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Lawrence Lessig: On 'Dumbing Down' The Democratic Debate

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

I get the appeal in blaming Republicans. I understand the attraction in good vs. evil stories. I see the strength in the partisan rally. I get it's a great strategy for winning elections. But it is not a strategy for governing. We won't have a functioning government until we create a functioning democracy.

'Me And Earl And The Dying Girl' -- A Film Interview

Molly Dedham | Posted 07.01.2015 | Entertainment
Molly Dedham

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL a Sundance breakout film this year just hit movie theaters in wide release. I got to sit down with the director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and actor Thomas Mann and discuss this gem of a movie. It's quirky, sophisticated, fun and wildly creative.

Live from the Nantucket Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.27.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This is my second year at the Nantucket Film Festival, and this will probably be my one dispatch, mostly because I'm having too much fun to take time to write about it.

On Being American

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 06.16.2015 | Media
Nigel Hamilton

I became an American on Nov. 4, 2010, at an elegant ceremony in Great Hall of Bullfinch's Faneuil Hall, Boston, beneath a vast painting of Daniel Webster debating the preservation of the Union with Robert Hayne of South Carolina.

Matthew Jacobs

'Me And Earl And The Dying Girl' Will Be Summer's Signature Teen Movie

HuffingtonPost.com | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 06.14.2015 | Entertainment

A teenage boy befriends a girl with cancer. His best friend watches as they grow closer. All three learn who they are as a result of their shared expe...

Movie Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, a Must See

Carole Mallory | Posted 06.11.2015 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

Norman Mailer taught me that a title should tell the audience what the book or movie is about. And yet, this title, I fear, will keep an audience away when this is one of the most enjoyable films I have seen this year.

Publisher Rejection Letters From Sophocles to Hitler

Andy Ross | Posted 06.28.2015 | Comedy
Andy Ross

Here is a mental exercise of employing standard publisher rejection templates as they might have been used for some of the great (or notorious) classics of Western Civilization.

CNN: The Accountant Who Runs a News Business

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 10.21.2014 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

MSNBC ratings have been declining for a while, and CNN has been making slight gains in its audience size. Now is not the time to begin "reducing spending," certainly not if you're trying to maximize "growth and profitability."

Political Gridlock Is an Enemy of Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

With important issues facing our nation, very little is getting done. And for our nation's children, stalemate in Congress precludes action on addressing a wide array of problems.

Happy Graduation! Ten Books That Could Change Your Graduating Senior (and Their World)

Ru Freeman | Posted 07.27.2014 | Books
Ru Freeman

This is the book you place on top of those other nine-ish books you just bought or ordered. It is the book that communicates that you are a savvy aunt/uncle/grandparent/neighbor/parent.

House Republicans: 'Yee-Haw! We're Shuttin' Down the Gov'mint!'

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It's hard to believe that "the American people" are so upset about the mild reforms contained in the ACA that they're demanding a government shut down and a default on the national debt to stop it. No wonder Congress' approval rating is the lowest in decades.

An Elusive Utopia By The Sea

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 09.27.2013 | Books
Lionel Rolfe

John O'Kane's at times rambling but nonetheless intriguing book length essay, "Venice, CA: A City State Of Mind," sums up the history, the observations, the artists and writers and poets great and famous and obscure who have lurked among the dark shadows of this Nirvana by the sea.

Summer Reading About What Ails America and How to Fix It

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

If you're interested in figuring out the roots of our current economic, social and political crisis, what it will take to fix it, and how you can be part of the solution, here's a list of 15 recent books you might want to take with you.

Jason Linkins

Josh Barro Is Right About GOP Obstinacy Making 'Both Parties Stupid'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

Imagine if you will, two wrestlers, of roughly equal size and ability, locked in a match with one another. Typically, what will happen in such a conte...

A Love Letter From One Century to Another: A Review of Wolfgang Lederer's Disorder and Early Love: The Eroticism of Thomas Mann

Thomas Singer, M.D. | Posted 04.21.2013 | Books
Thomas Singer, M.D.

Dr. Lederer has sent his love letter about Thomas Mann to the 21st century and it is worthy of our admiration and love.

It's Worse Than It Looks, But It Can Get Better

James A. White | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
James A. White

America's current predicament is not caused by the depth of our policy challenges but rather the intransigence of extreme elements in one party, exploiting a political system that is poorly suited for effective action absent cooperation between our two parties.

How the Mainstream Press Bungled the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign

Dan Froomkin | Posted 02.06.2013 | Media
Dan Froomkin

Fearful of appearing biased, the elite political press failed to call sufficient attention to the Republican Party's radical agenda and disdain for facts. The result is that in the name of balance, the press actually put its thumb on the scale, and prevented a true reckoning.

Getting to Maybe: The Critical Need for Compromise in Congress

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

We are not delusional or naive enough to expect that getting to maybe will be an easy task. We recognize that over the past few years, compromise in Congress has become an oxymoron and bipartisanship a dirty word.

Yaddo: Transforming Sorrow into Joy

Daron Hagen | Posted 08.05.2012 | Home
Daron Hagen

Yaddo, in Saratoga Springs, New York, is more than America's most prestigious artist retreat: it is a testament to one couple's determination to transubstantiate loss into works of art.

Has the Press Lost Its Guts... Or Is It Just Being "Fair"?

Dan Rather | Posted 08.05.2012 | Media
Dan Rather

Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann write that much of the blame for the dysfunction in Congress lies with the Republican Party. Sounds like fighting words to me, but the traditional press doesn't seem to want any part of this showdown.

A Way to Fix Our Politically Polarized State?

David Helfenbein | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
David Helfenbein

I understand the importance and value of political parties, but the parties should not come at the cost of bipartisanship and success.

The Only Beltway White Guy Pundits Too Hot for the Sunday Shows?

Peter Hart | Posted 07.15.2012 | Media
Peter Hart

Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann are well-known in the Beltway. They work at big-time think tanks, appear on television chat shows, and write books and op-eds that powerful people pay attention to. Lately, though, it seems they've become dangerous men.

Paul Krugman: Our Political System Has Been Warped By A Small, Wealthy Minority

The New York Times | Paul Krugman | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics

Before the Great Recession, I would sometimes give public lectures in which I would talk about rising inequality, making the point that the concentrat...

If Republicans Are the Problem, Americans Elect Is No Solution

Jason Stanford | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Even if the Americans Elect nominee figured out how to defeat Obama and Mitt Romney, the centrist president would still have the same Congress stymied by a Republican Party that values purity of essence more than progress.

Jason Linkins

Mann, Ornstein Urge Media To Get Smarter On Partisan Polarity, Chris Cillizza Says 'No Thanks!'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics

As you may already know, over the weekend, Thomas E. Mann of the Brookings Institution and Norman J. Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute co-...