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Rough Sketch: September 26, 2010 - October 2, 2010

Australia's Next Top Model -- winners, losers, and awkward moments

People often talk about how to be a good loser. You shake hands, you politely congratulate the winner, you don't throw the monopoly board. Losing is what we do. Sometimes, of course, it takes real effort. Who would have thought, a year ago, that Harry Reid would be polling...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 1, 2010; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Facebook, the social network? A Harvard perspective

All right, I'm playing the card. This card is issued to anyone who -- through the usual bizarre cocktail of effort and luck -- finds his or herself at Harvard. Usually, it's the card you never play. You never see a Harvard kid suddenly turn to the room and...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 1, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Hi "new planet" Gliese 581G! Welcome to the neighborhood!

Astronomers have discovered a habitable planet only 20 lightyears away, orbiting a red dwarf! That's only slightly longer than the Kessel Run. It's named Gliese 581G -- pronounced Glee-zuh, as in Glee, the popular TV show about high school glee clubs that I now realize is only the second-biggest...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 30, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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White House takes political pointers from Dukakis

Things even worse for the Democrats than you thought. The White House is now taking election advice from Mike Dukakis. The Boston Globe reports that the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee recently visited the White House and "delivered his strategy for the midterm elections." Soon vulnerable Democrats across the nation will...

By Dana Milbank  | September 29, 2010; 8:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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I'm on a boat? Abbie Boudreau dodges James O'Keefe's CNN loveboat

It was a "punk" set-up by James O'Keefe, the same guy who famously dressed up as a pimp to interview members of ACORN. dressed up as a pimp in a video where he also interviewed members of ACORN, then edited the footage to make it seem as though he...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 29, 2010; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Pledge to America -- behind the scenes

Republicans finally unveiled the full text of their Pledge to America last week. What struck me most were the opening few lines. They seemed, well, reminiscent of something... America is more than a country. America is an idea -- an idea that free people can govern themselves, that government's...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 29, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Levi Johnston Levi Johnston Levi Johnston

I apologize. I am writing about Levi Johnston. This is only because I will never be able to get back the eight minutes of my life that I spent watching him on MSNBC's The Last Word, and I want to pay it forward. By the eighth minute, I had...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 29, 2010; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama: Fox is destroying America

President Obama moved to punish Rolling Stone, the magazine that brought down the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, by granting the publication a lengthy interview. He told the magazine there are "some aspects of the Tea Party that are a little darker that have to do with anti-immigrant sentiment or are...

By Dana Milbank  | September 28, 2010; 8:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Maimonides who? Why Americans fail basic religion tests

Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet believe? Sure. When it comes to believing without knowing, Americans are doing a pretty good job. A recent Pew Forum survey found that, on 32 questions testing basic knowledge of religious beliefs, Americans, on average, answered only 16 correctly. Only...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 28, 2010; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Far out: U.N.'s space invaders; Obama's hypnotized Jews; Jerry Brown's coy spirituality

It was the most disturbing news since the discovery that bicycle sharing is a plot by the United Nations to establish One World Government. This past weekend, Rupert Murdoch's Sunday Times of London reported that the U.N. had plans to set up an "alien ambassador" to represent humans to Martians...

By Dana Milbank  | September 27, 2010; 9:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Top 14 reasons Obama might prefer private school

He said it himself-- President Obama thinks DC's public schools are not the best choice for his daughters right now. Is he right? Here are a few reasons he might be: You never get beaten up at private school, unless it's because your J. Crew shorts have too few...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 27, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Bad Segway

Listen, Segway. We've had a great run. Well, "run" might not be the right phrasing. "Whiz along the sidewalk, almost knocking over an old woman" might. But I think it's time we put you down. You turned on your owner, and you're just a liability at this point, given...

By Alexandra Petri  | September 27, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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