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Everyone’s top political priority: jobs, jobs, jobs. So why did some misguided federal lawmakers try to kill a jobs bill by creating a false controversy over, of all things, pornography?

The Supreme Court has declared that you have the right to remain silent — paradoxically, as long as you say so. Even before this ruling turned centuries of jurisprudence on its head, defense lawyers were advising people accused of crimes to exercise their fifth amendment rights. This is an entertaining 27-minute presentation explaining why even people who are purely innocent of any wrongdoing should do so.

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama was elected in part because he pledged to move Futenma Marine Air Station out of Okinawa. Now, the prime minister is resigning after failing to live up to that promise. I lived in Okinawa for a time, and this might help explain why this issue is so important to Okinawans — and should be to Americans, too.

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately watching the inspiring talks at TED.com. Free, fascinating videos about topics as far afield as a behavioral economics, synthetic life through biology, and lots from. There are musicians, artists, and fascinating people from Chris Abani, who was imprisoned three times by the Nigerian government, to John Wooden, who had to put up with Bill Walton.

Check out this rare video from psychotherapist and holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl, who may be one of the most amazing humans ever to live.

Diego Maradona has a small request for the World Cup. He wants a $450 bidet. The U.S. team just requested a poker table, and none of them ever cheated and fronted about it for 20 years.

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