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Dec
10

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TOP NEWS

Judge Voids Key Element of Obama Health Care Law
By KEVIN SACK
A provision requiring most Americans to obtain health insurance starting in 2014, which has survived two prior court challenges, was found unconstitutional.

Lying Ahead for the Health Law, Years of Constitutional Wrangling
Just One Ruling, but an Outsize One
Law Will Proceed, Administration Says

Document Reader: The Judge’s Ruling
Room for Debate: A Fatal Blow to Obama’s Law?

RICHARD C. HOLBROOKE, 1941-2010
Strong American Voice in Diplomacy and Crisis
By ROBERT D. McFADDEN
Mr. Holbrooke made a career that started with Vietnam, had a highlight with Bosnia and ended in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Slide Show: A Career in Diplomacy
Times Topics: Richard C. Holbrooke
Killings of Afghan Relief Workers Stir Strategy Debate
By ROD NORDLAND
Aid groups wonder if the American military strategy in Afghanistan is putting their workers at risk.

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QUOTATION OF THE DAY
“Even as the government cedes control over large parts of the economy, its graft-ridden approach to privatization could leave long-lasting scars that hold India back from reaching its potential.”
ESWAR S. PRASAD, a professor of trade policy at Cornell University and an adviser to India’s Finance Ministry.

Stage scenes: Lily Rabe
ALSO IN THEATER »
Jennifer Jason Leigh enters “House of Blue Leaves”
Holiday gift guide: Theater books

HEALTH

THE OBAMA HEALTH CARE LAW
INTERACTIVE FEATURE: The Growing Legal and Political Opposition
On Dec. 13, 2010, a federal judge in Richmond., Va., ruled that a key provision in the Obama health care law, which requires that most Americans obtain health insurance, is unconstitutional.

OPINION

OPINIONATOR | FIXES
The Human Incubator
By TINA ROSENBERG
The success of “kangaroo care” for premature infants has shown that simple solutions are sometimes best.

WORLD

Police Say Early Detonation of Bomb Averted Disaster in Sweden
By JOHN F. BURNS and RAVI SOMAIYA
The attack could have been devastating, said Swedish police, who also confirmed the bomber’s identity.

The Lede: Audio of Threat Sent Before Bombing
Swedish Bombing Suspect’s Drift to Extremism
By RAVI SOMAIYA
Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly was described as a friendly man who sought an audience for extremist views.

Telecom Scandal Plunges India Into Political Crisis
By JIM YARDLEY and HEATHER TIMMONS
Allegations of bribery, abuse of power and privatization of public wealth have sent the Congress Party into a tailspin.

• More World News »
U.S.

CREEDE JOURNAL
From the Delta to Winter’s Deep Blues
By KIRK JOHNSON
A graduate student and her sister are bracing for the onslaught of cold that will keep Creede, Colo., in a long embrace.

SIDEBAR
Court Chooses Guardians for Orphaned Arguments
By ADAM LIPTAK
About once a year, the Supreme Court appoints a lawyer to defend decisions the parties have abandoned.

Execution 150 Years Ago Spurs Calls for Pardon
By ROBERT K. ELDER
Thirty-eight men were hanged, but President Lincoln had spared one, and now an effort is taking root on campuses and Capitol Hill to keep the story alive.

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POLITICS

Years of Wrangling Lie Ahead for Health Law
By KEVIN SACK
A federal court ruling against the Obama health care law highlighted both the novelty of the constitutional issues and the difficulty of forging consensus among judges.

Judge Voids Key Element of Obama Health Care Law
News Analysis: Just One Ruling, but an Outsize One
Law Will Proceed, Administration Says
Interactive Timeline: The Health Care Law
Embattled G.O.P. Chief Is Seeking a Second Term
By JEFF ZELENY
Shrugging off criticism, the Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele vowed to seek re-election.

Post a Comment
Tax-Cut Package Passes Crucial Test
By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
The Senate advanced the tax-cut package negotiated by President Obama and Congressional Republicans, increasing pressure on House Democrats to set aside their opposition.

