Jerry Brown’s Strange New Friends in the Media

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

When you’re tired of Oakland, you’re tired of life. Why are both Salon and Mother Jones saying such nice things about Jerry Brown? The admirable politician is six months into his tenure as the first white mayor of Oakland in 20 years, and he’s already proven himself a bit of a heretic by welcoming free enterprise and challenging the city’s [&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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Spike Lee Talks Summer of Sam & Punk Rock with Furious George

Written by George Tabb on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

“First he tells me to fuck off, then he calls me a pussy,” Adrien Brody says to Spike Lee, as we stand outside a location on Rivington St. where we’re shooting a scene for Spike’s new film, Summer of Sam. “It’s okay,” says Spike, calmly, “I’ll handle this.” “My character, Ritchie, is abused throughout the whole film, you know,” continues Adrien, [&hellip
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No Smoking, Please; Proud to be Un-American

Written by Taki on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

LEMAÎTRE No Smoking, Ever Inside the royal enclosure at Ascot races last week—for any of you unfamiliar with the place, Ascot is a race course next to Windsor Castle, and inside what is known as the royal enclosure, for one week in June, gentlemen are required to wear top hats and tailcoats, ladies large hats preferably with flowers—I asked [&hellip
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The Bores Who Run the World

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

You’d think politics would be like, say, classical music—that the more you know about it, the less interested you would be in the obvious stuff. Just as no real classical music maven ever seems to talk about Vivaldi or Beethoven or Tchaikovsky, it would seem that no real Washington insider would want to talk about big national races. But that’s [&hellip
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New York Times Endorses Gore; Bush Confuses the Media

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

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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Flash! Heroin Comes to Seattle!

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

There was a wonderfully telling juxtaposition of articles on the New York Post “Opinion” page last Tuesday. At the top: an edited transcript of George W. Bush’s June 12 speech in which he announced his presidential candidacy. At the bottom: a Thomas Sowell column in which the conservative commentator discusses the institutional changes that have recently occurred to “water down” [&hellip
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The Unabomber’s Pen Pal

Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Even as a judge is finding Ted Kaczynski’s first round of appeals “wholly without merit,” the Vermont law professor who helped him craft the approach is on the phone to me, confidently predicting that eventually the Unabomber will get his day in court. “I keep stopping myself from calling it a ‘retrial,’ because it is not really a retrial,” Michael Mello [&hellip
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