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Marty Rudoy

Republicans Must Kill Their Party in Order to Save It

Marty Rudoy | July 29, 2016 | Politics
Donald Trump has so wounded the Republican Party, the only way for Republicans to save it is by voting for Hillary Clinton. If Trump wins, its all over for the now-tarnished Republican brand. Trump will decimate its cherished policies for four years or more. Diehards will never be able to...
Marty Rudoy

The Only Way for Republicans to Save Their Party Puts Them in a Pickle

Marty Rudoy | July 29, 2016 | Politics
There is only one way for the Republicans to save their party. By voting for Hillary Clinton. If Trump wins, its all over for the now-tarnished Republican brand. Trump will decimate its cherished policies for four years or more. Diehards will never be able to put it back on track....
Harry Shearer

An Alternate To A Binary Choice?

Harry Shearer | July 29, 2016 | Politics
Given a binary choice between two of the most disliked (per the polls) major-party candidates this side of Zimbabwe, what is one to do? Voting against one just gives a bigger mandate to the other.
Marc Hershon

Podcast Reviews: How To Be Amazing & Monster Party

Marc Hershon | July 29, 2016 | Entertainment
How To Be Amazing -- Epi36: Michael Showalter Comedian Michael Ian Black, tends to wield his delightfully wry -- nay, sardonic -- wit quite liberally when he's encountered on two of his three podcasts. Such as Mike And Tom Eat Snacks...
Joseph Bobrow

Bearing The Full Force Of Our Anguish -- Learning From Veterans And Grieving Mothers

Joseph Bobrow | July 29, 2016 | Politics
If the skillfully employed force of the beloved community helps veterans of war, their families and children, and their providers to heal, it can similarly help survivors of violent loss in our neighborhoods. And law enforcement personnel whose stress levels are off the chart.
Jackie K. Cooper

THE LAST TREASURE Is Summer Reading's Last Pleasure

Jackie K. Cooper | July 29, 2016 | Books
Book Review - Jackie K Cooper THE LAST TREASURE by Erika Marks When you read some novels you feel like a distant observer; with others you feel you are close by and are able to overhear the characters' words and see the events as they happen. In some very...
Gary Hart

'You Have Sacrificed Nothing'

Gary Hart | July 29, 2016 | Politics
Mr. Trump should apologize to Mr. Khan for what he has said about Muslims. But he will not. He does not have the courage to do so. He has sacrificed nothing.
Thomas Kuegler

A Letter For You, Dad

Thomas Kuegler | July 29, 2016 | Parents
Hey Dad, we just got off the phone a little while ago. You called me on your way home from work and we talked for about thirty minutes. We're 3,000 miles away, can you believe it? Well, 2,847 miles to be exact. Truthfully I've been feeling a little lonely...
Harold Lloyd

Fourth Circuit Strikes Down Discriminatory Provisions of Gov. Pat McCrory's North Carolina "Omnibus" Election Law

Harold Lloyd | July 29, 2016 | Politics
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down provisions of Gov. Pat McCrory's "omnibus" election law requiring photo identification in form blacks are less likely to have and requiring changes to early voting, same-day registration, out-of-precinct voting, and preregistration all in ways...
Ann Reid

What We're Reading

Ann Reid | July 29, 2016 | Education
" />Mostly evolution this week, except for one excellent piece on "what about that 3% of climate scientists who reject the consensus?" Could they be on to something? Well, spoiler alert, not so much. Start...
Mark Weisbrot

Is The Republican Party A Legitimate Political Party?

Mark Weisbrot | July 29, 2016 | Politics
The Republican Party, as many observers have noted, is facing the prospect of a long-term decline as a national political party. Since 1992, they have lost four out of the last six presidential elections.
Ira Kalb

Facebook Continues Its Win-Win Streak

Ira Kalb | July 29, 2016 | Business
In just announced Q2 earnings, Facebook rocketed past analysts' expectations with quarterly ad revenue hitting $6.24 billion compared with $5.8 billion that was expected. Similarly, monthly active users jumped to 1.71 billion compared with the 1.69 billion expected. What's going on? Facebook...
Geoffrey R. Stone

Bernie Supporters: You Will Decide This Election -- Don't Blow It!

