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America's Libertarian Moment

A longtime libertarian policy wonk talks about whether the philosophy can save the GOP -- and why he still doesn't think Rand Paul can win the presidency.<p>Libertarianism is on the march. From the rapid rise to prominence of first-term Senator Rand Paul to the state-level movements to legalize gay …

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Lynne Truss on the 20kg wardrobe conundrum

In her weekly column, Lynne Truss raises the profile of the woefully under-recognized stress of packing.<p>If there is one thing I utterly hate, it’s packing. I grumble and huff; I bellyache, groan and sigh. “Have I ever mentioned that I hate packing?” I say to the dog, and he just looks mournfully up …

Love South Africa? Our guide can help you find everything from the most exhilarating safari to the perfect place to grab a pint: http://bbc.in/13AHe1G

Meet the Dread Pirate Roberts, the man behind booming black market drug website Silk Road http://bit.ly/16SlVem

Fallen Disney princesses: http://f-st.co/3V6ddx9

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Chelsea line up final £40m Rooney bid

• Premier League<p>ESPN staff<p>Rooney's future remains uncertain<p>Chelsea are reportedly preparing to launch a final bid of £40 million for Wayne Rooney …

Homage Illustrations by David Popov to Lichtenstein, Villemot, and Mondrian

Fashion Style Poster Illustrations.<p>Melbourne, Australia based graphic designer David Popov created this set of 5 poster illustrations as a homage to …

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The week ahead: A ruck over the rock

Republicans vow to boycott CNN and NBC over Clinton films

<b>The US Republican Party has voted to boycott debates on two US broadcasters if they air planned shows about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.</b><p>Mrs Clinton, a Democrat, would be a favourite in the 2016 presidential race should she decide to run.<p>Republican National Committee Chairman Reince …

Private tuition has long been popular with the rich. A gaggle of London-based firms hire new graduates from Oxford and Cambridge who charge £70-£100 an hour to prepare children for independent-school entrance exams taken at 11 or 13. Yet thanks to ambitious parents and government policies, many more children from lower-income families are being tutored http://econ.st/1bAA2Ic

The week ahead: August 16th 2013

The fact that predatory neighbours twice crushed the life out of Poland, and that its allies had no means to help, has left ineradicable scars. Although firmly embedded in NATO since 1999 and a member of the EU for almost a decade, Poland does not believe in letting down its guard http://econ.st/13obLFo

In Skytrax's 2010 listing of the world's best airports, Heathrow was ranked outside the top 20. It has improved its position each year since and this year took 10th spot. At the same time, it was also voted best airport for shopping, which suggests that lavish retail facilities do not have to distract from an airport's more serious functions http://econ.st/1ddGK8R

Something borrowed, something new

WALK through an international city and you will see quite a lot of English. Walk through an expat-dense neighbourhood in Berlin, like the one Johnson …

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TSB: Why is Europe telling us to switch banks?

Comment: The new TSB bank to be split out of Lloyds opens its doors next month, but not all customers want to move.<p>Millions of customers who bank with Lloyds are digesting the fact they will shortly bank there no more. In a move that is entirely unprecedented, 4 million people are becoming …

How To Choose a Sofa: 50 Designer Tips

Everything you need to know.<p>Everything you need to know about sofas in one place. Experts such as Windsor Smith, Barbara Barry, and Steven Gambrel share how deep a sofa should be, which style goes with which, how to select pattern, and more.

The other religion

THE Islamic Republic has always had its addicts. Its long border with Afghanistan, the world’s biggest opium producer, and the Islamic stigma against …