From TAP, is the Labor Party of Israel on the verge of becoming history? With elections set for Feb. 10, polls show the party fading away; and are cows worse than cars? Everyone knows driving an SUV or leaving the lights on is bad for the earth, but what's on your plate is just as important. From Slate V, here's Obama's first month in two minutes. A look at how "political archaeologists" are finding surprises during the transition. Only in America? The wrongheaded American belief that Barack Obama could only happen here. Marc Ambinder on the Republican Lockbox. Slogans we’ll remember: An excerpt from Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too: Famous Slogans and Catchphrases in American History by Jan R. Van Meter. How do we learn math? Keith Devlin investigates. A review of Unbecoming Subjects: Judith Butler, Moral Philosophy, and Critical Responsibility by Annika Thiem. Beethoven and the Illuminati: How the secret order influenced the great composer. After a brutal financial Autumn, some boomers are mourning the loss of a golden retirement. It's official: Men really are the weaker sex. All you need is a keyboard and a few good ideas — inside the influential new world of econobloggers. We’ve all heard about dumbing down, but there is evidence that the opposite is also true — is this, in fact, the age of mass intelligence? A look at the fine art of literary rejection letters.

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