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White House Gate Crashing, From Andrew Jackson To Grace Slick

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While Washington is all a-twitter over two society climbers crashing the gates at an Obama soirée, in the grand sweep of history, it was a fairly minor event. No one was in danger, and no real harm was done, nobody got dosed with LSD.

Akmal Shaikh: China Executes British Man

AP | NG HAN GUAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

URUMQI, China — China on Tuesday executed a British man convicted of drug smuggling in its first execution of a European citizen in half a centu...

Mighty Movie Podcast: The Underdog Bites Back: Tom Hooper on The Damned United

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

I've got nothing against sports films that exult in good sportsmanship and the triumph of the underdog. But I'm more inclined towards films like The Damned United that scrape past the noble veneer of sports.

Catch-22 in Afghanistan

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Astore

As we send more troops to stiffen Afghani government forces and to stabilize the state, that high-profile presence will serve to demoralize Afghani troops and ultimately to destabilize the state.

Veggie PR Spokesmom Tanya Steel on Julia Child, Snickers, and the Home Chef

Louise McCready Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Louise McCready Hart

"A big point of my book is teaching kids how to love vegetables. Parents need to say, 'Oh my God, these vegetables are so good.'"

Libyan Oil Is Thicker Than American Blood

Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld

The pretext "compassion" for the allegedly terminally ill Libyan prisoner, barely disguised the real reason -- oil buried deep in the Libyan sand.

Take This Mine And Shove It: India Fights Coal, As Tribe Fights Mountaintop Removal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

With the blessing of the Indian Supreme Court, Vedanta plans to launch its own version of Appalachia-style mountaintop removal on the Niyamgiri mountain, which the Dongria Kondh tribe worships as a god.

Staying In the Loop

Michael Rugnetta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Rugnetta

In the Loop spews forth countless barrages of vulgar, sarcastic, cold, and eminently witty dialogue that only the British can raise to the level of high art.

Simon Says... You're Through to the Next Round

Nick Jefferson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Nick Jefferson

Beyond the very small number of Axelrods, Emmanuels and the like, which of the people staffing the great and the good right now feel empowered, duty-bound even, to give honest, unvarnished feedback?

Interview With Zoe Heller: 'I End Up Loathing Myself'

Christina Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Christina Patterson

This tall, lithe, creature, with toned-as-Michelle-Obama's arms and a living-in-the-Bahamas tan, a creature whose latest internationally bestselling novel has garnered reviews Martin Amis would kill for, can't really mean 'self-loathing,' can she?

World Breathes Easier Now That Susan Boyle's Reign of Terror Ends

Bill Matthews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Bill Matthews

The media seemed to forget that Great Britain has filled the world with ugly singers, whether Mick Jagger or Amy Winehouse.

Do Women Need Their Own Space?

Indra Adnan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Indra Adnan

Working alongside the men, rather than in the room next door, seemed to us the best way to reach the Downing Street Project's goal -- not just the women.

Solving Kashmir

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

If Pakistan and India could declare peace and accept a line through the region as their final national boundaries, it could pay off huge dividends in the fight against terrorists.

Other People Banned From England

Sarah Walker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sarah Walker

People who haven't memorized Shakespeare's First Folio. You will be asked to recite it from memory at Passport Control. Even if you're on a connecting flight.

If You Think Dubai Is Bad, Just Look at Your Own Country

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

I recently figured that if British journalists who come to Dubai don't send back something sensationalist it won't get printed and they won't get paid. After all, sleaze sells.

I Like Simon Cowell. Is That Weird?

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Irene Rubaum-Keller

Simon just comes out and says it: 'You were awful, you looked stupid, you sounded like karaoke, that was a horrible song choice for you...' I appreciate that.

How Obama Can Further U.S.-Iran Relations

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

President Barack Obama, who says he wants to open serious talks with Iran and establish better relations will have his work cut out for him. His first step is to read Iran's modern history.

Afghan Stars at Sundance

Havana Marking | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Havana Marking

Last Saturday night, we were presented two awards by the good people of Sundance. it was the first time an Afghan film had made it there, and the people of Afghanistan were over the moon.

British Law Proposal Would Allow First-Born Daughter To Become Queen

All Headline News | Ann Lu | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

British law may change to allow a first-born daughter to become queen. Under plans to be proposed by a back-bench MP, members of the royal family woul...

Would President Bush Have Gone To War In Iraq If He Faced Incessant Coverage Of That War By the Television Networks?

Norman Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Norman Horowitz

In the past, aggressive media coverage helped turn around public opinion about the Vietnam War. The press did ultimately get beyond the pro-military reporting from Vietnam.

Actor Daniel Craig Talking About James Bond, Quantum of Solace and Saving the World

Brad Balfour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Balfour

Agent 007 may not be available to save us in all his athletic and dashing glory, but in Quantum of Solace James Bond exhaustingly gives it a damn good try.

Director Danny Boyle Creates a Slumdog Millionaire and Serious Oscar Buzz

Brad Balfour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Balfour

Now with Slumdog Millionaire, 52-year-old director Danny Boyle has applied his signature visual and storytelling attack to this classic rags-to-riches teen tale.

Eleven Other Countries with Big Auto Industry Problems

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Here's some of what's happening, mostly with GM, in Europe and Asia, two markets outside the U.S. hit hardest by the slowing automobile business.

The Hidden Cost of the Gulf War

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Margolis

While US casualties in Iraq appear relatively low -- 4,100 dead and 35,000 wounded -- the real health costs of Iraq will, as in the case of the First Gulf War, not be known for years.

Brits on Edge of Seat Too

Bruna Zanelli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bruna Zanelli

With only a few days left, many Brits are just as focused on the U.S. presidential election as Americans.