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Colbert and Stewart on the Comeback Track

If Comedy Central headliners Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert indeed return to television Jan. 7—the eve of the New Hampshire primary, as fate (or whatever capricious force controls networks’ holiday scheduling practices) would have it—they’ll probably have to stage their comebacks without their trusty and witty writing teams.

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Zachary Karabell on Mark Lilla’s ‘The Stillborn God’

With religious passions inflaming and complicating politics worldwide, the very project of a secular future is threatened.  In “The Stillborn God,” Mark Lilla reveals the roots of the age-old quest to bring political life under God’s authority.  He also explores how modern Western thinkers found a way to free politics from theological power and build barriers against destructive religious fanaticism.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


Jay Leno
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Leno, O’Brien to Cross Picket Line

Late night hosts Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien are set to resume their talk shows without writers. An NBC executive says “there are hundreds of people who will be able to return to work as a result of Jay’s and Conan’s decision,” but one imagines dwindling ratings have something to do with their plans. David Letterman, meanwhile, may work out a deal with the Writers Guild that would allow his show to come back with writers.

Posted on Dec 17, 2007 READ MORE


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Benjamin Barber on ‘Supercapitalism’

Can an overheated market remedy an underachieving democracy?  Can the public interest be served by an economic engine in which corporate rivals use government to quash their competitors?  These and other questions are the subject of a provocative new book by Robert Reich, labor secretary under President Clinton.  Benjamin Barber, author of “Jihad vs. McWorld” and “Consumed,” takes a close look at Reich’s argument.

Posted on Dec 13, 2007 READ MORE


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If Foster’s Not Coming Out, CNN’s Coming In

One major price of fame is, famously, the lack of personal privacy that comes with the package.  This issue gets trickier when it comes to homosexuality and the practice of outing public figures, as various media outlets have long attempted to do in Jodie Foster’s case.

Posted on Dec 13, 2007 READ MORE


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Oprah Stumps for Obama at S.C. Stadium Rally

If Oprah Winfrey can do for politicians what she’s done for books and for any number of consumer items on her “Favorite Things” lists, Barack Obama might have a serious shot at the White House next November.  Oprah held court on Sunday at a South Carolina stadium filled with nearly 30,000 Obama supporters, a giant pep rally that “had the feel of a rock concert,” according to Associated Press reporter Seanna Adcox.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 READ MORE


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Andrew Cockburn on the Islamic Bomb

A quartet of new books provides an inside look at Pakistan’s nuclear smuggling network and how it flourished. A sordid tale of how the United States simultaneously acted as an enabler for the construction of the “Islamic Bomb” and coddled the Islamists who might one day control it.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


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‘The Iran Agenda’

In this excerpt from his new book, “The Iran Agenda,” veteran independent journalist and Truthdig contributor Reese Erlich challenges the conventional wisdom on Iran’s nuclear ambitions as he investigates the drive for war.

Posted on Dec 3, 2007 READ MORE


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Cristina Nehring on What’s Wrong With the American Essay

One of our most trenchant critics takes a withering look at how contemporary essayists in a global world have gone increasingly, foolishly, local.

Posted on Nov 29, 2007 READ MORE


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The Many Faces of ‘Dylan’

Todd Haynes’ film “I’m Not There,” “inspired by the music and many lives of Bob Dylan,” shows that art reveals truth when it has the imagination to move away from the imitation of reality.

Posted on Nov 28, 2007 READ MORE


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