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Achenblog: March 28, 2010 - April 3, 2010

Battle of the gap years

I'm still thinking about that Ian Shapira piece on 26 as the new 18. Is there any end to this process? Won't 30 inevitably become what today is 26 (the former 18)? At some point, adolescence will extend deep...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 2, 2010; 7:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (309)
 
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Why keep the old books?

We're now at Virginia Tech, which is roughly the size of Canada. I'd walk across campus, but I need to get back to D.C. sometime before the end of the month. Seriously, students should have personal helicopters to get around...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 1, 2010; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
 
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Atom smashers and college crashers

I wish the people at CERN would ease up for a moment on all the talk about learning the secrets of the universe and just say what's surely on their minds: We're so glad this dang thing works! The...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 31, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (211)
 
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Obama's mainstreamism

With all due respect to those who believe Obama is a crazed, Alinsky-tutored, Ayers-befriending radical, and that the health-care reform plan is a Marxist-Leninist plot at the highest level of government, and that death panel members will draw fingers...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 29, 2010; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (387)
 
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Spring fever

The five seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Mud. This is a transitional moment. Winter is over; spring is only thinking about kicking in with any seriousness. Daffodils are out, but casting a gimlet eye on the horizon for signs...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 29, 2010; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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