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Miss Manners: Finesse nosy strangers with thank-you and then move on

By Judith Martin

Washington Post

April 19, 2014

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I fell and hit my head, which left a large bruise (black eye and large scar) on one side of my face. Every time I go out in public, someone asks me what I did to my face. Most of the questioners are total strangers, e.g., store clerks and fellow bus riders. Read full article >> … Read More

Greed and the Wright Brothers

By Joe Nocera

New York Times

April 19, 2014

In the years that followed that famed first flight, their failure as businessmen offers lessons for today. … Read More

Friday News Roundup - International

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

April 18, 2014

Ukraine’s interim government struggles to rein in pro-Russian militants. China’s economic growth slows. And al Qaida’s leader in Yemen vows to attack the U.S. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week’s top international news stories. … Read More

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

April 18, 2014

President Obama and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor spar over immigration reform. The New York Police Department drops a Muslim surveillance program. And the Congressional Budget Office lowers its cost estimate for the Affordable Care Act. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week’s top national news stories. … Read More

Appalling Pultizers

By Froma Harrop

fromaharrop.com

April 17, 2014

The Guardian coverage of Snowden and his NSA revelations was riddled with errors and the Washington Post’s a lesson in abject sycophancy  –  but neither flaw stopped journalism’s elders from awarding these publications their shiniest trinkets.One of the best authorities on the subject has been John Schindler, an intelligence expert at the U.S. Naval War [...] … Read More

Katty Kay and Claire Shipman: "The Confidence Code"

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

April 17, 2014

When journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman interviewed high-powered women, they noticed something unexpected. These women were leaders in their fields - CEOs and politicians - yet almost all expressed a lack of confidence in their abilities or worth. In a new book, Kay and Shipman try to figure out why. They meet with neuroscientists and psychologists to understand the new research on confidence. While it is partly influenced by genetics, self-assurance can be learned. Kay and Shipman argue t … Read More

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April 17, 2014

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The Promise And Perils Of A New Project To Share Individual Patient Records.

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

April 17, 2014

Doctors and their patients often don’t have the information they need on the relative effectiveness of different treatments. Clinical trials provide invaluable data but can’t and don’t cover the myriad of individual circumstances in the real world of patients. As part of the Affordable Care Act, a number of hospitals, research centers, clinics, insurers and patient groups are working to create a massive database of medical records – stripped of personally identifiable da … Read More

Ask Not What Your Cat Can Do for You for 04/17/2014

By Froma Harrop

Creators Syndicate

April 17, 2014

A big-selling book, "Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet," helps cat lovers understand what is going on in the hearts and brains of their kitties. Sadly, not nearly so much as they thought and hoped. I’m pretty sure what my former cat was thinking: "What’s the least I can possibly do and still get her to feed me liver patties and otherwise leave ... Updated: Thu Apr 17, 2014 … Read More

Miss Manners: Gift of DNA swab kits is relatively unwelcome

By Judith Martin

Washington Post

April 16, 2014

DEAR MISS MANNERS: A family member recently arranged to have two DNA swab kits sent directly to my husband and me from a well-known scientific organization. The organization apparently is in the process of conducting a worldwide hereditary study. Read full article >> … Read More

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