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Hillary: Vast or Half-Vast Right Wing Conspiracy?

Bernie Shine | Posted 10.03.2015 | Politics
Bernie Shine

In 1998, Hillary Clinton stated, "The vast right wing conspiracy has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president." Today, Hillary has been assailed by the right on three issues: Benghazi, The Clinton Foundation, and her use of a private email server

The "Lavender Scare": Homosexuals at the State Department

ADST | Posted 09.22.2015 | Gay Voices

Investigating homosexuality became a core function of the Department's Office of Security, which ferreted out more people for homosexuality than for being a Communist.

Julia Child's Birthday

ADST | Posted 08.15.2015 | World

Julia Child, who would have celebrated her 100th birthday on August 15, 2012, was a pioneer in bringing French cuisine to Americans at a time when most people were content with white bread and TV dinners.

Attacks Against Bernie Sanders Have Reached New Depths

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

To imply that Bernie Sanders' style of Democratic Socialism even stands on the same side of the political spectrum as the National Socialism of the Nazi Party shows not only a total misunderstanding of history and political theory, but more importantly, it underscores yet again the dog whistle politics of neo-conservatism.

Scalia and Alito: Have You No Sense of Decency, Sirs?

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

It is past time for family, friends, lawyers, legal associations and law schools to ask Alito and Scalia to halt and to answer the question "Have you no sense of decency, sirs?"

The Persistent Dreams of the Tunnel Builders

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 05.16.2015 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

Some of the people seated around the long table in the elegant dark wooded South Pasadena home have been fighting the idea of a five-mile long tunnel nearly 200 feet beneath their feet for decades.

The Dark Ages of Queerdom

Katie Gilmartin | Posted 02.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Katie Gilmartin

For my graduate research I interviewed "Bernie" and other lesbians about their lives in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. Their stories have haunted me since. These stories, and the experiences of gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people told to me by friends and friends of friends, are woven throughout my first novel, Blackmail, My Love.

Erika Stone: A Social Vision

Holly Cara Price | Posted 01.18.2015 | Fifty
Holly Cara Price

A stringer for Time Magazine and Der Spiegel, she was assigned to photograph the biggest celebrities of the day -- Marilyn Monroe, Leonard Bernstein, Alfred Hitchcock, Marlene Dietrich and others. But she preferred to photograph everyday New Yorkers.

The Wildest Political Night in the History of Hollywood

Greg Mitchell | Posted 12.26.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

The showdown over a loyalty oath that would deny any Communist affiliation had finally arrived. On one side: The SAG president, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who faced ''the most dramatic evening in my life,'' he later recalled. On the other: Cecil B. DeMille, one of the founders of the movie industry.

Debt Collectors, Social Darwinism and William Jennings Bryan

Don McNay | Posted 12.21.2014 | Business
Don McNay

In the over 90 years since William Jennings Bryan's death, we have seen scores of major atrocities played out with the theory of "survival of the fittest" as a motivating factor. We are also seeing it at every level of business and society.

Republican Right Embraces Its Long, Hypocritical Tradition of Pandering to Fear

Robert Creamer | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Republicans have made questions of how safe we are -- from disease, terrorism or something unspoken and perhaps more ominous -- central in their attacks against Democrats. But this is nothing new.

The 'Sore Winners' Fallacy

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Those who call gay people intolerant for defending ourselves are twisting the concept beyond recognition. Civility is a virtue; but tolerance does not require us to treat a relentless assault against our rights as citizens like a disagreement at the dinner table.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

David Kanegis | Posted 03.30.2014 | Fifty
David Kanegis

For many of us, Pete Seeger symbolized all that was great and noble in our country. Many of us were disaffected as the young of all generations tend to be. Here was a man born of our parents generation who "got us." If you were one of the lucky ones like me, your parents got him as well.

Honduras: Mr. Hernández's Witch Hunt

Marco Cáceres | Posted 03.18.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

It is an extremely dangerous game whenever a political leader attempts to paint an opponent as an enemy of the state because if the label should manage to stick, then it opens the way for the opponent to be denied his or her civil rights -- all in the name of "national security".

McCarthyism in Korea?

John Feffer | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
John Feffer

North Korea's influence in South Korea has declined -- from an already low point -- and yet the South Korean government has reacted as if the opposite has happened.

The Melissa McCarthy Era

Abe Gurko | Posted 12.22.2013 | Style
Abe Gurko

Can we all agree that Melissa McCarthy looks fantastic on the cover of Elle -- The Women In Hollywood Issue? No? You mean there is a Greek Chorus of hypocrites that refuse to accept what we can all see and take at face value...that Melissa looks fierce?

My Commie Grandfather Is Laughing in His Grave!

Stanton Peele | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Stanton Peele

I'm finally coming out of the closet for my whole family. Now that I'm a grandfather myself, I can reveal that my long-deceased grandfather, Moishe Fr...

The Novel That Predicted the Facebook Wall -- 60 Years Ago

Oliver Tearle | Posted 11.23.2013 | Books
Oliver Tearle

In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury predicted a raft of later technological developments, among them flat-screen televisions, iPod earbuds, Bluetooth headsets, ATMs, and rolling news -- even the Facebook "wall."

'You Failed to Break the Spirit of Bradley Manning': An Open Letter to President Obama

Norman Solomon | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

You have sought to make an example of Bradley Manning with categorical condemnation and harsh punishment. You seem not to grasp that he has indeed become an example -- an inspiring example of stellar courage and idealism

The Psychology of Neo-McCarthyism

Douglas LaBier | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Douglas LaBier

There are political motives for this odd, self-destructive path. But there's another source worth considering as well: The mental and emotional drivers that may underlie the resurgence of McCarthyism at this particular point in our culture.

Issa Stirs Memories Of McCarthyism

National Journal | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics

In one brief and repugnant interview, the GOP's chief congressional investigator into Internal Revenue Service abuses cherry-picked evidence, overstat...

Bon Voyager

Lester & Charlie | Posted 07.31.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

If the new crop of conservatives wants the kind of national stage that Bachmann is ceding, they have to jump in the deep end of the nut bowl with a snorkel and a mouthful of garbled sound bytes.


James Zogby | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics
James Zogby

Chuck Hagel is a valued friend. As a result, it was profoundly disturbing to me and members of my community when some of his opponents attempted to make his appearances before Arab Americans an issue in his confirmation process.

The Anti-Hagel Gambits: Clever, But Not Really That Clever

William Bradley | Posted 04.17.2013 | World
William Bradley

So what does all this latest angry maneuvering around former Senator Chuck Hagel's confirmation as secretary of defense amount to? Not that much, actually.

Sarah Bufkin

NC Landmark Racial Justice Law Faces First Test After GOP Almost Repealed Statute Entirely | Sarah Bufkin | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Following eight days of highly-charged hearings that highlighted the still-problematic role that race plays in North Carolina's criminal...