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The Anchor Wars

Their best anchors gone, now, their viewership bailing for Internet sources, US network news programs find themselves drifting.

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We Meet Again, Mr... Bond?

Will audiences bond with the new blond bond? Or will this Bond bomb?

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What Keeps Me Burning

We've all got to die someday. 'Till then, why not light(en) up?

Tara Taghizadeh
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Iran: Dancing in the Spotlight

A joke among Iranian exiles is that since the revolution, Iran takes one step forward and three steps back. With Ahmadinejad's election, it appears Iran is doing this shuffle, again.

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Don't Shoot the Messenger

Taghizadeh defends Al Jazeera, the best source for news from and for the Arab world.

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Another Royal Mess

A tale of a man who will probably never be king and his bride, who couldn't care less if she were made queen.

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Iranian-American Like Me

Prudish by American standards, we are slightly wayward by Iranian ones; nationalistic according to Americans, we are politically aloof according to Iranian elders; culturally proud by Iranian measures, we are often considered snobbish by American interpretations.

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Breakfast of Champions

Washington, DC ain't for the faint-hearted. This is the school of hard knocks, baby. In DC, they eat politicians, lawyers, and other movers-and-shakers for breakfast. New York has nothing over DC.

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Crouching Tiger: The Republicans' Duplicitous Position on Iran

Ayatollah Khomeini's regime had, in effect, manipulated the results of the 1980 US elections by ensuring Reagan's victory. Such on-again/off-again, under-the-table 'I'll scratch your back, you scratch mine' politics continue to this day.

Tara Taghizadeh
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Hoax: Why Americans are Suckered by White House Lies by Nicholas von Hoffman

Von Hoffman rings the death knell for the 'American Century', claiming that despite its current braggadocio and so-called victories in Afghanistan and Iraq, the US has failed in its effort to bring any stability to the region.

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Condensed Knowledge by Will Pearson, Mangesh Hattikudur, and Elizabeth Hunt

Pearson and Maloney credit the success of both the magazine and the book to the original motto: that of successfully 'blurring the lines between education and entertainment'.

Tara Taghizadeh
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The Politics of a Pill

It's time the morning after pill was taken out of the pharmacist's closet.

Tara Taghizadeh
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Presidential Showdown: "Southern Efficiency" vs. "Northern Charm"?

In the 2004 US Presidential Elections, voters are faced with two northerners, but one is posing as an adopted southerner that everyone seems to have forgotten was adopted. Yet the façade of the 'northerner' vs. the 'southerner' and all the implicated strengths and weaknesses of those identities prevails, and history gives 'em each a 50/50 chance of winning.

Tara Taghizadeh
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Everyone Comes to Elaine's by A. E. Hotchner

Henry Kissinger once said that the best thing about celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it's their fault. But what happens if celebrities bore each other?"

Tara Taghizadeh
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15 Minutes of Less-Than Perfect, or Romantic, Fame

Eerily mirroring the Internet's romance boom in the '90s, which saw the whopping rise of users flocking to matchmaking and personals websites, television has now cashed in on the demand-for-romance phenomenon by stepping in as matchmaker extraordinaire... with, more often than not, painful results.

Tara Taghizadeh
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Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill by Jessica Stern

Perhaps the most telling sentence in the book is at the very beginning: 'Religious terrorism arises from pain and loss and from impatience with a God who is slow to respond to our plight, who doesn't answer.'"

Tara Taghizadeh
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Reign of Doom: Iran's Revolution Turns 25

25 years later, the Revolution in Iran still reverberates; sending shockwaves through the bones of the exiled.

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The Kennedy Mystique, 40 Years Later

The popular notion of the 'Kennedy curse' has preoccupied America for some time.

Tara Taghizadeh
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The Rat Pack: Neon Nights With the Kings of Cool by Lawrence J. Quirk and William Schoell

These guys were the first to embody the definition of "cool," and no entertainer since has managed to successfully emulate or capture their powerful allure.

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A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

While providing tremendous insight into the history of science and the study of the world at large, Bryson's most interesting observations lie in his fascinating description of said scientists and their peculiarities and obsessions.

Tara Taghizadeh
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Warning: You've Been Flash Mobbed!

The Dadaists were doing this in Zurich in 1916 . . .

Tara Taghizadeh
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Catch Them If You Can

Why would someone who obviously has enough talent to be hired by a venerable institution feel the need to ruin themselves, and more importantly, shame the institution with which they are affiliated?

Tara Taghizadeh
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What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News by Eric Alterman

The image of the 'hack,' the gruff, curmudgeonly, cigar-chomping, semi-alcoholic journalist of yesteryear who battered away mercilessly on his typewriter and rubbed everybody the wrong way (especially the societal elite who saw no profession as unworthy as journalism), has all but vanished.

Tara Taghizadeh
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Remembering the Rat Pack: When "Cool" Was King

Global Graffiti -- Remembering the Rat Pack: When 'Cool' Was King -- We're amid a full-force revival of that 'make me a Martini and put on a Sinatra record' era of the Rat Pack years.

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