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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Nicholas D. Kristof
"This is what democracy looks like!"
The poet Robert Graves wrote, "One hard look can close the book that lovers love to see." On Wednesday night, Americans saw Barack Obama in a new, hard light. He was not the smooth, confident leader they imagined him to be.
It wasn't a juicy script that brought together a half-dozen Hollywood stars, including Meg Ryan, America Ferrera and Olivia Wilde. It was the chance to tell the stories of women seeking, and finding, lives unbound by oppression.
Editor's Note: In this third of a five-part series, Middle East and Islam specialist Daniel Pipes continues his documentation of Barack Obama's close ties to the Islamic religion, focusing here on statements he made as an adult.
The 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, with comments from judges:
Best-selling "Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson mismanaged the nonprofit organization he co-founded to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan and spent charity money on personal items, family vacations and millions on charter flights, according to an investigative report released Thursday.
Winners of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's lifetime achievement award, renamed this year for the late ambassador Richard Holbrooke:
President Obama admitted Wednesday that he made mistakes in his economic recovery program, including not tackling the housing crisis aggressively enough, during the first Twitter town-hall event at the White House.
Take a case that, on the surface, looks really bad. Assign an evil motive. Ignore nuanced facts. Stir in media outcry. Demand that the government step in.
"What we've tried to do is focus on organizations that are on the ground," at the grass-roots level, and try to "amplify their voices," he said.
"Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,"