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Sherlock, Seinfeld, Gillibrand and Various Fripperies

Tom Alderman | Posted 01.26.2016 | Media
Tom Alderman

California drivers tend to think their turn signals are vestigial organs, something that exists existentially but doesn't really matter, which makes d...

White House Joins Snapchat, Seals Fate As Hippest Administration Ever

The Huffington Post | Samantha Guff | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics

The White House just joined Snapchat, but don't expect any rainbow vomit selfies from Obama anytime soon. The administration plans to kick off its fir...

Take A Virtual Tour Around The White House This Christmas

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 12.23.2015 | Technology

What's Christmas really like inside the White House -- and are the trees really as impressive as they seem on TV? A new virtual reality video ...

The Secrets of Trump's White House

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.17.2015 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

Donald Trump has had a lot of harsh things to say about Mexicans and Muslims, but people don't know much about his own background. He used to claim h...

Richard, We Hardly Knew You

Tom Alderman | Posted 12.08.2015 | Books
Tom Alderman

It's Evan Thomas' observational grace notes that deliver the complete Nixon. You've got to empathize with a guy who was totally helpless with anything mechanical and was comically clumsy while wrestling a lobster that clawed onto his suit.

Sanders Introduces Bill to Register Idiots in Response to Trump's Call to Register Muslims

Flora Nicholas | Posted 11.24.2015 | Comedy
Flora Nicholas

The furor over Donald Trump's call for a National Registry of Muslims escalated today as Democrats hit back with a call for a different kind of National Registry -- this time, one for "Idiots."

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho - It's Off To The White House We Go!

Tamara Jacobs | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics
Tamara Jacobs

People who tuned into this week's debate were treated to a different kind of entertainment program -- Fox Business Network's version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Can We Talk? Navigating Differences in a Post 9-11 World

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 09.11.2015 | Religion
Dr. Cindi Love

Thank you, President Obama, for encouraging the opportunity for public discourse to thrive even in times that seem devoid of civility and reasonableness.

The Unseen Work of Preparing an Exhibit: An Artist's Perspective

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 09.08.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

Two exhibits of my work, Oil and Water and Re/Viewing the American Landscape are currently on view at Blue Water Fine Arts in Port Clyde, Maine. I've been spending summers painting in Maine for close to forty years and exhibiting there for over thirty.

From Beach House to the White House: How 'Aladdin''s Courtney Reed Spent Her Summer Vacation

Jim Hill | Posted 09.07.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

After spending the last year and a half soaring high above the stage floor of the New Amsterdam Theatre aboard a magic carpet, Courtney Reed (who plays Princess Jasmine in the Broadway production of Disney's Aladdin) was ready for some more down-to-earth activities.

Three No Trump Will Never Be the Same

Francis Levy | Posted 08.25.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

"Three no trump" is a common and popular bid in bridge, but it has not been the same since Donald Trump's improbable presidential campaign got off the ground.

White House Lifts Ban on Photography and Invites Instagrammers to Help Spread the Hashtag

Nastasia Yakoub | Posted 07.13.2015 | Travel
Nastasia Yakoub

What do you do when you see an e-mail with the subject line: 'Invitation to the White House: July 1st'? Well, if you're like most people, you'd probab...

Heartbroken Girl Implores President Obama To Visit Her Home State In Adorable Letter

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 05.11.2015 | Good News

Never underestimate the power of a handwritten note. Rebecca, an 11-year-old from South Dakota, sent a letter to the White House in April asking w...

From Community College to the White House Administration

DJ Patil | Posted 05.07.2015 | College
DJ Patil

I'm the U.S. Chief Data Scientist -- and I got my start in community college. Yes, I've got a Ph.D. in applied mathematics, have been fortunate to help build amazing companies like LinkedIn, and have been at the forefront of the data science movement.

Letters to Presidents: Is Anyone There?

Ralph Nader | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Reading serious letters sent by citizens might induce presidents to send out thoughtful responses in the form of public feelers for fresh approaches, recommendations, or timely alerts about important matters.

Schism and Lack of Leadership in Washington Betrays the Inevitable Fall of our Great Nation

David Oualaalou | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

Could this latest stunt hint at leadership struggles within the GOP? It's an ironic possibility when you consider that the GOP takeover of both houses in January was supposed to herald an era of strong and responsible Republican leadership, not division.

Formerly Homeless Teen Went From Shelter To Michelle Obama's SOTU Guest

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact

Anthony Mendez knows a thing or two about defeating the odds. The 19-year-old's best friend was shot and killed during a neighborhood feud in 2011,...

Book Notes: Gary Hart and Abe Lincoln

Tom Alderman | Posted 01.31.2015 | Books
Tom Alderman

To a tsunami of Lincoln lit, please add Todd Brewster's detailed reporting, Lincoln's Gamble: The Tumultuous Six Months that Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and Changed the Course of the Civil War. This is a seven-hour-and-14-minute audiobook about one president's extraordinary executive action.

White House Counter Intelligence Coup

Francis Levy | Posted 12.01.2014 | Comedy
Francis Levy

It was reported that Omar Jose Gonzalez had actually made it all the way to the East Room with a knife in his pocket--something that would have been prevented if the Secret Service had put one of those accordion children's gates across the entranceway to that wing of the sacred redoubt.

Home Alone Redux

Francis Levy | Posted 11.29.2014 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Before Allied forces leave the house for the Middle East, hadn't they better remember some simple things like closing and locking doors and remembering which airport captured terrorists will be arriving at?

The Clintons Are Movin' on Down, Slumming It to the Wrong Side of the Tracks

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

Bill and Hillary are going to be my neighbors in Amagansett this summer. They arrive tomorrow. But, they are definitely laying low this August, compared to their fancier digs of years past.

Random Notes & Fripperies -- The Prequel to the Sequel

Tom Alderman | Posted 09.22.2014 | Entertainment
Tom Alderman

Who's responsible for letting actor/author Chris Colfer voice his own audiobook, The Land of Stories, a Grimm Warning? Aside from garbled words, his fourth grade reading technique is a formidable obstacle to getting past the first chapter.

5 Fun Facts About the Washington Monument

Noah St. John | Posted 09.05.2014 | Travel
Noah St. John

In honor of Independence Day, Babette and I took a trip to Washington DC... Watch today's video and discover 5 fun facts about The Washington Monumen...

Charge Dismissed In White House Car Incident

AP | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors have dismissed a misdemeanor charge against a man who drove behind a motorcade carrying President Barack Obama's daugh...

President Obama Keeps Hearing the Silly Charge He Has Failed Blacks

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.30.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama has refused to say that any of his initiatives and programs were aimed at blacks. The absence of this frank statement and the longing of many blacks to hear him say that fuels the perception and frustration that he isn't doing enough, or even anything.