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19 Presidential Jokes for Presidential Joke Day

We often think of American presidents as butts of jokes, the muses for mockery, and the subjects of satire. But every once in awhile, our commanders-in-chief (or their speechwriters) come up with a few witty wisecracks of their own. Saturday is presidential joke day – a holiday to commemorate the fact that presidents sometimes have [...]

Political Partisanship Gap is Larger Than Ever

It’s not just your imagination or the wild claims of media: political partisanship is indeed growing. Annual polling by the Pew Research Center showed how partisan polarization rose sharply in the past several years: As Americans head to the polls this November, [...]

Game of Thrones Put George W. Bush’s Head on a Spike

Oops! The creators of the Game of Thrones on HBO were caught using a likeness of George W. Bush as a decapitated head on a spike. Gizmodo wrote: If you keep your eyes peeled when King Joffrey takes Sansa Stark to gaze [...]

The Best and Worst Political Campaign Songs (But Mostly the Worst)

With the campaign for the Republican nomination in full swing, candidates are beginning to rally their bases, retool their talking points and (cue the intro music, please!) select their campaign songs—those upbeat little ditties that play at rallies, speeches and pretty much whenever a candidate walks on stage. The Art of Choosing the Right Campaign [...]

From NASCAR Drivers to William Faulkner: A Brief History of Snubbing the President

Four out of twelve NASCAR drivers who were invited to meet President Obama at the White House this evening have declined to attend, citing scheduling conflicts—and sparking a nationwide gossip-fest. Refusing an invitation to visit the most powerful man in the world at his giant white mansion in the middle of the nation’s capital is, [...]

10 People Who Became Dog Toys

Dog toys generally come in three designs: classic toys such as Frisbees and tennis balls, indestructible designs like the Kong line, and cute animals that are fuzzy or squeaky. Of course, the problem with the cute designs is that they are usually the most easily destroyed. So rather than letting your pup rip an adorable [...]

Generation Vexed

We’ve got the baby boomers, Gen X, then Gen Y and The Millenials … what do you call young peole of today? Tiffany Hsu and Shan Li of The Los Angeles Times coined the term "Generation [...]

4 Million Bananas: Wal-Mart by the Numbers

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court threw out a colossal class-action suit against Wal-Mart on behalf of about 1.5 million female workers, who claimed the retail behemoth had discriminated against them in both promotions and wages. The court didn’t say whether or not Wal-Mart had indeed discriminated against the ladies—only that the suit could not [...]

The Quick 9: 9 Victims of the Curse of Tippecanoe

It was 30 years ago today that Ronald Reagan was nearly killed in an assassination attempt by John Hinckley, Jr. The more superstitious among us chalk that up to the Curse of Tippecanoe, a gift to William Henry Harrison from Chief Tecumseh’s brother after the Battle of Tippecanoe. The curse apparently damned Harrison and every [...]

The Late Movies: Re-Enactments of Famous Speeches

Tonight for The Late Movies, we have a series of famous speeches, recreated for your enjoyment. From sports moments that have inspired us to moving memorials of liberty and liberation, here are a few of my favorites. From the movie Miracle, here is Herb Brooks’ speech given to the members of the 1980 Miracle On Ice [...]