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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