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Bob Cesca has been a featured contributor/columnist for the Huffington Post since August, 2005. His posts appear on the front page above-the-fold every Wednesday (sometimes Thursday). Bob's Huffington Post entries are among the most popular on the site, averaging between 50,000-250,000 views each. He's also contributed to Manhattan Magazine, OP/ED News, AOL's Walletpop and The Daily Banter.

Bob is the editor of BobCesca.com and The Daily Banter.

Network and radio appearances: BBC, CNN, MSNBC, Current TV, SkyTV, The Rachel Maddow Show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, The Ed Schultz Show, MSNBC Live with Cenk Uygur, The Young Turks, The John Phillips Show - KABC Los Angeles, The Shannyn Moore Show, The Nicole Sandler Show, The Stephanie Miller Show, The Jeff Farias Show.

In March 2012, Bob made news when he published an exclusive about Rush (the band) pulling their music from the Rush Limbaugh Show. The story was picked up by Reuters, Billboard, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, TMZ, MSNBC and Politico, among others.

Since 2009, Bob has been the co-host of The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show, a weekly political podcast. And in 2012, he launched the the subscription only podcast The After Party, also with Chez Pazienza.

Bob grew up in Northern Virginia, just outside the Beltway. He graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in Political Science with a concentration on the media and the American Presidency. Bob is a self-educated historian and expert on the American Civil War, with a focus on both the battles as well as the racial and political backdrop of the war itself.

Bob's first book, a collection of essays examining the politics of fear during the "dark ride" of the Bush years, titled One Nation Under Fear, was published by Sterling & Ross in 2009.

When he's not writing about politics, Bob is also a screenwriter, director and producer, and the founder of Snark Rocket, a digital media production studio (formerly Camp Chaos). Bob has written and produced hundreds of animated shorts as well as music videos for Iron Maiden, Meat Loaf, Everclear, Yes and Motley Crue. He's also the creator of the politically charged animated sketch show ILL-ustrated which aired for two seasons on VH1 and MTV2.

Shortly after 9/11, Bob directed the award-winning independent feature film, The War Effort, a satirical documentary about the nation's post-9/11 knee-jerk patriotism. The movie won Best Picture and the Audience Award at the Delta Film Festival in the San Francisco Bay Area. It also won the Audience Award at the Nodance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and was an official selection at the Philadelphia Film Festival, where it ran as the closing night movie.

During Bob's career in media, he's also served as a talk radio host, radio news reporter and freelance print journalist.

He's also a pro cycling fan and a very serious rider.

Entries by Bob Cesca

GOP Continues Push for Frivolous Obama Lawsuit Despite History of Executive Orders

(191) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 8:24 AM

Last week, we brought you the story of the latest unprecedented congressional Republican weapon against the White House: the frivolous lawsuit. Specifically, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is considering legal action to overturn the president's executive orders (EOs) in spite of the fact that every president since George...

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Let's Call 'Open Carry' Gun Gangs What They Are

(838) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 3:27 PM

On Monday, the Houston chapter of Open Carry Texas had originally planned an armed march into the Fifth Ward, a predominantly African-American community. The group canceled the event because, they say, one of the members was committed to a previously scheduled event elsewhere.

Canceling the march was probably...

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This Is One of the Craziest Fox News Rants Ever, and It's Not Hannity or O'Reilly

(113) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 8:06 AM

Judge Jeanine Pirro's television career began as the host of a reality courtroom show not unlike Judge Judy or any of the dozens of other knockoffs. But for the last few years, she's become a regular contributor to NBC's Today as well as the host of Justice with Judge Jeanine,...

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Desperate Mitch McConnell Gets Slippery on Obamacare

(70) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 6:37 PM

As time wears on, the following prediction will seem less like science fiction and more like science fact: The Republicans will eventually try to take credit for the Affordable Care Act. The fact that it's proving itself to be increasingly successful, along with the reality that much of the law...

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The 13 Most Bizarre Things From Edward Snowden's NBC News Interview

(209) Comments | Posted May 31, 2014 | 3:53 PM

While watching Brian Williams' interview with Ed Snowden, I actually agreed with Glenn Greenwald about something. Back in 2012, Greenwald referred to Williams as "NBC News' top hagiographer," using "his reverent, soothing, self-important baritone" to deliver information in its "purest, most propagandistic and most subservient form."

It's worth noting...

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Fox News Jumps on Board the New Birther Meme: Hillary's Brain

(192) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 4:51 PM

As predicted, Karl Rove's recent remarks about Hillary Clinton's blood clot episode back in December, 2012, has officially become a topic of intense Truther-style speculation on Fox News Channel. You might recall how Rove cleverly speculated that Clinton might've suffered some sort of traumatic brain injury due to the...

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The Botched Execution of Clayton Lockett and Why I'm Ambivalent About the Death Penalty

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 5:17 PM

In the summer of 1999, Clayton Lockett and two accomplices, including a man named Shawn Mathis, were burglarizing a home when they were interrupted by 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman as she dropped off her friend who happened to live there. Neiman put up a fight when Lockett attempted to grab...

