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Achenblog: August 16, 2009 - August 22, 2009

Obama's Vacation Challenge

Now comes the greatest challenge yet for President Obama: vacation. Gifted in so many ways, Obama has yet to prove that he has any affinity for sloth, for torpor, for nodding off in the middle of the day. One...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 21, 2009; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (405)
 
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Believe in Bolt? Not For a Second

Mike Wilbon has a column today on Usain Bolt's insane 9.58-second world record dash in the 100 meters. Mike is very judicious in his wording. He doesn't accuse Bolt of being on the juice, but he does touch on...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 20, 2009; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (146)
 
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View From the Hospital

I'm doing some reporting at a local hospital, and I have decided that I am going to start taking better care of myself, starting this very minute. Death doesn't scare me, just the dying part, and certainly the going-to-the-hospital...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 18, 2009; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (300)
 
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Neutrinos vs. "Neutrinos"

I sometimes wonder if physicists, when speaking to one another, use air quotes. You know, curled fingers bracketing their statements, like, "Tomorrow we're going to fire up the collider and generate some [wiggle fingers] 'neutrinos'." Or maybe they speak...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 17, 2009; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (279)
 
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