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Obama Delivers Major Economic Speech, Congress Hits Historic Low, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Republican Congressman Steve King doubles down on controversial immigration comments he recently made and Anthony Weiner says he won’t drop out of the New York City mayoral race amid a new sexting scandal.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 READ MORE



What the Benghazi Emails Reveal, Rove Blames Obama for Scandals, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest sign that Anthony Weiner will enter the New York City mayoral race and televangelist Pat Robertson’s dubious marital advice for women.

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE


Pat Robertson Excuses Petraeus Affair Because ‘He’s a Man’

The conservative televangelist isn’t blaming ex-CIA Director David Petraeus for his affair with Paula Broadwell because “he’s lonely” and she’s a “good-looking lady throwing herself at him.”

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE



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‘The Deep Blue Sea’: A Forgettable Affair

It may be that, as Americans, we are the victims of a cultural disconnect. At the height of Terence Rattigan’s fame, the Brits invested a good deal of admiration in his attempts to extend the reign of the carefully constructed prewar “problem” play into the postwar era.

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Gingrich a Tough Sell Among Florida Women

Here’s an algorithm from the Annals of the Obvious: Conservative women commonly identify as values voters, responding to like-minded candidates and campaigns and bringing what are referred to in certain circles as traditional morals into the booths. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, while purporting to run on a family-friendly platform, has some blots on his personal record that would appear to contradict these ideals.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Vatican May Seek to Prevent a Stoning in Iran

The plight of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, is resonating in Italy, a country that does a lot of business with Iran. The story has gained enough notoriety that the Vatican has indicated it might intervene diplomatically.

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 READ MORE


Family Values and Glass Houses

Enough with dividing the world between moral, family-loving Christians on the one side and supposedly permissive, corrupt, family-destroying secularists on the other.

Posted on May 23, 2010 READ MORE


A Victim, After All

Jenny Sanford was my role model, until I read her book. I once wrote that the wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford offered “a new and improved version of the betrayed political spouse—neither enabler nor victim.” I was wrong.

Posted on Feb 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Tiger’s Oppressive Standard of Beauty

Tiger Woods has a Barbie thing so pronounced it suggests his philandering is as much about validation as lust.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE



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There’s No Safe Sex in Saudi Arabia

Bragging about one’s sex life is lame, but is it lame enough to earn 1,000 lashes and five years in prison? A Saudi man has been sentenced to just that punishment for going on TV and talking about his extramarital liaisons.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE


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Don’t Ask, Don’t Kvell

Yes, it’s hypocritical when a member of the “family values” party gets caught stepping out on his spouse or tapping toes in a restroom, but politicians of all stripes should be allowed to destroy their marriages in peace.

Posted on Aug 31, 2007 READ MORE


Closing Politicians’ Bedroom Doors

Many will be tempted to rip into Sen. David Vitter, a social conservative who is suffering through two prostitution scandals.  But wouldn’t it be nice to return to a day when politicians were judged on their public performance and their private “sins” were addressed by their relatives and friends?

Posted on Jul 12, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: When I Grow Up…

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Classic Scheer-Carter Interview From ‘Playing President’

During a 1976 interview for Playboy magazine that would produce one of the most famous remarks by a presidential candidate in modern times, Jimmy Carter told Robert Scheer, “I’ve committed adultery in my heart many times.” Check out an excerpt of that exchange, along with many more in Scheer’s new book, “Playing President.”

Posted on Jun 22, 2006 READ MORE


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