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Bill Maher on How the Left Should Counter Wealthy Conservatives

“Real Time” host Bill Maher delivered a special message to the likes of Jay Z, Steven Spielberg and Oprah during the latest installment of his HBO program.

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Birth Control Is the New Poison

Laws proposed this year include a bill whose proponent is an Oklahoma cardiologist who sees venomous effects in hormonal contraception for women; the Obama administration has created a policy that will allow more public access to federally financed research; meanwhile, an Italian newspaper claims Pope Benedict resigned thanks to pressure from a secret gay lobby. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Lance Armstrong’s World

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Bike in the Needle

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Lance and Oprah

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Personal Trainer

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Oprah Confirms Lance Armstrong Admitted Doping

You’ll have to wait to see for sure when the interview airs later this week. Because the whole point of this pseudo-event is, in the end, really just about drumming up television ratings.

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Memorial Day

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Oprah’s Soft-Focus Signoff

The Oprahpocalypse is upon us. On Wednesday, Oprah Winfrey made her final speech in a farewell sequence that has spanned several months since her announcement that she was pulling the plug on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Great, but did she give away any cars?

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50 Years of Freedom

Rather than isolating the original Riders’ troubled and painful history to fleeting commemorations or to the realms of amnesia and denial, the 2011 Freedom Ride declares precisely the opposite: that history is alive, ongoing and real.

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2010: The Year’s Best Books

The holiday season is in full swing, as evidenced by such familiar signs as relentless media-enabled appeals to base consumer urges, assorted gatherings of people who may or may not be happy to be in each others’ presence, candles, gifts and, in the online world, listicles.

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Crashing ‘The Daily Show’

Two surprise guests dropped by “The Daily Show” on Thursday. First came Stephen Colbert, whose apparent failure to score a permit will lead to a hybrid “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” on Oct. 30. And then Oprah Winfrey crashed the show to announce that she’s picking up the tab to send the studio audience to the Washington rally.

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‘The View’ Spinoff: Now Featuring Y Chromosomes

Thank goodness someone is making bold moves to ensure that men’s voices are heard on network television. The someone in question here is Barbara Walters, who is reportedly giving her successful format from “The View” ... (continued)

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Addicted to Nonsense

Will Tiger Woods finally talk to the police? Who will replace Oprah? We stand on the cusp of one of the most seismic events in human history and our obsessions revolve around the trivial and the absurd.

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There Can Be Only One

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‘Colbert Report’: Cheering America’s Olympic Failure

When President Obama Chicago lost out to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games, none were more pleased than the members of a conservative organization called—wait for it—Americans for Prosperity. Well, they didn’t specify whose prosperity they were rooting for, as Stephen Colbert points out in this clip.

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Life as a Makeover

Susan Boyle’s 15 minutes, OK, 15 days, of fame have fueled a smackdown between those two strains that braid and twist their way through our culture: self-acceptance and self-improvement.

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The Man Who Won’t Change

Rush Limbaugh asks why women don’t like him. Well, I think I know why. Pull up a chair, my dears, and I’ll tell you, and him, a sad, sad story.

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Maybe the Only Crime Was by Blago’s Barber

Is Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich about to be impeached on grounds of loopiness, obnoxiousness and a bad haircut? It is unclear to me what else Blagojevich has done that a duly constituted jury would find illegal.

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The District of Pandemonium

Our nation’s capital will survive the financial meltdown, the deepening recession and the plethora of foreign crises from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Whether Washington will survive Tuesday’s inauguration, however, is an open question.

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Yet Another Faux Memoir Exposed

The fluidity of memory aside, this is getting a little strange: Following in the footsteps of James Frey, Misha Defonseca and Margaret Seltzer, yet another “memoirist,” Herman Rosenblat, has admitted that his supposedly true story, “Angel at the Fence,” is a bit lacking in the truth department.

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Eastwood Confused, Dismayed by Today’s ‘Perverted Politics’

Seasoned film star and “Changeling” director Clint Eastwood says American politics aren’t what they used to be; in fact, the grizzled sort-of-libertarian thinks they’re even a little “perverted”—but not like that.

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Kid Rock, GOP Supporter, Decries Celebrity Endorsements of Politicians

Bombastic rap-rocker Kid Rock recently hit out at fellow celebrities for using their star power to endorse political candidates. However, it seems Mr. Rock himself has a storied history of supporting politicians’ campaigns and was once slated to perform at George W. Bush’s 2005 inaugural festivities. Updated

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Pregnant Man Puts the Trans in Gender

One of the expressions my grandmother uttered with feeling and frequency was that “one man should have one baby.” I never knew if this was a wish or a curse, but I’m pretty sure she never imagined Thomas Beatie.

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Sean Penn Talks Politics at Cannes

Actor Sean Penn has already made waves at the Cannes Film Festival, where he’s leading this year’s jury, by weighing in about the presidential race back home—and by pointedly bucking the local smoking ban. Suffice it to say that Penn won’t be joining Oprah on one of her pep rallies for Barack Obama anytime soon.

