Archive: January 10, 2010 - January 16, 2010

Poet's Choice: Rachel Loden's "Miss October"

"Miss October" began in annoyance and ended somewhere entirely else. Hugh Hefner's E! Entertainment television show "The Girls Next Door" debuted around the time of its writing, and (in clicking channels one night) I was treated to images of a then near-octogenarian Mr. Hefner indefatigably flogging the program in his...

By Ron Charles | January 15, 2010; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (4)

Unresolved gender wars in the science lab

Gender bias is the usual explanation for why few women reach the top levels of academic science. But what if the explanation is more complex than that? "The Science on Women and Science," a collection of articles published by the AEI Press and edited by Christina Hoff Sommers, a resident...

By Steven E. Levingston | January 15, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Digital pirates illegally downloading millions of popular books, study finds

By Steven Levingston More than nine million copies of popular books were illegally downloaded last year, according to a study released Thursday. The study, conducted by the online monitoring and enforcement service Attributor, highlights the drain from piracy on publishers revenues and the need for more effective protections online...

By Steven E. Levingston | January 14, 2010; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (4)

Staving off stimulus disaster: 'The Great Money Binge' argues for a return to supply-side policies

George Melloan, who spent 54 years at The Wall Street Journal, many of them on the editorial page, is no fan of giant government stimulus packages to restore America's economic fortunes. Far from it. In "The Great Money Binge: Spending Our Way to Socialism," published in November by Simon &...

By Steven E. Levingston | January 14, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

'Game Change' reveals Obama-Clinton tensions, Biden's loose tongue, Edwards's complicated marriage, Palin's shading of the truth

WHIP IT UP: "Game Change," a new gossipy book about the 2008 campaign has already sparked controversy over comments Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made about Barack Obama's race and dialect. The book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin paints a sharp portrait of the behind-the-scenes battles, personalities and...

By Steven E. Levingston | January 13, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Has the Supreme Court eroded freedom?

The power of our highest court occupies center stage in "The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom" by Robert A. Levy and William Mellor, now out in paperback. Levy, chairman of the Cato Institute, and Mellor, president and general counsel of the Institute...

By Steven E. Levingston | January 12, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (30)

U.S. foes' nuclear ambitions -- past and present

Today, it's the nuclear ambitions of places like Iran and North Korea. In the late 1940s, America had the same worries about the Soviet Union. After 60 years, one thing remains unchanged: Americans are stuck with an abiding uncertainty over what's brewing on the nuclear front in distant lands that...

By Steven E. Levingston | January 11, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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