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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

Farewell, Peter Pan: The Inside Story of a Hollywood Legend

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 2:49 PM

For a too brief time in my life, I got to spend time with Peter Pan. Not just any Peter Pan, either. Disney's Peter Pan, arguably the best known iteration of the classic fairy tale. We'll circle back to this presently.

Let's talk about modern movies. Stick with me here....

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GOP Candidate Ben Carson Seriously Thinks There's Something Called 'Judicial Law'

(363) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 8:48 PM

One of the lasting legacies of the George W. Bush presidency is that it severely lowered the bar on what we expect the president to know. Bush and mainly his primary handler, Karl Rove, made it generally acceptable for the chief executive to be no smarter than the great unwashed...

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The Five Nearly Impossible Challenges for Bernie Sanders and His Supporters

(102) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 10:58 AM

Based strictly upon his agenda, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would be a groundbreaking president, and in a general vote-your-conscience sense, he's definitely worthy of support from the activist left. Here are just a few of the reasons why: he supports single-payer health care; he supports higher tax rates on the...

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Ted Cruz: Gay Activists and Marriage Equality Supporters Are 'Liberal Fascists'

(188) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 6:50 PM

Arguably the most ludicrous book to emerge during the George W. Bush era was hilariously titled, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning, by National Review Online editor-at-large Jonah Goldberg. Yes, somehow Goldberg awkwardly contorted the English language to shoehorn a...

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Continues to Dodge the Discrimination Question

(186) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 2:31 PM

If there's an upside to Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) signing the pro-discrimination SB101 "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (RFRA) into law last week, it's this: the bigots, homophobes and neo-segregationists have been coaxed out of the woodwork, exposing themselves for what they really believe. My Twitter feed is festooned with...

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Ted Cruz Is Trying and Failing to Weasel Out of His Obamacare Duplicity

(772) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 8:08 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is now apparently undecided how he'll buy insurance, backing away from his Obamacare announcement earlier in the week. Either way, Cruz is a master at what Al Franken used to call "weasel words" -- talking points that are carefully constructed to sound legitimate but...

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Your Handy Guide to Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 4:11 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has hopped aboard the GOP clown car, announcing his candidacy on Monday at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University. Let's talk about Cruz by way of a refresher on what he's all about.

Doh! Canada

Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1970 to an American...

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This Year's CPAC Speakers: Three Generations of Stupid

(64) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 8:20 PM

Sadly, the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference is over. And while none of the speakers used Super Big Gulps as props this year, the level of stupid reached all new depths. One speaker after another proved that far-right conservatives are more interested in thoughtless applause and bumper-sticker slogans than serious...

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It's Okay If You Didn't Like 'Boyhood', And Here Are Many Reasons Why

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 7:22 PM

In case you haven't heard, Boyhood is an almost universally beloved movie by Richard Linklater, starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, about a boy named Mason, who does various things such as growing incrementally older over the course of 12 years. How did Linklater and his cast achieve...

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Mike Huckabee Compares Same-Sex Marriage to Cussing, Drinking and Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 3:15 PM

The rest of the 2016 Republican hopefuls have a lot of catching up to do in order to compete with Mike Huckabee's obvious head-start on race-baiting and gay-bashing. We've barely heard from the other clown-car passengers and already Huckabee has navigated his way through at least three major new cycles...

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Conservative Blogger Chuck C. Johnson Continues to Destroy Journalism, Target Rape Victims

(15) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 4:50 PM

By now, many of you are familiar with conservative blogger and hack-fraud Chuck C. Johnson (not to be confused with Little Green Footballs blogger, Charles Johnson), who's made a name for himself by exposing and smearing alleged rape victims, among other things, and being wrong practically all the...

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A Conversation with Legendary Animator 'Joe Cartoon' on Life, Music and Frogs in Blenders

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 4:08 PM

Back in 1998, a company called Macromedia had just released a program called Flash 2, a platform for creating interactive websites and banner ads. It sounds so paleolithic now, but at the time, Flash 2 was the first software package to integrate digital hand-drawn animation and sound allowing, among other...

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Raising Overtime Pay Is Easier Than You Think

(34) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 2:11 PM

It has been an especially good time over the past month watching President Obama give the congressional Republicans exactly what they asked for when they decided to oppose everything he did.

They have made it their mission since 2009 to obstruct, degrade and destroy, while Obama's attempted to...

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Midterm Election Lessons, One Month Later

(48) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 8:49 PM

With the midterms one month in the rear view mirror, a number of lessons seem clear. For example, no matter how badly their candidates do, somehow the elitist, loser ideas of the Third Way crowd find their way back into the conversation. It's funny how unlimited corporate money can help...

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Between Ferguson and the Reaction to the Star Wars Trailer, Racism Is Alive and Louder Than Ever

(348) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 2:06 PM

Perhaps at some point early in its development, the addition of comments under YouTube videos was probably seen as a positive societal advancement in which consumers were encouraged to help sculpt content via accompanying feedback -- to idealistically form a community where new-media is a two-way road for both creators...

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Democratic Candidates Are Paying the Price for Meddling With Social Security

(299) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 7:22 PM

Some things in life are self-evident. Fire burns, supply side economics doesn't work, and no Democrat, ever, under any circumstances, no matter what, should even think about offering to cut one solitary cent from Social Security, through partial privatization or means testing or raising the retirement age.

Why so many...

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The Movie The Algerian Is an Important Call for Sorely Needed Cultural Dialogue

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 9:32 AM

With ISIS dominating the headlines with their vicious, Dark Age brand of extremism, arguments over "boots on the ground" and unhinged declarations about all of us all getting "killed back here at home!" by supposed Serious People talking about running for president (God Help Us) from...

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John Oliver and Bill O'Reilly: A Study in Two Very Different Views of Obama

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 5:14 PM

If you were in a coma for the last six years, then suddenly awakened this past weekend to observe both John Oliver's Last Week Tonight on HBO and Bill O'Reilly's appearance on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, you might assume they were talking about the military actions of two very...

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GOP Continues to Blow Off Rule About Not Criticizing the President During Wartime

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 6:59 PM

The biggest news of the past 10 days: President Obama launched the first sorties into Syria, targeting ISIS terrorists. Within 24 hours, however, Republicans everywhere decided to turn an awkward salute into a near-impeachable crime against humanity, thus violating one of their most sacred rules from the Bush administration era:...

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The New and 'Edgy' Meet the Press Explains the Midterms Using Chicken, Coffee, and a 'Nerd Screen'

(27) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 6:14 PM

There are a few things we know about the current status of Meet the Press. As Chez Pazienza pointed out, the way NBC News forced David Gregory out of his job was horrendously bad form. Like or dislike Gregory's style, there's no justifying the way he was tossed out....

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