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You will not discover much about John N. Maclean in his new and graceful and compelling book, “Home Waters: A Chronicle of Family and a River” (Custom House) and that was his intention. “There is some of me in there, of course,” he told me on the telephone from his home in Washington D.C. “But I do not consider this a memoir.” But it is filled with memories. Maclean and his family lived to two ...

PHILADELPHIA — Fact and fiction become partners in "The Devil May Dance," a new novel by Philly's Jake Tapper that the CNN anchor set in the Rat Pack world of early 1960s Hollywood. In the sequel to Tapper's 2018 bestseller, "The Hellfire Club," the fictional New York congressman Charlie Marder and his zoologist wife, Margaret, find themselves on the West Coast, mixing it up with Frank ...

"The Devil May Dance" by Jake Tapper; Little, Brown and Co. (336 pages, $28) ——— Jake Tapper hasn’t strayed too far from his day job for a side hustle. Tapper is the lead Washington anchor for CNN, hosts the weekday news show "The Lead With Jake Tapper" and co-hosts the Sunday morning public affairs program "State of the Union." He gets away from the pressures of covering current politics by ...

Writing what you know is one way to tackle your first novel, but it wasn't Eric Nguyen's way. When he started working on "Things We Lost to the Water," Nguyen was a lot more interested in writing about the things he didn't know and the things he wanted to know better. He wanted to explore the Vietnamese community in New Orleans, a city the Maryland native came to love when he attended McNeese ...

Stacey Abrams' latest novel, "While Justice Sleeps," feels modern until the protagonist comes home from a horrendous day and listens to annoying then menacing voicemails — left on a landline, attached to an answering machine, that beeps in between calls. Why did she make such an anachronistic choice for the fictional 26-year-old U.S. Supreme Court law clerk at the heart of this sprawling ...

It’s difficult to write a fresh-sounding biography of a woman who has been in Washington longer than some members of Congress have been alive. But even longtime watchers of House Speaker Nancy Nancy Pelosi will learn something new about the most powerful woman in the country — and how she got that way — from USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page’s new biography, “Madam Speaker: Nancy ...

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GIULIANI: "Black Lives Matter and antifa sprang into action and, in a flash, they hijacked the peaceful protest into vicious, brutal riots." — Thursday.

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GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, Calif. - I recently violated federal law high in the Marin Headlands overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. How? By riding an electric bike for a mile along the Julian Trail, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The trail is popular with hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. It was an accident. That old fire road is part of a vast regulatory ...

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NEW YORK — Fifteen states have revised their laws in the past two years extending or suspending statute of limitations to allow child sex abuse claims stretching back decades, unleashing potentially thousands of new lawsuits against the U.S. Roman Catholic Church.

The "nakation" - aka clothing-optional tourism - is becoming one of the fastest-growing segments of the travel industry.

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Filled your gas tank recently? You probably noticed an uptick in prices and may have attributed it to the recent attack on Saudi oil facilities. Then, if you're a worrier, you said, "If I'm paying this much at the pump, can airfares be far behind?" Fliers, don't panic about this. There are other reasons to panic about holiday airfares. Some have to do with your mother, grandmother, father or ...

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Most cities wouldn't take kindly to having it said they had gone to the dogs. Alexandria, however, enthusiastically admits to it. With a population of 160,000, it has an estimated 40,000 dogs, and they have free range of the city (with their humans, of course.) They can enjoy pup-tinis on Barks, Brews and Bites night at Jackson 20 restaurant or "pawdicures" at Head to Tail ...

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Hey, did you hear that the Transportation Security Administration is going to allow you to carry CBD oil in your carry-on bag and your suitcase? That's a wow. It also may be wrong. At least, for now.

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CHICAGO - Between the fall of 1974 and the presidential election of 1980, this newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, used the phrase "welfare queen" in more than 80 different stories. Sometimes it was bold and large, in a headline; sometimes it was tucked into copy. Sometimes it was "welfare queen" in quotes; sometimes just Welfare Queen, without any colloquial smirk - as if it were a formal title ...

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