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5 things to watch for in foreign policy debate
If, at the start of the general election campaign, you told a seasoned political strategist in either party that the fate of the presidential race could well hinge on the foreign policy-focused third debate, the reaction would have ranged from an eye roll to laughter.
Maryland leans toward approval of same-sex marriage
Maryland voters are leaning toward legalizing same-sex marriage next month, something that has never happened at the ballot box anywhere in the nation, a new Washington Post poll finds.
Obama has the Ohio atheist vote. Will it grow?
President Barack Obama's multiple references to Planned Parenthood in the second presidential debate showed how keen he is to sway female voters in swing states. He may have emboldened another demographic in the process, without making an overt appeal.
Slate: Twitter for people who don't like Twitter
Did you watch Tuesday night's presidential debate on one screen or two? If you answered "Why the heck would I need two screens to watch TV?," then you missed half the show.
DeGeneres receives Mark Twain prize for American humor
It's hard to remember now, but about a dozen years ago, Ellen DeGeneres was dead in the water.
The nice girl from New Orleans with the sunny disposition and the squeaky-clean comedy act had been a star with her own sitcom, "Ellen." But then she had come out as gay, such big news at the time that it landed her on the cover of Time magazine. Then her character on the show came out. Then she and her partner at the time, actress Anne Heche, were very kissy-kissy in public.
Opera takes hold in Mexico's dangerous cities
In high times and low, Mexicans turn to their music. To love, to lament, there's Mexican music for every occasion: poetic ballads, bouncy polkas, rodeo rancheras, plus goth rock, marimba, Mexican metal, you name it.
And then there's opera.
Slate's Explainer: Do candidates color coordinate?
Many astute readers have noticed that President Obama wore a blue tie in the first debate and a red tie in the second debate. Mitt Romney did the opposite, wearing a red tie in the first encounter and a blue tie in the second. Do the candidates communicate before the debate to make sure they're not wearing the same thing?
With juices, calories can outweigh benefits for children
One glass of orange juice — even if it's 100 percent fruit juice — is loaded with unnecessary calories.
World records are serious business at Guinness
The "Guinness World Records" book, which is updated every year, is filled with the biggest, fastest, oldest and some of the strangest things people have done to get attention.
Obama leads Romney in Halloween mask polls
With Halloween approaching, there may be another way to predict the election outcome: the popularity of Democrat President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney masks.
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