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A Culture War Breaks Out Over Super Bowl Halftime

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I want to thank Rudy Giuliani. As supremely unenlightened as I may be about pop culture, hearing the former New York mayor's cranky critique of Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show makes me feel almost hip.

"I think it was outrageous," he said, venting full You-Kids-Get-Off-My-Lawn geezer rage on ...Read more

Why Bush Could Defend Islam More Easily Than Obama Can

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Both President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush can say they have visited a mosque as president. Can you guess which one has gotten slammed for it by today's presidential candidates? Need a hint?

"Maybe he feels comfortable there," said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Ha. Ha. Yes, The Donald is implying that the...Read more

A Humble Trump? Sorry, 'Loo-zahs'

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Ever since Donald Trump entered the Republican presidential race, I have been waiting to see him lose. I wanted to see how he would handle it. Humility, after all, is not an emotion with which the Donald appears to be intimately familiar.

Remember when his rival Ben Carson, the retired brain surgeon, was running neck-in-neck with him in polls ...Read more

What This Politically (In)Correct Campaign Tells Us

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"Political correctness" may be the most intriguing issue to emerge in the current presidential election cycle, especially for Republicans. Yet it also may be the most under-discussed, perhaps out of fear that it would not be politically correct to do so.

In Friday's Republican debate in Des Moines, Iowa, for example, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ...Read more

#OscarsSoWhite ... and Old and Male

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It is easy to be disappointed by the news that this year's 20 nominees for the Academy Awards included zero nonwhite actors -- for the second year in a row.

It is tougher to figure out what to do about it.

The hashtag movement #OscarsSoWhite popped up for the second year on Twitter. Jada Pinkett Smith, apparently miffed that her husband Will ...Read more

Trump 'n' Palin, An Alliance For the Angry

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Can this presidential election year get any more weird?

Reality seems to have run off the rails. Let me count the ways:

In the "How Can We Miss You If You Won't Go Away" Department: Sarah Palin is back, much to the delight of comedy writers everywhere. (I'm talking about you, Tina Fey.) And she's stumping for -- who else? -- Republican ...Read more

Ted Cruz, Donald Trump Lead the GOP Panic Parade

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What's the most clearly defining moment so far in the 2016 presidential race? My choice would be Republican candidate Ted Cruz's New Hampshire campaign stop last March where he demonstrated his ability to frighten small children.

"The Obama-Clinton foreign policy of leading from behind," he preached passionately to a packed room assembled by ...Read more

Obama's Divide? Share That Blame

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Considering the stubbornness of his opposition, I thought President Barack Obama was being quite generous in to express "regrets" over his role in Washington's dysfunction.

"It's one of the few regrets of my presidency," he said, "that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better."

He shouldn't be too hard on...Read more

Mexican Drug War Reporting: Hazardous to Press Freedom

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There's a lot that is worth criticizing about actor Sean Penn's rambling Rolling Stone article about his friendly meeting with cutthroat fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

But if Guzman's desire to be in the movies led to the recapture of this hemisphere's biggest trafficker of heroin, cocaine and other illicit commodities, justice ...Read more

Trump's Tribalism, a Sign of Our Times

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With less than a month to go before Iowa caucus goers cast the first actual votes in presidential nomination race, Republican leaders and donors disagree over how to stop the candidacy of Donald Trump -- or whether anyone should even try.

They may not have much choice. Sure, Trump offers a walking example of how savvy about business doesn't ...Read more

How Trump Made TV His Best Precinct Captain

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Remember how Republican Sen. Marco Rubio called mainstream media "the ultimate super PAC" for Hillary Clinton and other Democrats? If so, his opponent Donald Trump's favorite precinct captain must be television.

In the first major poll of the new year released by NBC News and Survey Monkey, Trump maintains his lead among the Grand Old Party's ...Read more

Fond Cosby Memories Take Another Beating

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In Washington, a city with many memorials, the locals argue heatedly these days over whether one should be painted over.

That's because it is a mural on the side of a popular local landmark called Ben's Chili Bowl that includes the 10-foot high face of Bill Cosby.

The mural, which was painted by a local artist in 2010, includes such other ...Read more

'Shoot First, Think Later' Policing Must Go

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Before he announced the grand jury's decision regarding the Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice, Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty warned that the outcome "will not cheer anyone." He got that right.

The grand jury would not be indicting officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback. Loehmann claimed he ...Read more

Hot 2015 Words? A Political 'ism' Vision

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What's the word? The "Word of the Year" at Oxford Dictionaries is not even a word. It is an emoji, a digital image that is used in text messages to express an idea or emotion in a style that seems in my eyes to be aimed illiterates.

Oxford Dictionaries justified this selection by citing an explosion in "emoji culture" over the last year and not...Read more

Two of a Kind: Trump and 'Pootie-Poot'

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We should not be too surprised by the unlikely bromance between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. After all, the audacious billionaire and Russian autocrat have a lot in common.

Both have outsized egos that would humble a rap star.

They pal around with the super-rich, even as they successfully promote themselves as populist heroes of the ...Read more

Metal Detectors Stand in For Real Action on Gun Violence

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The Happiest Place on Earth can only remain so by bracing against the possibility of children being mowed down by assault weapons as they await a turn on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster.

Walt Disney World, along with other major theme parks, just caved to the threat of a mass shooting.

News broke Thursday that visitors were greeted ...Read more

Merry Christmas, from the Trumps

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An exclusive look at the Trump Family Christmas Newsletter:

Dear family and friends, except any of you loser dopes who have said anything bad about me this year, you're low-energy and pathetic and it's really a wonder anybody likes you, you're so unlikable.

What a year it has been! I mean, really, just a big, great, amazing year. You don't get...Read more

Beyond Trump: The Politics of Courage

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If Donald Trump can thrive politically by throwing meat to the American id, what else is possible? How about the opposite?

Trump's most recent attempt to reclaim poll supremacy -- his call for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our representatives can figure out what's going on" -- is not simply reckless ...Read more

Where's the Indignation For What African Americans Do to Themselves?

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So where was the march for Tyshawn Lee?

Where were the demonstrators barring access to stores in Chicago's premiere commercial district on the busiest shopping day of the year? Where was Rev. Jesse Jackson, joining his voice with a thousand other people demanding justice? Where were news media, beaming the images out to the world?

All that and...Read more

GOP Advice: To Top Trump, Tap Into Trumpism

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Establishment Republicans have a problem. Donald Trump isn't going away.

After five months and going strong as the party's front-runner for president, the Grand Old Party's elites have figured out that the billionaire real estate mogul and television star really could win the GOP nomination.

Why not? He's defied all of the conventional wisdom ...Read more

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