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John Kelly's Commons: November 2, 2008 - November 8, 2008

Inaugural Balls: For the Birds?

The upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama allows us to have a quick lesson in Roman history. Though its precise etymology is disputed, "inauguration" is generally believed to come from the Latin for "directing the birds." Birds were very important to...

By John Kelly  |  November 7, 2008; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Tags: Barack Obama, inauguration, polls  
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Shut the Book: Michael Crichton, RIP

It's not often I can remember exactly where I was when I read a particular book, but I can do that with three novels written by Michael Crichton, who died this week of cancer. Crichton was not the best writer...

By John Kelly  |  November 6, 2008; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags: Michael Crichton, books  
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Tell President Obama Where He Can Go

Despite the fact that he decided to live here for eight years, I don't think George W. Bush has ever really liked Washington. When you spend a lot of time saying how awful a place is--even metaphorically--you look kind...

By John Kelly  |  November 5, 2008; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Tags: Barack Obama, Washington  
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Feels Like the First Time: Share Your Voting Memories

I guess the first presidential election I voted in was Reagan vs. Mondale in 1984. Four years earlier I'd been only a few weeks shy of turning 18 but I don't remember feeling any great disappointment at not being able...

By John Kelly  |  November 4, 2008; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Tags: voting  
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Is Halloween Broken?

I was looking forward to being back in the good ol' USA for Halloween, since they don't quite do it right in England. Imagine my surprise when they didn't quite do it right here, either. I would say that...

By John Kelly  |  November 3, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Tags: Halloween, contests  
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