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An excerpt from "A Convenient Hatred"

An excerpt from "A Convenient Hatred"

12/15/11 07:52AM

FOREWARDBY SIR HAROLD EVANSI came late to an awareness of antisemitism. I grew up during wartime in a nonreligious but Protestant, working-class family in Manchester, Britain. We were a little uneasy about neighbors who were Catholic. We were barely aware of Jews. They were concentrated across town in Cheetham Hill. I played in a table tennis league for Manchester YMCA against Jewish youth clubs, but in the tensest matches I never heard the derogatory terms of yid and kike. read more

Morning Headlines: Thursday, Dec. 15th

12/15/11 05:52AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?United States shuts down Iraq war1 in 2 Americans are now poor or low incomeFormer President Jacques Chirac found guilty of corruptionRepublicans push $915 billion spending billUS-Russia ties strained as Putin presidency loomsRyan joins with Democrat on proposal aimed at preserving MedicareRomney attacks a surging GingrichPoll: Romney holds lead in N.H., Gingrich and Huntsman on the risePitchfork begins its countdown of the year's top 50 albums read more

Something you should watch: 'SNL' members re-create Robyn video

12/14/11 04:07PM

What do you do when it's 4:30 a.m., you're still at the office, and perhaps you're bleary-eyed but maybe you're overly caffeinated? You pile into a cramped room, and you re-imagine a video by smart Swedish performer Robyn with maybe a cell phone camera or digicam, natch.Well, that's what you do if you're 'SNL' star Taran Killam, anyway.This video of Killam and co. doing the tune "Call Your Girlfriend" has been making the rounds, and for good reason. Robyn turns the tale of a love triangle on its head, and the song digs its emotional and musical hooks into you pretty quickly. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Wednesday, December 14, 2011

12/14/11 01:42PM

AS CHINA RISES, A NEW U.S. STRATEGYBY DR. ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKIWALL STREET JOURNALA great power that allows itself to be preoccupied only with the problems of today is likely to end up mired in the conflicts of yesterday. A great power must be guided by a longer-range strategic vision. For the United States, the central challenge over the next several decades will be to revitalize itself while promoting a larger West and accommodating China's rising global status. A successful U.S. read more

Top Talker: Romney calls Gingrich an "Unreliable Conservative"

12/14/11 09:36AM

As Mitt Romney tries to win over Republican voters, he's going after Newt Gingrich by questioning his conservative credentials.  In an interview with the Washington Post, the former Massachusetts Governor said "He has been an extraordinarily unreliable leader in the conservative world - not 16 or 17 years ago but in the last 2 to 3 years...And even during the campaign, the number of times he has moved from one spot to another has been remarkable. read more