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

(3) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 11:51 AM

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 | 12:53 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 | 11:58 AM

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 | 1:53 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 | 1:25 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 | 1:25 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 | 1:22 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 | 12:44 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 | 1:50 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 | 5:20 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 | 12:04 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 | 3:19 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 | 8:19 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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Bravo, Elizabeth Warren -- American Hero

(7) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 5:01 PM

It's a rare day when the American people can celebrate a victory over the Too Big to Fail banks that tanked the world economy in 2008.

But with Senate confirmation of Richard Cordray as the first permanent director of the Consumer Financial Protection Board, this is indeed a day for...

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Obama's Failing Second Term Presidency

(49) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 3:27 PM

Barack Obama decisively defeated Republicans in the 2012 election. But Republicans are successfully kicking his butt in the post election.

You know something's wrong when Obama's biggest second term achievement to date is voluntarily giving back 5 percent of his presidential salary in sympathy with federal workers furloughed by...

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I Will Stand and Fight for My 2nd Amendment Rights to Own a Tank, a Drone and a Nuclear Missile!

(84) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 11:30 AM

"[T]ens of millions of Americans are already preparing to Stand and Fight to protect their families and homes...During the second Obama term... Latin American drug gangs have invaded every city of significant size in the United States... [T]he border today remains porous not only to people seeking jobs in the...
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Can We Solve the Climate Crisis If We Don't Solve the Democracy Crisis?

(52) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 11:50 AM

After President Obama's nearly 4-year silence on the dangers of climate change during his first term, Obama spoke out forcefully in his Second Inaugural Address:

We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and our...
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Voting Rights and Money Out of Politics Movements Form Historic Democracy Coalition

(2) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 3:16 PM

American democracy is under threat from two powerful sources:

The first is the power of billionaires and corporations to make unlimited "independent" campaign contributions which resulted in a $6 billion election in which the top 32 super PAC donors, giving an average of $9.9 million each, matched...

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Obama's Bad Deal and Worse Negotiating

(102) Comments | Posted January 1, 2013 | 3:36 PM

I hate to burst the balloon of a New Year's celebration for an apparently bipartisan deal to avoid the badly misnamed "fiscal cliff," but far from affirming a progressive victory in the 2012 elections, which should have protected the legacy of the New Deal for future generations, the deal permanently...

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Obama Offers Boehner Old Ladies' Scalps

(9) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 11:30 AM

If you're an 85-year-old lady (or man) living on $14,000 a year in Social Security, having your benefits cut by roughly $1,000 a year could mean choosing between paying for food or paying for medicine. In some cases it could mean the difference between life and death.

But that's apparently...

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