Manufacturers Say Obama Tax Cuts Will Spur Hiring
The Vote | Post a Comment
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BUSINESS

DEALBOOK
Speculators Are Eager to Bet on Madoff Claims
By PETER LATTMAN and DIANA B. HENRIQUES
Lawsuits filed by the trustee seeking money for Bernard L. Madoff’s victims are catnip for a breed of traders speculating on the bankruptcy case’s outcome.

Madoff Won’t Be Attending His Son’s Funeral
Post a Comment
Tax Breaks Bring Hope for Hiring
By DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI
The cuts in the Obama administration’s plan that are intended for businesses may prompt manufacturers to spend on hiring and capital improvements.

Tax-Cut Package Passes Crucial Test
Fed’s Contrarian Has a Wary Eye on the Past
By SEWELL CHAN
Thomas M. Hoenig fears that the Fed’s efforts to move the recovery along quickly will create the conditions for repeating past mistakes, like spurring inflation.

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TECHNOLOGY

Piracy Fight Shuts Down Music Blogs
By BEN SISARIO
Popular music blogs shut down by the government in a Thanksgiving weekend crackdown on online piracy often operate with the tacit aid and approval of major labels.

Panel Set to Study Safety of Electronic Patient Data
By MILT FREUDENHEIM
A panel created by the Institute of Medicine to study patient safety and health information technology will meet for the first time on Tuesday.

Billionaire Backs a Gas-Electric Hybrid Car to Be Built in Russia
By ANDREW E. KRAMER
Mikhail D. Prokhorov, the Russian billionaire who bought the New Jersey Nets basketball team, introduced another pet project Monday: a Russian-designed hybrid electric car.

• More Technology News »
SPORTS

Lee Accepts Late Bid by Phillies
By TYLER KEPNER and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
Cliff Lee, the biggest name on the free-agent market this off-season, agreed Monday night to return to Philadelphia.

Darek Braunecker, Agent for Cliff Lee, Is Getting Noticed
GIANTS 21, VIKINGS 3
Finally on a Field, the Giants Get the Job Done
By JOANNE C. GERSTNER
The Giants (9-4) found a way to navigate a unique situation in Detroit, beating a Favre-less Vikings.

Photo Replay: Giants vs. Vikings
Favre’s Consecutive-Start Streak Ends | Photos: Brett Favre |  Comment
No Favre, but Plenty of Fans in Detroit
With Deflated Dome, Vikings Still Need a Home |  Video of Collapse
Contrite Jets Suspend Coach After Sideline Trip of Dolphin
By GREG BISHOP
The strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi was suspended without pay and fined $25,000.

Post a Comment
The Colts’ Meaningful December | An Apology for Asking for Vick’s Autograph
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ARTS

ABROAD
When Overlooked Art Turns Celebrity
By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN
The excitement surrounding artworks discovered to be by masters raises a fundamental question: Why do we want these works to turn out to made by great artists, since the art is the same either way?

Interactive Feature
VIDEO GAME REVIEW
Mickey Moves to Another Screen
By SETH SCHIESEL
Disney Epic Mickey, the new video game from Disney, is a lot more fun to watch than to play.

McCartney Plays the Apollo, His ‘Holy Grail’
By BEN RATLIFF
Paul McCartney played the Apollo Theater on Monday night, and was demonstrably proud to do so.

• More Arts News »
NEW YORK / REGION

New No. 2 at City Schools Believes in More Testing
By FERNANDA SANTOS
Shael Polakow-Suransky, who will become the No. 2 official at New York City schools, has gone from idealistic teacher to a data-mining administrator.

After Months in Limbo, Paterson Aide Charged in Abuse Case Is Fired
By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
David W. Johnson was suspended on Feb. 25 after a report that he had assaulted his former companion, Sherr-una Booker, in a case that wracked Gov. David A. Paterson’s administration this year.

A Hole in Old Routines After OTB Parlors’ Last Day
By MICHAEL WILSON
As bettors collected their winnings, regulars mourned the loss of a favorite hangout in one of the last New York City OTB parlors to close.

