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Achenblog: October 19, 2008 - October 25, 2008

Howling Mad

I'm on the wolf beat today. Here's the story I just wrote. Excerpt: The Bush Administration is trying again to take the gray wolf of the Northern Rockies off the federal endangered species list. Having lost in court this...

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 24, 2008; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (461)
 
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When Did the Recession Begin?

The strange thing about recessions is that they become official only when they're over, or at least very far along. There's an organization -- the National Bureau of Economic Research, which isn't part of the government -- that somehow...

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 23, 2008; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (293)
 
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Darwin's Bar-Tailed Godwits

The best story in the paper today is about the bar-tailed godwits -- birds -- that flap from Alaska to New Zealand nonstop. And the best part of the story is how this bizarre behavior is an adaptation to...

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 22, 2008; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (207)
 
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Reverse Racism?

There are murmurings about "reverse racism" in presidential politics. The idea is that some people will vote for Obama just because he's black, and this, we're told, is every bit as racist as voting against Obama because he's black....

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 20, 2008; 7:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (430)
 
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Colin Powell's American Journey

There's a word for the inability to see beyond race as the explanation for someone's behavior: Racism. And that's what it is, I think, when someone says that Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama is "just about race." (See...

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 19, 2008; 11:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (240)
 
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