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How the Administration is defying scientific opinion, bypassing internal Pentagon review procedures, stalling Congress, and pressuring the military in its effort to field a "first generation" space-based missile defense within a decade.
Was I scared floating around in a little yellow raft off the coast of an enemy-held island, setting a world record for paddling? Of courseIwas. What sustains you in times like that? Well,you go back to fundamental values. I thought about Mother and Dad and the strength I got from them—and God and faith and the separation of Church and State.
on the campaign trail last winter
Parents who educate their children at home face little official opposition —but a very demanding responsibility
Edward Fredkin’s theory is one not just of physics but of metaphysics: it leads to speculation about supreme beings and the purpose of life
Georg Everard Rumpf (1628?-1702), great Dutch naturalist, who lived most of his life in the East Indies, and there wrote all his works and lost the sight of his eyes
Stephen Appelbaurn likes asking passers-by to peruse his stock, which includes Mr. Gross Mouth and a skeleton named Fred, and then having them guess what he does for a living
“Life-care” centers offer services for the elderly, often at a very high price
Wynton Marsalis and his contemporaries recapitulate modern jazz BY FRANCIS DAVIS
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