Off Center

By the slimmest of margins, the House of Representatives approved a budget plan today that will cut $50 billion dollars in spending for poverty, education, and farm programs over the next five years. Included are broad cuts to Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, food stamps, and student

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“The Exhibition of a Lifetime”

“Pinch yourself,” says Roberta Smith in the New York Times, “The Metropolitan Museum’s sublime exhibition of the Renaissance painter Fra Angelico is not a dream, much less a heavenly vision. Sure, its images are populated by figures with halos, wings or both. And yes, these motifs create a veritable mirage

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The Plausibility of Life

All eight members up for re-election to the Dover, Pennsylvania school board who instated the teaching of intelligent design in biology classrooms were swept out of office. (Read the article in the New York Times.) That same day in Kansas however, Board of Education members voted 6-4 to allow intelligent

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A Little History of the World Coverage

Word keeps spreading about Ernst Gombrich’s amazing book. An interview with Leonie Gombrich, the author’s granddaughter, aired last Sunday on NPR’s Weekend Edition. Also last Sunday, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a rave review by Katie Haegele, who called A Little History of the World “an astounding collection of historical and

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