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The Jon Stewart Problem

Keith Gaby | Posted 06.29.2016 | Green
Keith Gaby

The heart of the progressive point of view is the idea that government has a role to play in solving some of our toughest problems. The private sector...

Trump and Mussolini: It Can't Happen Here?

Maria Laurino | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics
Maria Laurino

Now that we know Donald Trump is okay with quoting the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, it's probably time to reconsider that old chestnut about those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.

Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre gets ready to celebrate its 90th anniversary

Jim Hill | Posted 02.28.2016 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Tonight, all eyes are on the Dolby Theatre and the 88th Academy Awards. But tomorrow morning -- after that 500 foot-long red carpet (which gets rolle...

Former GOP Frontrunner Jeb Bush's Battle With "Restless Insurrectionist Syndrome"

Rich Rubino | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Jeb Bush, the early Republican frontrunner, is presently polling in the single digits despite an ambitious advertising blitz. Bush was a weak frontru...

A Walk in the Park -- for Everyone

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 11.16.2015 | San Francisco
Fran Moreland Johns

For most of America's urban poor, life is hardly a walk in the park. But the Trust for Public Land is out to change that. Every urban citizen, rich or...

'Bridge of Spies' Premieres at the New York Film Festival

Regina Weinreich | Posted 10.06.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Jan Donovan Amorosi had just seen Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies at a special screening the night before its New York Film Festival premiere at Alice Tully Hall on Sunday night. "We had no idea what our father had gone through when we were growing up in Brooklyn."

British Polo Day Was Awesome!

Jay Weston | Posted 06.01.2016 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

My close buddies Freddie Windsor, he of that British Royal family, and his lovely actress/writer wife Sophie Winkleman, a fairly new mother of Maud, were having a party and I was invited.

Laughter: The Surprising Secret to Surviving Tough Times

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | Posted 10.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

You might be wondering, How could I possibly laugh when life knocks me down? Whether you have a bad day or experience a catastrophic life event, there's a pretty thin line between tragedy and comedy.

'Mr. Zezima Goes Back to Washington'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 09.09.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

Before my recent visit to Washington, D.C., a town populated by clueless people, so one more wouldn't hurt, I had been in the nation's capital twice -- once on purpose.

Skillful Mix of High Art and Low Clowning Helped Make Aladdin the Surprise Hit of This Season

Jim Hill | Posted 06.11.2014 | Arts
Jim Hill

There's a line from As You Like It carved into the ceiling of the New Amsterdam Room. It reads, "I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad.'' I imagine that a good many people are going to be made merry once they get the chance to experience this new musical comedy.

Am I the Only Libertarian Democrat in America?

Fred Lundgren | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

My friend finally growled out, "I know what you are, you're a Libertarian Democrat." Had he labeled me correctly? Has my world view devolved into conflicting combinations of Liberalism and Libertarianism? If so, must these "brands" be mutually exclusive?

Was Gene Autry a Radical?

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Was Gene Autry, the "singing cowboy" on TV and in the movies, really a radical? I just discovered this Autry recording of the pro-labor song "The Death of Mother Jones," about the great radical union organizer -- Mary Harris Jones, sometimes called the "most dangerous woman in America."

Will You Be Truly Happy If You Win the Lottery?

Don McNay | Posted 07.26.2013 | Business
Don McNay

Winning the lottery has not always been the ticket to paradise. But if people use the money wisely, for a purpose, and with financial security being their number one priority, it might allow them to get closer to that elusive dream of happiness.

First Nighter: Lanford Wilson's Outstanding Mound Builders Flattened in Jo Bonney's Signature Revival

David Finkle | Posted 05.18.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

The least painful way to comment on it is to say that, as directed by Jo Bonney -- working below her usual caliber -- it does very little to recapture Wilson's memorable achievement.

The Trailer Park Test for Personal Finance

Don McNay | Posted 11.16.2012 | Money
Don McNay

Recently, an accomplished professional woman told me she had wanted to marry a rich man at one point in her life. My response was why?

Public Health Relies on Environmental Stewardship in the Farm Bill

Robert Lawrence | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Robert Lawrence

An ailing ecosystem puts human populations at risk, and all of us interested in human health should be on the edge of our seats watching what the House does with the bill this month.

Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti Kicks Off Polo Season at Will Rogers

The Daily Truffle | Posted 07.09.2012 | Los Angeles
The Daily Truffle

Harvard-Westlake alum and current L.A. city councilmember and Los Angeles mayoral Democratic candidate Eric Garcetti threw out the ball for the 59th a...

Tribeca 2012 Diary: Nancy, Please Director Andrew Semans

Dan Persons | Posted 06.29.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

In his feature film debut, Nancy, Please, director Andrew Semans has created a slyly disturbing tragicomedy that explores how a life strategy built around wallowing in one's own victimhood can lead to a rapid, and quite mortifying, undoing.

Why the Republicans Can't Win

Rob Taub | Posted 02.26.2012 | Politics
Rob Taub

Republicans can continue to relentlessly criticize the president all they want, but the GOP is out of touch with the American people.

Stage Door: The Submission

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.13.2011 | Arts
Fern Siegel

If a white man writes an important play about black people, is it less valuable once his identity is known? That's the question The Submission should have debated, kick-starting an honest dialogue.

I Went to a Polo Match on Sunday, And Loved It!

Jay Weston | Posted 12.13.2011 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

I have some advice for those people at AEG/Staples Center who are slugging it out with another faction for the right to build a new football stadium in LA. Let them have it... and steal their thunder by building a fabulous polo field!

40.5 Things to Do in L.A. Without Your Car

Jennifer Ketcham | Posted 09.12.2011 | Los Angeles
Jennifer Ketcham

With the 405 shutting down, I find myself excited for my upcoming Westside staycation. City officials may encourage us to leave, but this list of the amazing things we can do locally illustrates just how great being a Westsider is.

Jon Stewart Is Definitely A Comedian; Chris Wallace Admits Fox's Bias

Andy Ostroy | Posted 08.21.2011 | Media
Andy Ostroy

Jon Stewart is a true genius. But he's a comic genius. And without even being a true journalist he brilliantly managed to do what no one else has done: get Fox to admit that it's a politically biased television network.

Thanksgiving and Washington D.C.

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

For this week's blog, I intended to look back at previous Thanksgiving celebrations in the White House, but I became distracted by other things that I...

"Your Life Hasn't Changed By The Man Who's Elected"

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Laermer

"I think anybody who's occupied...office has to remember that success is determined by an intersection in policy and politics and that you can't be ne...