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'Under the Skin': A beauty more than skin deep

'Under the Skin': A beauty more than skin deep

One of the most astonishingly assured directorial debuts of the early 21st century was Jonathan Glazer’s “Sexy Beast,” a stylishly vicious crime thriller that erased any chance of Ben Kingsley being typecast as a Gandhi figure.

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New on DVD

“Philomena”

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Robert Satloff: My harrowing encounter with the Kansas City shooting suspect

When I learned that the man accused of shooting innocent bystanders Sunday at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement home in Kansas City was a former Klansman named Frazier Glenn Miller, I shuddered.

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Strong steps needed to thwart heartburn of Heartbleed bug

The following editorial appeared Monday in the Washington Post:

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Michael Gerson: Where the only rule is terror

BANGUI, Central African Republic — The tents of displaced people reach nearly up to the runway at the airport — the first impression of a nation in flight and in fear. Befitting the sectarian cast of the violence in this country, there are two camps, one Christian and one Muslim. The Muslim …

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Kenneth Harney: Ride may be bumpy for homeowners’ tax-benefit renewal

WASHINGTON — Renewal of important expired federal tax benefits for homeowners took a major step forward in the last two weeks, but the route to final congressional approval is beginning to look longer — and potentially bumpier — than previously expected.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for April 13

My husband and I recently chaperoned a five-day high school trip. The daughter of some friends was one of the students. She has had a contentious relationship with her parents, and was distant with us and the other chaperones.

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Wall Street's flash point: High-frequency trading raises legal, fairness questions

The following editorial appeared Friday in the Washington Post:

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Five myths about the Pulitzer Prizes

Joseph Pulitzer — publisher of the New York World and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch until his death in 1911 — created the Pulitzer Prizes through his will, back when national awards were rare. He wanted the prizes to go to the year's best in journalism and in American arts and letters, as a wa…

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for April 11

I finished my undergrad a year ago, have a good job, and consider myself financially stable. My boyfriend is finishing his master's and will graduate with $200,000 in student debt. We've been together for nine months and have not talked seriously about his massive debt.

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Michael Gerson: The healing in Rwanda

KIGALI, Rwanda — At the 20th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide, the most moving moments were unplanned.

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Bottom dollar

The following editorial appeared Wednesday in the Washington Post:

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An off-base idea

The following editorial appeared Tuesday in the Washington Post:

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Michael Gerson: Americans' right to health care was here long before Obama

Supporters of Obamacare are celebrating that the law is not an unmitigated disaster, just a mitigated one.

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Understanding suicide, which is surprisingly common in spring

Spring, with its longer days, blooming flowers and rising temperatures might seem like a time of peak happiness, but some studies indicate that suicides are more common in the spring and summer months than in December. Researchers don't know why they're higher in these seasons, but they say …

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Susan Zalkind: 5 myths about the Boston Marathon bombing

Susan Zalkind: 5 myths about the Boston Marathon bombing

At the Boston Marathon on April 21, the city will mark one year since Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev allegedly planted two bombs at the finish line, killing three and injuring hundreds more.

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Medicare under the microscope

The following editorial appeared Sunday in the Washington Post:

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for April 6

My boyfriend participates in the Renaissance Faire. He enjoys this greatly. However, what this means for me is that from October to April, his life is pretty much that. 

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for April 4

Dear Carolyn:

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for March 30

Dear Carolyn:

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for March 28

I get you are a strong believer of the be-content-with-yourself theory of singlehood. What I am not getting is when someone is longing for a baby, we "get" this and understand if they skip other people's baby showers, etc.

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Michael Gerson: The costs of passivity

History is like a teacher, except armed with truncheons and guns. So what are its recent lessons?

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for March 23: Adult son says, 'Mom won't let me move out'

I'm 28 and Mom won't let me move out.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for March 21

Dear Carolyn:

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NSA program reaches 'into the past' to retrieve, replay phone calls

WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has built a surveillance system capable of recording “100 percent” of a foreign country’s telephone calls, enabling the agency to rewind and review conversations as long as a month after they take place, according to people with direct knowledge of t…

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Carolyn Hax: "Help" can be a tough word to voice

Dear Carolyn:

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BIRDS

BIRDS

Volunteer Lynne Parks, left, and Lindsay Jacks, an avian keeper at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, pack dead migrating birds that they picked up near high-rise buildings in Baltimore.

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The environmentalists’ diet: The environmentalists' diet: Finding ‘green’ foods complex

The argument that a vegetarian diet is more planet-friendly than a carnivorous one is straightforward: If we feed plants to animals, and then eat the animals, we use more resources and produce more greenhouse gases than if we simply eat the plants. As with most arguments about our food suppl…

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Michael Gerson: A trumpet that always sounds retreat

The Republican Party is undergoing its most significant foreign policy debate since President Richard Nixon dismissed then-Gov. Ronald Reagan as “shallow” and of “limited mental capability,” and Reagan criticized the policy of detente, initiated by Nixon, as “a one-way street that the Soviet…

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for March 9

 While I'm away, readers give the advice. 

