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Bruce Tenenbaum is a capitalist, a writer, an actor, an improviser, a student, a former record executive, an avid film buff, watches too much cable TV, has spent a great deal of his time on stage and has hosted a political talk show on KABC radio.

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Do Closed Primaries Benefit Clinton? Do The Open Ones Benefit Sanders? Or Trump?

(11) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 3:41 PM

One of the most repeated theories this primary season has been that the closed primary has been beneficial to Hillary Clinton and has somehow denied Bernie Sanders an equal footing in the Democratic nomination process; that the very process was somehow stacked against Sanders. So, I looked into this and...

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Pete Carroll and the Choke Seen Around the World

(145) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 7:31 AM

Perhaps only Miami Dolphins fans remember, but they know Pete Carroll, not for his success at USC, not for his Super Bowl victory in 2014, but for a famous "choke sign" more than 22 years ago. In the next to last game of the 1992 season, the Dolphins...

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The Agony of Defeat, the Thrill of Showing Up

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 12:30 PM

In case you missed it (and, apparently many did) Team USA ran off the rails as the Sochi Olympics drew to a close.

Beginning with the Women's Hockey Team's monumental choke, blowing a 2-0 advantage with three-and-a-half minutes to go, the final four days in Sochi were, shall...

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Duck Dynasty, the Bible and Justification of Hatred

(9) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 10:46 AM

I've waited some time to mull this one over. Here's my decision. We need fewer people in the world like that Duck Dynasty guy. A&E (and by extension Disney) have decided, apparently, that we need more and have chosen not to shut down their golden goose (or duck, as this...

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Why Losing the Election Would Be Good for Republicans... and the Country

(5) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 12:05 PM

Last week we got a brief glimpse of what a reasonable Republican Party would look like. Faced with unspeakable destruction brought on by Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Romney surrogate and formerly as vicious an attack dog on President Obama as anyone in the GOP, suddenly began...

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Bill Maher, Here's The Number

(69) Comments | Posted August 1, 2011 | 11:30 AM


Love the show. It's a great show. You're doing the people's business and you make us laugh. But, please, get one of your researchers, or anyone for that matter, to hang backstage during the show and check the facts that your guests spew. Heck, give me a computer and...

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Execution Is Inhuman

(8) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 11:43 AM

One year ago today, they executed the D.C. Sniper, John Allen Muhammad. I don't feel any better. In fact, I feel worse.

Sometime down the road they'll probably execute the guy who shot up Ft. Hood. They executed Tim McVeigh. Do you feel better? You shouldn't.

Murder is a...

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America Needs More Guns

(3) Comments | Posted November 6, 2009 | 2:17 PM

Let's face it. We need more guns.

We know the criminals have them. That's how we can tell they're criminals. That guy pointing a gun at you? Probably a criminal. Unless, of course, he's a cop. They have guns too. But they usually wear uniforms and let you know they're...

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Yanks Spending Money -- The American Way

(8) Comments | Posted November 5, 2009 | 1:29 PM

I was born a few blocks from Yankee Stadium. The first baseball game I ever saw was in The House That Ruth Built and another great Yankee hero, Mickey Mantle won it with a 9th inning home run. I became an instant New York Yankees fan.

Later in my childhood,...

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Rise of the Republicants

(5) Comments | Posted August 24, 2009 | 12:28 PM

Attention people of the year 2009,

We, the people of the future, need your urgent assistance. We have sent this message back in time in the hope that the events that have occurred may be altered by your immediate action.

We are writing to you from the rubble of our...

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Obama Sends the Wrong Message to Our Children

(17) Comments | Posted July 31, 2009 | 7:28 AM

Last night, President Obama, seeking to quiet the war of words over his comments about the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., by Cambridge police Sgt. James Crowley, sat down for a photo op and a beer with the two men. Unfortunately, his choice of an alcoholic beverage...

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What's Right About the House Health Care Plan

(11) Comments | Posted July 15, 2009 | 7:54 AM

House leaders have come forth with a health care plan. "Big Business," Republicans and medical providers will attack it. But, based on what I've read so far, there is a lot in here that makes sense. Last month I took my elected representatives to task for their waffling on...

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Five Legislators I May Not Vote For Again

(46) Comments | Posted June 9, 2009 | 1:22 PM

This past month, my health insurance company raised premiums across the board 34%. And this in the face of front page news about the desperate condition of both American health care and our economy. 34%! There was a time when purveyors of crimes like that were tarred and feathered.

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We Can't Save The Earth

(132) Comments | Posted April 22, 2009 | 6:36 PM

Here's a truth many folks can't seem to grasp. We can't save the Earth. The Earth is going to die. It won't be for billions of years, but the end is indeed coming (yes, religious fanatics, your day will come). What really needs saving is not the planet, but, rather,...

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Gun "Nuts"

(143) Comments | Posted April 4, 2009 | 1:35 PM

Let me start by saying, I own a gun. Gun ownership by itself doesn't make someone nuts. It just seems that lots of people who are nuts like guns a little bit too much. Today, one day after a man shot and killed 13 people in upstate New York, another...

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Civil Rights Victory For African-Americans Leaves Millions Of Others Out In The Cold

(10) Comments | Posted November 5, 2008 | 2:30 PM

Yesterday I wrote that the election of Obama is a victory over the politics of hate. I was wrong. As the dust cleared this morning, it was apparent that Californians had voted to deny basic rights to millions of citizens who just happen to have been born gay.


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America Grows Up

(12) Comments | Posted November 5, 2008 | 11:25 AM

The "Bradley Effect" is no more. For all the talk of race being an issue in this election, it turns out that race was not an issue at all.

Half a century after "separate but equal" was shot down by the Supreme Court, the American people have shown that...

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Time To Elect A Liberal - Yeah, I Used The Word

(7) Comments | Posted November 1, 2008 | 11:38 AM

John McCain tells us that Barack Obama is the most liberal senator in the United States Senate. That's debatable, but more important, when did being called a liberal become an insult?

We've tried conservative rule for the last 8 years and for 28 of the last 40 years and...

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Republicans -- Good At Winning, Not So Much At Governing

(5) Comments | Posted October 28, 2008 | 7:56 AM

On Sunday, John McCain guaranteed he would win the election. It's understandable why he may think victory is still within his grasp.

In recent history, Republicans have proven most adept at winning elections. They do it by following a simple formula. They prey on voters' fears. And, it turns...

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John McCain Through The Looking Glass

(5) Comments | Posted October 23, 2008 | 7:44 AM

With apologies to Lewis Carroll

The aging senator paced the parlor of his mansion. He had seven such mansions and couldn't be sure just which one this parlor was in. "Bother," he thought, "I have much more important things to contemplate." This was true, as he wished to be president...

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