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We’re Talking About: Early Puberty, Islamophobia, and Palin’s Midas Touch

-A new study shows that more girls in the United States are starting puberty early . [ CNN ]

-Are the family miseries in this recession simply punctuating years and years of stress ? [ New York Times Magazine ]

- Islamophobia is the “new hate speech” in conservative discourse. [ The Daily Beast ]

-An endorsement from Sarah Palin has given small-time Maryland candidate Brian Murphy a much-needed boost in his bid for governor . [ Washington Post ]

- Jane Lynch is slated to host on Saturday Night Live this fall . [ New York Magaine ]

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