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Friday, den 24. August 2012

Few news outlets are more sympathetic to the financial services industry than the Wall Street Journal . So it’s interesting when the paper reports from London that “antibanking sentiment here is still off the charts,” leaving the industry “gun shy about flaunting wealth.” That was also true at the Olympics, even though “The games are typically one of the biggest corporate schmoozefests on the calendar.” This is part of what the Journal calls “a wave of banker austerity,” with executives skipping the usual “hired black sedan” and champagne, and even resorting to putting up important clients in mere three- or four-star hotels.

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Tuesday, den 21. August 2012

by KC Golden, via GRIP In a memorable TV ad saluting the hard work of Olympic athletes, swimmer Ryan Lochte reveals how he made it to the Games in London:  “I swam here.” That would be one way to avoid the modest cost of carbon pollution permits required for aviation under the EU’s Emission Trading System. Senator John Thune has a less strenuous approach: Ban U.S.

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Sunday, den 19. August 2012

Athletes came to London to win medals… and also to get high and party. In a story published by ESPN, US gold medalist Ryan Lochte talks about leaving the Olympic Village for a drug-taking experience with London soccer fans

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Friday, den 17. August 2012

Ever since I saw Craig Zobel’s film Compliance , about employees at a fast-food restaurant who were talked into an abusing a co-worker, at Sundance, I’ve been eager to see it reach a wider audience. The movie follows a day in the life of Sandra (Ann Dowd), a manager at the restaurant for whom nothing seems to be going right, who receives a phone call from a man claiming to be a police officer, who tells her that Becky (Dreama Walker), a junior employee at the restaurant, has stolen from a customer. Over the course of the day, the man talks Sandra into detaining Becky, having her searched, and ultimately, another man into assaulting her

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Friday, den 17. August 2012

Rep. Paul Ryan is considered a single-issue candidate — someone who bolsters Mitt Romney’s argument that this election is about the economy and only the economy. Ryan hasn’t dedicated much time to social issues.

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Friday, den 17. August 2012

Over at Deadline, Ray Richmond puts the five nominations for non-white actors out of 94 acting nominations handed out by the Emmys this year in historical context: One of the dirty little secrets that haunts the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is its woeful (some might even say shameful) track record in honoring African-American actors and actresses with Emmy Awards. Consider that were Giancarlo Esposito of AMC’s Breaking Bad to win this year for supporting actor in a drama series, or the mixed-race Maya Rudolph to take the comedy guest actress prize for NBC’s Saturday Night Live, they would become the first black performers to win in their respective categories ever. Similarly, if Don Cheadle triumphs in the lead actor in a comedy race for his work in the Showtime half-hour House of Lies, he’d become only the second African-American in history to win in that category.

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Friday, den 17. August 2012

Mitt Romney started the primary campaign by suggesting that federal arts funding should be cut in half . Now, in an interview with Fortune Magazine, he’s gone a step further , and has said that as president, he would entirely eliminate the subsidies for PBS, and for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.

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Thursday, den 16. August 2012

Late in 2011, a song from a virtually unknown 20-year-old rapper from Harlem knocked the Internet on its ass. Azealia Banks’s “212” was a wildly original debut single that found the rapper dribbling a steady stream of elastic wordplay and oh-no-she-didn’t raunch over a skronky beat from producer Lazy Jay.

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Thursday, den 16. August 2012

As always, the news cycle this summer has had its ups and downs – tales of hope mixed in with plenty of stories that make you want to scream (cough, ahem, Chick-fil-A).

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Thursday, den 16. August 2012

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Acid Dreams author Martin A. Lee’s new book Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana — Medical, Recreational, and Scientific  (Simon and Schuster, 2012): Peer-reviewed scientific studies in several countries show THC and other compounds found only in marijuana are effective not only for cancer symptom management (pain, nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, and so on), but they confer a direct antitumoral effect as well

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Thursday, den 16. August 2012

A judge won’t stop Pennsylvania’s controversial voter ID law.

