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Killing Queen Victoria – Salon.com

John Bean thought assassinating the monarch was the ticket to a life of leisure. A true story This article is excerpted from “Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy” by Paul Thomas Murphy, which is available from Pegasus Books. The young man — the boy — stood under …

Is Hugo Chavez really sick?

In a profession that prizes the illusion of reality, Hugo Chavez is one of politics’ best — a consummate actor whose connection with the Venezuelan masses has kept opponents off balance for 13 years. We never know if the Venezuelan president is putting us on. So is he now? For …

Rush Limbaugh calls Sandra Fluke a “prostitute”: Is prostitution really the world’s oldest profession? – Slate Magazine

It is pretty old. Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “prostitute” and a “slut” on the air last week, enraging liberals and prompting many of his program’s advertisers to pull out. Prostitutes are often said to work in “the world’s oldest profession.” Is prostitution really the …

Perry, Cain, Gingrich, Bachmann: The “gaffes” of the Republican presidential field. – Slate Magazine

How the Republican presidential candidates are benefiting from their “gaffes”: They’re not unforgivable, just imprudent.  “OK, that’s it,” said my guest a few nights ago. “That’s what?” “The Perry campaign: It’s officially over. Look, I’ve found the moment.” Together, in mild stupefaction, we watched as a fellow-creature, accoutred with gorgeous …