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A State of the Union Guide for Socialists & Racists

(611) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 7:14 AM

After every State of the Union and rebuttal, operatives and journalists go on a noble mission to "fact-check" what's been said. As these convenient "facts" become easier for anyone to Tweet in reinforcement of their particular worldview, we Americans observing at home are asked to buy into the platform outlined...

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The Impossible Editorial: Why There Are Still No Words on 9/11

(8) Comments | Posted September 9, 2011 | 9:05 AM

Huddled in a corner at Caribou Coffee in Washington D.C.'s Dupont Circle just days after Osama bin Laden's death, I paused to consider how the three of us had changed. I looked across the table at my friend Tim Kudo, the outspoken former Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Daily Bruin, who...

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Debate Losers: How GOP Frontrunners and Obama Keep Getting It Wrong

(285) Comments | Posted August 12, 2011 | 8:45 AM

In a week that began as arguably one of the worst of the Obama presidency, Thursday's significantly-improved GOP debate in Iowa forces politicos of all allegiances to ask what the general election in 2012 is really going to look like.

In Ames, Iowa, we saw a FOX news team...

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Look Out @CoryBooker! Rahm's On It

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2011 | 1:36 PM

There's a new famous mayor on the scene and he's getting serious about his social media presence.

Rahm Emanuel announced today that his first Facebook Town Hall, #AskChicago, will be held next week on Thursday, June 30 at 1:30pm.

Kevin Hauswirth, Chicago's first-ever Social Media Director, tells...

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Weiner 101: A History Lesson on Our Sexpot Founding Fathers

(11) Comments | Posted June 17, 2011 | 5:00 PM

Imagine if Ben Franklin could have DM'd you some salacious twitpics back when he was busy convincing the French to support us. Would an outrageous backlash have prevented America from securing an international ally that solidified our new nation's position on the map?

After reading Larry Flynt and David...

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New Hampshire Debate: Short-Sighted Candidates Miss Opportunity to Rebrand GOP

(256) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 8:42 AM

Tonight's GOP debate in New Hampshire may have fared better if the candidates received a pre-game demographics lesson.

It's clear that none of them, nor their handlers, have checked out the results of the 2010 Census. If they had, they might realize that the nation's Baby Boomers and old...

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A Literary Sin: On Giving Away Books

(84) Comments | Posted May 24, 2011 | 9:33 AM

I am staring down a copy of The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

I have not read this book, but if you were standing in my hallway and plucked it from the shelf, I might nod vaguely at you and say something like, 'Kundera is moving' before quickly changing the...

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Jumping Through Hoops: A Father's Day Tribute to a Fiery Football Coach

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2010 | 2:37 PM

It was a tense moment in the Christ Lutheran School gymnasium, with less than 10 seconds left on the clock and our rival school, Santa Sophia, was leading the game 8-7. As I prepared to inbound the ball to my best friend, Sarah, who would go on to scale the...

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Finding a Man's Love in a Man's World

(10) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 8:00 AM

This post is part of the "Modern Male Brains & the Young, Powerful Women Who Love Them" series compiled by Dr. Louann Brizendine, neuroscientist and author of the recent book, The Male Brain. The series explores how the next generation of women relates to love while balancing complex,...

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Midterminators: Why the Millennial Generation Will Dominate in 2010 and Beyond

(14) Comments | Posted April 26, 2010 | 2:43 PM

Since 2008, when Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain stepped to their respective microphones and asked us to change the world, many young people have responded to the challenge, whether you've seen it on the nightly news or not.

Understandably, things are less sexy now. Governing yields compromise...

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Double Trouble: G-Chatting Up "Will Grayson, Will Grayson" Author John Green

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2010 | 11:55 PM

The following is a gchat exchange I conducted with a, like, awesome best-selling author of teen books: the masterful wordsmith Mr. John Green. I've enjoyed all of his novels, but John has a special place in my heart because circa 2004 I proclaimed him to be one of...

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The 2020 Project: At the Intersection of Identity Politics & Pop Culture

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2010 | 10:59 AM

When Barack Obama was elected president, many prematurely proclaimed it marked the beginning of a post-racial America. One could argue that Millennials are the most cohesive generation in our nation's history to date, however it's clear that there is much work to do in the effort to secure equal opportunities...

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The 2020 Project: Can Millennials Dismantle Political Parties?

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2010 | 7:25 AM

One of the pivotal questions facing Millennials in the next decade will be which political party captures the devotion of our generation.

Some have declared that the election of Barack Obama was a sign that The Progressive Majority has arrived, and that it will only grow exponentially as our...

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The 2020 Project: How a Brazen Generation Becomes Entrepreneurial

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2010 | 2:06 PM

The new decade is underway, and as we start breaking our 2010 resolutions - Don't know about you, but I've only been to the gym twice so far! - I have the perfect kick in the ass we all need to stick to those big, lofty ideals we

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The 2020 Project: What's Your Perfect Vision for the Next Decade?

(9) Comments | Posted January 3, 2010 | 11:11 PM

If you stayed awake all night on Nov. 7, 2000, in a state of disbelief that exploded on Sept. 11, 2001, and persevered through the subsequent defiling of our nation's core to rise again, hopeful, on Nov. 4, 2008, then today is one of the best days of your life....

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Did Carr's Column Mark the End of Manhattan's Journalistic Reign?

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2009 | 12:42 AM

If you managed to power through your Turkey Coma and found yourself up tweeting into the night on Sunday, you undoubtedly encountered rave reviews and quotes from David Carr's "The Fall and Rise of Media" piece in the New York Times.

The Columnist Himself was notably perplexed by the...

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How Jon Stewart Killed Barackstar

(16) Comments | Posted November 4, 2009 | 1:11 AM

Apparently, losses yesterday in New Jersey and Virginia mean that the Progressive Majority James Carville predicted -- built a year ago on the backs of Obama's zealous Facebooking young voters -- has nose dived one year after the country's historic election. For those who don't put much weight, however, on...

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Millennial Mourning: Tweeting, Facebooking & Appreciating Ted Kennedy

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2009 | 2:58 PM

As America mourns the loss of legendary senator Ted Kennedy, I can't help but marvel over the way that technology has affected the way we mourn his passing, and the generational gap this difference illustrates.

For example, here is how the news played out in my personal Millennial sphere of...

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The Abandonment of Generation Obama?

(43) Comments | Posted August 18, 2009 | 6:54 PM

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As Congress' August recess drags and the media clings to every twist and turn of the White House's pimping of so-called health care reform, I am routinely asked why people my age are so quiet and unwilling to do any field organizing...

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Is Obama's Health Care Maelstrom the Birth of Millennial Politics?

(20) Comments | Posted August 5, 2009 | 5:03 PM

For a nation enmeshed in a generational and technological realignment, it's not shocking that doubts have begun to surface about the viability of our unprecedented president's vision for a new American era. As casual citizens and politicos terrified for years by threats of violence, economic collapse and moral certitude cling...

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