USA TODAY

Founded in September of 1982, USA Today is a national daily newspaper published by Gannett Co., Inc. The paper has a Mon.-Thurs. circulation of over 2 million readers. The Friday edition of the paper has a circulation of over 2.5 million readers.The Editor of USA Today is John Hillkirk.

Articles from Vol. 140, No. 2798, November

A Post Qaddafi Middle East
ON SEPT. 1, 1969, Col. Muammar Qaddafi and nationalist officers led a bloodless coup that put an end to the ruling of a weak 79-year-old king, and marked the beginning of a troublesome four decades for the Libyan people. To a large degree, this period...
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California Shines a Light on Jr. Scientists
The California Academy of Sciences, located in San Francisco, is a multifaceted institution committed to leading-edge research, educational outreach, and finding new and innovative ways to engage and inspire the public. With a mission to explore, explain,...
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Come Fly with Me
THEGREAT AMERICAN novelist William Faulkner, winner of Nobel Prize for Literature, wrote that "the past is never dead; it's not even past.' Judging by this fall's TV lineup, Hollywood certainly agrees. Television networks once again are banking on...
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Come to Papa
MOST OF US THINK of DNA and paternity testing as something we watch on "Who's Your Daddy?" tabloid TV, or witness during our favorite Sunday night crime drama. However, a new, innovative technology for a noninvasive prenatal paternity test has opened...
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Crafting an Economic Policy That Actually Works
This is the second of a two-part series concerning the author's tenure in the Reagan White House, where he was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and one of the main architects of Reaganomics. LOOKING BACK, the President's response to...
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Denon Stereo Says That Black Is Back
Denon Electronics, Mahwah, N.J., in celebrating its 100th anniversary, has announced that its acclaimed N7 Networked CD Receiver and 2.0 Channel Speaker System, consisting of the new RCD-N7 CD Receiver ($599) and Sc-N7 Stereo Loudspeakers ($199 a pair)...
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Dispelling the Myth of God versus Gay
IMAGINE LYING to everyone you know, all the time, and feeling that your soul is distorted, evil, and broken--and, because of something you cannot change, God hates you. What would you do? If you are like me, you would do everything you could to hide...
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Extreme Weather Deaths Keep Dropping
Despite concerns about global warming and a large increase in the number of reported storms and droughts, the world's death rate from extreme weather events was lower from 2000-10 than it has been in any decade since 1900, according to a study by Reason...
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Fattening Up the Coffers
DENMARK. HOME TO lovers of all things butter and bacon, has enacted a "fat tax" and, according to Ole Linnet Juul, a food director at Denmark's Confederation of Industries, it may be the first of its kind anywhere in the world. Hungary passed a...
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Getting a Divorce Recession-Style
IN 2001, The New York Tunes published an article called "As Economy Sours, Divorce Rate Rises." According to the piece, historical divorce rates rose whenever the economy was in trouble. During the recessions in the 1980s and 1990s, for instance, there...
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Getting Young People to Cast Their Votes
Barely a quarter of young people made it to the polls in the last midterm election, and that is just not right asserts Mary Jane McKittrick, author of Election Day, part of the Boomer and Halley children's book series. "In school, we teach them...
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Gulf War Vet's Arm Was Hanging by a Thread
A novel technique was used recently to save the arm of a Gulf War veteran at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. Navy veteran Royce Reid, 49, caught his left forearm on a pipe in a conveyor. The machinery twisted and mangled...
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Hasbro High on Everybody's Wish List
High on the wish lists of kids of all ages are the family fun games from Hasbro, Pawtucket, R.I. A great way to bring siblings, friends, and entire families together, this year's lineup appeals to both children and adults and even features a few games...
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Has Religion Dropped a Notch below S&M?
THE RESIDENTS of San Francisco, Calif., were to vote this month to decide whether Jewish people and other believers will be permitted to practice their religion fully. Actually, as San Francisco is rumored to not screen voters, the election well may...
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Healthy Foods Are Killing Us
There are 10 healthy foods that are, in reality, killing us, claims Doug Varrieur, author of Fat to Skinny Fast and Easy! Sugar is the culprit behind these supposedly healthy foods causing obesity, diabetes, and related health problems. "Sugar is...
