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Boats, Surfing Wipeouts & KFC

Written by Russ Smith on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Boats, Surfing Wipeouts & KFC George Will can eat my Bermuda shorts. I’m in the air right now, on a Continental flight returning from a weeklong, sun-drenched family vacation, so I’m missing the roundtable on ABC’s This Week, with Will no doubt tut-tutting the significance of Gov. George W. Bush’s convincing win in the Ames [&hellip
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Baseball Cards & Other Memorabilia:I’m in Bermuda and Rick Lazio Isn’t

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I’m in Bermuda and Rick Lazio Isn’t It’s just before five a.m. last Tuesday, and an unshaven white geezer ambles, not stumbles, into Morgan’s Deli on Hudson St. in Tribeca, with a crooked grin on his face. Mentioning to no one in particular that it’s now dark at this hour in August, he whispers to a customer: “You know, this [&hellip
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Midsummer Doldrums; Ted Rall Takes on Art Spiegelman

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Sweet Dreams, Little Old Rat I’m going to hop all over the map in this column—more than usual—in deference to my colleagues here at 333, half of whom are on vacation. Maybe it’s not a fulltime job, but surely next summer publisher Mike O’Hara needs someone to schedule the time slots available to leave New York and traipse off to [&hellip
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Leave the Kennedys Alone

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What the World Needs Now? A News Blackout The plane crash that took the lives of John Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette was an unspeakable tragedy only exacerbated by the coldhearted mass media intrusion on their families’ privacy. The perpetrators will counter that the Kennedys are public figures, America‘s “Royal Family,” and other such nonsense, but [&hellip
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Has Gore Hit Bottom?

Written by Russ Smith on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Hillary Sucks Up the Media’s Gush and Mush I’ve cleared all my bets, prematurely, from the Bill Clinton/MonicaLewinsky/impeachment saga. Which means I posted $400 to Jim Larkin in Phoenix; $1000 to Alex Cockburn in Petrolia, CA; and divvied up smaller bundles among staffers at the office. It’s lamentable, but certain, that Clinton won’t be driven from office before his term expires—although [&hellip
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Al Gore’s Mondale Impersonation; Bush Conquers California

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Bush Conquers California What a disastrous week for the hapless Al Gore. Not only was his impressive fundraising total for the first half of ’99 dwarfed by George W.Bush‘s astonishing $36.3 million, but his erstwhile bus buddy, Bill Clinton, was monopolizing the news cycle, doing his best to sabotage Gore’s flailing presidential campaign.   No, there’s not a rift [&hellip
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Why Doesn’t Gore Resign?

Written by Russ Smith on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Gore Needs to Raise the Bar Here’s a novel idea: Why doesn’t Veep Al Gore resign, cut a deal with Bill Bradley and spend from now until November of 2000 campaigning for the presidency with the former New Jersey senator as his runningmate, unbound from the chains of Clinton Corruption? It’s not so far-fetched, although I doubt Gore has the [&hellip
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New York Times Endorses Gore; Bush Confuses the Media

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Bush Confuses The Media Last Thursday, in an astonishing editorial, The New York Times unofficially endorsed Al Gore over Gov. George W. Bush for president in the 2000 election. The headline read “Al Gore as the Un-Clinton,” and the writer reacted favorably to the Vice President’s tepid candidacy announcement in Carthage, TN, last Wednesday, pronouncing that Gore is “particularly expert on [&hellip
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Bush On the Move; Grim Talk About Talk

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The Beltway Pundits Pout Wouldn’t it be extraordinary if the media elite put their cards on the table and admitted now whom they’ll be advocating in the 2000 presidential election? It’s really no secret. The New York Times, in its news columns and editorials, is for Al Gore (and Hillary Clinton for Senate); The Wall Street Journal favors Steve Forbes; [&hellip
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