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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A federal judge in Virginia ruled that part of President Obama’s health care reform legislation is unconstitutional. Dahlia Lithwick, who covers the courts for Slate, explains the decision and what it might mean for the future of the health care reform legislation. Plus: Thomas Frank on the “magic middle” of the electorate; and a look at what Governor-Elect Cuomo might change about NY pensions and property taxes.

Healthcare Bill Unconstitutional?

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Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at, explains why a  federal judge in Virginia has ruled that a portion of President Obama's healthcare legislation is unconstitutional.

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Cuomo: Cutting Taxes & Benefits?

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Greg David, director of the business and economics program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, looks at the groundwork being laid for changes to property taxes and public worker benefits by the incoming Cuomo administration and others.

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Anthropology: Science or Humanity?

The American Anthropological Association has stirred controversy by removing the word "science" from its long-term mission statement. Peter Peregrine, president of the Society for Anthropological Sciences, and Hugh Gusterson, executive boardmember of the American Antrhopological Association, discuss the decision, which has highlighted divisions between science-oriented anthropologists and those more focused on the humanities.

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The Magic Middle

Thomas Frank, columnist for Harper's Magazine and author of The Wrecking Crew and What's the Matter With Kansas, says the success of the Tea Party shows that going after the "magic middle" of the American electorate is a mistake.

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The New Tech Bubble?

Jenna Wortham, New York Times reporter and writer for the Bits blog, discusses the new boom in tech companies that has some seeing another dot com bubble.

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How to Build a Fire

Erin BriedSelf Magazine senior staff writer and author of How to Sew a Button and How to Build a Fire:  And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew talks about everyday things "the greatest generation" knew how to do, from building a fire to negotiating a raise.

What did you learn from your grandfather that you use today? Share your wisdom here!

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