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Here's a Big Time Toast to Holiday Spirits
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Just in time for the holidays--and available only through January--is Infinium, a champagne-like beer perfect for toasting special occasions and ringing in the new year. Made in a collaboration between the brewers at Samuel...
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In Pursuit of a New President
THE AMERICAN Federal debt crisis eventually may claim many more victims than the Washington, D.C., Beltway pundits ever had thought possible. The most prominent casualty could be Pres. Barack Obama, who attempted, but failed, to distance himself from...
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Is Being Best Good Enough?
IF YOU ARE old enough, you remember the saying, "The best is the enemy of the good," a quote from Voltaire, who was not especially cheerful, but neither was he particularly wrong--at least in this regard. The pursuit of the best, or the perfect, as...
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Is Cabinet Consistent with Presidential Ideology?
As coverage of the 2012 presidential race gains steam, so begins the hypothesizing: what would a Mitt Romney Administration look like? Would a second term for Barack Obama mean a cabinet shake-up? While conventional political wisdom holds that presidents...
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Just When You Thought You Had Everything
Always on the lookout for holiday gifts that make a statement, we turn to The Orvis Company, a premiere source for the distinctive country lifestyle. Though rooted in outdoor traditions for more than 150 years, the company also offers a rich line of...
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Keep Your Expectations on High at Kohl's
We "expect great things" from Kohl's department stores and this year's holiday offerings include gifts for everyone on our wish list. Men will stay warm and snuggly in Croft & Bar row Microfleece Lounge Pants ($26).They have an elastic waistband...
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Kicking Up a Storm in 3D: Rooted in Tradition, the Radio City "Christmas Spectacular" Has Impressed Audiences for Almost 80 Years, and This Year's Transformation Is Sure to Surpass All Expectations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FOR THOSE who never have seen the Radio City "Christmas Spectacular," this just may be the year to start, as a treasured tradition has been enhanced with the addition of 3D. Of course, audiences still will enjoy seeing Santa...
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Mattel's Kid Loving Games and Toys
"Knock Knock" "Who's There?" "Al." "Al Who?" "Al be your best friend forever." So goes the conversation with trendsetting Willa, one of Matters Fijit Friends ($44.99), the interactive playthings that can dance, tell jokes, and respond to your voice....
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Military Miracles Show the Way
WHAT DEFINES the American spirit? The answer can be found in the way we respond to adversity. Throughout U.S. history, you will find destruction, pain, and suffering--and you will find citizens who respond by choosing to rebuild, heal, and move forward....
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Nintendo's Journey to the Third Dimension
A new dimension in entertainment has arrived with the introduction of the Nintendo 3DS gaming system. Without the need for special glasses, players get treated to eye-popping visuals as the stereoscopic 3D display gives objects a feeling of space and...
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Obama's 2012 Challenge
MOST AMERICANS FIND today's disputatious politics, egged on by the strident voices of cable television, unsavory and unhelpful. Such an environment places greater responsibility upon political leaders to bring civility to the political debate and seek...
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Pissarro's People
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "PISSARRO'S PEOPLE" brings us face to face with one of the most complex and captivating members of the Impressionist group, a man whose life was as quietly revolutionary as his art. The exhibition offers a groundbreaking perspective...
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Read Me a Story ... or Four
In an amusing television commercial, a busy mother states that she doesn't have time to read books with words. We can relate to that statement. Feels like forever since we've picked up a good book. We do, however, spend plenty of time running errands,...
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Sarah Palin's Power over the Public
What makes Sarah Palin so irresistible? She has not held a public office since she resigned as governor of Alaska more than two years ago and has not declared herself a candidate for president, but the release of a tell-all book thrust her back into...
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Senseless Census Missing Key Data
The percentage of foreign-born U.S. residents with deep roots in the country is rising and will continue to sear in the coming decades, suggests an analysis published by the Population Dynamics Research Group, Los Angeles, Calif. The percentage...
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Standing Up to the Mullahs: The Author Is a French-Iranian Journalist Who Was Working in Iran until, One Day, the Authorities Confiscated His Press Pass, Interrogated Him at Secret Police Headquarters, and Threatened to Harm His Family. He Then Fled to France
"FROM NOW ON, all protesters will be treated as Israeli spies." This was the announcement made by the Revolutionary Guard a month after the Iranian people last took to the streets. In all likelihood, this quiet period can be explained by the revelations...
