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Topic - Michael Gordon
Anthony H. Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies issued a report in December on the U.S. war in Afghanistan, sparing no military kiss-up or diplomatic busybody.
Texas' Ballet Austin is taking a performance about intolerance and the Holocaust on an international tour, visiting Miami, Washington and Israel over the next year.
Within a small rectangle of light, nearly a dozen dancers writhed and convulsed on the stage, pressed together by imaginary walls denoting some kind of death chamber.
For years, Tiger Woods was a top-10 fixture on celebrity marketing power rankings alongside A-list stars. Today, in the Davie-Brown Index, he ranks somewhere in the 2,000s, beside troubled singer Amy Winehouse, rocker Tommy Lee, early '80s TV star Erik Estrada and Horatio Sanz.
Over 20 seasons as an NFL quarterback, Brett Favre has taken plenty of hits on the field.
Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner on Tuesday downplayed reports that he is being considered to head media company Tribune Co. after it exits bankruptcy protection.
There have been a number of prominent congressional leaders of both parties in recent days decrying the "surge" to be an utter failure with such proclamations as, "This war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq." These statements fuel the drive to order a withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. Whether the government — which means the totality of both the administration and the Congress — ultimately chooses to pursue this course of action or not, it must be done so with a clear and sober understanding of the likely end results, both near and long term; a failure to do so could produce unintended consequences that may ultimately prove more dangerous to the United States than anything we presently face.
"But it doesn't matter what he does publicly if he doesn't play well," he said. "He has to get his game back."
"Before all this, his appeal was based in part on this image of the perfect private life, the perfect family man. Well, no one's going to buy that anymore, so he's got to be more open," Mr. Gordon said.