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Laura Prudom

'American Idol' Recap: The Top 7 (Again) Perform Songs From Now And Then

Laura Prudom | June 18, 2012
Colton Dixon had one of his weakest weeks to date, and while Jessica Sanchez was once again in top form, is that enough to bring the voters back to her after last week's surprising results?
Fern Siegel

Stage Door: Newsies, Barb Jungr's Man in the Long Black Coat

Fern Siegel | June 18, 2012 | Arts
It's impossible not to cheer for the boys in Newsies as they war against press barons Pulitzer and Hearst. The Broadway musical is based on the Disney movie, which was based on a real-life event: the 1899 newsboy strike.
Lyle Denniston

Constitution Check: Can Reporters Be Barred From Using Social Media During a Criminal Trial?

Lyle Denniston | June 18, 2012 | Politics
If there is going to be a judicial order against tweeting or texting during a trial, it would have to depend upon a neutral justification -- some objective reason to curb this new mode of communicating. It does not appear that judges or the media have given that a lot of thought.
Emma Gray

ABC's 'Revenge': Why Women Can't Get Enough Of This Melodrama

Emma Gray | June 18, 2012 | Women
There are a whole lot of men in the Revenge version of the Hamptons, but they consistently play second fiddle to the women, who really hold all of the cards.
Dean Baker

The Son of the Housing Bubble: First-Time Homebuyers Tax Credit

Dean Baker | June 18, 2012 | Business
It's often said that the difference between the powerful and the powerless is that the powerful get to walk away from their mistakes while the powerless suffer the consequences. The first-time homebuyers' tax credit, which was added to President Obama's original 2009 stimulus package, provides an excellent example of the privilege of the powerful. Many of the 11 million underwater homeowners in the country can blame the incentives created by the first-time homebuyers credit for their plight. This was really bad policy, which should have been apparent at the time. Unfortunately, it is only the victims who are suffering, not the promulgators of the policy. Welcome to Washington.
Andy Plesser

(video) Adobe Targets Final Cut Pro, Avid Users with Release of Creative Suite 6 (CS6)

Andy Plesser | June 3, 2013 | Technology
LAS VEGAS -- Adobe is readying the release its latest video production and editing package Creative Suite 6 (CS6).  The company has announced a Web conference on Monday when we expect the pricing and a release date to be...
Chris Weigant

How to Solve All Our Budget Fights, Forever

Chris Weigant | June 18, 2012 | Politics
Imagine: after filling out your tax form, you then filled in a separate form. Say you paid $5,000 in income taxes last year. You'd then allocate that money as you saw fit, dollar by dollar, among the budget line items you chose.
Juan José Solis Delgado

MéxicoPolítico: La propuesta de cambio de Andrés Manuel López Obrador

Juan José Solis Delgado | June 18, 2012 | Voces
En efecto, los mexicanos necesitamos un cambio, pero éste no será responsabilidad de López Obrador, será en todo caso responsabilidad de cada uno de nosotros. O seguimos permitiendo el maltrato de la clase política y los poderes facticos, o le damos un cambio radical a la historia de nuestro México.
Dave Johnson

Simpson-Bowles Zombie Returns

Dave Johnson | June 18, 2012 | Business
President Obama and many Democrats spent much of 2011 talking about deficits instead of doing something about jobs. Now, a too-close election is on the horizon and we're being forced back to talking about deficits instead of jobs.
Steve Skrovan

How Public Citizen Is Exactly Like Battlestar Galactica

Steve Skrovan | June 18, 2012 | Comedy
Public Citizen is fighting the good fight for health, safety, justice and democracy, and I have decided to help the only way I know how. I'm putting together a crack team of comedians for a benefit in support of this very important and historically successful Battlestar.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Twenty Years After the Flames: The Rodney King Beating Verdict and the L.A. Riots Part 1

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | June 18, 2012 | Los Angeles
This year, on the 20th anniversary of the King verdict and the L.A. riots, many still ask the incessant question: Can it happen again?
Rep. Charles Rangel

Taxing You Twice: Mitt Romney's Draconian Deduction Plan

Rep. Charles Rangel | June 18, 2012 | Politics
By removing the deduction for state and local taxes, Gov. Romney's proposal would mean that the government taxes ordinary Americans twice, which seems a little hypocritical coming from such an ardent supporter of tax cuts for the wealthy.
Alex Jaconelli

Scottish Independence? We Are Better United - I'm Betting My Life on It

Alex Jaconelli | June 18, 2012 | UK Politics
If Scotland becomes independent would I still be able to be referred to hospitals in England? I can't take any chances, and at the moment while I would prefer to stay put in Edinburgh, I'm looking to relocate to the vicinity of the hospital that is willing and able to treat me, in London.
Jeremy Cook

Spring Breaks Spain

Jeremy Cook | June 18, 2012 | UK
I really had hoped that we would be able to avoid talking about peripheral Europe once March's Greek bond payment and orderly default on its debt was out of the way. The focus has of course shifted from Italy to Spain in the past month, as Mariano Rajoy's 100-day honeymoon as Spanish prime minister has come to a rather sudden and painful stop.
Bob Morgan

Racism; Society and the Police

Bob Morgan | June 18, 2012 | UK Politics
The majority of us ignore the potential problems of living in a diverse society in everyday life but hold the police to a much higher standard. Perhaps this is necessary, but it will not solve the fundamental problem.
Cathy Warwick

More Midwives Needed for Baby Boom Britain

Cathy Warwick | June 18, 2012 | UK Politics
We are in an age of austerity, of course. But the government often boasts that the NHS budget has been protected, and surely if there is any group that should be shielded from the brunt of any cuts it is newborn babies.
Claudia Gold

The King's Mistress

Claudia Gold | June 18, 2012 | UK Culture
When she wrote her memoirs of her life as the most powerful courtier at Queen Anne's court, Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough lamented that, "Women signify nothing unless they are the mistress of a prince or a first minister." Sarah may or may not have been Queen Anne's lover.
Dr Sneh Khemka

Lady Gaga Goes on a Diet - So What's All the Fuss About?

Dr Sneh Khemka | June 18, 2012 | UK Celebrity
In preparation for her Born This Way Ball world tour, Lady Gaga is apparently following a diet that consists of five small meals a day. Although the tabloids seem to be concerned for the star's rapid weight loss, with headlines such as 'Lady Gaga is Poker thin', the diet plan that she's alleged to be on doesn't strike me as one to cause too much alarm.
Lynne Parker

Intellect Should Mean More Than Good Looks

Lynne Parker | June 18, 2012 | UK Entertainment
Although some of us strive to fight off the middle-aged spread, grey hairs and fine lines, it really is what's inside that counts. It is for this reason that we need to look beyond the appearance of our female elders in the public eye.
Frisky and Mannish

The Great Talent Debate - The Bromance

Frisky and Mannish | June 18, 2012 | UK Comedy
So, here we are again, to answer the most important question in modern Britain: IS THE VOICE BETTER THAN BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT? All is to play for as we continue to examine THE BATTLE OF THE JUDGES, this time focusing on the homoerotic inter-judge flirting.