Roland Emmerich's been making disaster films since time can remember, yet for all his besetting humans with floods, fires, and earthquakes, he's never managed to make something as resonant, affecting, and powerful as Take Shelter.
Helen Benedict has written five novels and five books of non-fiction. I recently spoke with Benedict about the unique undertaking of writing both fiction and non-fiction from the same research material.
As we used to say in the House of Representatives, today I'm going to yield to my esteemed colleague from Brooklyn, singer and songwriter Mr. Harry Chapin. For a song that he wrote 37 years ago, called "What Made America Famous."
While Democrats are sticking to the old script, Republicans seem to have grown up a little. On a nationwide scale, Republicans are spurning feel-good solutions and vague promises. Instead, the GOP is offering tough decisions and priority setting. And it seems to be working.
If we as Americans accept the idea that the only hope for our future rests with the rich and the multinationals, and that we must abandon the fundamental principle of equality of opportunity, then perhaps we need to take another look at the American Dream.
The President is rebuilding the economy the American way -- based on balance, fairness, and the same set of rules for everyone from Wall Street to Main Street -- where hard work and responsibility pay and gaming the system is penalized.
This coming Sunday we will observe the 10th anniversary of a terrible blow to our nation's sense of security and confidence. We need to remember who we are. And in the act of remembering we will regain our confidence and our economic strength.
On the morning of 9/11, I lay in bed swooning from the effects of chemo. The TV was on, and I found myself watching a live report that focused on the hijacking of a plane that seemed to be approaching the World Trade Center.
Hearing these ideas on the same weekend the debt crisis was being fought, it seemed more pertinent than ever to me that religious groups become more empowered to step into the public space where the government can no longer.