December 15, 2008

BORN TO RUN 1819
NATIONAL

BORN TO RUN

At 40 years of age, Dominic LeBlanc is the youngest candidate, by two decades, for the Liberal Party of Canada’s leadership, though the way he talks about the tricks of the MP’s trade can make him sound like a crafty old politician.
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Newsmaker of the year

Barack Obama

It was supposed to be the year of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Way back when, the New York senator had a double-digit lead in the polls, the backing of a formidable political machine and a virtual lock on the Democratic nomination. Then came Jan. 3. The winner of the first electoral matchup—in Iowa, of all whitebread states-was a young, mixedrace senator from Illinois by the name of Barack Obama, whose national political experience totalled less than four years.
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BUSINESS

WHY FOOD SCARES JUST AREN’T KOSHER

Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz, his yarmulke safely tucked under a gauzy hairnet, trundles through the halls of Manischewitz’s mammoth New Jersey production facility. A round, affable man with a long, wiry beard and a white lab coat with the word “Rabbi” boldly embroidered on his chest, Horowitz is one of North America’s foremost experts on the intricate art of kosher food production, and a key part of the continent’s leading kosher brand, most famous for its matzo, sweet wines and traditional Jewish comfort foods.
'We don't know, all else equal, if having same-race kids together is a good idea. It would be a wonderful thing to test.' 1617
INTERVIEW

'We don't know, all else equal, if having same-race kids together is a good idea. It would be a wonderful thing to test.'

Q Every article and press release about you mentions that you’re 30, and the youngest African-American ever to get tenure at Harvard. And because of a magazine article a few years back, some really personal details—your parents’ failings, your own youthful drug dealing, your beloved greataunt and uncle running a crack cocaine business—are now public.
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THE BACK PAGES

Why we still care who shot J.R.

“The entire event was HORRIBLY orchestrated with many, many, many failed promises,” wrote a commenter at the official message board for Dallas, the hit prime-time soap opera that celebrated its 30th anniversary with a cast reunion gathering on Nov. 8. Another commenter raged against the promoters who organized the event, noting that he and his wife had paid $5,000 to travel from Australia to Texas, only to get no food, no drinks, and no opportunity to meet the cast.
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WORLD

CHINA’S WILD WEST

China’s Xinjiang region, in the deserts and mountains of the country’s far northwest, could be two parallel universes. One is on the receiving end of a flood of foreign investment, home to swiftly multiplying oil derricks and gleaming office towers.
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MAIL BAG

‘Surely Andrew Coyne would not inflict upon us the insult of weekly debates’

AS A GRADE 10 STUDENT, I am aware that I need to start thinking about my university choices; I picked up a lot of useful information while I was reading your 18th annual ranking of Canadian universities (University Rankings, Nov. 24). That being said, what about students, like myself, who are considering attending a university overseas?
Feuds 8485
Entrances

Feuds

She’s survived nearly five decades, a ban in Saudi Arabia, and an anatomically incorrect boyfriend named Ken. Yet Barbie’s toughest challenger may be a 25-cm tramp: Bratz have usurped her supremacy in key markets. Mattel, Barbie’s corporate parent, fought back, successfully suing the upstart; turns out Bratz’s creator was actually employed by Mattel at the time of conception.
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Columns

Never let a good economic crisis go to waste

Coverage of the economy is shrouded in gloom at the best of times, on the principle described by the American journalist Gregg Easterbrook: All Economic News is Bad. News is change; change helps some, hurts others; the ones it hurts are the ones we hear from; ergo, AENIB.
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