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OPINION: The most yearned-for office in the nation
The living presidents gather in the Oval Office in January 2009, days before Barack Obama was sworn in.
August 26th, 2012
10:43 PM ET

OPINION: The most yearned-for office in the nation

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a best-selling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story" and the novel "All Summer Long." He appears on "CNN Newsroom" Sundays during the 5 p.m. ET hour. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Bob Greene.

(CNN) – CNN Contributor Bob Greene ponders the yearning that some ambitious people feel for the Oval Office.

[:39] "The Presidency is transient work, and the Oval Office is the traditional home of the most high-level temps in the world."

[2:59] "Presidents depart; the Oval Office remains. Which may be at the heart of the lure that has made so many people over the centuries hunger to be there, for however brief or long a stay."

See all of Bob Greene's columns at CNN Opinion.

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Sunday Playlist: First man on the moon
August 26th, 2012
01:41 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: First man on the moon

By Chip Grabow, CNN

(CNN) - With the news that Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon, had died Saturday at the age of 82, we thought this week's Playlist should honor his memory.

In 1969, as part of the Apollo space exploration program, Armstrong, along with Edward "Buzz" Aldrin, were the first two men to reach the surface of the moon. Only ten others have joined their ranks. But they were the first.

In honor of Neil Armstrong, and man's exploration of space in general, we present this week's recommended listening:

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Cyclists say 'good riddance' to Armstrong
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Thursday it will strip Lance Armstrong of seven Tour de France titles and ban the cyclist for life.
August 24th, 2012
09:08 PM ET

Cyclists say 'good riddance' to Armstrong

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

(CNN) - The reaction to Lance Armstrong’s announcement that he would no longer fight doping allegations was about as fast as his record setting winning times at the Tour de France. Armstrong may be stripped of every title he ever won and faces being banned from all competition for the rest of his life.

Andy Shen is a writer for the cycling website, NY Velocity, and a competitive cyclist here in New York:

[1:20] “He did ride at a speed that has pretty much been shown to be impossible without drug enhancement. There’s been evidence of his doping. They had retroactively looked at his blood samples from 1999 and found traces of EPO in them… There’s so much evidence over time that you have to be pretty delusional to think that he was clean.”

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'Green on blue' violence hits home
Maj. Robert Marchanti, with his grandson. Marchanti was killed in February by an Afghan police officer who was trained by U.S. troops.
August 24th, 2012
11:20 AM ET

'Green on blue' violence hits home

By Libby Lewis, CNN

(CNN) - In February, Maryland National Guard Maj. Robert Marchanti was killed by an Afghan police officer, an officer who was trained by U.S. forces. The Afghan officer also shot and killed Air Force Lt. Col. John Loftis.

The attack happened inside a secure building in the Afghan Ministry of the Interior, days after NATO troops burned copies of the Quran by mistake.

Fellow Guardsman Charles Taylor knew Bob Marchanti, and he trained with him.

[1:58] "I knew him before I was training with him, and I got to know him pretty well. So maybe, maybe, you know, the fact that something hit so close to home comes the realization that, it could be anybody. Could be you. So..."

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The Blaxican: a man and his food truck
August 24th, 2012
07:00 AM ET

The Blaxican: a man and his food truck

By Gavin Godfrey, CNN

(CNN) – Last year William Turner lost his job with a religious non-profit organization. That was the impetus for him to pursue a longheld dream: owning his own restaurant. Turner's research led him to the creation of his food truck (and alter ego), The Blaxican, which serves up what he calls, "Mexican soul food."

Turner says he's aware that some people have strong reactions to his name and concept.

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