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  • Johnson celebrated by seemingly pretending to shoot himself in the thigh—a not-so-subtle wink to Plaxico Burress.

    Another Key Drop for Stevie

  • Mexico's government, under pressure for its failure to rid the country of drug-cartel violence, is coming under new criticism for a not-so-subtle bid to win the drug war in a different venue: on TV.

    Mexican Ministry Paid for Cop Show

  • Meanwhile, his campaign this week began running television ad in Iowa highlighting the candidate's 42-year marriage—a not-so-subtle contrast with the thrice-married Mr. Gingrich.

    Romney Keeps His Attacks Muted

  • Apparently, the printed calculations served as a subtle—or not-so-subtle—nudge.

    Week in Ideas

  • If you can ignore a woefully miscast Will Smith, and the not-so-subtle allusions to Apple being the OS of the future, you will find a couple of salvageable ideas in that mess of a film.

    The Primordial Stew Of Imagination, Part 1 « The Graveyard

  • The suicides gave Minelli the opportunity to experiment with new methods and served as a not-so-subtle reminder that, if necessary, he could continue on even without doctors and their sodium pentobarbital.

    Death Becomes Him

  • In a not-so-subtle sign that he plans to carry through on the fiscal austerity measures, including tax increases, that he campaigned upon and that marked his tenure as finance minister, the prime minister on Saturday went to bargain barbershop chain QB House for a trim.

    With Challenges in Abundance, New Japan Leader Reaches Out

  • He said my defense of national charter school chains amounted to a capitulation to corporatist interests and the not-so-subtle machinations of the billionaire boys club.

    Alan Gottlieb: Of Civil Wars and Forgotten Words

  • The event is dubbed "Digital Content New Fronts," a not-so-subtle reference to the "upfront" name for television's week of glitzy presentations and lavish parties.

    TV's Big Ad-Sales Bazaar Inspires an Online Copycat

  • Labor spent $400 million to elect Mr. Obama in 2008: Mr. McEntee was sending a not-so-subtle message that unions would be unable to spend so generously on his behalf in 2012 if they continue hemorrhaging members and dues money.

    Obama's Badger State Blues

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