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Thursday, den 16. August 2012

Ayn Rand devotees aren’t wholeheartedly celebrating Paul Ryan, though he has said the novelist “triggered my interest in economics.” Why the tepid embrace? Ryan presents a double-edged sword : He’ll help draw attention to Rand’s views, but his disavowal of her social libertarian streak means that if elected, Ryan won’t “embody all parts of Ayn Rand’s vision.”

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Wednesday, den 15. August 2012

Jorge Parra struggles to get the words out of his painfully swollen lips, stitched together with thick thread. “This is for all the workers,” he says with a muffled voice

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Wednesday, den 15. August 2012

Want more on contemporary culture and gender roles? Visit  Role/Reboot . I learned a dirty little secret in Bible college: It is easier to prove the  existence of unicorns  by using the Bible than it is to establish the personhood of a fetus.

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Wednesday, den 15. August 2012

Jeff Flake: Vote for me, though I would prefer you not be able to .

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Wednesday, den 15. August 2012

Much of the response to the Penn State scandal seems to come from a sense that actors with some control over the governance and judgement of Penn State ought to be taking some sort of action. As my colleague Travis Waldron has pointed out , the harsh fines, bans, and vacated wins the NCAA imposed on Penn State’s football program seemed more like an attempt to make up for the organization’s own burnishing of Joe Paterno’s legacy than a response that would have a meaningful impact on the conditions that allowed Jerry Sandusky continued access to Penn State facilities and the legitimacy his Penn State connections conferred upon him. The decision to remove Joe Paterno’s statue was not the result of a long-considered process, but an immediate need to act

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Tuesday, den 14. August 2012

Americans want their pound of flesh, and rightfully so. We’ve seen our bankers commit every kind of financial crime imaginable.  They trade on insider information.

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Tuesday, den 14. August 2012

  We’re a nation of addicts. Would you care to dispute it?

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Tuesday, den 14. August 2012

Mitt Romney’s current media handlers would like you to think he’s a mild-mannered guy who has become increasingly conservative over the years—especially since he was pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro-tax increases, pro-gay and fairly liberal as Massachusetts governor before he ran for president in 2008 and started pandering to right-wingers. But a more complete picture of Romney is emerging this summer

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Tuesday, den 14. August 2012

I think a lot about our relationship to celebrity and to culture, and while I think Antiviral, the first movie from Brandon Cronenberg (son of David) may get at the intensity of our obsession, I’m not sure it looks like it’s got the equation quite figured out: With intense fandom, I think most people tend to dream of living inside the fictional world they’ve become attached, or to inhabit a persona, but when it comes to actual famous humans, while a small number dream of inhabiting their lives, mostly what strong fans want is for those people to live out their fantasies of what those people’s lives should be like. When Kristen Stewart cheats on Robert Pattinson, people are angry because they believe the two have some sort of obligation to them to live out a fantasy

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Monday, den 13. August 2012

Darrell Issa, not letting go of Fast & Furious .

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Monday, den 13. August 2012

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spend big on swing state ad buys during the Olympics.

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Monday, den 13. August 2012

In the midst of the happy news that women will moderate two of the four presidential and vice presidential debates—CNN’s Candy Crowley will be the first person to moderate a presidential debate since 1992, and ABC’s Martha Raddatz will moderate the vice-presidential debate— Eric Deggans makes a critically important point : advances for women appear to have traded off with advances for people of color this time around. This is the first year since 1996 that no person of color will interrogate either the presidential or vice presidential candidates. He writes: Ifill would have been a great choice for one of the slots; unlike Lehrer, she’s been involved with covering this election full-time and will co-anchor PBS’ convention and election coverage later this year

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Monday, den 13. August 2012

This post contains spoilers through the August 12 episode of Breaking Bad.

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Monday, den 13. August 2012

Paul Ryan: Does He Have His Own Bill Ayers Problem? The NYT tonight has some fun (wicked fun, you might say) with Paul Ryan using his declaration yesterday, which he heard from his father, “You’re either part of the ..

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Monday, den 13. August 2012

Sneak peek at the first joint Romney-Ryan interview about to air on 60 Minutes. More here .

