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Thrive or Die

(5) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 4:58 PM

I'll be honest -- my work/life balance is a work in progress. Ok, it sucks.

It's not lost on me that I'm writing this blog as I'm sitting on a plane, closing a client's deal, and mapping out WME's objectives for 2014, all while reading a script. But as soon...

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Forget the Carter Comparisons, Obama Is Following in the Footsteps of Harry Truman -- and That's a Very Good Thing

(2052) Comments | Posted November 21, 2010 | 9:36 PM

Even before this month's midterm shellacking, many commentators were saying that Barack Obama was beginning to look like the second coming of Jimmy Carter. Now, with Congress tacking hard to the right, and 64 newly-minted Republican House Members lining up behind John Boehner, the doomsayers are growing even louder and...

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I Love My Country

(125) Comments | Posted March 22, 2010 | 12:12 AM

I love this country.

I love this President.

And I love my brothers.

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One Heartbeat Away

(265) Comments | Posted August 29, 2008 | 9:20 PM

To diffuse the fact that he would be the oldest person ever elected president, John McCain likes to talk about his gene pool -- and how his mother is still going strong at age 90. But the quality of one's genes is only one determinant of longevity. Considering McCain's history...

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Covering the Convention: Let's Talk About What Matters

(36) Comments | Posted August 27, 2008 | 4:53 PM

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm really disappointed in the news coverage of this convention and moreover, this election. I didn't hear anybody talk about or analyze Senator Clinton's outfit until this morning. I think that these news organizations are not getting in-depth about the issues...

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This is Real News -- Don't Cover it Like a Sport

(78) Comments | Posted August 26, 2008 | 10:21 PM

Call me old-fashioned, but I could not believe last night's convention coverage: they were analyzing things as if it were college sports.

I sat down with my sons last night to watch the convention coverage, thinking I was exposing them to something important, and I was amazed. It was truly...

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What Hillary Really Learned in the White House

(945) Comments | Posted March 26, 2008 | 4:55 PM


The real experience Hillary Clinton gained during her years in the White House has finally been revealed: she learned, just like her husband, how to manipulate words to cover up her lies.

Just as Bill used "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is" in...

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Governor, Govern Thyself!

(140) Comments | Posted March 11, 2008 | 10:13 PM

You can't effectively govern the people in public if you can't effectively govern yourself in private. Period. End of story. How can we allow you to make decisions that affect the private lives of others when you can't even control your own?

Whether you're what's-his-name in that airport toilet, or...

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My Brother the Superdelegate and Why I Don't Trust Him to Pick the Next President

(625) Comments | Posted February 10, 2008 | 9:47 PM

My brother Rahm Emanuel is a superdelegate. I love my brother, and I trust my brother. But I gave up letting my brother dictate my life since he determined whether he got the top or bottom bunk in our bedroom back in Chicago.

So, as much as I love and...

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The Curious Math of Hillary's "35 Years of Experience"

(463) Comments | Posted January 17, 2008 | 2:27 PM

Hillary Clinton keeps talking about her 35 years of experience. "I am offering 35 years of experience making change," she said in New Hampshire. "I'm not just running on a promise of change, I'm running on 35 years of change." And she repeatedly mentioned the 35 years again in...

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What I Told My Sons About Last Night

(123) Comments | Posted January 4, 2008 | 6:57 PM

Over the last seven years, it's often been hard to be filled with national pride. It required a lengthy explanation: "I love my country, but hate what my government is doing. I'm proud to be an American, but not proud of things happening in the name of America."

Well, I...

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In a Multiple Choice World, Bush Fails the Test of Leadership

(169) Comments | Posted January 2, 2008 | 1:23 PM

On the eve of Iowa, here's a thought for helping choose our next president. A simple tie-breaker for those still on the fence. Let's pick someone who can handle a pop quiz where you have to fill in the blanks.

The current occupant of the Oval Office can't even handle...

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Memo to Peter Chernin, Les Moonves, Barry Meyer, Bob Iger, et al

(25) Comments | Posted November 16, 2007 | 1:14 PM

Read more strike coverage on the Huffington Post's writers' strike page.

Dear Peter, Les, Barry, Bob, and your AMPTP cohorts,

We all see the strategy you guys have been playing: put the rollback of residuals on the table, then take them off and act like this is some great,...

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On F-Bombs, Conspiracy Theories, and "Rock Star" Negotiators: Why the Strike is Dragging On

(54) Comments | Posted November 15, 2007 | 1:53 PM

Read more strike coverage on the Huffington Post's writers' strike page.

My kids are making a killing on the writers' strike. Y'see, I have a deal with them where I have to pay them five dollars any time I slip up and curse in front of them. They are...

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Writers' Strike: Is Political Posturing About to Trump Good Economics?

(98) Comments | Posted October 31, 2007 | 9:40 PM

I'm about to get myself in a lot of trouble. So be it... Listening to both sides in the looming writers' strike, it's clear to me that politics is about to trump sound economics. Neither the Writers Guild nor the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers is looking at...

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Some Friendly Advice for President Bush

(33) Comments | Posted May 18, 2007 | 8:46 PM

Dear Mr. President,

I was reading the Times of London this morning while making my way to the Cannes Film Festival to see Sicko, my client Michael Moore's movie about the American health care system. You know, the one our government is "investigating" (in other words, trying to stop) by...

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In Defense of Chris Albrecht

(111) Comments | Posted May 10, 2007 | 5:10 PM

Chris Albrecht is my friend, and I'm appalled at the way he has been treated by the press. He is an alcoholic who fell off the wagon and made a terrible mistake. No one is arguing that. What happened outside the MGM Grand is inexcusable -- and Chris has expressed...

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A Sincere Thank You to Alberto Gonzales

(46) Comments | Posted March 15, 2007 | 5:18 PM

I have been trying for some time to find a good way to teach my sons that lying is not the right thing to do. At long last, I have found the perfect example: Prosecutorgate. I never thought I'd find myself saying this, but here goes: Thank you, Alberto Gonzales...

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Did Bush and Cheney Kill Captain America?

(46) Comments | Posted March 8, 2007 | 4:23 PM

So they killed Captain America. On paper he was offed by a sniper's bullet. But in reality it was the toxic state of Bush and Cheney's America. It's hard to be a star-spangled Super Soldier these days. Given the lip-service-only support this administration gives our troops, the patriotic hero would...

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The Clock is Ticking on Cheney

(213) Comments | Posted March 6, 2007 | 4:11 PM

My prediction about Dick Cheney is one step closer to coming true. My clock gives it three weeks before his resignation letter lands on Bush's desk. What does your clock say?

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