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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

Midterm Election Lessons, One Month Later

(48) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 9:49 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 | 3:06 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

(302) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 8:22 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

(17) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 10:32 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

(72) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 6:14 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

(485) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 7:59 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 | 7:14 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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Please Feel Free to Shut Up About Obama's Tan Suit

(163) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 9:49 PM

On Thursday, President Obama held a press conference in which he discussed the economy as well as two of the most critical foreign policy issues in the world: the ISIS threat and the situation in Ukraine.

On the economy, the president reported:

This morning we found out...

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Animal Rights Activists Are an Easy Punchline, But Their Cause Deserves Greater Public Advocacy

(142) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 8:04 PM

My friend and founder of The Daily Banter, Ben Cohen, wrote a post today titled, Here Are 7 Causes More Important Than Animal Rights. I absolutely agree that all of the issues he listed are important, but as an animal rights supporter I believe there's more than enough room...

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If You're Upset About Obama's Golf Game, Here's Reagan Goofing Off During Major Events

(276) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 10:10 PM

A particularly intolerable meme continues to play out in the news media and online: Apparently U.S. history began on January 20, 2009, when Barack Obama was inaugurated. In case you were unaware, President Obama is evidently the first president to take vacations; he's the first president to play golf; he's...

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The Real Enemy Isn't Undocumented Immigration, It's Rick Perry and Sean Hannity

(307) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 5:08 PM

For the last several weeks, the following photo of Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) and Sean Hannity has haunted me. During the current unhinged freakout surrounding immigration reform and, specifically, the Central American teens and children being held by the U.S. after having entered the country via the Mexican border,...

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Minuteman Militia Planning "Operation Normandy" to Deploy 3,500 Men to Stop Border "Invasion"

(779) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 6:27 PM

It's becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of the far-right's bellicosity in the face of refugee children entering the United States. Not a day goes by without Sean Hannity, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Bill O'Reilly or various screeching mobs composed of townspeople...

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The NRA's Most Ridiculous Video (So Far) Calls for Government Subsidized Free Ammunition

(850) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 5:32 PM

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has been responsible for countless nonsensical, totally illogical and sadistically irrational pro-gun slogans. It's kind of what the NRA does. Its executive vice president and chief crackpot, Wayne LaPierre is a never-ending geyser of these easy-to-repeat yet easily debunkable slogans. So it came as no...

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

(191) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 9:24 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

(839) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 4:27 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

(121) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 9:06 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 | 7:37 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 | 4:53 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 | 5:51 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 | 6:17 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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