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Achenblog: July 19, 2009 - July 25, 2009

Gaming the System (cont.)

Friday morning news roundup: Here's one in the Times that has my hackles in a knot that may take the rest of the day to unravel. It's an echo of Jon Stewart's line about the market investors operate in...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 24, 2009; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (313)
 
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Obama: Outside the Rhetorical Box

"Here, I'd get shot." It was a throwaway line, off the cuff, and followed by a big smile. President Obama was answering Lynn Sweet's question about the racial implications of Skip Gates getting arrested by Cambridge cops. And he...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 23, 2009; 7:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (251)
 
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Thanks, Jupiter

The other night I was at the Baths of Caracalla watching "Tosca," an opera that I found very, very operatic. Not that my attention ever wandered, but sometime in the second act, or stanza, of the performance, I noticed...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 22, 2009; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
 
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Yellowstone To Blow?

Probably not. But it probably will someday, maybe thousands of years from now, and it will be quite the sparkler. Read my story about the Yellowstone caldera, in the latest National Geographic. Check out the cool graphics. I wrote...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 21, 2009; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (146)
 
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Who Do You Trust?

An interesting package in The Post today on trustworthiness. Phil Kennicott correctly notes the fragmentation of authority. Heck, we don't want to go back to a world in which we all gathered at 6:30 p.m. in front of a...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 21, 2009; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
 
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Guest Kit: Why Can't I Buy a Camaro?

Joel is on his way back from Italy. For today, we give you Vijay Ravindran, a Postie who is fairly new to town and in need of a hot car. My Futile Effort to Help the American Auto Industry By...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 20, 2009; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (263)
 
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Views of Rome

A fab view from the rooftop cafe of the Capitoline Museum. But 8 Euros for a beer?? Ruins are so cool you have to wonder why more people don't build ruins from scratch. The Forum, through a narrow declevity....

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 19, 2009; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
 
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Apollo 11's Bright Glare

[My review of "Rocket Men" today in BookWorld. FYI am back from vacation Tuesday.] ROCKET MEN The Epic Story Of the First Men On the Moon By Craig Nelson Viking. 404 pp. $27.95 To understand how completely Apollo 11...

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 19, 2009; 3:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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