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Bruce Kluger
BRUCE KLUGER is a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors and a Contributing Editor of Parenting magazine. Formerly an editor of Playboy magazine, he has been a recurring contributor to, among other publications, The New York Times, Psychology Today, Time Out New York, and His cultural and political satire—written with David Slavin—appears regularly in The Los Angeles Times and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

Entries by Bruce Kluger

A Graduation Reflection

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 1:41 PM

I recently got into a debate with a friend of mine over a remark I'd made, mostly in passing. "My kids are my life," I said.

My friend, who is childless, argued that parents these days often sacrifice too much of their own lives in pursuit of the impossible:...

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America's Bully

(172) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 7:25 AM

While the rest of America celebrated the holidays by briefly escaping the workload that now, once again, dominates their lives, one unlucky group never got the chance to take a day off. And I'm not talking about the beleaguered clerks at the Big Box stores that never seem to close,...

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Where Are the Heroes?

(8) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 3:04 PM


When I was a boy, my bedroom was plastered with posters: a day-glo illustration of the Beatles from Yellow Submarine; a prehistorically pouting Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C.; Clark Gable, chewing on a cigar and scrutinizing a poker hand in Gone With...

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The Ryan-Romney Express (Cartoon)

(25) Comments | Posted August 11, 2012 | 2:48 PM


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Colorado and Warner Bros. Can Help Change Gun Laws

(20) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 10:37 AM

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was not seated in the darkened movie theatre in Aurora, Colo., on Friday night when a madman sprayed gunfire at a horrified crowd. But he dodged a bullet of his own two days later. Appearing on the ABC's This Week, he was asked by host George...

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The GOP's War on Children

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 1:56 AM


As in most presidential election years, noisy battles have been raging as the nation's political armies gear up for what promises to be an even noisier fall. This means we'll continue to hear the familiar clatter about the many "wars" America is currently engaged...

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Bullying in America: A National Crisis

(7) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 11:05 PM

Although I have lived in New York City for 32 years, I have never been to Staten Island. It has been said, however, that this southernmost of New York's five boroughs is also its most neighborly. With tree-lined streets and a vibrant mix of white- and blue-collar families,...

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9/11: The American Family Survives

(3) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 1:53 PM

2011-09-07-LibertyFreedomTowerLG.pngIn his new book, The Sibling Effect, science writer Jeffrey Kluger (disclosure: my big brother) makes an acute observation about the durability of family.

"A household is ... a parliament of personalities that are forever in motion--and...

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Amy Winehouse: A Lesson for Kids

(10) Comments | Posted July 27, 2011 | 8:15 PM


I was unexpectedly shaken over the weekend when I learned the news about singer Amy Winehouse, who was found dead in her North London home just hours after her manager had announced that she was withdrawing from all future concert dates. She was 27...

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DSK: Latest Bombshell!

(10) Comments | Posted July 1, 2011 | 12:25 PM

The shocking new revelations about the hotel maid at the center of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn story are about to get even more shocking. Tomorrow morning, the New York Post will reveal an exclusive report about the housekeeper's ties to international terrorism. While details of the story have yet to be...

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Clay Weiner's 'Happy Father's Gay' (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2011 | 3:37 PM

Here's a remarkable Father's Day video, courtesy of the inventive mind of Clay Weiner. No preamble is needed -- it pretty much speaks for itself.

Happy Father's Day, everyone.

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Has America Lost That Loving Feeling?

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 11:42 AM


A few months ago, I reconnected with an old friend on Facebook. We exchanged a few emails, then arranged to meet for a drink the next time she was in New York on business, which was just a few weeks later. And it was...

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In Christina's Memory, Let's Refocus on the Children

(2) Comments | Posted January 13, 2011 | 8:16 PM


Of all the tragedies that befell Tucson last Saturday, the one that seemed to tear most deeply at the heart of our nation was the murder of Christina-Taylor Green. Just 9 years old, Christina was on the student council of her elementary school and...

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Not All Earmarks Are Evil

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2010 | 9:10 AM


In an article in Forbes this week, author and public policy provocateur Steve Cohen asks the reader to ponder a simple, if somewhat surprising, trade-off: "A $5 Children's Book vs. a $47,000 Jail Cell -- Choose One."

A former member of Hillary...

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What is Marlo Thomas Up to Now?

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 11:55 AM

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Tweeting American

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 12:40 AM


A mentor once told me that the best way to determine if something is well written -- be it a book or movie or even an essay--is if it can be summed up in one sentence. Gone with the Wind? A love story set...

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Terrorism in Times Square

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2010 | 3:17 AM


A few nights ago, a rainstorm crept over the Hudson River and lit on the shores of Manhattan. I knew this because I was awakened at 1 a.m. by a strange crack of thunder--not the usual boom-boom kind, but a weirdly sustained rumble,...

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Republicans, Heal Thyselves!

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2010 | 12:31 AM


By Bill Persky and Bruce Kluger.

After a year of contentious infighting, bitter feuds and stalled legislation, President Obama has taken a new tack in his attempt to achieve bipartisanship on Capitol Hill, forcing face-to-face negotiations with his staunchest critics. Since January, Mr. Obama...

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In the Closet...Still!

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 4:35 PM


About a year ago, I posted a link here to a musical "video op-ed" on YouTube created by my pal, musician John Forster, whose talent for sharp and timely comedy is matched only by his doggedness in fighting the good fight. The...

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Persky on Technology

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2009 | 12:25 AM


I can't think of a better way to start a new week than with a good laugh.

Permit me to share a wonderful piece by legendary writer-producer-director Bill Persky on modern technology. It appears in the today's edition of USA...

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