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Lost in the Common Controversy: The White House Celebrates Poetry

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

The decision to invite hip-hop artist and actor Common to read poetry drew a surprising amount of furor from the right, which tarnished what was otherwise a great day for poetry.

After White House Invite, Conservatives Get Tough on Soft Rapper

Ari Melber | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

The conservative kerfuffle over a White House invitation for Common is interesting, since the faux outrage targets an artist who actually embodies many values of his critics.