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Comet Lulin to arrive tonight

It's green and gassy, it's got two tails and it travels backward. A vintage Cadillac? Published February 23, 2009

Inside Politics Weekend: At last

Just so you know, a researcher from the University of California at Los Angeles says he knows, sort of, where Osama bin Laden is hiding. Published February 22, 2009

NY Post sort of backs down

The New York Post apologized on Friday — sort of — for publishing an editorial cartoon earlier this week which infuriated critics convinced the image suggested President Obama was a bullet-riddled chimp. Published February 20, 2009

Holder's words draw heated views

The public discourse on race relations rattled with mixed emotions after Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s bold assertion that the U.S. is a "nation of cowards" when addressing the realities of the ethnic melting pot. Published February 20, 2009

Obama-as-chimp cartoon blasted

There hasn't been such hubbub since a cheeky New Yorker cover last year depicted presidential hopeful Barack Obama as a robed Muslim in gleeful fist-bump with a gun-toting Michelle Obama in the Oval Office. Published February 19, 2009

Obama has new flag frenzy

Oh, say - can you see? Look. It's President Obama, and he's surrounded by American flags. Published February 18, 2009

Keep casket photo ban, vets say

Veterans groups are adamant -- the flag-draped caskets of fallen troops should not be turned into yet another photo op. Published February 18, 2009

Inside Politics Weekend: Dreamocrats

From our oh-for-Gawd's-sake department, the New York Times recently reported that women are already nurturing crushes on poor President Obama — as in, they're fantasizing about him in a no-no way, though the Times framed this phenomenon in much more lascivious terms. Published February 15, 2009

Do pennies still make sense?

The Abraham Lincoln brand is in fine fettle these days, bolstered by presidential admiration and civic pride among towns claiming a link to the Lincoln pedigree. Published February 13, 2009

Press corps fractures as news bureaus wane

The Washington press corps is no longer a homogeneous gaggle of mainstream media reporters. It has become a hybrid coalition of unrelated tribes that ultimately could shortchange the American public in favor of special interests. Published February 12, 2009

Press bearish, Obama still draws public

His first televised prime-time press conference drew 50 million viewers. He's chummy with Katie Couric, gets glib at town hall meetings, casts benign favor on bloggers and one day, perhaps, he'll have a beer with Sean Hannity. Published February 11, 2009

Many Americans vexed by spelling

The nation is not letter perfect. Americans may be embarassed, even. Make that "embarrassed" - it's among the common words that vex the spell-challenged in an age of spell check. Published February 10, 2009

Inside Politics Weekend: Call to order

Just so you can keep track of everything, we now provide a handy-dandy guide to the latest cultural embellishments on the Office of the President of the United States. Published February 8, 2009

One-ton, 43-ft. snake roamed Earth

It was as big as a bus, weighed a ton, swallowed crocodiles like hors d'oeuvres and was as mean as a snake. Wait. It was a snake -- the biggest snake that ever slithered the Earth -- or so its 60-million-year-old remains would indicated. Published February 5, 2009