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Achenblog: January 24, 2010 - January 30, 2010

Lost moon

Watching the snow fall...hoping for a blizzard but happy to get even a couple of inches...and thinking about the moon... We're not going back to the moon. We've known this since the summer. We had a front-page story saying...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 30, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (327)
 
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J. D. Salinger

Holden Caulfield lives. Half a century of reclusiveness by his creator couldn't make Holden disappear. He's still required reading. I found him to be optional reading too: It's a little book, and you can take another run at it...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 29, 2010; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (343)
 
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Justice Alito mouths not true

Obama is wrong: It's not true that every day in Washington is Election Day. Every day is The Circus Has Come to Town Day. The whole point of gathering the entire House of Representatives, the entire Senate, the entire...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 28, 2010; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (310)
 
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Live-blogging the State Of the Union address

8:53 p.m.: On CNN they just announced that someone named "Shaun Donovan," who is apparently the Housing secretary, has not attended the joint session on the off chance that in an unfortunate turn of events someone will be forced...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 27, 2010; 8:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (216)
 
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Apple tablet announcement

I'm always a bit slow to adopt new technologies, and have only just recently gotten around to buying one of these newfangled things called an "adding machine." I really don't know why people soured so badly on slide rules....

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 27, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
 
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State of the disunion

Another thought on the audacity of nope: The constitution itself is something of a collection of nopes. The Bill of Rights is really the Bill of Nopes. Of course, having a constitution at all was a major step, an...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 27, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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The politics of nope

[My story in the Style section. It's conceivable that it's too cynical about cynicism, too negative about negativity, but I'm throwing it out there to give everyone something to masticate (that's just a saying, not to be taken literally)....

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 26, 2010; 11:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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Remembering color television

Yes, Tom Shales, I remember the unfurling peacock. Many a baby boomer can easily recall NBC's animated peacock unfurling at the start of some major production, accompanied by a musical fanfare and announcer Mel Brandt intoning majestically, "The following...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 26, 2010; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (167)
 
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