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Is Amanda Palmer Worth a Million Dollars?
September 24, 2012

A conceptualist and provocateur, Amanda Palmer has made controversy the dominant form of her art.

Romney’s Big Problem Isn’t His Chief Strategist
September 17, 2012

Any reporter who’s covered Mitt Romney this election season knows there are people in his campaign—and legions more in the GOP professional class—who don’t like Stuart Stevens, his chief strategist. Thanks to pieces yesterday in Politico and The New York Times, we’ve learned something new: These people really don’t like Stuart Stevens.  The basic knock on Stevens to this point has been that the campaign has lacked imagination or ambition: There’s been nothing remotely innovative about any policy it’s proposed or any message it’s field-tested.

Bibi and Barack: A History in Snubs
September 17, 2012

When the media reported last week that President Obama had turned down a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu—which was followed, according to the New York Times, by a reverse-snub when Bibi insisted that he hadn’t also been denied a meeting in Washington, because he never even wanted one in the first place—it was only the latest uncomfortable chapter in the two leaders’ cringing pseudo-courtship. For four years, their encounters have been playing out with all the grace of a star-crossed, seventh-grade romance.

Obama Has Plenty To Do In His Second Term
September 09, 2012

Please ignore David Brooks and Ross Douthat when they say Obama has nothing to do in his second term. He's got plenty.

Disco and Dinosaurs in L.A.’s Contemporary Art World
September 06, 2012

Reading about the latest controversy at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles—the apparently forced resignation of the longtime head curator Paul Schimmel over the pop-culture exhibitions that the new director Jeffrey Deitch is bringing to the museum—I experienced my usual feelings of disbelief.

Washington Times: Messiah? Who, Moon?
September 04, 2012

The other obits all said Rev. Moon called himself the messiah. Why did his own Washington Times leave that out?

The Difference Between Political Lies and Political Dishonesty
September 04, 2012

Some smart pundits are saying the media shouldn't call out Romney and Ryan on dishonesty. Here's why they're wrong.

Pas Devant Les Enfants, Tampa: Word Cloud Edition
August 31, 2012

What a word-cloud search tells you about the topics (or at least words) Romney got the GOP to avoid in Tampa.

National Review, Race, And Me
August 29, 2012

I answer National Review's absurd claim that it's Democrats (including me!), not Republicans, who have introduced race into the 2012 campaign.

Running Against the City: The GOP Finds Its Demon
August 29, 2012

The GOP officially decides it's got no use for urban areas, where 80 percent of the U.S. population lives.