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for March 7

While I'm away, readers give the advice.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for March 2

 While I'm away, readers give the advice. 

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Michael Gerson: GOP shows signs of shaking its tea-party hangover

The evidence accumulates that the Republican Party is sobering up — cotton-mouthed and slightly disoriented — from its recent ideological bender.

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New on DVD

“Gravity” (PG-13, 91 minutes, Warner): Thanks to director Alfonso Cuaron’s prodigious gifts, “Gravity” succeeds simultaneously as a simple classic shipwreck narrative (albeit at zero-gravity), and as an utterly breathtaking restoration of size and occasion to the movies themselves.

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Review: 'Omar' — Life filled with complications, scrupulously crafted

In Hany Abu-Assad’s “Omar,” Adam Bakri delivers an assured, charismatic performance as the title character, a young Palestinian man living in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where he must navigate a vertiginous separation wall and checkpoints simply to visit friends. (“Omar” is the second fi…

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Feb. 21

Dear Carolyn:

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Michael Gerson: Syria's uncontainable threat

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan — In a section of the camp designated for newcomers, I'm surrounded by about 20 men from the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, elbowing each other for position. The situation quickly degenerates into a geopolitical discussion.

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New on DVD

“All Is Lost,” starring Robert Redford as a man stranded at sea, may not be scoring big this awards season (it received just one Academy Award nomination, for sound editing), but it was at the top of many critics’ best-of lists. The Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday gave “All Is Lost” four star…

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'The Square’ : An exhilarating portrait of Egyptian politics

'The Square’ : An exhilarating portrait of Egyptian politics

“The Square,” a stunning new documentary by Jehane Noujaim about the 2011 uprising in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and its aftermath, epitomizes nonfiction film not just as a way to deepen knowledge and understanding, but also as an art form.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Feb. 16

I am desperate for help, and my mom isn't cutting it. My mother-in-law (whom we see often) insists on weighing in on everything we do for our son ... usually indicating that we are somehow doing it wrong because it's not what she would do. Nothing objectively wrong, just not "her way."

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Michael Gerson: Special Olympics dignify those who need it the most

LILONGWE, Malawi — Yamikani walks deliberately, intently, with a beanbag on his head, showing a balance that is probably hard-earned. “When he falls,” his grandmother Irene tells me, “we have to pick him up.”

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Michael Gerson: A rivalry that still reverberates

One of the most vivid, outspoken conservatives of our time has the drawback of being a fictional character in a British costume drama, “Downton Abbey.” Here is Lady Violet, dowager countess, sparring with her relentlessly progressive in-law, Isobel Crawley:

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Carolyn Hax: New mom has trouble with uncaring parents

My parents show very little interest in my 6-month-old twin babies. My father has been a cold and distant parent since my childhood and my mother has been very controlling and overbearing. 

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Jan. 31

Hi, Carolyn:

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Bitcoin's next frontier: ATMs

Bitcoin's next frontier: ATMs

Bitcoiniacs directors Paul Szczesny, wearing white, and Jackson Warren near their bitcoin ATM at Waves Coffee House in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

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Bitcoin's next frontier: ATMs

Bitcoin's next frontier: ATMs

After putting Canadian currency into the bitcoin ATM at Waves Coffee House in Vancouver, British Columbia, Dora Bergen uses a smartphone to scan in a digital code that represents an amount of bitcoin.

January 30, 2014 6:31 pm

Advice from Carolyn Hax for Jan. 26

My boyfriend and I are in our early 20s, and have been together for about 2½ years. In recent months we've talked of "being together for the long haul."The problem is this: While I see the value in very healthy eating and daily exercise, he isn't quite on the same page. 

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Jan. 24

My husband committed suicide a year ago and it's been absolutely horrifying, not only for me but for my 8-year-old son as well. Recently, I have been trying to date. He chose to do what he did, so should I be feeling this guilt when on a date? Please help.

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New on DVD

“Blue Jasmine” (PG-13, 98 minutes, Sony): Cate Blanchett is an addled force in Woody Allen’s homage to San Francisco and the epic self-deceptions of Tennessee Williams’ battered heroine Blanche DuBois. Blanchett’s character, Jasmine, is a sad, self-medicating New Yorker whose rapidly fraying…

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MEXICO

MEXICO

Jorge Rios, who lived inTucson before being deported, is a militia leader in Michoacan. Many in his group once lived in the U.S., and are bringing those experiences to their fight. 

January 19, 2014 4:07 pm

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