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2:55am

Mon May 7, 2012
NPR Story

Politics In the News

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 4:26 am

Vice President Joe Biden said he is "absolutely comfortable" with gay couples who marry getting the same civil rights and liberties as heterosexual couples. President Obama does not publicly support gay marriage.

2:55am

Mon May 7, 2012
NPR Story

Hollande Defeats Sarkozy In French Presidential Election

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 3:34 am

In France Sunday, Socialist Francois Hollande defeated conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy. Hollande has railed against austerity measures and urged national unity.

11:49pm

Sun May 6, 2012
Author Interviews

'Drift': Rachel Maddow On Why We Go To War

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 9:34 am

Courtesy MSNBC

In past wars, the U.S. practically dismantled its military after the troops came home. But today, says MSNBC News anchor and writer Rachel Maddow, we find ourselves in a state of almost permanent war.

In her new book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, Maddow invokes Thomas Jefferson, pointing out that one of Jefferson's main concerns was the danger of having a large military.

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11:49pm

Sun May 6, 2012
Fine Art

The Serious Comic Art Of Daniel Clowes

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 8:09 am

Artist Daniel Clowes says Enid, the cantankerous heroine of Ghost World, would probably hate the book she stars in.
Daniel Clowes Oakland Museum of California

Comics used to be seen as cheap throwaway entertainment for children and teenagers. But over the last few decades, comics have grown up; they're even released in longer formats, on nice paper with hard covers, as graphic novels.

Daniel Clowes is one of the artists cited for turning the form into serious art — in fact, the art has gotten so serious that his work is now in a museum. Clowes is one of the best-known comic artists working today, with two of his books made into Hollywood films: the Academy Award-nominated Ghost World and Art School Confidential.

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4:10am

Fri May 4, 2012
Around the Nation

Usual Flower Is MIA At Michigan Tulip Festival

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 6:57 am

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