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Archive: November 14, 2010 - November 20, 2010

Are you surprised by the pope's statement?

Pope Benedict XVI says in a new book that condoms can be justified for male prostitutes seeking to stop the spread of HIV, a stunning comment for a church criticized for its opposition to condoms and for a pontiff who...

By Abha Bhattarai | November 20, 2010; 7:01 PM ET | Comments (7)

What would be the theme of your Capitol Hill inner office?

All 85 incoming House members will enter into an office lottery today. But design options are limited once they get a suite. All offices have six bland paint options for efficiency. The only office that is free from constraints is...

By Ryan Kellett | November 18, 2010; 6:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Should Democrats follow the GOP in creating outside spending organizations?

Some Democratic strategists are suggesting that the creation of well-funded independent liberal organizations will give Democrats a better chance in the 2012 elections. They are responding to heavy midterm spending by conservative groups that may have led to GOP gains...

By Ryan Kellett | November 18, 2010; 5:22 PM ET | Comments (6)

Should schools allow students to retake tests when they are caught cheating?

The Fairfax County high school that asked teachers to all but banish F's from its recent report cards has been experimenting with an approach that would allow students caught cheating to retake tests instead of receiving zeros. West Potomac High...

By Abha Bhattarai | November 18, 2010; 9:57 AM ET | Comments (4)

Will you shop at D.C.'s first Wal-Mart?

Discount retailer Wal-Mart has announced that it will open four stores in the District and hire 1,200 people in the city by 2012....

By Ryan Kellett | November 17, 2010; 6:36 PM ET | Comments (33)

Do you agree with the verdict in the Chandra Levy death trial?

A D.C. Superior Court jury on Monday found Ingmar Guandique guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of former federal intern Chandra Levy. The jury of nine women and three men reached its verdict after 3 1/2 days of deliberations....

By Abha Bhattarai | November 17, 2010; 3:57 PM ET | Comments (41)

Should states be able to develop their own versions of health-care reform?

Sens. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) are introducing legislation that would allow states to develop their own versions of health-care reform. Do you think this is a good idea?...

By Abha Bhattarai | November 17, 2010; 2:43 PM ET | Comments (3)

Which would you choose: a full-body scan or a pat-down?

Airline passengers who object to any type of physical screening are not going to fly anywhere, the head of the Transportation Security Administration told a congressional committee Tuesday. Consumer rights activist Ralph Nader has called the measures -- the pat-downs...

By Abha Bhattarai | November 17, 2010; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (141)

Should alcoholic energy drinks be banned?

"Blackout in a Can," "Liquid Cocaine," "Alcopop:" Four Loko has gone from college drink du jour to national headline after reports that the caffeinated, malted beverage hospitalized nine freshmen in Washington state in October. The company that makes Four Loko...

By Abha Bhattarai | November 17, 2010; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (14)

Do you use the residential, paper-based white pages?

It arrives on your doorstep without fail. The white pages may be a holdover of print from a previous generation, but Verizon must still file with state regulators to end automatic deliveries. Read the full story....

By Ryan Kellett | November 16, 2010; 6:19 PM ET | Comments (26)

Which smartphone is on your holiday wish list?

Don't see your pick on the list below? Tell us in the comments section....

By Abha Bhattarai | November 16, 2010; 2:57 PM ET | Comments (4)

Should E.U. leaders be getting involved in Ireland's debt crisis?

European Union officials are hashing out a possible $100 billion aid package for Ireland to help shore up that nation's devastated banking sector....

By Abha Bhattarai | November 16, 2010; 2:52 PM ET | Comments (3)

Do you feel down when the days get shorter?

About 20 percent of Americans start to feel down as the days get noticeably shorter, according to Norman Rosenthal, a Maryland psychiatrist. Some people start feeling their mood change as early as July, when daylight begins to grow shorter after...

By Abha Bhattarai | November 16, 2010; 8:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Do you trust your doctor to prescribe the appropriate drugs for you?

By Abha Bhattarai | November 15, 2010; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

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