Brian Lee

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Race, gender, religion and the court

Why would Thurgood Marshall be a liability for Elena Kagan? A conversation with Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree.

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TEDxOilSpill conference

By Nicole Allan A TED-affiliated conference in Washington, D.C., on Monday attracted a who’s who of the environmental and scientific worlds to address the oil spill. In true TED fashion, talks were brief and ranged from scientific breakdowns of the chemistry of oil in water to the performance of a piece of postmodern music inspired [...]

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Video: Not in my backyard?

Author Lisa Margonelli says that banning offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico will only push it elsewhere.

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Quiz: How much do you know about the Supreme Court?

Sure, you know your William Rehnquist and your Roe v. Wade, but what else do you know about the goings-on in the Supreme Court Building’s hallowed halls? Find out!

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This summer, let’s really disconnect

By William Powers Why the only screen you should take to the beach is sunscreen Ah, those lazy days of summer. Snoozing in a hammock. Reading a good book under a beach umbrella. It’s the season for disconnecting from everything that makes life frantic and arduous – the office, the traffic, the endless rushing around. [...]

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Video: Need to Know, June 25, 2010

This week, we take a hard look at the consequences of America’s wars, from wounded vets to a fired general. We also go deep inside Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Iran, and talk to the citizens who criticize or support him. Plus, Andy Borowitz wonders what Tony Hayward will do next to try and re-brand BP.

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Is success possible in Afghanistan?

In this extended web interview, Andrew Bacevich, a retired army colonel and professor of history at Boston University, talks about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.

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Video: Next Week’s News: Baby puppies edition

Andy’s back from two weeks in South Africa — the land of vuvuzelas. And this week, he takes a look at the terrible performance of the English team. BP, that is.

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Does Iran’s democracy have a chance?

The author of “The Ayatollah’s Democracy,” just back from a reporting trip to Iran, talks about the state of democracy there, one year after the disputed presidential election.