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Miles Mogulescu
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Miles Mogulescu (miles_mogulescu@yahoo.com) is an entertainment attorney and former Senior V.P. at MGM. In his professional capacity, he recently represented the film "Drive" starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks and Albert Brooks which won a best director award at Cannes for Nicolas Winding Refn, and negotiated the terms of a new company with director Robert Rodriquez to produce and finance a slate of films. He has been a lifelong progressive since the age of 12 when his father helped raise money for Dr. Martin Luther King, who was a guest in his home several times. He will never forget the impression which that extraordinary man made on him, which helped lead to a lifelong commitment to social justice. He co-produced and co-directed Union Maids, a film about 3 women union organizers in Chicago in the 1930s and '40s, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary. At the time of the Gulf War, he and Danny Goldberg produced a super-star music video with new lyrics to Give Peace a Chance written by Lenny Kravitz and John Lennon's son, Sean. He was one of the earliest contributors to The Huffington Post and has contributed over 200 pieces since 2006.

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Elizabeth Warren For President Goes Viral: Watch Out Hillary, Wall Street, and Corporate Republicans and Democrats

(6) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 3:03 AM

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This is getting insane!

My Huffington Post piece "The Speech That Could Make Elizabeth Warren The Next President of the United States" has gone totally viral.

Since it was posted last weekend, it was been Liked by over 217,000 people, been...

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The Speech That Could Make Elizabeth Warren the Next President of the United States

(1951) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 4:26 AM

Early Friday evening Sen. Elizabeth Warren took to the Senate floor and gave a plain-spoken, barn-burning speech that could make history and put her into serious contention to be the next President of the United States.

There are only a handful of political speeches that have such historic impact. Barack...

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The Best Government Wall Street and the Billionaires Can Buy

(38) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 12:44 AM

The past few days have provided vivid evidence that the U.S. government has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wall Street and other wealthy special interests and no longer a government of, by, and for the people.

It's only five weeks since the 2014 mid-term elections which cost $3.67...

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Obama, Please Don't Do It -- No Bad Deals With Republicans on Corporate Tax Cuts and Free Trade

(8) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 5:37 PM

As predictably as clockwork, the pundit class is telling President Obama that to create a presidential "legacy" he needs to find bipartisan agreement with the Republican Congress on issues like free trade and cutting the corporate tax rate to "prove" Washington can govern.

And as predictably as clockwork, Obama embraced...

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Election 2014: The Seinfeld Election About Absolutely Nothing Ends Its Run

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 11:31 PM

In election 2014, the campaign about absolutely nothing, it's unlikely that as high a percentage of eligible voters will cast ballots as watched the last Seinfeld episode, the TV show about absolutely nothing.

The last episode of Seinfeld, in 1998, was was watched by 78.3 million Americans, 41.3...

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Why Citizens United Kept Me From Contributing to Candidates in Campaign 2014

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 1:33 PM

Although I've contributed hundreds of dollars at a pop to political candidates...

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Run, Zephyr, Run -- Teachout Should Challenge Hillary for the Democratic Presidential Nomination

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 2:28 PM

The New York Democratic gubernatorial primary -- in which the progressive, previously almost unknown, money-out-of-politics candidate, Zephyr Teachout, received over a one-third of the votes while raising less than $1 million to corporate-Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo's nearly $40 million war chest -- may have dashed Cuomo's future presidential aspirations.

But...

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Drop What You're Doing and Watch Robin Williams on Inside the Actors Studio Now

(3) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 12:51 PM

Whatever you're doing right now (unless it's having a baby, flying an airplane, or performing open heart surgery), drop it and watch Robin Williams' appearance on Inside the Actors Studio from 2001.

You may never laugh as hard or as long in your life. It's human genius operating at...

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Ballmer Buy of Clippers for $2 Billion Bad For Fans

(5) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 1:53 PM

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After several months of melodramatic stand-offs, the $2 billion sale of the LA Clippers from super-rich Donald Sterling to super-rich Steve Ballmer finally closed this week.

