The media was wrong, and the White House was right. Still, many of us in the media won't admit it. Therefore, I'd like to apologize to you. We should probably make a better effort to understand policy, before we attempt to comment on it. And we should probably also admit, once and for all, that the President was born in America.
Sam Shepard and Stephen Rea have collaborated on projects for 40 years, ever since Shepard directed Rea in a Royal Court production of Shepard's Geography of a Horse Dreamer.
To restore legitimacy and trust, we need a second era of democracy based on integrity and accountability, and with stronger, more open institutions, active citizen citizenship and a culture of public discourse and participation.
Throughout the country, as states voted for Republican candidates for office, they largely voted against GOP policies in their initiative and referendum positions.
Sandra Fluke and Ben Allen are the somewhat similar, often labeled "progressive" candidates vying for a state Senate seat being vacated by State Senator Ted Lieu who is a shoe-in to represent the 33rd Congressional District in Washington, D.C.
Limbaugh is at the end of the day an entertainer, and his patronizing pronouncements don't come from the Republican Party. But it's not hard to see why unmarried women and other members of the Rising American Electorate would reject political candidates who share his views.
Criticizing the president during wartime is fine, as long as it's based on reality and facts. Hypocrisy, on the other hand, isn't fine. You either support the president, any president, in wartime or you don't. You can't have it both ways.
Sometimes the double standards employed by the right-wing Media Research Center are breathtaking in their blatantness.
With the number of American men and women with big-bellied, pear-shaped figures reaching alarming rates over the past decade, one bright spot is that plus-size conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh is no longer a big fat idiot.
In the wake of Ohio State University's new policies regarding sexual assault and harassment, Rush Limbaugh took to the airway to share his views. What people took from that particular show varies greatly on their opinion of Rush.
While we used to feel inspired by our country, we now feel disenchanted. While we used to hope, now we doubt. And rather than listening to leaders who unite us, too often we pay heed to demagogues like Rush Limbaugh whose sole source of profit comes from division and discord.
It's fine for pundits to yearn for open dialogue and rhetorical leadership from the White House. It's less helpful for them to ignore the unpleasant realities of nasty partisan politics in the age of Obama. It does no good to pretend race baiting hasn't become a badge of honor and a professional path to success for lots of right-wing pundits.
Robin Williams' death is national news precisely because his clowning and personality as our country's court jester were appreciated across social and political divides; he was our collective voice of comedy.
OK, it's not really surprising to learn that Rush Limbaugh believes that the return of two U.S. health care volunteer medical personnel from Africa who contracted Ebola is just another Obama plot so that he and the Democrat Party "can lead the compassion train." If that's all the smoke and mirrors Rush can come up with, we could just laugh it off. But Rush is not alone.
Are House Republicans likely to actually vote to impeach Obama? No. But you know what? I don't care. Boehner is the one who started this game, the one who has sought time and again to present himself as standing up to the president. It's sweet justice to see Boehner's shenanigans redounding to the benefit of Obama.
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