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Strange Beasts in the Stellar Zoo
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WE ARE SUCH stuff as stars are made of. In fact, we owe our lives to those glittering flecks of lovely light that party around our night sky like twinkling sprinkles of confetti. The universe was born in the Big Bang about...
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Sugoi Is Super for Cold-Weather Fitness
Now that the weather has taken a turn for the colder, it's easy to find excuses to step out of our exercise regimen and spend more time relaxing under a blanket. With the right gear, however, it certainly is possible to continue our fitness routine...
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Supreme Decisions Ahead: While the Tea Party "Probably Is Our Best Hope, [Its Adherents] Will Have to Learn ... That the Task Today Is Not to Weaken the Power of Government-It Is to Confine the Government to the Exercise of Its Delegated Powers and to Restore to Its Full Vigor the Partly National, Partly Federal Form of Government That Was the Legacy of the Founders."
TWO CASES THAT are making their way to the Supreme Court may well in the short term decide the constitutional issue of the reach and extent of the Federal government. At stake, in other words, is the future of limited government. Together, these cases...
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Taking a Long Look at Short Sales
HISTORICALLY, short sales have a bad reputation among homeowners and the real estate community and, in many ways, this negative perception has grown during today's down economy along with feelings of frustration and loss. Simply heating the words "short...
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Tame That Mongoose with a Cannon
What could be better than finding a brand new bicycle under (er, next to) the Christmas tree on the morning of Dec. 25? How about two bicycles: the Mongoose KO for the boy who wants a trick bike and a Mongoose Deception for the father trying to keep...
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The European Union in Crisis
A DECADE AGO, I gave a speech, "The Problems of Liberty in a Newly-Born Democracy and Market Economy." At that time, we were only 10 years after the fall of communism, and the topic was relevant. It is different now. Not only is communism over, our...
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The Hotter the Better
PART OF THE REASON great films work on a number of levels is that they often are part of multiple genres. For instance, such recent award-winners as "The Blind Side" (2009) and "The King's Speech" (2010) were poignant populist pictures that especially...
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The Lost Solyndra Lesson
THE NATIONAL MEDIA has missed the real lesson taught by the $530,000,000 in loans the Obama Administration's Department of Energy gave Solyndra, the now bankrupt solar-power panel manufacturer from Fremont, Calif. The real lesson is not just one of...
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The Race Is On: When the Supreme Court Overturned a Long-Term Trend to Limit Political Spending of Corporations and Unions, It Set the Stage for a Lively and Lucrative 2012 Presidential Campaign
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE PRESIDENTIAL campaign leading to the 2012 election promises to be the most expensive and contentious in U.S. history. It will provide everything campaign followers crave: humor, suspense, confrontation, and more information...
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Time Better Spent
LISTEN, IT IS GOOD for people to shake things up. It gets us all to stop, think, and question what we always have accepted--and that is what the Occupy Wall Street protest surely has done. It seems the biggest issue the protesters have relates to the...
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Video Killed the Radio Star
Imagine plugging a real guitar into your gaming console and being able to play a sizable library of songs from the latest hit list to classic rock. With Ubisoft's Rocksmith, you actually can learn to master the instrument, as the game uses difficulty...
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We Go the Beat with Audio-Technica
We certainly can't deny that using an iPod (or any MP3 player) has changed the way we listen to music: downloading an album for a few dollars rather than running out to purchase the CD, even buying a song we already own but are unable to--or too lazy...
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Why the Democratic Party Is the Enemy of the Republic
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHEN A political party violates virtually every principle deemed by our Founding Fathers essential to the creation and maintenance of the American republic, we justly may pronounce that party an enemy of the Framers' Republic....
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Women's Careers Still Lagging
Common wisdom about advancing in the workplace is straightforward: let your boss know you are ready for that challenging assignment. Make clear your career ambitions and willingness to put in the requisite time and effort Do not just build a relationship...
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You'll Love These Confections-And How!
They say you eat with your eyes first When we opened our Signature Chocolate Gift Box from Norman Love Confections, we were taken aback by the beauty of the pieces. Before us were the most tantalizing colors, each carefully chosen hue hinting at the...
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Yuletide Greetings
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "CHRISTMAS TODAY embraces a rich and complex aggregation of sometimes incongruent beliefs, customs, and activities of multiple and varied origins," writes Kenneth L. Ames, curator of the exhibition, "American Christmas Cards,...
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