No one with a heart should mourn the loss of Donald Sterling as an NBA owner. The...

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Republicans and Democrats Both Use Impeachment Food Fight for Fun and Profit

(1) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 12:58 PM

If I get one more fundraising email from Democratic politicians -- everyone from President Obama to Michelle Obama, to Joe Biden, to Harry Reid, to Nancy Pelosi -- asking me for money to stop the Republicans from impeaching President Obama, not only will I likely throw up; I may have...

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A Letter to the Wall Street Journal About What Progressives Want

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 2:53 PM

The editors of the Wall Street Journal are clueless about who progressives are and what they want.

While the editors can find common ground with corporate liberals, they seem to think that progressives are mostly authoritarians who want to keep right-of-center speakers off college campuses, rather than populist libertarians who...

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Rand Paul Eats Obama and Clinton for Lunch on Government Spying

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 2:25 PM

"You may be a Republican, or a Democrat, or a Libertarian. I'm not here to tell you what to be. I am here to tell you, though, that your rights, especially your right to privacy is under assault. I'm here to tell you that if you own a cell phone,...
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Is President Obama Tough Enough to Stand Up to Neocons, Negotiate a Diplomatic Settlement With Putin, and Avoid a New Cold War?

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 2:25 PM

As a small "d" democrat, I'm no fan of Vladimir Putin who partially rigs elections, suppresses free speech and a free press, jails dissidents, and caters to billionaire oligarchs.

As a progressive, my heart is with the protesters in the Maidan who seek a freer and more democratic future (despite...

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You Can Have Your Cadillac -- I'll Take the 6-Week Vacation, Free Health Care and a Used Peugot

(59) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 2:22 PM

If you watched the Winter Olympics on NBC TV the past two weeks, it's hard to have missed the Cadillac ELR commercial which was almost as ubiquitous as figure skating:

A short but trim middle aged character actor -- who looks a bit like a career Army officer and you...

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It Can Happen Again: Covert Government Programs to Discredit Martin Luther King and Other Dissenters Show Dangers of NSA

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 1:44 PM

"Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it." -- George Santayana

On October 10, 1963, less than two months after Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream Speech" electrified the nation, US Attorney General and "liberal" icon Robert F. Kennedy authorized the FBI to wiretap Dr. King's...

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Philip Seymour Hoffman: It Feels Like a Death in the Family

(4) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 2:50 PM

I never met Philip Seymour Hoffman, though I know people who knew him. But since right before the Super Bowl when I first heard of his tragic death from a reported drug OD at 46 years old in an Greenwich Village apartment only a few block from where I grew...

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Obamacare's Flaws Put Progressive Politics in Jeopardy

(21) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 6:20 PM

If the Obama administration can't quickly fix the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, not only is President Obama's second term in jeopardy. Progressivism itself is in jeopardy.

Progressivism's fundamental mission statement is that the government is essential to counterbalance free markets and can help solve social and economic problems...

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How Corporate America Can Stop a Federal Default: Give Boehner a Multi-Million Dollar Lobbying Job

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 1:04 PM

As much of the federal government remains closed and the nation lurches towards a catastrophic default which would likely slash corporate profits and throw millions out of work if Congress doesn't act by Thursday, there's a simple solution -- Corporate America needs to offer John Boehner a multi-million dollar a...

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House Repubs: Go Ahead, Shut the Government, Make Our Day

(3) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 4:19 PM

It's a reflection of how dysfunctional the federal government has become -- and how the Republican Party has been captured by a bunch of Tea Party anti-government anarchist hostage-takers -- that the least bad option may be to allow House Republicans to shut down the government for a few days...

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The Self-Destruction of the Obama Presidency

(242) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 9:19 AM

It is breathtaking, disheartening, and demoralizing to witness the Obama presidency self-destruct. Through a series of missteps and miscalculations it has reached the point where there are no good outcomes for Obama's presidency, the nation, or the world.

Politically, if Obama wins Congressional authorization to bomb Syria in a...

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