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James Campion
James Campion is the Managing Editor of The Reality Check News & Information Desk and the author of Deep Tank Jersey, Fear No Art, Trailing Jesus, and Midnight For Cinderella and The Aquarian Weekly’s would-be resident political commentator. Campion’s work is archived on &

Entries by James Campion

Where There Is No There... There

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 5:48 PM

The Perfect Political Storm Rolls In and Out of Washington

The dubious but utterly entertaining Washington news this week centered on a speech Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered to the United States Congress. Sold as some kind of diplomatic mission of great import between unwavering allies with undertones...

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Mise En Dread

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 11:14 AM

In Praise of Cabaret

Je suis enchanté

When preparing to write about a musical this week, I noticed something interesting; outside of politics and social issues, the occasional -- almost never serious -- foray into sport and pop culture, and the odd, completely sideways satirical stuff to entertain myself, I...

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The Anthropology of the Middle Class

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 11:00 PM

A Disjointed Primer from the Front

Here's the deal: There are too many humans on this planet. Way too many. Before we get into this little dissection of the failing middle class in this country, it is important to get that major flaw out of the way. There are way...

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114th Congress

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 4:11 PM

Welcome to the Jungle

And so the right to govern is upon the Republican Party, which has bitched for six years that it was the minority, throwing stones at the systemic glass house, but now finds itself at the forefront of legislation. Or, in other words, it is easy to...

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Mike Nichols, 1931-2014

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 9:09 AM

Film is the theater of the unconscious.
- Mike Nichols

I hate endings. Never liked them; in books, films, sometimes songs (especially fades -- what the hell is that?), whatever. This is why my novel has a shitty ending. And I took a lot of guff for that....

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Fear of Barack Planet

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 11:09 AM

The Fallout of The 2014 Mid-Term Elections

Poor old Mitch McConnell. He's so happy, for now. The Republican Party takes control of the U.S. Senate. Thus, as minority leader, he suddenly becomes majority leader. Just like that. Presto. Democracy. Cool stuff. New regime, like the waves of 2006 and...

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City, Sand and Pop Surprises

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 4:41 PM

Tristan Prettyman Joins Eric Hutchinson On The Road

"When we finished the 'Tell The World Tour' it just felt so good," gushes Eric Hutchinson. "The band was so tight that I called my manager and said, "We have to just keep doing shows, this cannot be it for the...

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Rob Astorino Unplugged

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 8:27 AM

A Candid Discussion with the Republican Candidate for Governor of New York

Anyone who has read this space over the years knows about my friendship with gubernatorial candidate for New York, Rob Astorino. We were professional colleagues for 12 years and our families have been close for 25. I...

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(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 10:53 AM

Derek Jeter changed everything.

This is why the New York Yankees shortstop for the past nineteen years and the team's fourteenth captain for the past eleven is more than a ballplayer; a rarity that some sports figures get to be -- not unlike the rare political figure, movie star or...

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Fearguson, U.S.A.

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2014 | 6:59 AM

Ferguson is a city of around 21,000 citizens in St. Louis County, Missouri. For nearly two weeks now it has been the focal point of the nation, as the shooting death of an unarmed African-American man by a Caucasian police officer has sparked debate, protest, riots, armed guards, and,

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August 8, 1974

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2014 | 7:20 AM

The Seeds of Reality Check

Richard M. Nixon, August 8, 1974, speaking from the Oval Office:

I have never been a quitter. To leave office before my term is completed is abhorrent to every instinct in my body. But as President, I must put the interest of America first. America...

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Truth in Character

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 1:44 PM

Sinead O'Connor's Musical Catharsis: I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss

While visiting Dublin in early June, the wife and I came upon a mural painted on the side of the city's Hard Rock Café tucked within a phalanx of ancient pubs in the Temple Bar district. It was a beautiful...

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Contemplating Gaza

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 1:40 PM

In the spring of 2003, a few months after the release of my third book, Trailing Jesus, I spoke to CNN Radio in New York City on the second floor of 1 Penn Plaza. It was another in a seemingly endless but exhilarating series of stops along a book tour...

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Time Warp

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2014 | 1:42 AM

The Never-Ending Fancy Shit Show That Is Iraq

I leave the country for seven days and end up in a fucking time warp?

Or did I misread this latest madness on getting "involved" with Iraq again, as if that is an option. Let's face the hideous fact that...

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The Evolution of Stardom

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 12:52 AM

Eric Hutchinson - Irving Plaza, NYC 5/19/14

This was one of those shows you hear about or read about or, if you're lucky, attend; those transformative showbiz moments that catapults an artist to another level, another unseen plane that he/she cannot come back from, nor would ever want to: Late...

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VA Scandal: Our Imprint, Our Legacy, Our Sin

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 10:38 AM

One can conceive, even fathom something as horrifying as the Veteran's Administration systematically allowing dozens of wounded soldiers to die and then scramble to cover it up, just as easily as one can conceive and even fathom the bizarrely ritualistic lies, deceit and ideological idiocy that put them there in...

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Eric Hutchinson's Pure Fiction

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 3:22 PM

It was one of those brutal New York City winter nights this past January when I met up with Eric Hutchinson at the Monkey Bar in midtown. He was sitting alone in a booth towards the front across from the bar dressed in a high-collar, blue zippered sweater and jeans,...

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Money, Corruption and the Free Thinker Principle

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 1:30 PM

Some men worship rank, some worship heroes, some worship power, some worship God and over these ideals they dispute and cannot unite -- but they all worship money.

-- Mark Twain

Believe none of what you hear and half of what you believe.

-- Something Benjamin Franklin...

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A Songwriter's Cyber Showcase

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 4:25 PM

Welcome One and All to Dan Bern's Theme Park

If you put me in a box, make sure it's a big box. -- Dan Bern "Jerusalem"

"If I were to stage a theme show of my songs, say, around girl's names, what would you put in there?" Dan Bern asked...

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My Friend, the Next Governor of New York?

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 5:13 PM

While being a professional colleague of mine for nearly twenty years, during which he has displayed nothing but an enviable commitment to ethics in all forms, Rob Astorino has managed to succeed at the impossible; competing in two vocations replete with soulless bottom-feeding degenerates, journalism and politics, while maintaining...

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