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Story Lab: January 2, 2011 - January 8, 2011

Story pick: A new Congress strips D.C. of its vote -- in 1874

A new Congress convenes and an air of possibility fills the city. The Republican majority is determined to push the debate to core questions about the American ideal -- what are the limits on federal power? What does the...

By Marc Fisher  | January 7, 2011; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: The Shah's son kills himself

The Pahlavi family of northern Virginia is a wealthy clan whose various offspring have been prominent in Washington society circles. But this is no ordinary rich family: These are the children and grandchildren of the former Shah of Iran,...

By Marc Fisher  | January 6, 2011; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Story pick: The story that made Dave Barry Dave Barry

At the Miami Herald, where I spent my first five-plus years as a reporter, we had one of the greatest Sunday magazines ever to be published by a major American newspaper. Tropic Magazine read and felt like South Florida--it...

By Marc Fisher  | January 5, 2011; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Story pick: New Year's resolutions, trick diets and self-control

This is the time of year when you get both books hawking weight-loss schemes and news stories debunking trick or fad diets. But a new book by Daniel Akst--a book that offers not a single tip on how to...

By Marc Fisher  | January 4, 2011; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Story pick: A world of music for $100

From the wonderfully eclectic world of Tyler Cowen, a splendid New Year's challenge: Introduce someone to a genre of music for $100. Cowen proposes to spend his $100 on the Beethoven symphonies, a whole bunch of basic Bach (Glenn...

By Marc Fisher  | January 3, 2011; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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