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‘Back in Black’: Some Votes Are More Glamorous

“The Daily Show’s” Lewis Black probes the soft underbelly of the celebrity endorsement, from the guy who played Kumar to the “political juggernaut that is Dick Van Patten.” And if you think Oprah is excited about Barack Obama, just wait until you see how she reacts to the cast of “Desperate Housewives.”

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Why Obama Owes Women

On Tuesday, I got a sarcastic e-mail from a Hillary supporter. She forwarded a crack made by Howard Wolfson, Clinton’s media man, about Obama. “Senator Clinton,” he scoffed, “is not running on the strength of her rhetoric.” To which my friend added: “Unfortunately.”

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Super Oprah Saves Desperate Voter

When Oprah Winfrey heard that a woman at a precinct next door wasn’t allowed to vote, she pledged to stay with the frustrated voter until she got to cast her ballot: “She [Winfrey] just kind of stood there and then as soon as I got to vote she left and she said, ‘I’ll call you later to make sure that you voted.’ And probably about an hour later I was sitting at my desk and she called my cell phone.”

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Obama, Clinton and California

Down to the Wire

Super Tuesday, when 22 states and American Samoa could decide the Democratic nominee, is one day away and no one knows what is going to happen. A new CBS News/New York Times poll shows Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton dead even nationally. Clinton led by as many as 15 points a month ago. But it’s the biggest prize of the contest, California, where only a week ago Clinton led by 17 points, that has everyone guessing.

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Stars Sing for Obama

Pop star and producer will.i.am and director Jesse Dylan (son of Bob) put together this independent, star-filled tribute to Barack Obama’s New Hampshire concession speech. Whether it’s inspirational or just cheesy is up to you, but we’ve got nothing bad to say about Herbie Hancock on the piano.

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Obama Presents Top 10 List on ... Obama

The current crop of presidential candidates are keenly aware of the value of impressing America’s youth with a little ironic self-parody, ideally showcased on the Internet and/or late-night TV shows. Here’s Barack Obama doing his part to make the youngsters laugh by gamely delivering David Letterman’s signature Top 10 list about himself.

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Disappointment Doesn’t Have to Be Normal

Is it foolish to think that a nation stained by centuries of slavery and racism is prepared to elect a black president? Rarely phrased so bluntly, that’s the central question posed by Barack Obama’s candidacy—especially for many African-American voters, whose doubts are informed by having seen many an oasis turn out to be a mirage.

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Oprah Helps Obama to Stadium Status

If you think the “Oprah effect” is all hype, you may be interested to learn that the Barack Obama campaign has had to move the location of an upcoming rally featuring the TV talk show host to accommodate the “overwhelming demand.” The new venue is the University of South Carolina’s 80,250-seat Williams-Brice Stadium, pictured here.

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The Oprah Factor

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Obama Taps the ‘Oprah Effect’

The conventional wisdom says that celebrity endorsements don’t mean much in politics. But the conventional wisdom also says that enormously long, difficult novels published more than a century ago don’t suddenly become best-sellers today.

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Hollywood Conservatives Keep a Low Profile

It’s relatively easy to drum up a list of high-flying entertainers who have publicly backed a Democratic politician in recent years (if not weeks)—Oprah, George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand and others readily come to mind—but their conservative counterparts are much harder to ID without resorting to a Google search.

Posted on Nov 16, 2007 READ MORE


Oprah’s Learning Curve

I can’t summon any schadenfreude for Winfrey, just sympathy—both for her good intentions and her determination to live up to them. And I pity anyone foolish enough to stand in her way.

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Michael Moore, Oprah and ‘Sicko’

Documentarian Michael Moore takes clips from his latest to Oprah for a discussion of the healthcare crisis and why even Republicans are responding warmly to the film: “I don’t want this to be a political issue. ... When you get sick, you get sick. The illness doesn’t care whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican.”

Posted on Jun 11, 2007 READ MORE


Oprah’s Politics Club

I don’t doubt Oprah Winfrey’s marketing magic, although we don’t know yet whether she can do for politics what she’s done for publishing. Her endorsement of the candidate Obama may not be as successful as it was for the author Obama.

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Barack’s Her (Political) Guy

Is this the beginning of Oprah’s Political Club? The talk show queen says she is officially endorsing Democrat Barack Obama’s ‘08 presidential bid—primarily because of her personal connection to the candidate. 

Posted on May 7, 2007 READ MORE


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Return of the Brainless Hussies

Salon writer Rebecca Traister examines why today’s most prominent young female role models seem to be “jiggly video stars, boobie-flashing twits, half-clad clotheshorses and label-whoring anorexics.” (Reg. or advert. req’d.)

Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


Oprah Winfrey selected an Elie Wiesel memoir for her book club.
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With Friends Like Oprah, Who Needs Irony?

Winfrey’s next monthly selection is a Holocaust memoir. | story
But her now-dubious stamp of approval is hardly a comfort.

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The Bestselling Fake True Story

Memoirist-fraud James Frey brings out the big gun on “Larry King Live.”

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Author’s Fabrications Spark Debate Over Memoirs

Nan Talese, the publisher of admitted embellisher James Frey, spars with her husband, author Gay Talese, over the issue of falsehoods in memoirs. | story

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