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Emma Gray

Snickers Ad Tells Men To Eat Chocolate Before Sex

Emma Gray | Posted June 1, 2012

Today in "most ridiculous advertising claims," candy company Mars Inc. tells men that eating a Snickers bar will help them in the bedroom. Apparently, consuming the peanut-caramel-nougat treat will make one's fingers more agile -- and all the more able to undo a woman's bra. The tag line?...

Ruth Eglash

Why Uri Blau's Indictment Should Worry Every Journalist in Israel

Ruth Eglash | Posted June 1, 2012

A few years ago I visited the Stasi Museum in Berlin. The tour through the once highly secretive and secure building of East Germany's Ministry for State Security was fascinating, even if a little hilarious.

Not only did the crude and sometimes obvious gadgets used for spying on citizens and...

Robert Naiman

Yes, Virginia, We Can Do Something About the Drone Strikes

Robert Naiman | Posted June 1, 2012

There's a conventional wisdom in Washington that there's nothing we can do politically to stop the U.S. government from killing innocent civilians with drone strikes.

But it ain't necessarily so.

Speaking only for myself, I'm willing to stipulate that killing "high value terrorists" who are known to be actively...

Alan Singer

What Would the Founders Say About Common Core?

Alan Singer | Posted June 1, 2012

Zachary Karabell, writing for Time magazine, claims "One of America's favorite pastimes is to play the 'what would the Founding Fathers say' game. Just pick an issue du jour, and ask the question." Most players tend to be on the political right, including the Federalist...

Emma McLaughlin

Philandering Public Men of America (and Michael Vick) Meet Me at Camera Three

Emma McLaughlin | Posted June 1, 2012

We have a friend who, heeding endless pleading from her toddlers, took them to Disney World. Her husband -- Kenny -- spent the trip going on about riding Space Mountain. He was still grumbling as they piled their suitcases back onto the monorail at which point she turned to him...

Sue Wilson

Putting Talk Radio on Trial at the FCC

Sue Wilson | Posted June 1, 2012

Anyone remember a time when radio seemed friendly and informative, rather than hostile and manipulative?

I do. And I remember when it changed in 1996, after Bill Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act into law, and suddenly, huge corporations like Clear Channel began using our public airwaves -- those...

Eric Boehlert

Birthers, Billionaires and Fox: The GOP Freak Show in Full Effect

Eric Boehlert | Posted June 1, 2012

This is going to be an election season unlike any other. And not in a good way.

With a new breed of conservative media outlets making their presence felt during the 2012 campaign season, the emerging general election is being waged by the right with an unmistakable stamp of irresponsibility...

Rep. David Price

Super PACed With Baloney: Reason Column Obscures Impact of SC Campaign Finance Rulings

Rep. David Price | Posted June 1, 2012

Reason magazine's Jacob Sullum sees no cause for concern in the tidal wave of political spending by wealthy donors unleashed by the Supreme Court. The super PACs have made things more competitive, he assures us, and the "fear" of critics like myself that the wealthy will "dominate the...

Chez Pazienza

Fox News Doesn't Care About Your Outrage

Chez Pazienza | Posted June 1, 2012

There's an old saying that I'm a big fan of: Never try to teach a pig to sing -- it wastes your time and annoys the pig. I think of this every time I get the urge to lash out at Fox News for some irresponsible, grossly unethical thing or...

William K. Black

The Wall Street Journal's Hit Piece on Eric Holder

William K. Black | Posted June 1, 2012

I am a fierce critic of Attorney General Eric Holder. I have long called for his resignation, and continue to do so, for his failure to investigate and prosecute the elite frauds that drove our financial crisis. So, my response to the Wall Street Journal's editorial denouncing "Holder's...

Jeff Danziger

Murdoch, Ailes

Jeff Danziger | Posted June 1, 2012