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Bad News Puts Political Glare Onto Economy

The Federal Reserve could feel more political pressure to cut interest rates than it has since the early 1990s.

Romney's Tone on Gay Rights Is Seen as Shift

The presidential candidate bristles when he is accused of shifting his views since his 2002 campaign for governor of Massachusetts.

Assessing the 'Surge'
Hints of Progress, and Questions, in Iraq Data

Military statistics show that U.S. forces have made some headway at protecting the Iraqi population, but there are questions over whether the gains can be sustained.

Taking On South Africa's Stance on AIDS
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Taking On South Africa's Stance on AIDS

Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, fired from her post as deputy health minister, says she sees no reason to apologize.

America's Music
Where the Game Is Just a Warm-Up for the Band

Prairie View A&M University's band offers a vernacular musical form that is not aiming at commercial success.

Nursing Home Owners Are Acquitted in Deaths

The trial over the drowning of 35 residents was the only prosecution to result from deaths in Hurricane Katrina.

Fire Chiefs Say Inspection Rule Defies Reality

There are not enough resources to enforce a rule that was violated before a fatal fire at ground zero, officials said.

The New Season
The New Season

A special section previewing the fall season in film, theater, arts, dance and music, with critics' picks and listings.


A Very Tough Commute

A Very Tough Commute Russell Crowe and Christian Bale are the main reasons to see "3:10 to Yuma," writes A. O. Scott.

Seeking a War Criminal

Three Journalists Find Fear and Loathing "The Hunting Party" is misguided as a satire, Manohla Dargis says.

Ethanol and the Tortilla Tax

The price of motor fuel and the price of tortillas both testify to the resourcefulness of corn growers.

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