I Am Chris Farley: Documentary Trailer Somehow Makes SNL Clips Feel Somber
Jul01

I Am Chris Farley: Documentary Trailer Somehow Makes SNL Clips Feel Somber

I Am Chris Farley is the newest entry in the seemingly endless SNL behind-the-scenes documentary tell-all genre. Will the Chris Farley documentary provide new insights, or will we be satisfied with the same rehashed Chris Farley anecdotes from definitive SNL texts like Live From New York (recently turned into yet another SNL documentary). Here is...

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President Obama, I am sorry…  (Guest Voice)
Jul01

President Obama, I am sorry… (Guest Voice)

President Obama, I am sorry… by Patricia M Smith President Obama, I am sorry.. by Patricia M Smith Dear President Obama, I am a middle-aged white woman from a working class family. Growing up, I was fortunate to have had stable family, a good education, food to eat and a place to live. I was born in Massachusetts and now live in South Florida. My political views are moderate to liberal. I am a patriotic, American Flag waving...

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Greece In Arrears
Jul01

Greece In Arrears

The International Monetary Fund confirmed Tuesday that Greece missed its scheduled $1.5 billion debt repayment, becoming the first advanced economy to default in the IMF’s seven-decade history. In a statement, the IMF also confirmed that it had received a further bailout request from the Greeks, “which will go to the Executive Board in due course.”...

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NBCUniversal Says ‘Adios’ To Donald Trump; Cuts Ties With Presidential Candidate
Jun30

NBCUniversal Says ‘Adios’ To Donald Trump; Cuts Ties With Presidential Candidate

Not even a week has passed by since Univision made the decision to cut ties with Donald Trump. Now, NBCUniverseal has taken the same step. The network announced Monday that it’s ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump following the recent remarks he made about Mexicans during his presidential kickoff speech, where he referred to...

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U.S. Supreme Court v. Theocrats (Guest Voice)
Jun28

U.S. Supreme Court v. Theocrats (Guest Voice)

In its ruling in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court put an end to an attempt to turn the USA into a theocracy. Let’s cut to the chase, shall we? The reason why some people fought to prevent the legalization of same-sex marriage is that such a marriage conflicts with their religious beliefs. It should not be surprising that there are Americans who would like the USA to be turned into a theocracy of their liking,...

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‘Jewish Mothers’ Motivate Israel’s Soaring Start-Up Rate
Jun28

‘Jewish Mothers’ Motivate Israel’s Soaring Start-Up Rate

Meeting with 15 journalists from top European economic and business media on a 4-day press trip to Israel last week, Yossi Vardi explained, “The secret of Israel”s entrepreneurial dynamism is that everyone here has a Jewish mother.”” The 72-year-old Vardi, known as the Guru of Israeli internet, and founder of some 60 successful Israeli high-tech...

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You won’t believe this about Donald Trump (Guest Editorial)
Jun27

You won’t believe this about Donald Trump (Guest Editorial)

The most shocking news this week about Donald Trump isn’t that he offended Mexicans by calling them rapists or got his objectifying show “Miss USA” kicked off Univision, or that the pageant’s hosts both quit in a huff and one of them called him a clown, or that he subsequently banned all Univision staff from...

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ObamaCare Blessed by Supreme Court – What to Expect Now (Guest Voice)
Jun27

ObamaCare Blessed by Supreme Court – What to Expect Now (Guest Voice)

ObamaCare Blessed by Supreme Court – What to Expect Now By Rick Lindquist, Co-Author of The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance: Why It’s Good for You, Your Family, and Your Company On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of ObamaCare in King v Burwell. The ruling confirms Health Insurance Marketplaces in all states can provide premium tax credits to individual policyholders. This decision is a huge win for...

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Justice Roberts’ constitutional consistency (Guest Voice)
Jun26

Justice Roberts’ constitutional consistency (Guest Voice)

Justice Roberts’ constitutional consistency by Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group Columnist WASHINGTON — Chief Justice John Roberts knew a torrent of conservative invective was headed his way, so perhaps praise from a left-of-center columnist is the last thing he needs. Sorry, chief, here goes. Roberts saved the Affordable Care Act, a second time, for the man who voted against confirming him. It was the right...

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You can’t fight climate change with denial (Guest Voice)
Jun26

You can’t fight climate change with denial (Guest Voice)

You can’t fight climate change with denial by Michael Gerson Washington Post Writers Group Columnist WASHINGTON — Reducing Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si” to a white paper on global warming is, in George Weigel’s fitting analogy, “akin to reading ‘Moby Dick’ as if it were a treatise on the 19th-century New England whaling industry.” The whole spirit and story of the...