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Sunday, den 12. August 2012

Gov. Tim Pawlenty appeared on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos and was thrown for a loop when asked how many tax returns Romney demanded of him during the vice presidential vetting process: You can see him taking a deep breath before he says, “I don’t know the exact number…” A dubious declaration. You really don’t remember if they asked to go back to 2008, 2005

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Sunday, den 12. August 2012

From the News Corp CEO: Thank God!Now we might have a real election on the great issues of the day.Paul Ryan almost perfect choice.

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Sunday, den 12. August 2012

  The Oxford Handbook of Millennialism Catherine Wessinger, ed. Oxford University Press, 2011 Heaven on Earth: The Varieties of the Millennial Experience* Richard Landes Oxford University Press, 2011 Suppose  Europe’s debt crisis  leads to a fracturing of the eurozone and the ripple effect leads to a global depression worse than the one we’re slowly climbing out of

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Sunday, den 12. August 2012

  Back from three weeks off grid, much of it hiking in Alaska and Australia. When I left the U.S. economy was in a stall, Greece was on the brink of defaulting, the euro-zone couldn’t get its act together, the Fed couldn’t decide on another round of quantitative easing, congressional Democrats and Republicans were in gridlock, much of the nation was broiling, and neither Obama nor Romney had put forward a bold proposal for boosting the economy, slowing climate change, or much of anything else.  What a difference three weeks makes.  Here’s a bold proposal I offer free of charge to Obama or Romney: Every American should get a mandatory minimum of three weeks paid vacation a year.

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Saturday, den 11. August 2012

Set aside for a moment questions about what having Paul Ryan on the GOP ticket means for the campaign, or what it says about Mitt Romney vis-à-vis the conservatives who pushed him in this direction. Short of having Ryan or a like-minded Republican leading the ticket, I think today’s development is a genuinely healthy one for the country. The two parties disagree about a lot of things — judges, reproductive rights, gay marriage — which means the baseline stakes of every election are actually pretty high.

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Saturday, den 11. August 2012

The most important thing to know about Mitt Romney’s running-mate choice is this: It’s not the move he would have made if the campaign was going the way he hoped it would. Until now, the Romney strategy has been relentlessly single-minded

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Saturday, den 11. August 2012

  The Vatican has a nun problem. But you won’t find the prelates skipping around singing, ” How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?

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Saturday, den 11. August 2012

At this point, it should go without saying that Fox News is a propaganda arm of the GOP, but it also serves a larger ideological purpose.

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Saturday, den 11. August 2012

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Saturday, den 11. August 2012

Fareed Zakaria: ” I made a terrible mistake .”

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Friday, den 10. August 2012

In The New Republic, Alex MacGillis presents a portrait of Elizabeth Warren as an unexpectedly floundering Senate candidate at risk of losing a race her party should be winning: And yet, in one of the bluest states in the country, Warren is running well behind Barack Obama, deadlocked with Scott Brown in her bid for a seat that many Democrats had assumed would be an easy pickup. “I’m candidly perplexed by what’s going on,” says Tom Birmingham, the former Democratic president of the state Senate. “Because I did think that, if the Democrats had a strong candidate—and I would have regarded Elizabeth Warren as a strong candidate—that we’d really be in a favorable position.” There’s some good stuff in the piece, and at least anecdotally there’s something to it: I’ve heard more than a few Democrats in and out of Massachusetts express concern that Warren has adopted a style that’s too cautious and scripted (where are the viral moments?) and that her campaign has at times seemed off its game (particularly during the needlessly protracted Cherokee drama ).

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Friday, den 10. August 2012

On Thursday, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt added a gold medal in the 200 meters to his London haul, besting the field with a time of 19.32 seconds.

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Friday, den 10. August 2012

By Chloe Angyal So, you’ve spent the last two weeks watching Olympic gymnastics coverage, and now, it’s all dried up. You’ve just realized that you’re going to have to wait four more years until you can watch a bunch of freakishly flexible, jaw-droppingly powerful teenagers flip and tumble while wearing leotards that look like a truck full of diamantes veered off the road and crashed into a sparkly lycra factory (on the plus side, it’ll be another four years before you’ll next be reminded that glitter hairspray is thing that exists in the world). Never fear, Stick It is here.

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Friday, den 10. August 2012

Is Romneycare Mitt’s Iraq War? From TPM Reader WB ..

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