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Achenblog: September 4, 2005 - September 10, 2005

Discovering the Poor

   Everyone's talking about the poor. Or maybe it's The Poor. I bet Time and Newsweek have cover stories this weekend on The Poor, or perhaps on Poverty, a word that hasn't been used a whole lot in recent years....

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 9, 2005; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hollywood to the Rescue

    Last night on the Daily Show they had a clip of Sean Penn trying to rescue people in New Orleans. Apparently his boat sprang a leak, however. Meanwhile Oprah has been at the Astrodome, and has enlisted many...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 8, 2005; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
 
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The End of the SUV

   Got an email alerting me to this interesting piece about gas prices and the future of the SUV. The argument is that the market for SUVs is crashing. Detroit is in trouble. A key passage:     "Detroit marketers...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 7, 2005; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Manfood Column Found

    [From longlost Rough Draft column, mysteriously missing from Post site:]     The other day a colleague took me to lunch at a place that serves girlfood. I began panting and twitching like a cornered ferret.    ...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 6, 2005; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Bob Denver: Immortal

   Our little buddy has finally been voted off the island. It's  a sweet story, because Bob Denver died with loved ones around. He was only 70. Many of us feel this loss, because he was someone we knew well...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 6, 2005; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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Wading Through the News

   So much to read, so little time. Here are a few recommendations. Mark Leibovich in Style has a nifty piece about John Roberts becoming not just Supreme but Ultra-Supreme. Those of you who can't stand Wal-Mart should not read...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 6, 2005; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Katrina: Why Race Matters

    I'm still working my way through the comments about race that were posted here yesterday, heretofore known as the Day of the Race Riot.     The intelligent and thoughtful opinions were, unfortunately, bracketed by some seriously ugly...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 5, 2005; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tenth Unnecessary Planet

   [For comic relief, today's Rough Draft column.]    There was a time when the solar system, like life itself, was simple and orderly. There were nine planets, one asteroid belt and a reasonable number of well-behaving moons. The planets...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 4, 2005; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Race and Katrina

  Katrina has become a story about race in America. Most affluent and semi-affluent Americans rarely see poor people -- they live on the other side of town. The poor of the Deep South, largely black, haven't been front and...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 4, 2005; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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