Why Helen Hunt Deserves a Best Actress Oscar for The Sessions
January 19, 2013
The Oscars are odd. It’s just about the only reason left for having them; that and for the sake of the people who make red carpets. Every year when the nominations come out, there are three or four days of stories about the “surprises” and the people who were “snubbed.” So Tom Hooper and Kathryn Bigelow were overlooked, but Michael Haneke was remarked on. And Helen Hunt got a supporting actress nod for The Sessions. No, I’m not suggesting that she was undeserving—far from it.
Arnold Schwarzenegger: The One-Man Brand That America Keeps Buying
January 18, 2013
The Governator keeps coming back—because retirement is for sissies.
There's a War in Cyberspace over Icons vs. Text
January 17, 2013
How would you like to learn about an app's terms of service?
Charles Cooper: The Other Superlawyer in the Gay Marriage Case
January 14, 2013
One of the most remarked-upon aspects of the upcoming Supreme Court challenge to California’s gay-marriage ban is the odd couple leading the charge: Ted Olson and David Boies, the conservative and liberal superlawyers who squared off in 2000 in Bush
The Man Who Could Have Saved Organized Labor
January 01, 2013
The American labor movement is in dire straits. Could a little-known, recently-departed dissident named Jerry Tucker have saved it?
The Captive of San Clemente
December 21, 2012
THAT FAINT CLANKING SOUND, arriving through the open window of his home office: Was it coming from the courtyard? Was it being made by the pulley they’d attached to the house’s outside wall? Christ, it couldn’t be, thought Nixon, looking at his new digital watch: 6:15 p.m. No, they still had the round-the-clock nurse with them, and she wouldn’t be letting Pat get up from her long afternoon nap for another 15 minutes, when he’d join her for a glass of fruit juice and dinner off the TV trays. He heard the clanking again and realized it was just the halyard hitting the flagpole.
Bad Odds: Online Gaming Would Only Widen Tribal Inequality
December 12, 2012
Casinos already divide Indian tribes into haves and have-nots. Legalizing poker will only make the problem worse.
How Can the Supreme Court Help Gay Rights? By Keeping Out Entirely
December 12, 2012
Dear Supreme Court Justices, Last week, you agreed to hear two landmark cases about gay marriage. In the broader of the two cases, which comes out of California, you could establish same-sex marriage nationwide as a matter of constitutional right. This is a ruling that most gay Americans would celebrate as a historic victory for civil rights. But I want to suggest that you make history, and advance the cause of gay equality, in a different way: by butting out. I bow to no one in my support for marriage equality.
Can Gay Marriage Supporters Count on Kennedy?
December 11, 2012
Whether narrow or broad, his decision is likely to favor marriage equality.
Gay Rights Gets a Brown v. Board—If It Doesn't Backfire
December 10, 2012
The Supreme Court has announced it will look at two gay marriage cases. Chris Matthews feels a thrill running up his leg. Shivers are probably the right response. But not necessarily the Matthews kind. The Court’s consideration of the sweeping challenge to California’s Proposition 8 raises the odds that the Supreme Court strategy may backfire—a risk that the modest challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act was likely to avoid.