waits for newsTim Pawlenty says he won’t consider VP slotFor Bank Of America, debit fees extend to unemployment benefitsGabrielle Giffords speaks in first TV interview since shooting read more

How to take your 4-year-old daughter to a football game

11/10/11 06:10PM

When you live in New York City, you run up a long list of things you've been meaning to do. You've been meaning to get to some off-Broadway theater — your trip to see Blue Man Group with relatives in from Schaumburg doesn't count. You've been meaning to get out to Ellis Island, which you hear has a database that allows you to track the immigrant history of your family. That sounds cool. You've been meaning to dust off the tuxedo and see Don Giovanni at the Met. You'll probably have some champagne and light hors d'oeuvres while you're there. read more