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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 ...

BP Oil Spill: Conservatives Start Fire Then Blame Obama For Not Putting It Out

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

In my latest video commentary, I break it down for you on how conservatives who are now pointing the finger at President Obama are the ones actually r...

The Normalizing of the Presidency

David D. Burstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David D. Burstein

Barack Obama might be one of the most normal presidents we have had in years. His connectedness to the real world is one of the things that made him appealing as a candidate.

God Bless Bill Maher

Lionel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lionel

If I want to hear the administration's position I'll go on its website. I don't need a wide-eyed cheerleader echoing what the President's saying. Bias is bias.

Sarah Palin Offers to Govern Illinois, Also

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maggie Van Ostrand

Governor Palin illustrated a few of the similarities in governing Alaska and Illinois. "When Alaska was free, we gave what for to the states down there and Illinoisites are doin' the same thing."

It's Official: A Recession (Really?)

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rick Horowitz

Teams of experts comb through every wince and spasm, coast to coast. You may think you're hurting--you may be convinced--but until you hear it from the folks here, it's only speculation.

The Morning-After Blues

Darryle Pollack | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Darryle Pollack

The countdown to November 4 is torturous. Everyone is worried. Everyone is losing sleep. For some people, the election can't come soon enough. But for me, I wish it would never end.

It's Over

Bill George | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill George

Just as Hillary Clinton learned in the primaries, it is extremely difficult to compete simultaneously with Obama's unwavering strategy and his unrelenting organization on the ground.

Palin the Frontierswoman?

Victoria Rosner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victoria Rosner

Many see Palin as a frontierswoman-- a throwback to bygone Americans, those women who helped their men win the West (or in this case, the North).