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ROCKFORD, IA - AUGUST 19:  Labrador retriever Hawkeye lays by the casket during the funeral of his owner, Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, 35, at the Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock Community School August 19, 2011 in Rockford, Iowa. Tumilson was one of 38 killed on...

An afternoon must: Buzzfeed shares 45 best images of 2011

12/05/11 12:35PM

Definitely worth your time.Buzzfeed shares with us the "45 Most Powerful Images of 2011.This list has everything from openly gay US service members marching in a pride parade for the first time to a before and after neighborhood shot from Joplin, Missouri. The images are striking, poignant and breath-taking.And really, what didn't happen this year? read more

Barney Frank: I won't be most disliked person in US if Newt is POTUS

12/05/11 12:07PM

During the Bloomberg/Washington GOP debate, Newt Gingrich suggested Barney Frank and Chris Dodd should be put in jail for putting the country in trouble.Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.,: “Can I just say one thing about my going to jail? I take consolation from one thing about you, Joe. I don’t think Newt’s going to be president, but I do know if Newt is president, I won’t be the person in the country the president most dislikes. You will be.”Joe Scarborough: “There is no doubt I am number one on that list.” read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Monday, December 5, 2011

12/05/11 09:06AM

OUT OF AFRICA AND INTO IOWA  BY MAUREEN DOWDNEW YORK TIMESNewt Gingrich's mind is in love with itself. It has persuaded itself that it is brilliant when it is merely promiscuous. This is not a serious mind. Gingrich is not, to put it mildly, a systematic thinker. His mind is a jumble, an amateurish mess lacking impulse control. He plays air guitar with ideas, producing air ideas... read more

An excerpt from Mark Ribowsky's new book on Howard Cosell

An excerpt from Mark Ribowsky's new book on Howard Cosell

12/05/11 06:22AM

INTRODUCTIONA GIFTED ONEIn endless variations and permutations, jokes about Howard Cosell’s outsized ego and nonstop verbosity proliferated during much of his lifetime. It may be surprising to those who were not alive then, or were too young to know, but his presence so dominated popular American culture that it was virtually impossible not to know who he was. During those heady times, especially during the late 1960s and 1970s, it was hard, in fact, to find someone who didn’t take a whack at the world’s most inflated ego. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Friday, December 2, 2011

12/02/11 09:47AM

MITT VS. NEWT  BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMERWASHINGTON POSTMy own view is that Republicans would have been better served by the candidacies of Mitch Daniels, Paul Ryan or Chris Christie. Unfortunately, none is running. You play the hand you’re dealt. This is a weak Republican field with two significantly flawed front-runners contesting an immensely important election. ... Every conservative has thus to ask himself two questions: Who is more likely to prevent that second term? read more