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In October 2009, Mark Bowden wrote about the toll of constant coverage.
In March 1988, Gene Sperling wrote about O'Connor's potential role as a swing vote on the changing Court.
The year you were born, William Greider wrote about the incoming budget director's experiences working in the Congressional Budget Office, in a revealing article which set off a firestorm of controversy in and around the Reagan administration.
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My So-Called Life premiered in 1994.
In the July/August 2008 issue, Nicholas Carr wondered whether Google was making people stupid.
In October 2000, Timothy Harper wrote about how police forces changed after Columbine.
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The conflicts and displacements touched off around the world by the attacks have been reverberating for the majority of your life. “This ‘war’ [on terrorism] will never be over,” wrote James Fallows, a few years after the towers fell.
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In March 2013, Hampton Stevens wrote about how Timberlake embodies the showbiz archetype of the song-and-dance man.
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When 26-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire, he ignited a tinderbox of protests that continue to roil the Middle East, and kindled the beginnings of democracy in Tunisia.
In February 2012, Charles A. Kupchan wrote about the world's emerging economies, and how the world will look by 2050.
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