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Americans Need More Downtime—Seriously

Napping, meditating, anything that gives your mind a bit of respite from the ever-quickening rat race of modern day life are essential to allow your brain to recover. And here’s the kicker (which we all pretty much already know but haven’t quite put into practice): Downtime increases productivity.

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Cuban Reform Hints at the Freedom to Vacation

Most of us take access to overpriced hotels, lousy food and syrupy mixed drinks for granted, but ordinary Cubans suffering island fever may get their first shot at a vacation since 1959. A proposed reform might eventually allow Cubans (presumably those surviving on more than government subsidies) to “travel abroad as tourists.”

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White House / Samantha Appleton

Give the First Lady a Break

As a political matter, the mother-daughter getaway to a five-star resort on the Spanish Costa del Sol was not a good idea. But I’d just as soon not have my First Family vacations determined by focus groups.

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AP / Evan Vucci

Obama Goes Gulfing

Following a news conference Thursday in which he voiced resolve and regret over the way the Gulf oil spill has been handled, President Barack Obama visited the Louisiana coast on Friday to see the environmental devastation firsthand and to survey efforts to plug the Deepwater Horizon undersea gusher.

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The European Adventures of a Christian Right Leader and His ‘Rent Boy’

This is the story of George Rekers, a Baptist minister and prominent anti-gay activist who recently took a European sojourn with a young man who said, on his Rentboy.com profile, that he’s “up for anything.” Well, how about a trip to London and Madrid with a card-carrying member of the Christian right?

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE



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Obama Plays Rough at Recess

In alleged retaliation for Republican stonewalling, President Barack Obama will bypass the Senate and make recess appointments to 15 high-level administration jobs. For context, George W. Bush made more than 170 such appointments; Bill Clinton made nearly 140.

Posted on Mar 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Taking Clinton on the Campaign Trail

Hillary Clinton will be joining her erstwhile rival, Barack Obama, for a week of campaign support as he ramps up his efforts to defeat John McCain in November’s presidential elections. Clinton will kick off her tandem tour with Obama June 27 in a bid to repair lingering rifts within Democratic circles.

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Getting Gas

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Bill Maher’s Summer Vacation

The “Real Time” host returns with a look back on the summer, full of the usual barbs like this gem about the Democrats’ FISA capitulation: “Yes the Democrats in Congress took advantage of a deeply unpopular lame duck president by caving into his every whim and agreeing to allow the attorney general to spy on Americans without a warrant.”

Posted on Aug 23, 2007 READ MORE


Fun in the Sun, for Some

You might have thought that now isn’t the most opportune time for the elected leaders of both the United States and Iraq to pack up and head to the beach, ranch or villa for a nice, long vacation. Silly you.

Posted on Aug 10, 2007 READ MORE


The Modern American Vacation

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Cheney: What I Did on My Summer Vacation

The satirist reports that Vice President Dick Cheney, having briefly assumed Bush’s duties while the president underwent a routine colon procedure June 21, told reporters the next day that he “enjoyed the downtime immensely.”

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While Europeans Holiday, Americans Toil

It’s a fact: Americans enjoy less vacation time than their European counterparts.  But shorter vacations, longer work weeks and skimpy sick leaves add up—not to greater upward mobility for U.S. workers, but rather a burned-out workforce earning less than preceding generations. Saner government policies are clearly needed.

Posted on Jul 9, 2007 READ MORE


The Supremely Disappointing Court

Let me wish the Supreme Court justices a fond farewell as they set out on their summer vacation. We can all rest assured now that they won’t do any more damage until the first week in October.

Posted on Jul 5, 2007 READ MORE


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Bush Afflicted by Non-Cancerous Moles

The president has had two benign growths removed from his temple, the latest of several sun-exposure moles he’s had to deal with. Perhaps if he spent less time clearing brush in Crawford, both Bush’s face and the nation would be in better working order.

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Andy Borowitz: Dems, GOP’ers Agree to Take Two Years Off

The political satirist reports on an ingenious plan by the leadership of both parties to rest up for negative campaigning in 2008.

Posted on Nov 10, 2006 READ MORE


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While Mideast Burns: Blair Works, Bush Vacations

British Prime Minister Tony Blair just delayed his vacation to continue working toward a U.N. cease-fire agreement in the Mideast. President Bush, however, just landed in Crawford, Texas, for a 10-day vacation. (h/t: ThinkProgress)

  • Last year, Bush was staying put in Texas while Katrina was destroying New Orleans.
  • Sort of reminds you of the Roman emperor Nero….

    Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


    New Worries for the Vacationer in Chief

    As the crisis in the Middle East takes on graver proportions by the day, George W. Bush is gearing up for yet another retreat to his ranch in Crawford, Texas. Satirist Andy Borowitz reports that the Vacationer in Chief is determined to have fun, or “Hezbollah will have hell to pay.”

    Posted on Jul 22, 2006 READ MORE


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