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Initial entries

From about 1,400 entrants, we're now down to ten finalists. Post editors picked five, readers voted on the rest. This week, we've asked the finalists to show us what they can do as bloggers. If you want to look at what got them to this point, though, here are their initial entries.

Posted by Marisa Katz on October 17, 2010 12:00 PM

Incomplete 'Pledge to America'

The GOP document pictures hardly any people of color -- Boehner doesn't count.

Posted by Lauren Hogan, on October 11, 2010 12:00 AM

Not much of an election

In my embarrassingly uncompetitive district, voting Republican is a spectator sport.

Posted by William Cunion, on October 11, 2010 12:00 AM

The first true cyberwar?

A new piece of malicious computer software could be the opening salvo.

Posted by Paul Rosenzweig, on October 11, 2010 12:00 AM

Pakistan—more than a miner problem

The effort to rescue flooded Pakistani villages is just as dramatic as the rescue in Chile.

Posted by Robert Lehrman, on October 11, 2010 12:00 AM

Real education reform

Ineffective teachers across the country are being identified -- but not dismissed.

Posted by Conor Williams, on October 11, 2010 12:00 AM

Military officers are accountable, too

Too often, lower ranking military men and women become prosecutors' only targets.

Posted by Anthony Tata, on October 11, 2010 12:00 AM

How to get out of the traffic jam

We should follow China's lead and make public transit as exciting as an iPhone launch.

Posted by Ryan McElveen, on October 11, 2010 12:00 AM

The invisible breadline

We can't see it like we could back in FDR's day, but the line still exists.

Posted by Nancy Goldstein, on October 11, 2010 12:00 AM

Who is halting education reform?

Some teachers unions often seem to be on the wrong side of progress.

Posted by Ted Reinstein, on October 11, 2010 12:00 AM

Black in Obama's America

Rising tides may lift all boats, but what happens if African Americans aren't in a ship?

Posted by Amina Luqman, on October 11, 2010 12:00 AM

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