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It’s Not About the Confederate Flag, It’s About What the Flag Means
Jun26

It’s Not About the Confederate Flag, It’s About What the Flag Means

A hundred fifty years after the end of the Civil War, the Confederacy is on the run. Statues of Jefferson Davis are under fire in Kentucky, so is the flag at Veterans Memorial Park in Wichita. Parents want to replace the Vestavia Hills Rebel Mascot near Birmingham. Tennessee may take down the bust of confederate general… See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own...

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Analysis: GOP can no longer look to court to repeal Obamacare
Jun25

Analysis: GOP can no longer look to court to repeal Obamacare

WASHINGTON — It’s clear now that any overhaul of the Affordable Care Act will have to come through the political system, not the court. And repeal-minded Republicans face trouble generating a mandate for change. Republicans were hoping the court would decide against this key part of the law — and in turn give the party...

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No One Smells Exactly Like You
Jun25

No One Smells Exactly Like You

The nose knows: the highest topographical feature within the facial landscape is the nose. Now, a new study from Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science makes a close examination of this distinctive, though rather humble feature. The genes for the receptors our noses use to detect scents, the researchers discovered, are about 30 percent different between any… graphic via...

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New Hollywood tell-all “Pardon My Hearse” dishes on Marilyn Monroe’s funeral, celebrity burials and the wild career of the funeral director to the stars
Jun24

New Hollywood tell-all “Pardon My Hearse” dishes on Marilyn Monroe’s funeral, celebrity burials and the wild career of the funeral director to the stars

FRESNO, Calif., June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — **review copy available on request** Allan Abbott, the celebrated “funeral director to the stars,” dishes on Marilyn Monroe’s funeral, celebrity burials and his wild career in his new memoir “Pardon My Hearse: A Colorful Portrait of Where the Funeral and Entertainment Industries Met in Hollywood.” A rollicking and...

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Reader’s Guest Voice: A view from South Carolina
Jun24

Reader’s Guest Voice: A view from South Carolina

A view from South Carolina by Jordon Cooper It felt like South Carolina hit rock bottom after the Civil War in the 19th century. Still, we bounced back like a yoyo when we took heed that we were not where we needed to be. The execution-style gunfire in downtown Charleston where my late mother was raised, went to high school, and college is a reminder that hate is still festering in some people. Still, we must not falter in our...

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What Christie didn’t say about Charleston (Guest Editorial)
Jun24

What Christie didn’t say about Charleston (Guest Editorial)

We heard Gov. Chris Christie condemn the church shootings in Charleston, S.C., and speak forthrightly about racism. But what he didn’t say also spoke volumes. There was nothing about the Confederate flag that still waves on the capitol grounds; nothing about taking any action against gun violence. On that first point, at least, other Republicans...

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Analysis: Haley takes Republicans off the hook with flag decision
Jun23

Analysis: Haley takes Republicans off the hook with flag decision

WASHINGTON — The Republican presidential candidates who refused to take a stand on the Confederate flag are off the hook. Even as the website of accused murderer Dylann Roof, the white gunman charged with killing nine black churchgoers last week, showed him embracing the flag, several Republican candidates insisted over the weekend it was South...

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Middle Finger Emoji Can Get You Jail Time In UAE
Jun22

Middle Finger Emoji Can Get You Jail Time In UAE

The middle finger emoji can convey a lot of sentiments — you can use it to display anger and when goofing around. But if you’re traveling abroad, then be wary of where and how you use emoji as the icon can potentially put you in jail. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has passed a new Cyber… graphic via...

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Political Mobilization:  Researchers Seek Participants in Online Study (Guest Voice)
Jun22

Political Mobilization: Researchers Seek Participants in Online Study (Guest Voice)

Political Mobilization: Researchers Seek Participants in Online Study My name is Raynee Gutting and I am conducting an online survey about people’s personal characteristics and beliefs, and how people become politically active and engaged. The study is brief and interesting, and should help me understand how individuals think about important political issues and American society more generally. In our current political climate, I...

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After Deadly Shooting, Searching For A Silver Lining
Jun21

After Deadly Shooting, Searching For A Silver Lining

CHARLESTON, South Carolina — Amid sun, sweat and tears, hundreds gathered Sunday outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, their dresses, shirts and parasols forming a vivid sea of oranges, pinks, greens and blues that occasionally swayed in unison when the sermon, broadcast on speakers outside the church, turned to song. It...

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