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Achenblog: December 14, 2008 - December 20, 2008

Big Government Is Back!

If you're Obama, you gotta be getting tired of all this hiring, appointing, nominating -- the endless grind of putting together what we can all agree is a stupendously vast Executive Branch, with departments you thought had long ago...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 19, 2008; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (342)
 
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Scouting for the Obamas

Last night, we went to the late performance of the Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra at Blues Alley and sat so close to the stage that several times I nearly reached out to play the bass. If I could play...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 18, 2008; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (176)
 
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The Anthropic Principle

A final thought on dark energy: This stuff confounds physicists in part because it's so weak. Sure, it can blow apart a universe, potentially, which we can all agree would be unpleasant, but the equations of physics suggest to...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 17, 2008; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (174)
 
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Universe Won't Rip Apart

Bulletin: The universe is not going to be torn asunder in the distant future by that dark energy stuff. Not that I was ever really worried. But there was this theory out there that the universe would come to...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 16, 2008; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (142)
 
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Star Wars at NASA

Here's my story today on the tense times at NASA. Mike Griffin is certainly one of the more vivid characters in Washington. The Obama folks are examining Griffin's architecture for space exploration, and Griffin has taken extreme umbrage. Note...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 15, 2008; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (231)
 
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