| Oct 24, 2014
| 5:11 PM
Dan Patrick is a political dirt-digger's dream, a candidate with a history of incendiary comments, a bankruptcy and two hospitalizations for mental health issues, one after an attempted suicide.
He is also poised to become lieutenant governor of Texas...
| Oct 26, 2014
| 4:00 PM
Anyone who closely follows American politics runs the risk of becoming inured to the role that money plays in the process. Even before the Supreme Court's infamous —and somewhat misunderstood — ruling in Citizens United, the amount of money in...
| Sep 26, 2014
Earlier this month, the National Book Awards released its nonfiction longlist, and it included only one book written by a woman. None were biographies of women. The longlist reinforced a widely held notion within the publishing industry that because men...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 7:15 AM
Vogue abbreviations in textspeak don't usually intrigue me, but a few days ago Word Spy wrote about one that caught my eye: JOMO.
JOMO stands for "Joy of Missing Out," defined thus: "The pleasure derived from no longer worrying about missing out on what...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 8:46 AM
My post asking why people hate President Barack Obama certainly produced some strong responses.
One point I was making is that the fury directed at Obama will be studied by historians in years to come. Those historians just have to look at the Internet....
| Nov 2, 2014
| 3:00 AM
You can't handle the truth.
There is a temptation to take that line from Jack Nicholson -- snarled at Tom Cruise in "A Few Good Men" -- as the moral of the story, the lesson to be learned from a new study on trustworthiness and the news media.
| Nov 4, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Matthew Modine has come on board Jen Senko's political documentary "The Brainwashing of My Dad" as a narrator and producer.
The film details the effects of right-wing TV and radio on Senko's father Frank, who became estranged from his family after he...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 3:48 PM
Greetings, Republican overlords, and congratulations on your momentous midterm mashing of those pesky Democrats.
Tuesday's election was not just a GOP wave, it was a conservative tsunami, a liberal-ectomy, a Rip-Roarin' Republican Rampage™. It was...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Rush Limbaugh gloated Wednesday. Rachel Maddow went the glass-half-full route - offering "straws to grasp," as the MSNBC host put it - by opening her show accentuating some of Tuesday's positive results for Democratic candidates and progressive causes....
| Nov 7, 2014
| 1:22 PM
Is there a new GOP mandate?
That's a question Republicans and Democrats will be debating in coming days, as the GOP makes the case that its election victories add up not only to an electoral wave, but to a mandate — a genuine endorsement of...
| Nov 9, 2014
| 2:30 AM
The first time he said it was 10 years ago.
Back then, it seemed a brisk wind in a stuffy room, a reclamation of defining verities somehow lost in the smoke and haze of political expedience. He said it again last week and the effect was starkly different...