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The 1 Minute Blog: Jolie-Pitt Goodwill

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.31.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been moonlighting for years, filling their off hours with goodwill. They have traipsed the world over, donating time and money to the less fortunate. They have created a family of world citizens in the process.

The 1 Minute Blog. The 9-Year-Old and the Uzi Outcry.

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.29.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

If this country fears the proliferation of paramilitary police forces, it might want to consider our growing gun culture. The 9-year-old who accident...

The 1 Minute Blog. Earthquake, Close Call.

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.29.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

While Napa continues to pick itself up, people seem to be sizing up their homes as if they were the enemy. As quake stories continue to circulate, he...

The 1 Minute Blog. The Ice Bucket Challenge.

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.27.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

I was excited to accept the Ice Bucket Challenge in spirit, but I wasn't eager to feel the rush of chilled water overhead. That's when I had an epiph...

The 1 Minute Blog. Befriending the Enemy.

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.26.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Foto and Ahmed were supposed to be enemies, soldiers at war when Ethiopia and Eritrea were embroiled in battle. Destiny had other plans. The Eritrea...

The 1 Minute Blog. Aftershocks.

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.26.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

With aftershocks of Sunday's 6.0 earthquake in the offing, those of us who live in Wine Country feel like we're walking a tightrope without a net. Th...

The 1 Minute Blog: Mo'Ne Madness

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.26.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

When Mo'Ne Davis graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, she gave America a sweet victory.

The 1 Minute Blog. Anger in Ferguson, Mo.

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.19.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

The town of Ferguson is on a short fuse. The world is watching to see what might ignite it. Whether it's a protester throwing a water bottle, or a p...

The 1 Minute Blog. Protesters and Looting.

Peg Melnik | Posted 09.01.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

The image of protesters in a cloud of tear gas made a photographer in Ferguson, Mo. feel like he was in Iraq or Beirut. Laurent Bryant, of the St. Lo...

The 1 Minute Blog. Robin and Parkinsons.

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.16.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Robin's death gives us a window into this heartache.

The 1 Minute Blog. God's Architect.

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.16.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Anthony Gaudi has been coined "God's Architect" because religious images appear in many of his works. Gaudi's most notable structure is the Sagrada Fa...

The 1 Minute Blog. Al Sharpton, the Alchemist.

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.16.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Al Sharpton went to Ferguson, Mo., to be an alchemist, to transmute rage into a call for justice. The shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown has...

The 1 Minute Blog. Lauren Bacall, The Look,

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.16.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

"Lauren Bacall's confident, smoldering expression -- the down-turned face and up-turned eyes -- earned her the nickname The Look," CNN reported. When...

The 1 Minute Blog. Robin Williams, Virtuoso

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.16.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Robin Williams was a comic genius, but a stirring dramatic actor, as well. When I heard of William's death, I felt shock and grief along with the res...

The One Minute Blog. Woody Allen's Magic.

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.13.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Woody Allen is promoting his film "Magic in the Moonlight," but the 78-year old director has no comment when it comes to his personal problems. Last ...

The One Minute Blog - Tsunami's Gift

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.11.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

One girl miraculously found her way out of that statistic, but it took 10 years of her life, and some would argue, the grace of God.

The One Minute Blog. Nixon Tweets.

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.11.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Nixon is immortal. Or so it seems.

ReThink Review: The Purge - Horror and Republican Ideology

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.07.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The action and, surprisingly, the political and social commentary that seems to criticize republican ideological dogma still has me pondering what I thought would be a run-of-the-mill slasher movie.

Taking the Argument to Them

Phil Campbell | Posted 03.11.2013 | Media
Phil Campbell

By pursuing conversations with people about urban legends, conspiracy theories, and the nuttier political and social myths that pervade our culture, I've learned something about people: Our media-fueled "culture war" is in many ways an illusion.

The Press Assess the Gettysburg Address

Robert Brustein | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Robert Brustein

We hear the concluding phrases of the Gettysburg address being spoken by Abraham Lincoln, while three TV panelists prepare to air their comments on the event.

Count Me: An Ode to Liberty

Robin Koerner | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Left and Right and Right and Left / Have left America bereft / Of liberty, its founding light. / Christians, Liberals speak of peace / Until they hold the nation's leash, / And send its youth to fight.

Consistency, Consistency, Consistency

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.13.2012 | Comedy
Howard Steven Friedman

"Please urinate into this little cup here before we begin processing your tax statement. Once you've done that, we'll be happy to process your mortgage interest deduction and give you that refund I know you've been looking forward to."

Friday Talking Points -- A Look Back

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome to the 200th Friday Talking Points! Because of this occasion, we are going to take a look backwards at our history. So, if you're looking for an update on what is going on in the political world, you'll have to wait until next week. Sorry.

Never Mind Obama... When Are the Rest of Us Going to Grow Up?

Ted Cadsby | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics
Ted Cadsby

If history teaches us anything, it's that history teaches us nothing. A decade after the "mission accomplished" banner debacle, many voters still clamor for simple solutions captured by tidy slogans, such as "no new taxes" or "no new spending."

An Ideological Intervention: Tax Cuts for the Rich (VIDEO)

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

How stupid is the idea of extending tax cuts for the top 1% of Americans and further draining resources for the average, hard-working Americans? To ...