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Feb.11.2013
For the first time, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden tells his story — speaking not just about the raid and the three shots that changed history, but about the personal aftermath for himself and his family. And the startling failure of the United States government to help its most...
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Jun.23.2011
I was duped. I once hired an illegal immigrant to be a reporter for the Chronicle. "I don't think I'm a criminal," Jose Antonio Vargas told me when we met last week, right before he announced his status to the world. "Don't make me seem guiltier than I am." Jose lied to me and...
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Jun.08.2011
petroleumjelliffe Next time you've got mail, you better check it carefully. And not just if you're one of Anthony Weiner's sexting partners. Could someone with access to your private account consider its contents obscene? Lewd? Too sexually descriptive? And decide to take it down? Yes. The...
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Feb.14.2011
Media Bistro They kissed us in Tahrir Square but did they really mean it? Since you can't smooch Facebook or Twitter, which also got a lot of the English-language placard credit from the Egyptian citizens who actually did the overthrowing, Valentine's Day came early last week for flesh-and-...
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Jan.21.2011
The sharpest moment I saw in the TV coverage of the Tucson tragedy over the weekend was Megyn Kelly on Fox News jamming the chief local cop and new national discourse advocate, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. Never mind that he's a Dem -- Politico calls him a "liberal" -- and she's a Fox...
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Jan.06.2011
dichohecho Gag me with a tall Poppy. Hadley Marie Nagel, you are disgustingly incredible. There is your photo on the Sunday New York Times Style section cover looking like a princess with your mom holding the train of your golden gown. But you're not just the average, Upper East Side 19-year-old...
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Dec.03.2010
"We are transparency activists," says Wikileaks' elegantly rumpled Julian Assange. Except about the still-mysterious Wikileaks, and perhaps the social personality quirks of its leader, who may or may not be the Silvio Berlusconi of whistle-blowing. Reading the copious Wikileaks press, I...
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Nov.17.2010
Cowering under my jeep on a side road in San Salvador, caught in a vicious crossfire between guerrillas and Salvadoran soldiers, I was thinking survival, not historical context. A bullet ricocheted off the pavement and hit my gas tank, a few inches from my face. I yelled for two other journalists I...
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Oct.29.2010
Here's what we've come to: more people would rather share their home with a ghost in exchange for free rent than support Barack Obama's policies. OK, it's not an exact comparison. The Obama statistic was a disapproval rating among voters in a Monday Politico poll and the ghost thing was a USA Today...
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Oct.09.2010
It's no surprise that we've come to this: there's a family for sale on the Internet. No, these aren't hostages held by Somali pirates or advertised on a Craigslist adult S&M posting. I'm talking about a middle American family that may have willingly, enthusiastically crossed the line between...
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Oct.07.2010
"On my way to the hospital with a girl whose tongue was bitten off when she was raped." "She was choked so hard that all the blood vessels in her eyes popped, but doctor says they'll heal." Did those tweets get your attention? That was the point. But do they make you want to...
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Sep.20.2010
Flickr Barack Obama is a reformed doper, so of course he's against legalizing marijuana. Another disappointment for the legions of politically progressive fans who'd taken to Obamania as though it was its own opiate. Who is this guy, anyway? He's said he smoked dope and snorted coke in his youth...
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Aug.31.2010
In the Pacific Northwest, where all coffee entrepreneurial hustles, including this one, seem to start, the Trib says there have been reports of servers flashing customers for bigger tips and customers doing the same for better thrills. Not in Fremont, the owner and servers insist. "They don't...
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Aug.05.2010
Flickr Stop picking on Sarah, gosh darnit! Those Lefty mad men of Slate busted the former beauty queen and vice presidential candidate for having negative comments systematically removed from her Facebook page. Whoa. A public figure trying to stage manage their image? I mean, even Bill...
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Aug.04.2010
Hold on to your "lindex slave replications:" Bronstein Beat visited the downtown Apple Store and hip techie hangout Blue Bottle Coffee to ask presumably tech-savvy people to define the digital buzzwords you said baffled you most. The good news is that barely anyone knew what they meant....
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