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If you were to have walked up to a typical New York executive in the 1960s and told him that General Motors Corp. would be bankrupt by 2009, he would have thought you were delusional, or perhaps a Communist.
To borrow a description from President Barack Obama's beloved basketball, it's now clear that he is the rhetorical equivalent of a “money player.”
The Sri Lankan government has beheaded the Tamil Tiger separatist insurgency, claiming victory in a quarter-century war that claimed upward of 70,000 lives — more than 7,000 since January alone.
All around the world, national governments are trying to hammer out their global warming policies, preparing for the United Nations' climate-change conclave in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the end of 2009. And in too many places, the effort seems to be going nowhere.
I'm not a huge baseball fan. I don't know what all the stats mean or how many home runs away from godlike status Alex Rodriguez might be. But when left fielder Manny Ramirez rolled into Los Angeles last year, Dodger fever struck.
President Barack Obama and his aides continue to impress with their handling of Afghanistan. Not only have they approved a major troop increase and a de facto commitment to nation-building, but now they have shifted personnel to make the most effective use of the added resources and turn around a failing war effort.
If the Republican Party thinks it has problems now, just wait. The party's incredibly poor performance among young voters in the 2008 election raises questions about the long-term competitiveness of the GOP.
On July 6, 1968, the National Communicable Disease Center in Atlanta announced that it “did not expect any widespread outbreaks of influenza” in the 1968-69 flu season.
It had to be the saddest Siete de Mayo in Los Angeles in many a year. Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers have been placed on the 50-day disgusted list. They will be eligible to come off it in July.
Which country — the United States or China — will make the 21st century its own? When President Barack Obama recently called for American young people “to be makers of things” and focus on subjects such as science and engineering, it was partly a nod to China's rapid growth.
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