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Robert Lanham's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Maxim, Radar, Nylon, Playboy, Salon, and Time Out New York, among others. He is the author of the satirical anthropological studies The Hipster Handbook, Food Court Druids, and The Sinner's Guide to the Evangelical Right. Lanham is the founder and editor of the trendsetting publication FREEwilliamsburg.com.

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Happy April Fish Day

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 9:06 AM

As the youngest of three siblings, the arrival of April Fools' day was never exactly a reason to celebrate. As a kid, I recall awakening -- breathless, disoriented, in a cold sweat -- to the sight of my sister bleeding-out on my bedroom floor, a butcher knife jutting...

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Girls Recap: If Keira Knightley Was Lena Dunham

(4) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 5:21 PM

Last night, HBO premiered its depraved comedy about life in New York's outer boroughs, Girls -- a show as insidious and hotly anticipated as a sexually transmitted disease. Think: Sex and the City for ugly people with a fat chick named Hannah (played by the show's writer and director, [Keira...

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The Frothiest, Most Excrement-Filled Rick Santorum Quotes

(4) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 5:29 PM

I'm as happy as the next person to see the underused adjective, frothy, have a resurgence. Too bad it's due to Rick Santorum's strong showing in Tuesday's Iowa straw poll. Before he fizzles, here's a stroll down memory lane revisiting some of the frothiest excrement that's passed through...

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Congress Divided Across Party Lines Over Who Is Displaying More Unity

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2011 | 1:06 PM

Amidst criticism that mixed seating at the State of the Union is an empty gesture, Democratic and Republican lawmakers are finding themselves at odds once again as they compete for more aggressive ways to express bipartisan unity.

"We'll be doing trust falls," said Republican Sen. Tom Coburn who has agreed...

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Golden Globe Nominations Announced, Lieberman to Filibuster

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2009 | 1:42 PM

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Just hours after the nominations for the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced, Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut threatened to filibuster the ceremony should key concessions fail to be met.

"Unless Vince Vaughn gets a nod for his excellent work in Couples Retreat,"...

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Obama to Let Congress Decide If White House Card Should Say "Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas"

(2) Comments | Posted December 6, 2009 | 5:53 PM

Determined to avoid mistakes made by previous administrations, Obama announced on Friday that he'd let Congress be responsible for the language used on the White House's annual holiday card.

"War on Christmas reform is one of the most important issues facing our nation today," said Press Secretary...

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Pope Benedict Offers Full Communion to Anglicans and Rappers

(4) Comments | Posted October 22, 2009 | 6:00 PM

In a move that surprised traditionalists, Pope Benedict XVI is openly courting Anglicans and rappers to join the Catholic Church in full communion. Members from both communities have voiced frustration over the growing acceptance of homosexuals and women as equals in their ranks.

"Allowing women and openly gay men...

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Pat Buchanan Says "Lesbian Coalition of America Discriminates Against White Males"

(31) Comments | Posted July 20, 2009 | 1:53 PM

While appearing on the Rachel Maddow Show last night in the recurring segment "It's Pat," MSNBC pundit Pat Buchanan accused the Lesbian Coalition of America (LCA) of discriminating against him.

"I'm as qualified as anyone to head this organization, and for them to not consider my nomination to head...

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Obama's Silence on "Bruno" Outrages Activists

(11) Comments | Posted July 13, 2009 | 4:25 PM

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In what many have perceived as a reversal, president Obama upheld the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy by refusing to state his opinion of the film "Bruno." The President, who attended a screening in Dupont Circle on Saturday night, was...

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Palin Holds Press Conference to Explain Last Press Conference

(91) Comments | Posted July 6, 2009 | 6:41 PM




Responding to criticism that many were confused by her resignation speech on Friday, Governor Palin issued another press conference today to explain her reasons in "plain English" and without the use of sports and/or fish metaphors.

"When I last spoke about the issues...

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Obama Dislocates Shoulder Reaching Across the Aisle

(6) Comments | Posted February 15, 2009 | 4:59 PM

President Obama threw out his shoulder on Sunday at the 19th Street Baptist Church while reaching across the aisle to shake hands with Senate Republican Olympia Snowe, who was also in attendance. Just one day after Congress passed the $787 billion stimulus package, the ill-fated gesture was intended to be...

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Pray For Pastor Rick

(6) Comments | Posted January 21, 2009 | 9:06 PM

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In the spirit of unity that has swept our nation ever since the inauguration, I think we should all take a moment to pray for Pastor Rick. He has the sniffles. It seems a certain coldness in the air has...

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Rick Warren's Non-Negotiable Worldview

(9) Comments | Posted December 20, 2008 | 4:18 PM

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I've largely stayed on the sidelines with my criticisms of Obama lately, hoping to give him the benefit of the doubt. Still, I can't help but be disappointed that our President-elect selected the Hawaiian-shirt-wearing, Jimmy Buffet of evangelicalism, Rick Warren, to...

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The Gotcha Effect of Civil Unions

(7) Comments | Posted November 11, 2008 | 1:43 PM

Now that we've all recovered from the jubilation of last week's victory, is it too soon to launch a couple of sober criticisms at our president elect? I did my part to ensure victory, after all. I sent my campaign check. I wept tears of joy into my beer, a...

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