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National Health Care: Making a Trip to Antarctica Possible

Tamar Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tamar Abrams

I don't know that TRICARE is the best possible care, but I can point to my parents, who still ride their tandem bike every day and swim every day and are healthy enough to plan a January trip to Antarctica.

Why the Insured Should Support Health Care Reform: Employer Sponsored Health Insurance is an Endangered Species

Anne Mai Bertelsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anne Mai Bertelsen

Employer-sponsored insurance is an endangered species. Without health care reform, including a public option, many more Americans will join the ranks of the uninsured. Including, potentially, my family.

Head in the Sand?

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

On issues of race, Obama will forever be either the man who healed the septic wound that runs across the back of this nation, or the man who turned away from the mirror to solve more "practical" issues.

Jason Linkins

Rachel Maddow Nails South Carolina Health Care | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

On last night's Rachel Maddow Show, Maddow took viewers through what she called a "magic map trick," in which she crunched the numbers on a handful of...

Seth & Amy Mock Kanye, Joe, And Serena In Weekend Update Premiere (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Meyers and Poehler did their first "Really?!? With Seth & Amy" of the season last night during the premiere of Weekend Update Thursdays. The pair devo...

Sanford On Wilson: It's Time To Move On

CNN | Peter Hamby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says he can feel Joe Wilson's pain. Sanford on Thursday compared the scrutiny of Wilson -- the Republican congressma...

Racism, John McCain and Other Republicans

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

In 1976, 30 of my 31 police officers confessed to on-the-job use of the most vile, invective, racist language you can imagine. How do we confront the barefaced bigotry we see today?

Who You Calling a Racist?

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolff

How is it that racism has been so successfully rejected as a description, precisely by the people it is meant to describe? How can they so stubbornly deny their obvious feelings, and why would they want to?

Reading The Pictures: Glenn Beck's Organ. TIME's Dime.

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2009-09-18-GlennBeckTIME_fp.jpgWith so many confused and troubled people being politically exploited right now, Time has, in effect, gone beyond good sense to pull its own Joe Wilson.

Where Does Social Media Start, and a Mainstream Media News Cycle Die?

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Phil Bronstein

When and how a news story begins, and what the steps are in between that moment and Jimmy Carter offering his final, funereal judgment, are interesting questions.

Back In Black: Lewis Black Takes On Angry Outbursts (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Lewis Black appeared on the "Daily Show" last night to tackle the topic of "Anger in America." It seems every reporter, columnist, and blogger in Amer...

Did Joe Wilson Cross the Line Between Civil Disobedience and Incivility?

Natalie Holder-Winfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Natalie Holder-Winfield

Is it possible that calling the President a liar was no different than a march through Selma or a lunch counter sit-in? Is it possible that Joe Wilson was engaged in civil disobedience?

Carter Racism Charge Triggers Next U.S. Race Debate

Christian Science Monitor | Patrik Jonsson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In asserting that some Obama foes are prejudiced, the ex-president rekindles a difficult discussion. The right sees it as a way to squelch legitimate ...

Obama Ally: Joe Wilson Won Face-Off With President

ABC News | George Stephanopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For the third day in a row, President Obama came under fire from a Chicago Democrat who was the first Latino member of Congress to endorse him for pre...

Defending Unpatriotic Racism

Robbie Gennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

They say the best offense is a good defense. Our only real defense against right wing insanity is to put them on the defense and keep them there.

Do You Agree with President Carter's Comments?

Karen Finney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Finney

Change -- even change you want or need -- can be scary. Some articulate these fears by saying: "I don't recognize my own country."

Ed Show Hits Michele Bachman For Defending Joe Wilson In 'Psycho Talk' Segment (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is never one to shy away from taking an unpopular or controversial position, and this time she's defending fellow GOP R...

White Guys Can't Apologize

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolff

Apologizing has become some formal social, political, and media condition. It's a ritual and nicety like a thank you; it's part of a political process, like a campaign; it's a media event like a season finale.

Say, "I'm sorry" on The Jay Leno Show

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sybil Adelman Sage


Carter On Racism: White House Disagrees

AP | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House says President Barack Obama doesn't believe he's being criticized because of his race. Spokesman Robert Gibbs said Wedn...

Egyptian Minister Forced to Apologize for Threatening to Burn Books About Israel

Joseph Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph Freeman

Hosny publicly said that he would burn all the books in Alexandria's library that had anything to do with Israel. He also called Israeli culture "racist."

Sorry Seems to Be the Easiest Word

Rabbi Jennifer Krause | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rabbi Jennifer Krause

These days, we pay loads of attention to the moment of apology and not so much to the follow up, to what the "apologizer" does to make the sorry stick.

Joseph Cao: "Future Of GOP" Voted To Rebuke Wilson

The Daily Beast | Benjamin Sarlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Joseph Cao was hailed six months ago as the future of the GOP. Yesterday, he voted to rebuke Joe Wilson. Can the most endangered Republican in the Hou...

Rude Awakening: Has Me-Centric Culture Stymied Our Democracy?

Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein

It's "awkward public outbursts by public figures" week! Woo-hoo! We can start with Michael Moore. Next up is Joe Wilson. Oh, and Kanye?

Joe Wilson and Our Misguided Anger

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

Guantanamo, Afghanistan, health care, Iraq: listing these real stories feels almost pointless in the presence of Joe Wilson's public flogging. He shouted during Obama's speech, but he didn't interrupt a king.