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Stuart Whatley is Executive Blog Editor at The Huffington Post. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Baffler Blog, TruthDig, The Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The American Prospect, Free Inquiry and other outlets.

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Asshole Rising

(31) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 8:38 AM

Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, The First Sixty Years
By Geoffrey Nunberg
PublicAffairs
272 pages


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Linguist and Berkeley professor Geoffrey Nunberg states early in his new book Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years, "What I'm interested in isn't a distinct...

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Why Huffington Went Literary

(28) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 9:55 AM

Huffington is the free, weekly iPad magazine created by The Huffington Post. The latest issue is a special Literary edition, and here the four guest editors explain their motivations.

Before this issue was a reality, before it was even an idea worth talking about, it was an ellipsis...

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Newt Gingrich's Campaign Blueprint

(6) Comments | Posted March 3, 2011 | 3:33 PM

In the current era of economic hardship and political polarity, the ground has been fertile for various messiah figures to enter the scene in the form of politicians, pundits, and public intellectuals -- some warning of tyranny and promising to protect American freedom. With the next presidential campaign season coming...

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'War on Christmas' Comes to the Fore

(265) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 4:34 PM

It may be a sign of the times that this year's holiday season has seen a notable influx in secular and atheist billboards and bus banners sarcastically challenging the veracity of the Christmas story. One in New Jersey reads: "You KNOW it's a myth. This season, celebrate reason."

It is...

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Sam Harris: How Science Can Determine Human Values (Review)

(201) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 5:55 PM

"A business man who is generous to all his employees but falls in love with his stenographer is wicked; another who bullies his employees but is faithful to his wife is virtuous. This attitude is rank superstition, and it is high time that it was got rid of." ~ Bertrand...

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Obama and the English Language

(159) Comments | Posted September 16, 2010 | 4:04 PM

In his compendium on the life and works of Charles Dickens, George Orwell paints his literary forebearer as not so much a revolutionary in the traditional, head-rolling sense, but as more or less a revolutionary all the same. Dickens found fodder for criticism at all levels of the inequitable society...

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This Side of Democracy

(69) Comments | Posted August 27, 2010 | 7:08 PM

Ignorance and poverty, and the lack of material means generally, prevent people from exercising their rights and from taking advantage of [opportunities]. But rather than counting these and similar obstacles as restricting a person's liberty, we count them as affecting the worth of liberty, that is, the usefulness to persons...

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Democratic Values, Islam and the Judeo-Christian Tradition Fallacy

(334) Comments | Posted August 10, 2010 | 12:31 PM

From the latest criticism of Elena Kagan for her support of an Islamic finance program at Harvard to the escalating mosque construction controversy across the country, there are now warnings emanating from some circles that Muslim leaders are seeking gateways through which to implement an "

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Civilizing Afghanistan While We Decivilize Ourselves

(127) Comments | Posted July 3, 2010 | 9:40 PM

Sixty years ago, as Europe's satrapies threw off their colonial patriarchs, the African-Martinican author and poet Aimé Césaire warned the Old World of the damage its adventures abroad had at home. Whatever its obvious destructive effects on the colonized, colonialism also "decivilized" the colonizer. Europeans entered the Third World as...

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Orrin Opens the Hatch

(68) Comments | Posted June 29, 2010 | 10:58 PM

Day two of the Elena Kagan Supreme Court confirmation hearing saw an act of political soap-boxing by Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, who dedicated the bulk of his time to the left's griping over January's Citizens United decision. Some of his frustration is likely deserved -- a few responses to the...

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DISCLOSE Act: What The NRA Exemption Means For The Integrity Of The Citizens United Fix (Update)

(89) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 10:25 AM

Update 6/15/2010: Political hay is being made this week over the decision of Congressional Democrats to bend to the wishes of the National Rifle Association and provide that organization with an exemption on some of the disclosure provisions in the bill. The push for an exemption was led...

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The Capitalist Hagiography Has Little Room for Saints

(73) Comments | Posted May 3, 2010 | 9:18 PM

Perhaps the most enervating element of the BP-Deepwater Horizon disaster is its eerie familiarity--the sheer, inexorable predictability of it all. There is poetic injustice in its propinquity on the calendar to the Obama administration's decision to expand offshore drilling last month, and to the Supreme Court decision...

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The Fat Line Between Free Speech and Defamation

(246) Comments | Posted March 4, 2010 | 7:04 AM

For many religious believers around the world, the credulity with which they defend their faith is oftentimes only matched by the incredulity with which they receive ridicule. The latest example is the response to a campaign by the Atheist Agenda on the campus of the University of Texas in...

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Obama's State of the Union Falls Short on Correcting Citizens United

(76) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 9:52 AM

President Obama's first State of the Union address, while predictable and straightforward towards most of the top issues of his first year, seemed rather soggy when it came to his push for a solution to the Citizens United decision handed down last week. He again criticized it, but then gave...

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Executive Pay Cuts? Hold the Standing Ovation

(21) Comments | Posted October 23, 2009 | 12:47 PM

The Obama administration's move this week to slash the pay of top executives at 'too big to fail' firms under TARP should be applauded. And that ovation should last for about one second. The pay cuts are certainly just and good, given the current state of things, but ultimately it's...

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American Plutocracy: Corruption Is in the Eye of the Beholder

(23) Comments | Posted July 31, 2009 | 12:25 PM

To many observers, the recent New Jersey corruption sting, which resulted in the arrests of three mayors, two state assemblymen and five rabbis, seems rather surreal for the American social and political fabric. Most of the charges involve bribery or money laundering, but included on the docket are also more...

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Obama's Agenda: Hope, Change and Lobby-Centricity

(32) Comments | Posted July 2, 2009 | 3:00 PM

President Obama's self-imposed rule against lobbyists in his administration, and the method whereby he is now implementing his progressive agenda, hews toward a rather perverse irony, if not hypocrisy. He is admirably abiding by his anti-lobby diktat in most administrative nominations (with just a few small exceptions); and yet,...

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Iran Uprising: Is Mousavi Becoming Irrelevant?

(8) Comments | Posted June 23, 2009 | 4:26 PM

As demonstrations continue in Iran despite a harsher government crackdown, the future of the opposition movement remains very much in question. And central to this question is the movement's de facto figurehead, presidential candidate Mir-Hussein Mousavi. With the Guardian Council refusing to annul the disputed June 12 election, and with...

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Iran Uprising: Experts Weigh In On What's Happened And What It Means

(70) Comments | Posted June 18, 2009 | 9:44 AM

As mass demonstrations continued in Iran for a fifth day following what was viewed by many to be a rigged election last Friday, experts in the United States insist that the protests do not constitute a revolution. Nevertheless, the situation could incidentally end in prolific changes to the Islamic Republic...

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Women's Rights In Afghanistan Depends On Where One Lives

(38) Comments | Posted June 9, 2009 | 6:27 PM

In President Barack Obama's address to the Muslim world from Cairo, he spoke out against the subjugation of women and conveyed his belief that "a woman who is denied an education is denied equality." The speech comes two months after the Karzai government was forced by international obloquy to rescind...

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