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Achenblog: January 8, 2006 - January 14, 2006

Dear Oprah: Truth Still Matters

   I don't want to make too much of this James Frey case, and get all hysterical and high-horsey and sanctimonious. But any ethical person would find the whole thing to be a harbinger of the end of Western Civilization....

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 13, 2006; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
 
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Joe Biden Asks a Question

   Richard Cohen dismantles Joe Biden today, along the same lines as Elisabeth Bumiller in the Times and Dana Milbank in the Post, and some readers may think the journalists are being unfair. I would like to post the 12-minute...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 12, 2006; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
 
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Stem Cell Fraud

   The David Shaywitz Op-Ed today takes a shot at our most esteemed science journals: "[I]t is common knowledge that the bar for publication in this field often has appeared remarkably low, with even well-respected research journals seeming to fall...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 12, 2006; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Tom's Dumb Question: Salt Water Chills Beverage Faster?

   From Tom Shroder:    Welcome to Tom's Dumb Question, Science Fair Edition. If anyone has invented a way for an adult to feel dumber than "helping" a child with his/her science fair project, I am unaware of it. Anywho,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 12, 2006; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Titan's Partisan Atmosphere

  Yesterday I stopped in at the American Astronomical Society annual meeting, at the Wardman Park Hotel. Tobias Owen gave a talk about Saturn's moon Titan, and at one point showed a slide of what appears to be a river...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 11, 2006; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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TypePad Ate My Blog Item (See 4 Yersef)

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By Joel Achenbach  |  January 11, 2006; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Preview of Super Bowl Halftime Show

   Click here for a sneak preview of the Super Bowl Halftime Extravaganza!...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 11, 2006; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Alito Can't Recall Membership?

   Mild-mannered monarchist Samuel Alito has had a rough morning, because he's in the position of arguing that he applied "common sense" to his ruling that police were not out of line in strip-searching a 10-year-old girl. Or, as Patrick...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 10, 2006; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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The Origins of Lobbying and Life

     The word "lobbyist" has become a pejorative in Washington, and at the rate things are going it will someday be synonymous with "criminal." That's one reason why lobbyists like to mention the fact that what they do is...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 9, 2006; 7:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Origin of Life

   [My story in today's Style section.]    In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth. And He said: Let there be Chemistry.    And he looked upon the Chemistry and He saw that it was good. And...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 8, 2006; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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