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Madoff to Help U.S. Sell Bad Assets

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

"Desperate times call for desperate measures," White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said on CNN last night. "If anyone can convince investors to buy a worthless piece of paper, it's Bernie Madoff."

Cheney to Pen Bush's Memoir

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Borowitz

Former President George W. Bush has decided to seek a ghostwriter for his new memoir after realizing that he faced several obstacles to writing the book himself, such as learning to spell.

NCAA Renames March Madness 'March Bipolar Disorder'

Andy Borowitz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Andy Borowitz

The name-change, which both surprised and outraged devotees of the annual ritual, came after the National Institute of Mental Health demanded that the NCAA drop the "Madness" tag.

In New Terror Video, AIG Demands Huge Ransom from U.S.

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

In the four-minute tape, a man believed to be the chairman of AIG says that if his organization is not paid its ransom, "chaos and destruction will rain down on the American economy."

Obama or FDR: Whose Strategy Will Work Better?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

One significant difference between the Roosevelt transition and that of Barack Obama is the swiftness with which the Obama transition team has moved to address the nation's economic crisis.

Madoff Blames Ponzi Scheme on Youth, Immaturity

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andy Borowitz

Madoff pleaded for understanding, explaining, "You do all kinds of crazy things when you're at an impressionable age like 60 or 61."

Obama Seeks New Commerce Secretary on Craigslist

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Borowitz

The president's online gambit seemed to pay off early in the day, when Josh Hurtstein, an indie rock musician from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, tentatively accepted the post.

Obama Considers Tax on Cabinet

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Borowitz

President Obama is mulling a controversial new tax program that would require members of his Cabinet to pay taxes owed under the Federal tax code, the White House confirmed today.

Phelps Congratulates Cardinals on Super Bowl Win

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

"The Cardinals really tore it up last night," said Mr. Phelps, who said he saw almost the entire game until he got "a wicked attack of the munchies" late in the fourth quarter.

Starbucks Eliminates Coffee, Cups, Stir-thingies

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

In an official statement, a company spokesman said that Starbucks "wrestled long and hard" with the decision to eliminate the three items, "especially coffee."

Poll: Obama Even More Awesome Than Originally Thought

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Borowitz

Mr. Obama receives higher approval ratings in the new poll than either leprechauns or unicorns, mythical beings that almost everyone agrees are totally awesome.

Obama Sends Biden on 'Special Mission' to Antarctica

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Borowitz

The president was vague about what the mission to Antarctica would entail, but he did indicate that it could take "up to four years."

Post-Election: Call it Decompression

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

He did the strangest thing last night: He turned the TV off. There he was, still in the early part of the evening, with another hour or two of pol...

Joanne Alter, Gender Trailblazer In Chicago Politics, Dies

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Joanne Alter, a trailblazing woman in Chicago politics, died Sunday in her Chicago home. She was 81. Her son, Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter, rele...

Stephen Colbert: Keith Olbermann "Rants Like A Guy Who Saves His Own Urine"

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Stephen Colbert hosted Newsweek columnist and MSNBC regular Jonathan Alter Thursday night, and opened the interview by asking about Keith Olbermann. ...

Progressive, Liberal, Lefty -- Call It What You Like, That's Where the Country's Going

Robert Schlesinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Schlesinger

Of course a progressive mood doesn't guarantee that Barack Obama will be elected or re-elected. Individual elections are still decided by things like actual candidates.

My First Convention: Jonathan Alter

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Welcome to the inauguration of ETP's brand-new series, "My First Convention," where we ask political movers and shakers about their very first convent...

Progressive Conversations Create a Sea Change

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia G. Yerman

Victoria Hopper and Jamie McGurk decided that with all the progressive movers and shakers that were going to be assembled in Denver, an opportunity to create a meaningful dialogue was presenting itself.

Who's Driving Whom? The Blogosphere vs. Mainstream Media

Blaise Nutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Blaise Nutter

In the first panel of the day at the Seachange Ideas Forum, distinguished journalists from both sides analyzed the relationship between the traditional media and the blogosphere.

Why Chicago is My Kind of Town

Jonathan Alter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jonathan Alter

Chicago is "My Kind of Town" and not just because I was born and raised there. It's the best big American city because it has all the advantages of bigness (great food, arts, recreation, architecture) while feeling like a small town.

Where Have You Gone, John?

Jonathan Alter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Alter

The Obama campaign's new mantra is that McCain is "an honorable man running a dishonorable campaign." Lame is more like it -- and out of sync with the real guy.

When Bill Clinton Met Mayhill Fowler on the Rope Line

Jay Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jay Rosen

Newsroom people, you don't have to leave the moral universe you grew up in. Just admit the possibility of another valid one beyond yours.

Let The Second Guessing Begin: Five Reasons Obama Won and Five Reasons Clinton Lost

Jonathan Alter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Alter

Journalists, historians and bloggers will be talking for years about what happened. In such a close race, the winner did plenty of things wrong, and the loser did a lot right.

Hillary, Barack and the Party: A Non Faceoff At A Semi-Dignified Tar Heel Affair

Reny Monk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Reny Monk

At the DNC North Carolina dinner, Clinton again never got a chance to trade wits with her rival, playing warm-up for him instead, basically introducing him to the cheering attendees.

Snaphots: Our Political-Entertainment Industrial Complex

Scott Shrake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Scott Shrake

At the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, I saw a lot of vintage 1990s right-wingers, including Ralph Reed and Newt Gingrich, but whatever. Top Politico of the night? Pamela, of course!