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An excerpt from Cullen Murphy's new book "God's Jury"

An excerpt from Cullen Murphy's new book "God's Jury"

01/26/12 11:50AM

Scientist Versus SimpletonThe remains of Galileo Galilei — physicist, astronomer, philosopher, and tactical self-censor — lie entombed in marble at the Church of Santa Croce, in Florence. Or, rather, most of Galileo lies there. In 1737, as his body was being transferred from the place where it had been secretly kept (ecclesiastical authorities for years would not permit its interment in a consecrated church) to the monument in Santa Croce, a group of admirers removed one of Galileo’s vertebrae, one of his teeth, and three of his fingers. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Thursday, January 26, 2012

01/26/12 09:42AM

HOW REPUBLICANS CAN WIN BACK HISPANICSBY JEB BUSHWASHINGTON POSTThe United States needs an economy that is vibrant and dynamic, open to the contributions of new entrants. ... We must be able to assure new Americans the opportunity to succeed and contribute their talents. And when they come, as surely they will, we must welcome them, no matter whether they speak Spanish or Creole or Portuguese. When we hear foreign languages in the streets of America, that is a validation of the Republican vision to create a place where people want to come and make their lives. read more

Morning Headlines: Thursday, January 26

01/26/12 05:52AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?NBC poll: Obama benefits from economic optimismTIME/CNN Florida poll: Romney and Gingrich in virtual tieGingrich's Florida momentum not enough in a general election, Suffolk poll findsThe great divide: Florida primary crowdsPenn State, Joe Paterno forever tiedApple accused of ignoring labor abuses that can killArizona governor, Obama in 'tense' exchange over bookTreasury Secretary Timothy Geithner won't stay on if Obama reelectedBernanke has "finger on trigger" for new bond buys read more

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus and NBC News' Andrea Mitchell chat in the green room at the Mills House Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina.

A quick moment with Andrea Mitchell and Reince Priebus

01/25/12 01:18PM

We've returned from Charleston, and we're still catching up on sleep (somewhat), and we're going through the mountains of photographs we took while down there.I just came along this one of RNC chair Reince Priebus and NBC News' Andrea Mitchell in a makeshift green room at the Mills House Hotel in downtown Charleston.Enjoy. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, January 25, 2012

01/25/12 10:18AM

THE STATE OF THE UNION IN 2012EDITORIALNEW YORK TIMESMr. Obama has become steadily more assertive, but he will have to push even harder. The State of the Union was a chance to do that and he did not squander it. ... Over the last year, Americans have become more aware of the deep inequities in the economy and of the government's responsibility to act. Mr. Obama deserves some of the credit for that, but it has a lot more to do with the unrelenting tough times and the efforts of Occupy Wall Street and other protests. read more