Geoffrey R. Stone | July 29, 2016 | Politics
This is a moment when we can do this within the system. This is a moment when it is absolutely critical to win. Don't blow it.
Brad Yates

WATCH: Needing to Be Politically Correct?

Brad Yates | July 29, 2016 | GPS for the Soul
The question of being politically correct is an issue that most of us have an opinion about... and often a strong one. Whether you are a strong supporter of people being P.C. or are adamantly against it, I hope you will find some benefit - particularly a greater sense of...
Arianna Huffington

Roundup

Arianna Huffington | July 29, 2016 | Politics
This was an extraordinary week -- one offering a starkly different vision of America, and, by week's end, one less glass ceiling. Michelle Obama laid the first cornerstone of that vision. "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves," she said. "And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn." The next night Bill Clinton gave us another first -- the first-ever speech about a nominee spouse by a man. He used it to present the "real" version of the "cartoon alternative" portrait of the woman he knows better than anyone else, saying, "She's the best darn change-maker I have ever met in my entire life." On Wednesday, the program came at Donald Trump from two directions. First, Michael Bloomberg demolished Donald Trump's core appeal as a successful businessman: "Trump says he wants to run the nation like he's run his business. God help us." He proceeded to openly question Trump's mental stability. "Let's elect a sane and competent person," he urged. And then President Barack Obama took the stage to complete this alternate vision. The contrast with Trump's convention could not have been greater. In one of his best and most important speeches, Obama offered an expansive, optimistic definition of America and made the case that we become more American by addition, not subtraction. The final night, before Hillary Clinton spoke, featured one of the most enduring and indelible moments: that of Khizr Khan, father of fallen Muslim-American soldier Humayun Khan. "Let me ask you," he said to Donald Trump, taking an actual copy of the Constitution from his pocket and thrusting it forward, "have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy." It was the entire election, summed up in one image. Then Hillary Clinton took the stage, and made history moments later by accepting the nomination. "When any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone," she said. "When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit." But she had to do more than break the ceiling, and she did, laying out more policy details ("It's true, I sweat the details of policy,") than were put forth during the entire Republican convention. Yet she also noted what's at stake -- the sky might be the limit for America, but with Trump, there is no floor. "America's destiny," she concluded, "is ours to choose."
Eduardo Diaz

La Pelota Is More Than A Ball Game

Eduardo Diaz | July 29, 2016 | Latino Voices
Sports have been a major presence in the lives of Mexican Americans since the early 20th century. This has been particularly true of Mexican Americans in the Midwest, where sports such as baseball took on a special significance. More than merely games for boys and girls, the teams and contests...
David Hinckley

PBS Turns Its Sunday Spotlight to Queen Victoria, That Saucy Minx

David Hinckley | July 29, 2016 | Entertainment
Everything you thought about Queen Victoria is probably wrong. And that's really good news for television viewers, because the 19th century British queen we meet in PBS's upcoming drama Victoria is far more interesting than the staid, uptight and humorless caricature her reputation would suggest. ...
Madelaine D'Angelo

This Weekend In The Art World: 4 Ways To Escape The Heat

Madelaine D'Angelo | July 29, 2016 | Arts
Even though summer is a great time to take advantage of the outdoors, sometimes the heat is a little too much to bear. Here are 4 perfect places to escape the heat this weekend, air conditioning and art included.
David Finkle

First Nighter: "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" Revived With Mixed Results This Weekend

David Finkle | July 29, 2016 | Arts
The truth is that Vonnegut's tale is dealing with some mighty sober subjects -- the marginalization of the impoverished, the narrow concerns of the corporate class, the dismissal as surely demented of those concerned with the less well-off.
Jack M. Guttentag

Is Making Extra Mortgage Payments Better Than Refinancing?

Jack M. Guttentag | July 29, 2016 | Business
Many mortgage borrowers view extra payments and refinancing as alternatives and are confused as to which would serve them better. This article is directed to them. Extra Payment Decisions Versus Refinance Decisions While borrowers refinance for several possible reasons, only those taken to reduce the interest rate can be viewed...