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My Encounter With Merle

Dean Opperman | Posted 05.03.2016 | Comedy
Dean Opperman

Dean Opperman here with the story of my encounter with the great Merle Haggard. It was 1983 and I was co-hosting The Dean & Don Show on KKDJ Fresno w...

Demetri Martin On His Directorial Debut, Woody Allen And 'The Daily Show'

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 04.20.2016 | Entertainment

Demetri Martin was overjoyed on Saturday night. The 42-year-old comedian's sweet directorial debut, "Dean," enjoyed an enthusiastic premiere at the on...

Michelle A. Williams Becomes Harvard’s First Black Faculty Dean

The Crimson | Taryn Finley | Posted 02.23.2016 | Black Voices

Michelle A. Williams, an epidemiologist and professor at the School of Public Health, will lead the school as its next dean beginning in July, becomin...

As the Spirit Moves Me

Jay Halfond | Posted 10.30.2013 | College
Jay Halfond

This is the first time in more than a half century when I am not planning a return to school after Labor Day. I don't need to get a new lunch box, wardrobe, or haircut, or face the annual apprehension about the challenges that lie ahead.

Blame and Punishment: When Mea Culpas Are Simply Not Sufficient

Jay Halfond | Posted 07.30.2013 | College
Jay Halfond

The recent Internal Revenue Services targeting of the Tea Party implicated many -- where the lines of responsibility are fuzzy and perhaps even arbitrary. And just this past week, the dean of Harvard College resigned amidst a scandal-within-a-scandal.

Foster Care Youth: The Faces of a Nation's Soul in Crisis

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
Claire Pomeroy

For some children, the uncertainty of life on the street is better than certainty of violence at home. It was for me. At age 14, I escaped from an abusive home with no money, nowhere to go and only the clothes I was wearing.

Tenure: Use It or Lose It

Thomas Fisher | Posted 10.17.2011 | Education
Thomas Fisher

Recent efforts in statehouses around the United States to abolish public employees' and K-12 teachers' collective bargaining rights suggest that attacks on the tenure system in public higher education will not be far behind.

Howard Dean: Tea Party 'Has Trouble With Diversity'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Wednesday that the Tea Party's rise to political potency has been driven by the movemen...

Ex-Dean Pimped Out Her Students 'Slaves' | IKIMULISA LIVINGSTON and JEANE MacINTOSH | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

A shamed former St. John's University dean allegedly shared her stable of slave-scholars with her male pals -- offering them up as dates or au pairs, ...

Obama's Next Steps

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We'll have lots of time to examine Obama's new course before he actually formally announces it next year. In the meantime, Obama has two short months remaining to convince the Senate to get something done to bolster his legacy.

Friday Talking Points [140] -- Pledging Nonsense

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The White House has been in the news this past week, mostly for who will be leaving it soon. One is tempted to insert the old "will the last to leave...

Cupcake Trend Won't Stop

The Real Deal | Michael Stoler | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Lest you think the cupcake wave is ancient history, be forewarned: within 12 months we will have at least six to 10 new cupcake shops in New York City...

Supreme Court Helps Out Kagan

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Supreme Court has yanked the rug out from under the argument that Kagan shouldn't have had the option to bar military recruiters from campus while dean of Harvard law school. Today's ruling affirms that right for universities.

Drug War Mistaken

Dean Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dean Becker

Despite the horrors the US inflicts on its own people in the name of the war on drugs, it is the citizens of Mexico that bear the deadliest weight of this prohibition.

Friday Talking Points: Is Opt-Out The Answer?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The plan isn't going into effect until 2013. Think you're tired of TV ads and screaming folks at town hall meetings now? Picture a more local version of that for the next four years -- not a pretty sight.

Howard Dean Debates Health Care With Mary Landrieu, Chris Matthews (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Howard Dean is digging in. The former DNC Chairman appeared on MSNBC's Hardball on Wednesday, getting into a heated health care debate with both host...

Clarification: Howard Dean Will Still Support Obama 'Vigorously' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean told the Huffington Post that he was misinterpreted and, subsequently misquoted when discuss...

Democrats Now "All In" On Healthcare Reform

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Let's look at the poker hand we've been dealt on health care reform. Democrats have now officially gone from "pot committed" to "all in." The stakes, to be blunt, have been raised until they are as high as they can go.

Howard Dean Op-Ed: This 'Is Not Real Health-Care Reform'

The Washington Post | Howard Dean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If I were a senator, I would not vote for the current health-care bill. Any measure that expands private insurers' monopoly over health care and trans...

Howard Dean: Washington Is More Resistant To Change Than Anything "Except A Few Religious Cults"

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview with Esquire magazine, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean (author of a new book, "Howard Dean's Prescription for Real Health Care Ref...

Watergate, Prosecuted. Why Not Water(boarding)gate?

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The mess Nixon left Ford -- inflation and recession, a war winding down -- didn't preclude pursuing the larger Watergate affair, and the regime that gave rise to it. What makes waterboarding different?

Dean Claims Credit For "Lighting The Match" For Obama

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For all his efforts helping President Obama get elected, Howard Dean remains an outsider in the Democratic Party and is prepared to hold his party lea...

Howard Dean Says Goodbye In Letter

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Howard Dean, outgoing chair of the Democratic National Committee, wrote a letter saying goodbye to supporters. The full text: Four years ago, I becam...

Friday Talking Points [60] -- Democratic Assertiveness Training

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What a week! With Congress back in session, with the excitement of newly-elected members being sworn in (or barred at the door, as the case may be), ...

Sam Stein

DNC Memo: This Is The 50-State Strategy Realized | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Fresh off an expansion in congressional majorities and the reclamation of the White House, the Democratic National Committee is sending around a memo ...