Tony Kushner's Real Source For "Lincoln"?
January 10, 2013
Tony Kushner's "Best Adapted Screenplay" was likely adapted not from "Team of Rivals" but from an obscure academic book.
Lincoln in Hollywood, from Griffith to Spielberg
December 21, 2012
Spielberg's film ought to put an end to the Lost Cause mythology.
Spielberg’s Lincoln is a Film for our Political Moment
November 13, 2012
This is a movie of negotiations in smoke-filled rooms; it could have been called "The Thirteenth Amendment."
Blanche Lincoln Turns On Her Corporate Masters
April 14, 2010
I've expressed some skepticism that Blanche Lincoln is the sort of Democrat who should face a liberal primary challenge, given that she represents an overwhelmingly conservative state and votes for health care reform. But the primary challenge sure seems to be paying dividends. After initially favoring derivatives, Lincoln has gone full populist: The proposal by Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, is sending shudders through Wall Street. For nearly two decades, five U.S. banks -- J.P.
Lincoln, Lincoln, I've Been Thinkin'
April 02, 2010
Yesterday I wondered why progressives are supporting a primary challenger against Blanche Lincoln who, after all, voted for health care reform and hails from a very conservative state. Matthew Yglesias replies that the answer is, because they can: To mount a challenge from the left, you really need two things. One is you need progressive activists and institutions ready to back the challenger. And the other is that you need a challenger. And what Arkansas has is a solid challenger in the form of an incumbent Lieutenant Governor—exactly the sort of person who would beat a sitting Senator.
Leave Blanche Lincoln Aloooone
April 01, 2010
Blanche Lincoln has a new commercial on black-oriented radio stations touting the fact that she voted for health care reform. Ben Smith Jonathan Martin comments, "This will strike progressives and Obama allies as quite rich." But why? Lincoln did vote for health care reform. It's true, as Smith points out, that she subsequently voted against the reconciliation measure, but that was a pure-face-saving measure, where Democrats could afford to lose nine votes. On the biggest issue in decades, Lincoln voted yes when a single Democratic defection would have killed the bill.
April 15, 2009
On the basketball courts of New York City, there may be no truer measure of a player's stature than his nickname. If a player is considered good, then his moniker will be something straightforward: "Pee Wee" if he is short; "Lefty" if he shoots with that hand. But if a player is viewed as great, then his talent can actually inspire poetry. He will be called "Half-Man Half-Amazing" for his superhuman dunks or "Skip to My Lou" for the way he hopscotches down the court as he dribbles past hapless opponents.