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Obama Goes to Hollywood (Again)

Fresh off a fundraising stop in Las Vegas, where he made an appearance at Caesars Palace, President Barack Obama swung through Hollywood Wednesday evening to pitch woo to a star-studded crowd for the first time since taking office—but, as The Wrap’s Dominic Patten points out, it was a bit of a tough crowd this time around.

Posted on May 28, 2009 READ MORE


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Here’s the Skinny on Soup

With news that American health remains in general decline and more than one-third of adults are obese, consider this a public service announcement: Soup is the secret weapon against fat. Scientists have confirmed that soup keeps you fuller longer than other food.

Posted on May 28, 2009 READ MORE


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Study: Red Bull Cola Gives You ... Cocaine

Turns out that Red Bull Cola gives you more than just “wings,” according to scientists at The Health Institute in Germany’s North Rhine Westphalia who recently discovered that the fizzy drink contains small amounts of cocaine—very, very small amounts, in fact, but enough to cause a handful of German states to ban the beverage.

Posted on May 26, 2009 READ MORE


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Breaking the Royal Code of Conduct

A royal chauffeur was suspended by Buckingham Palace on Monday after he allegedly allowed access to the queen’s fleet of official cars to tabloid reporters of the News World Press. It was the latest in a series of royal security breaches that famously include the intrusion of a man dressed as Osama bin Laden at Prince William’s birthday party and, creepier, in 1982 when a man broke into the queen’s room to watch her sleep.

Posted on May 25, 2009 READ MORE


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Picking Up the Pieces

Since President Obama took office a little over four months ago, we’ve heard little from our old pal Dubya. (Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the persistent and pugnacious Dick Cheney.) This week, however, the former president spoke to a high school class in New Mexico about when he first realized he was no longer running the United States.

Posted on May 22, 2009 READ MORE


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Allen Barra on Cornelius Vanderbilt

A new and outrageously entertaining biography of America’s first tycoon by T.J. Stiles, one of our best younger historians, sheds new light on the monumental life of what Stiles rightly calls “an instinctive predator” and his mixed and enduring legacy.

Posted on May 22, 2009 READ MORE


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MLK to Get the Spielberg Treatment

It’s the first time that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s estate has officially approved a movie project about the late civil rights leader, and the MLK biopic will be helmed by none other than mega-director Steven Spielberg, who has acquired the “life rights” to Dr. King’s story, according to Variety.

Posted on May 19, 2009 READ MORE


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Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Mike Huckabee

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was visited by the GOP Muse and out plopped this elephant patty of a poem. The chef-d’oeuvre comes at a time when Republicans and Leon Panetta are calling for an apology from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the CIA for accusing the agency of “misleading” her on their interrogation methods.

Posted on May 18, 2009 READ MORE


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Woody Allen Strips American Apparel of $5 Million

Woody Allen walked away with $5 million American Apparel dollars on Monday in a settlement of his lawsuit against the hipster-magnet clothing company. The actor-director had sued American Apparel for $10 million after the company put up billboards with an ad showing Allen dressed as a rabbi—an image taken from a scene from “Annie Hall”—without his permission.

Posted on May 18, 2009 READ MORE


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Workers of the World Show Who’s Boss

Across Europe and even in the U.S., a new wave of direct action to “rebuild the economy from the ground up” is rising. Some workers are responding to layoffs and workplace shutdowns by ousting their bosses and seeking to run things their own way. Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis report on the state of worker-control movements today in light of the current economic crisis.

Posted on May 15, 2009 READ MORE


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