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Bloomberg's super-styling Web site

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Mayor Bloomberg, with an eye fixed on more mayor-time, has a Flash-y and styling new campaign Web site. He's also looking for an volunteer or two.

— Emily Ngo...

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How do you control or limit Freedom of Speech?

By Dontre L. Conerly

As a journalist, social activist, and all-around big mouth, I am for Freedom of Speech —believe me! However, I have been conflicted of late as to whether or not there should be controls on it, given its sometimes-hateful nature and ability to incite anger. Ann Coulter and Bill O’Reilly immediately come to mind when I think of the controls that should be placed...

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Poll: Americans like Obama, not his stimulus bill

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It seems more Americans like President Barack Obama than they like his $800 billion-plus economic stimulus package. A healthy 76 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing as president, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released yesterday. Compare that to just 54 percent who support his bill.

Twenty-three percent of Americans disapprove of Obama’s...

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Obama back in Ind. pushing a broader agenda

President Barack Obama was in Elkhart, Ind., on Monday, drumming up support for a stimulus package set to top $820 billion. The city of about 52,000 in America’s heartland seems a rather random choice for campaigning, but it wasn’t Obama’s first visit there.

He swung by the city six months ago as a presidential candidate to promote a more specific agenda — energy. “We...

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Behind every successful man ...

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By LaShawnda Jones

Michelle Obama has inspired a nation of women. Before her husband even took his oath of office on Jan. 20, three books were published about her exclusively. Liza Mundy, staff writer for the Washington Post, penned "Michelle: A Biography," released in October 2008.

Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram compiled and edited a collection of letters...

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Gridlock We Can Believe In: Barack to the Future

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And so, like all good things, my trip to DC for the inauguration of President Obama has come to an end. I'm back in NYC. It is COLD.

To thank you for taking this trip with me, Politirazzi, I'd like to share with you the funniest things I overheard in D.C.:

— "Oh my God, is that Obama in there?"

"No, it's like Tina Fey or something."

— "Daddy, I'm cold."

"I...

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Gridlock We Can Believe In: Yes, We Can (Cash In)!

I think I've lost about five pounds this week. I must have walked this city about 10 times over. One thing I've learned in my travels: D.C. is ready to cash in! There is someone selling Obama stuff on every single street corner.

Obama on a shirt! Obama on a hat! Look, there's a framed print of Michelle! Malia and Sasha salt-and-pepper shakers! Flags! Buttons! Yes, We Can! Si, se Puente! Even...

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I pledge ...

By Bragg Van Antwerp

Tuesday we inaugurated Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. It was wonderful moment for our nation. I am sincerely proud of our country, and of our new president.

And while I hate to be negative during such an overwhelmingly positive week, something was brought to my attention the other day that I simply cannot ignore. This is not the fault of...

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Gridlock We Can Believe In: Watching the Neighborhood Ball

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Guys, Shakira is playing the harmonica. Shakira is playing the harmonica! She is singing Van Morrison without any irony and she is playing the harmonica. How is this happening? As an American of Irish descent, I cannot abide.

Jenny had a good point: These songs are all oddly personal. People dedicating love songs to Barack Obama makes us uncomfortable. But anything that makes Obama dance...

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The experience in person

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By Meg Boyle

Special to amNewYork

Barack Hussein Obama made history on Tuesday when he became the first black president of the United States, calling on all Americans to reject fear and embrace a renewed sense of personal responsibility.

Freezing temperatures did not stop nearly 2 million people from traveling to the National Mall to witness history, many entering...

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