• More New York / Region News »
SCIENCE TIMES

BASICS
Musk Oxen Live to Tell a Survivors’ Tale
By NATALIE ANGIER
Scientists are seeking to understand how the musk ox has managed to persist through repeated climate shifts and habitat upheavals.

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FINDINGS
Real Evidence for Diets That Are Just Imaginary
By JOHN TIERNEY
When people imagined themselves eating M & M’s or pieces of cheese, they became less likely to gorge themselves on the real thing, research shows.

More Findings Columns »
REMARKABLE CREATURES
In a Single-Cell Predator, Clues to the Animal Kingdom’s Birth
By SEAN B. CARROLL
Recent studies suggest that choanoflagellates are among the closest living single-celled relatives of animals.

More Remarkable Creatures Columns »
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EDITORIALS

EDITORIAL
College, Jobs and Inequality
A college education does correlate with higher pay and better job prospects, but it isn’t a cure-all for joblessness and income inequality.

EDITORIAL
The Latest Health Care Decision
A federal judge declared a provision of the health care law unconstitutional. Yet there is still hope for reform because his decision limits the scope of the ruling.

EDITORIAL
Congress and the Court
A Supreme Court case raises questions about how Congress and the court should interact in giving meaning to statutes.

EDITORIAL
Sweden’s Near Miss
After a would-be terrorist detonated a car bomb in Stockholm, Sweden’s prime minister rightly declared that the country’s open society is worth defending.

• More Opinion »
OP-ED

OP-ED COLUMNIST
Ben Franklin’s Nation
By DAVID BROOKS
America should focus less on losing its star status and more on defending and preserving the gospel of middle-class dignity.

Columnist Page
OP-ED COLUMNIST
U.S. Illusions in Lebanon
By ROGER COHEN
The West’s optimism has been undercut by a resurgent Hezbollah and the reality that a U.N. tribunal’s verdict on a prime minister’s murder will come too late.

Columnist Page
OP-ED CONTRIBUTORS
Adding Fairness to the Tip
By TIM and NINA ZAGAT
How to settle wage disputes between restaurants and waiters.

OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
What Ike Got Right
By JAMES LEDBETTER
Why his warning against the military-industrial complex still matters.

• More Opinion »
ON THIS DAY
On Dec. 14, 1981, Israel annexed the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in 1967.
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About This E-Mail

I’m looking for something to write about, and it’s all bad news; well, except for the discovery of a better way to care for preemies, the Giants (!), and Paul McCartney’s pride. I guess I should also take comfort in the finding that “imagining” myself eating M&Ms, or cheese, makes it less likely that I will gorge on M&Ms, or cheese. Oh, and Epic Mickey (I’m not making this up) is apparently “more fun to play.” More fun to play than ???

 

 

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3 Responses to “today’s headlines”


  1. December 14, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    A person could become suicidal just reading the news. or reading it, then watching it. I want to keep up with currant events but good grief Charlie Brown!

  2. December 15, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I find the reported news to be terribly depressing. I spend much of my day listening to a ‘classical’ music radio station, but they have 5 minutes of news on the hour and so I turn it off rather than listen to the news report and get angry or depressed.

  3. December 19, 2010 at 1:19 am

    More fun to play than “Unepic Mickey”?! Don’t you think it’s weird that a man discovered the kangaroo approach to holding preemies? I mean, wouldn’t women have discovered this millennia ago? And then it fell out of favor, like breast feeding? It struck me as odd when I read the article that a male doctor came up with this “innovation”. I mean, it’s good, just odd to me, is all.

    News is very depressing. I never watch it on t.v., and although I peruse the NYTimes online, I really limit what I read. If I find myself getting depressed or angry, I switch to another more upbeat article, or just do something else. News is full of mostly bad news, generally, and as I often tell my husband, who is addicted to watching the news, most of it is already done, so what can you do about it? There’s little that’s empowering about watching news.


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