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  • Six GOP candidates to hold Twitter debate. Here's how to see it.

    Six GOP candidates to hold Twitter debate. Here's how to see it.

    Wednesday's Twitter debate among six GOP presidential candidates is a first. Will the 140-character format produce a series of sound bites? Or will interactivity make it more meaningful for voters?

  • Debt ceiling crisis: another day without resolution as the clock ticks

    Debt ceiling crisis: another day without resolution as the clock ticks

    The political dance over the US debt ceiling crisis continued Sunday with the possibility that top lawmakers could be summoned to the White House, although no meeting had been scheduled.

  • Four reasons American media should lowercase 'Internet'

    Opinion Four reasons American media should lowercase 'Internet'

    It hasn’t happened yet in the lower 48, Alaska, or Hawaii, but it’s bound to happen soon: major style guides lowercasing the word “Internet.” And on that day when the style desks of The New York Times and the Associated Press finally issue a press release about the need to start lowercasing Internet in all news articles, headlines, and blogs, we will know that America has finally woken up to web-based reality. We don’t capitalize words like Radio or Television or Motion Pictures anymore, do we? Once, of course, we did. Now, we know better. However, regarding the Internet, we are still behind the curve, behind the British, lost in capitalization land. The Guardian and the BBC websites got it right, long ago. We need to play catch up. Now. Here are four reasons to lowercase “Internet”:

  • Why did the Obama-Boehner grand debt reduction deal fail?

    Why did the Obama-Boehner grand debt reduction deal fail?

    Congressional leaders meet with President Obama at the White House Sunday evening. The $4 trillion deficit-reduction package is off the table, so how much will they be able to accomplish?

  • Who loses if debt-limit talks fail? Possibly Republicans more than Obama.

    Who loses if debt-limit talks fail? Possibly Republicans more than Obama.

    Columnist David Brooks suggested Tuesday morning that intransigence in the debt-limit talks may lead Americans to declare Republicans 'not fit to govern.' Is he right?

  • Independence Day blues? Americans sense a decline and look inward.

    Independence Day blues? Americans sense a decline and look inward.

    A poll on the eve of Independence Day confirms: More Americans see the nation as less powerful and more vulnerable. They want leaders to focus less on the world and more on challenges at home.

  • What to do for Social Media Day? Get connected!

    What to do for Social Media Day? Get connected!

    June 30 marks the second annual Social Media Day. It is organized, naturally, via social media to celebrate the revolution in the way humanity communicates. Here's how to join in.

  • New York gay marriage bill: Could Catholics play a decisive role?

    New York gay marriage bill: Could Catholics play a decisive role?

    New York gay marriage bill delays continue as Republican senators decide whether to hold a vote. One of the variables they are likely considering: the considerable influence Catholics and the Catholic Church have in state politics.

  • Obama details plan to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan

    Obama details plan to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan

    President Obama announced that the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will begin with 10,000 troops this year, plus another 23,000 by the end of next summer. Gains have been made against the Taliban, he said, but the fight against al Qaeda will continue wherever necessary.

  • Father's Day: why dads are more engaged ... and more absent

    Father's Day: why dads are more engaged ... and more absent

    Two distinct trends characterize fatherhood on Father's Day: Educated fathers are spending more time than ever with their kids, but poorer fathers are often absent altogether.