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    10 Most-Viewed Data Apps of 2011: Salaries, Prisons, Public Schools

    By Ryan Murphy

    It was a big year for Trib data apps. As 2011 comes to a close, we have compiled a list of the 10 most-visited data apps on the Tribune site since January 1.

    We evaluated data…

    The Molotov Party

    precinct1706:

    The GOP race has been indisputably entertaining, spawning a new television genre, the debate as reality show. Installment No. 12, broadcast by ABC in the prime-time ghetto of a Saturday night in early December, drew more viewers (7.6 million) than that week’s episode of The Biggest Loser. It’s escapist fun for the entire family (Hispanic and gay families excluded). Or it would be were it not for the possibility that one of the contestants could end up as president of the United States.

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    10 Most-Read Stories of 2011: Perry, UT, the Budget and Groping

    By Brandi Grissom and Niran Babalola

    As 2011 comes to a close, we are taking a look back at the stories our readers liked best, judging by the number of pageviews they received.

    With our…

    93-Year-Old Tennessee Woman Who Cleaned State Capitol For 30 Years Denied Voter ID

    Tennessee’s Capitol building in Nashville.

    A 93-year-old Tennessee woman who cleaned the state Capitol for 30 years, including the governor’s office, says she won’t be able to vote for…

    2011: The Right-Wing Media Witch Hunt Against Obama Administration Officials Continues

    Since President Obama took office, the right-wing media have engaged in a smear campaign against Obama administration officials as well as people Obama has nominated for spots in the judiciary….

    Daily Beast disses Maxey’s book on Perry

    Readers may have heard that former Texas State Rep Glen Maxey has published an e-book about Rick Perry’s private life. I seldom agree with Mr. Perry about anything, but his campaign’s description of…

    Murder Cases Put "Junk Science" in the Spotlight

    By Brandi Grissom

    Undigested bits of mushrooms and tomatoes from Christine Morton’s last meal — a celebratory birthday dinner she had with her husband — were still in her stomach when the…

    Sen. Lugar Says Country Can’t ‘Afford’ Ron Paul’s Foreign Policy Views

    On CNN this morning, Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN) — one of the Republican Party’s leading thinkers on foreign policy issues — rejected GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul’s calls for less U.S….

    Perry's Taxpayer-Funded Security Costs Rise

    By Jay Root

    Gov. Rick Perry was near the height of his popularity when he barnstormed California in September to raise money for his presidential bid and to participate in his first…

    ‘Russia Without Putin’: Huge Protests Assemble In Moscow

    For a month now, a nascent protest movement has roiled Russia as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin seeks to reassert himself as president, the same position he gave up in 2008. His successor and…

    AAPI Veteran Reflects on the End of the Iraq War

    Last week, Tammy Duckworth commemorated the end of the war in Iraq by writing on/in the Huffington Post about her harrowing experience in Iraq as a combat pilot. She talked about her service to…

    Civil Unions Legislation Coming To West Virginia

    West Virginia Delegate John Doyle plans to “introduce a bill that would recognize gay and lesbian couples with civil unions,” OnTopMagazine notes. “I’m not going to introduce a gay marriage bill…

    Payroll tax cut passes

    Two days before Christmas, the House of Representatives has passed the two-month payroll tax cut extension by unanimous consent, preventing a tax increase on the middle class that would have gone…

    "Hold It Up, I've Got To See That Gun": Eric Bolling's Bizarre Gun Antics

    Fox host Eric Bolling frequently allows his programs to degenerate into gun-related antics. In the last month alone, he has repeatedly urged guests to brandish firearms on-air, defended a gun club…

    Des Moines Register: Paul (1), Gingrich (2), Romney (3), Perry (4)

    Here is the latest Iowa poll, from the Des Moines Register: Paul 27.5% Gingrich 25.3% Romney 17.5% Perry 11.2% * * * * Perry hit a high water mark of 16% in a previous poll, but since then he has…