Hard News, Buzzfeed, and Girlie Shots

By |April 29th, 2013|

Why Buzzfeed works. [Foreign Policy] WHAT makes Buzzfeed work? There's an interesting story in the May/June issue of Foreign Policy. Written by Ben Smith, he explains why he went to Buzzfeed in 2011, opting out of Politico for a site that lives on trending topics. It's basically the story of how the world [...]

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Dicker on Cuomo, Hillary and 2016

By |April 29th, 2013|

IT'S THE mostly unspoken truth that infuriates anti Hillary folks. That if Hillary Clinton decides to run for president in 2016 she'll clear the field. Fred Dicker, who knows the New York terrain better than anyone, gets the scoop that isn't news, because no Democrat could compete against Hillary if she decides to run. Gov. [...]

Authorities Say “Misha” Not Tied to Boston Bombing

By |April 29th, 2013|

I've been cooperating entirely with the FBI. I gave them my computer and my phone and everything I wanted to show I haven't done anything. And they said they are about to return them to me. And the agents who talked told me they are about to close my case. - Mikhail Allakhverdov, aka "Misha" [...]

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Reader Weighs in on “Nerd Prom”

By |April 29th, 2013|

OVER the weekend the White House Correspondents' Association had their annual "nerd prom." It's a cozy, elite, insider party held in Washington, D.C. where journalists hobnob with the politicians they cover, celebrities thrown in to make it even more interesting. Here's one perspective from a reader: Still I find the whole business more than a [...]

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At Press Nerd Prom, Conan Aims at NRA

By |April 28th, 2013|

"These days, I look in the mirror and I have to admit, I'm not the strapping young Muslim socialist I used to be." - President Barack Obama Obama channeling FDR? THE nerd prom was held last night, otherwise known as the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, with President Obama throwing out quips, jokes [...]

Obama Slams Antiabortion State Laws [Video -Full Remarks]

By |April 26th, 2013|

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the 2013 Planned Parenthood National Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., April 26, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Obama "“ the first sitting president to address the group in its nearly 100-year history "” took aim at North Dakota's law, [...]

Bush Legacy and Library in Torture’s Shadow

By |April 26th, 2013|

President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney on the Colonnade outside the Oval Office, July 17, 2003, at the White House.Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum But there is another building, far from Dallas on land leased from Cuba, that symbolizes Mr. Bush's legacy in a darker, truer way: [...]

Queer Talk: Grassroots Leadership Electeds, and LGBTs, Should Follow

By |April 26th, 2013|

Both Electeds, and LGBTs, maybe especially at national levels, could learn a lot from grassroots leadership. I read a post on Facebook last night that made me think about this again. It was written by someone I know, and on behalf of an organization I've known "” as a then resident of Nashville "” since [...]

Country Singer George Jones Passes

By |April 26th, 2013|

George Jones passes at 81. THERE ARE few country singers who haven't tried to imitate George Jones, but there was only one, an authentic, legendary country singer. "Not everybody needs to sound like a George Jones record, but that's what I've always done, and I'm going to keep it that way "“ or [...]

Queer Talk: Log Cabin Republicans ad says “Reagan’s Big Tent Isn’t What it Used to Be”

By |April 26th, 2013|

The ad by the Log Cabin Republicans, "Reagan's Big Tent Isn't What it Used to Be," won't make them popular with the further Right and Tea Party Republican types, but of course, that's not going to happen anyway. What it does is add to the pressure being applied to the GOP to recognize growing support [...]