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The Washington Post's "Best Correction Ever" Probably Needs Its Own Correction
October 23, 2013 Media

The Washington Post issued a correction in Wednesday's print edition that has newspaper nerds

Obama Quit Smoking (Allegedly). Now He Needs to Quit Gum-Chewing.
October 23, 2013 Mastication

The New York Times ran a lengthy piece in Wednesday’s edition generously titled “Obama’s Uncertain

The Tea Party and Wall Street Are Even Closer Than We Thought
October 23, 2013 Politics

Ever since the Tea Party Republicans arrived on the scene in Washington, I’ve cast a wary eye at the notion of them as grass-roots insurgents disconnected from the party’s big business and Wall Street base.

A Chart That Will Help Dispel Your Obamacare Hysteria
October 23, 2013 Obamacare

The Obamacare online saga may be reaching the phase where media and political hysteria is out of proportion to the actual problem. A case in point is the controversy over enrollment numbers.

Why Can't Critics Deal With Films About Slavery?
October 22, 2013 Film

Last week, I saw 12 Years a Slave and thought it was absolutely superb. For this reason, and because it concerns arguably the most important aspect of American history, I have been seeking out commentary about the film.

Here's Who Obama Should Hire to Fix the Obamacare Site: Mitt Romney
October 22, 2013 Obamacare

In an alternative universe—the one where the GOP hadn't gone totally nuts—it would be an easy choice.

The Media Can't Stop Sucking Up to Alan Greenspan
October 22, 2013 Economics

Alan Greenspan should be apologizing to the country. Instead, he's back without regrets—and the star-struck media lets him get away with it.

Check Out the Neocons' Dick Cheney Tribute Video
October 22, 2013 Neocons

On Monday, Commentary editor John Podhoretz released the eight-minute tribute/parody video to Dick Cheney, which the magazine showed earlier this month at an honorary roast of the former vice president.

Obamacare Gets a Bright Spot in a Very Bad Week
October 22, 2013 Politics

In the spring of 2012, while reporting a piece on the political landscape in Ohio, I spent se