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Help! My Doctor is a Conservative.

My doctor, as it turns out, is a Republican. And not just any Republican. He is, it appears, one of the GOP’s go-to guys in their war against the Affordable Care Act. He has testified before Congress, written several op-eds for prominent conservative publications and blogs, and is a frequent guest on right-wing radio. This guy is no lightweight. I felt a sinking feeling in my gut, and the more I read, the worse that feeling became.

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My Diet vs. My Mother: The Art of Camouflage

The end of the holiday season brings the inevitable New Year’s resolutions, most of which involve a commitment to living healthier — exercising, cutting out junk food, watching our fat intake or carb intake or something else that is invariably detrimental to our health and keeps us from looking good when we’re naked. I made this same resolution four years ago and I’m proud to say I have kept it.

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The American Tea Party: Rebellious Teens who Never Grew Up

These kids typically hated school and resisted learning. They ridiculed the “brains” and the “nerds” in class for being too smart and too studious. They lauded the “troublemakers” and the “loudmouths”, even if their antics ended up making more work for everyone else. They were suspicious of anyone that differed too much from themselves, and woe to anyone who messed with their stuff.

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Dear Jersey Shore: MTV and I Owe You an Apology

Thanks to MTV and a myriad of magazines and pop culture sources, I imagined the Shore as a culture-free zone, filled with loud, narcissistic orange glowsticks masquerading as people, whose lives revolved around the club, the gym, the tanning bed, and how to score by midnight. What I found instead was a beautiful, quiet community filled with the friendliest people you would ever want to meet.

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Rolling Stone’s Tsarnaev Cover Depicts Realization, Not Glamourization

Rolling Stone magazine’s decision to put Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the 1 August 2013 cover has been met with resounding backlash and online outrage.  Several US retailers have refused to sell the issue; political figures including Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick have denounced the cover; and conservative blogger Michelle Malkin is just one of many celebrities who have proposed a complete boycott of the magazine.  Social media especially has taken up this torch as only social media can (nothing rounds up the bandwagoneers quite like the combination of hot-button controversy and publicity).  Rolling Stone in its defense issued a statement Wednesday, citing the choice as part of a “long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day.”