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  • How Fiona Apple was caught carrying hashish in West Texas (+video)

    Fiona Apple was caught by the same West Texas drug checkpoints that snared country singer Willie Nelson, rapper Snoop Dogg, and actor Armand "Armie" Hammer. Fiona Apple was released on bail Thursday.

  • House agrees to eliminate funding for political conventions

    The government has spent about $224 million since 1976 on the national political conventions. On Wednesday the House of Representatives voted to end federal funding for the conventions. 

  • In Gear The best and worst states for drivers

    A new study by ranks New Hampshire and Alaska among the top states for drivers, Read writes. Mississippi and Louisiana, on the other hand, make drivers miserable.

  • 3 views on whether US still needs affirmative action

    This November, voters in Oklahoma will consider a ballot measure banning affirmative action in public-sector hiring. And in October, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Fisher v. University of Texas case – centered on the use of affirmative action in public-university admissions. As the second installment in our One Minute Debate series for election 2012, three writers give their brief take on whether the United States still needs affirmative action.

  • Opinion Obamacare champions personal responsibility. The states that hate it don't. (+video)

    Bill Clinton rightly defended Obamacare at the Democratic National Convention. Mitt Romney and the GOP say the law neglects personal responsibility, but the opposite is true. Plus, states that voted against the law exhibit the least personal responsibility in health behaviors.

  • Loverly

    Any Broadway fan will find Dominic McHugh's story of the life and times of 'My Fair Lady' a fascinating read.

  • Hurricane Isaac aftermath: Will FEMA have enough money? (+video)

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) could have to ask Congress for more money once hurricane Isaac cleanup costs become clear. Approval is likely, but not a given anymore.

  • Ron Paul's swan song: Has he launched an enduring movement? (+video)

    After three runs for the White House, US Rep. Ron Paul is retiring. Will his libertarian brand of Republican politics survive without him? A younger generation of elected officials and activists say it will.

  • Paul Ryan's record: huge role in debt debate but few legislative wins

    Rep. Paul Ryan's grasp of federal spending has given him an outsized role in defining the GOP position on deficits and debt, but he has a lower profile in driving the bipartisan compromises needed to pass laws.

  • Things you probably didn’t know about Paul Ryan

    Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is a 'gym rat' who considered becoming a pro skier before turning to politics. He's a budget hawk and strongly antiabortion, but he's gone against the GOP on some issues. And what about his job driving the Wienermobile?

Doing Good


What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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