12:32pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Politics

Deep South Democrats Seek Path Back To Relevance

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 5:09 pm

Albert N. Gore Jr., a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, speaks at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., on Aug. 2. Gore is running against incumbent Republican Roger Wicker. He says there should have been younger people interested in taking on Wicker β€” "but they didn't want to fight."
Rogelio V. Solis AP

It can be lonely being a Democrat in the Deep South. Just ask Steve Wilson.

The young lawyer was a first-time delegate at the Democratic National Convention, but it's not something he brags about back home in Meridian, Miss.

"I don't talk about it," he says. "It's the elephant in the room, so to speak. Most of my friends are Republican, I think, but I just don't bring it up."

That climate can make it hard to recruit viable Democratic candidates in the Deep South β€” once a solidly Democratic region that is now reliably Republican.

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12:21pm

Wed September 19, 2012
U.S.

Smoke Cleared, Texas Gun Owners Remain Wary

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 5:09 pm

Texas state Rep. Wayne Christian was born two blocks from where he now lives in what is called Deep East Texas.

"We were not wealthy people, [we were] common laborers, but that was typical in rural East Texas at that time," he says.

When he was growing up, Christian says, by first or second grade, an East Texas boy would accompany his father or grandfather on a hunting trip. But before a boy got a gun, he had to learn how to act β€” how to address the other men respectfully, to watch how it worked.

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11:40am

Wed September 19, 2012
Author Interviews

Debunking The 'Myth Of The Muslim Tide'

Originally published on Sat September 22, 2012 3:36 am

Philippe Huguen Getty Images

The violent protests that erupted in North Africa and the Middle East over a video insulting the Prophet Muhammad were in part a reflection of conflicting values β€” Islamic strictures on images of the prophet versus the Western principle of respect for free speech.

But journalist Doug Saunders says that the video itself reflects a troubling current in Western political discourse β€” an irrational fear of Muslim communities in Europe and the United States.

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11:40am

Wed September 19, 2012
Music Reviews

Dwight Yoakam: Weary And Wary On '3 Pears'

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 2:06 pm

Dwight Yoakam recently released his new record, titled 3 Pears.
Courtesy of the artist

Dwight Yoakam persists in mixing genres in a way that may leave him out of the country mainstream, but puts him in a good position to make a personal album with some of his best music.

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11:39am

Wed September 19, 2012
It's All Politics

Welfare Wasn't Always A Dirty Word In The Romney Family

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 9:24 am

Mitt Romney reads on his campaign bus earlier this year. A 1960s campaign poster supporting his father, George, is behind him.
Gerald Herbert AP

11:29am

Wed September 19, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama Has 8-Point Lead In Pew Poll; Big Advantage With Women, Blacks, Young

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 12:02 pm

President Obama leads Republican Mitt Romney by 8 points nationally β€” 51 to 43 percent among likely voters β€” as the race heads into the final stretch, according to a new Pew Research Center poll released Wednesday.

Obama's advantage, particularly among women, blacks and voters younger than 30, puts him "in a strong position compared with past victorious presidential candidates," Pew reported.

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11:05am

Wed September 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Speedskaters Step Up Abuse Allegations Against Coach

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 12:19 pm

The abuse allegations against U.S. Olympic short track speedskating coach Jae Su Chun have escalated with a demand for arbitration and an "open and ongoing investigation" by police.

But while a large group of skaters charge Chun with abuse, another set has issued a statement in support of the coach.

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10:59am

Wed September 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Introducing A New Commenting System

As many of you have no doubt noticed, within the past few hours our technology team has introduced a brand-new commenting system.

The transition should be painless β€” meaning that there is nothing to do on your end to continue participating in the comments.

The good news is that this new system allows for many modern amenities the other system lacked. Those include: Threaded comments and the ability to use HTML formatting. The new system also allows you to delete your own comments.

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10:51am

Wed September 19, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata

Dengue Songs

Dengue auto

The scariest disease racking Kolkata these days is one no one is sure how to pronounce.The government first blamed the media. Then it blamed private hospitals for trying to drum up business. Now it’s swung into action.Β We have three wheeler auto rickshaws trundling around the city singing dengue ditties – about stagnant water and garbage and mosquitoes. It’s all about dengue awareness.

10:50am

Wed September 19, 2012
It's All Politics

Republicans Race To Reframe Romney Comments As Campaign Opportunity

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 11:43 am

Mitt Romney speaks at a fundraiser in Dallas on Tuesday.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Republicans scrambling to turn Mitt Romney's videotaped aspersions cast on 47 percent of Americans into a campaign opportunity are hoping for a "Chick-fil-A moment."

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