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The Latest Plot to Undermine Obamacare and Prevent Millions From Enrolling in Medicaid

(353) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 5:04 PM

It's actually quite easy to explain. The reason why 19 states have refused to expand Medicaid has nothing to do with the cost -- the federal government would cover the full cost of the expansion for the next two years, then 95 percent of the cost thereafter. It...

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Antonin Scalia Suggests a 'Revolt' Against the Government in Response to Tax Hikes

(461) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 7:26 PM

It's not 100 percent clear the extent to which Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia meant what it sounded like he meant, but tossing around the word "revolt" in the context of a discussion of the U.S. government is never a smart nor rational idea. And it's especially a bad idea...

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Congress Expected to Vote Today on GOP Bill Attacking National Parks, Antiquities Act

(149) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 3:17 PM

I spent most of Saturday hiking up and down the impossibly steep trails of Muir Woods National Monument. The expanse of ancient redwood groves and lush pine forests near San Francisco Bay was set aside in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt and named in honor of the conservationist chiefly...

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'Creation Museum' Demands Equal Airtime to Refute Scientific Facts in Cosmos Series

(420) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 8:34 PM

I blame Bill Nye. Several weeks ago, Nye thought it'd be a fine idea to debate a well-known creationist and founder of the Creation Museum, Ken Ham. On debate points and grasp of reality, Nye absolutely won the debate.

But ultimately, Ham was the real winner.

Not only did...

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Debunking the Top 10 Most Egregious Republican Lies

(916) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 4:33 PM

I spend a lot of time debunking various myths, slogans and lies, and the undisputed champion of easily debunkable myths continues to be the Republican Party. But, until now, I don't think I've ever fully summarized the most glaring examples of GOP myths and lies. To be sure, this isn't...

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GOP Bill to 'Save American Workers' Would Actually Strip Health Care From a Million Workers, CBO Reports

(166) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 4:45 PM

The Republican battle against the Affordable Care Act just can't catch a break. First, the website is repaired and currently runs quite well. Then we find out that millions of uninsured Americans signed up for a plan, with millions more signed up through the law's Medicaid expansion. Then their Obamacare...

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Fox's Erick Erickson: Gay-Friendly Businesses Are 'Aiding and Abetting' the 'Sin' of Homosexuality

(296) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 4:07 PM

You're probably familiar with what might be the greatest scene from The West Wing. In a 2000 episode titled "The Midterms," the White House hosts a gathering of talk radio announcers and while President Bartlet addresses the group, he notices a "Dr. Laura" type, Dr. Jenna Jacobs, sitting down while...

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Why We Shouldn't Ignore Ted Nugent or His Fellow Crackpots

(244) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 3:26 PM

Whenever extremists blurt out extreme things online or elsewhere, there's always a concurrent sub-debate about whether we should pay attention to these people. The most recent case, of course, is Ted Nugent's meltdown in which he reacted to criticism by CNN with an epic Twitter tirade that included word-salad...

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10 More Questions Bill O'Reilly Might've Asked the President

(233) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 2:49 PM

This might sound strange coming from me, but I actually like it when President Obama agrees to be interviewed by Fox News hosts like Bill O'Reilly. Not only is it good for democracy that the president is asked tough questions by reporters, anchors and hosts who don't share the president's...

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A Reality Check on Executive Orders and the 'Dictator Obama' Myth

(259) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 4:32 PM

The congressional Republicans and the conservative entertainment complex has lost its collective shpadoinkle over President Obama's slate of new executive orders, including a forthcoming order to raise the minimum wage for government contractors to $10.10.

Consequently, Glenn Beck declared the president to be "America's first dictator." Mark Levin

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The American Gun Culture: Standing Your Ground Against the Deadly Use of Popcorn

(951) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 2:55 PM

(In admiring, affectionate memory of The Political Carnival's Paddy Kraska. Safe home, PaddyK.)

As gun violence increases and pro-gun forces achieve new legislation, the gun control movement in the United States is rapidly unraveling. In the year since Sandy Hook, when you'd think there'd be the political and popular will...

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Salon.com Falsely Accuses Steve Martin of Posting a Racist Tweet, Outrage-Porn Ensues

(62) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 1:28 PM

You might've missed this over the holidays, but Steve Martin -- The Steve Martin -- was caught up in a racism scandal involving Twitter, Salon.com and TMZ.

The rest of the story is familiar and predictable.

So, just before Christmas, Martin and his followers were riffing on Twitter. He...

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No, Edward Snowden, the NSA Isn't 'Watching Everything We Do'

(185) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 5:28 PM

As you've probably heard already, Ed Snowden delivered a videotaped holiday message via Laura Poitras to Channel 4 in the U.K. What jumped out at me right away was this line: "Recently we learned that our governments, working in concert, have created a system of worldwide system of...

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