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But the greatest threat isn’t posed by the direct harm terrorists could inflict; it comes from what we do to ourselves when we are spooked. It is how we react — or more precisely, how we overreact — to the threat of terrorism that makes it an appealing tool for our adversaries.

Dr. Dean: Health-care bill wouldn't bring real reform

If I were a senator, I would not vote for the current health-care bill. Any measure that expands private insurers’ monopoly over health care and transfers millions of taxpayer dollars to private corporations is not real health-care reform. Real reform would insert competition into insurance markets, force insurers to cut unnecessary administrative expenses and spend health-care dollars caring for people. Real reform would significantly lower costs, improve the delivery of health care and give all Americans a meaningful choice of coverage. The current Senate bill accomplishes none of these…

The Apple Gestapo: How Apple Hunts Down Leaks

They call themselves the Worldwide Loyalty Team. Among some employees, they are known as the Apple Gestapo, a group of moles always spying in headquarters and stores, reporting directly to Jobs and Oppenheimer. Here’s how they hunt people down…

Nancy Pelosi - TIME Person of the Year Runner Up

Time has a profile of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and “how she made her way from stay-at-home mom to the Speaker’s chair, how she operates with a pragmatism that is at odds with her liberal image, and how she has wielded her power to push through every major item on the Obama agenda this year.”

HOTT new Leighton Meester/Robin Thicke song “Somebody to Love.” Get it here.

Snowe? Stupak? Lieberman? Who left these people in charge? It’s time for the President to get his hands dirty. Some of us have compromised our compromised compromise. We need the President to stand up for the values our party shares. We must stop letting the tail wag the dog of this debate.

Anthony Weiner - New York’s 9th District on the Congressional health care reform debate