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The 1 Minute Blog: Mo'Ne Madness

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.21.2014 | 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 08.17.2014 | 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 ...

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

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.