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Smokin' Joe is on the phone and upside my head, joking, singing and jawing once again about the fight of the decade, of the century, some would say of all time: the so-called "Thrilla in Manila." Justifiable or not, hyperbole was the order of the day...
Tags: Islam, Drama (genre), Assault, Crimes, Movies
Tommy Davidson's centerpiece joke about President-elect Barack Obama at a Los Angeles comedy club over the weekend "killed" -- in more ways than one. Davidson, who was a regular on Fox's hip sketch comedy show "In Living Color," bounded on stage Friday...
Studs Terkel, who made his name listening to ordinary folks talk about their ordinary lives -- and who turned that knack for conversation into a much-honored literary career -- died Friday. He was 96. Terkel died of old age at his home in Chicago, his...
This is not how the story line was expected to go, dammit, and the impatience of the (mostly male) punditocracy is palpable. Doesn't Hillary Clinton know she was supposed to lose decisively in Ohio or Texas last week so that Barack Obama could unify the...
Tags: Elections, Rush Limbaugh, Family, Democratic Party, Aging
Today, Cannick and Perlstein discuss the compatibility between progressive politics and religious values. Previously, they debated reasons for the Democratic Party's apparent strength. Later in the week, they'll discuss national security, whether the...
Jim Bellows, a legendary editor who built a career resuscitating underdog big-city newspapers from Los Angeles to New York and helped turn Tom Wolfe and Jimmy Breslin into stars, has died. He was 86. Bellows, a longtime resident of Brentwood, died...
Journalism and terrorism Re "A byline for Hamas?" Opinion, July 22 I would rather that people write Op-Ed articles than fire rockets or build illegal settlements. The protests of Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper are heartfelt, but their claim to moral...
In this space a year ago, we published nine editorials over three weeks in which we attempted to analyze the race for the presidency in the context of enduring, essential American values. Where, we asked, does a belief in liberty as the founders...
Jose Torres, a former light heavyweight world champion and Olympic silver medalist, died Monday of a heart attack at his home in Ponce, Puerto Rico, said his wife, Ramonita. He was 72. Torres won the light heavyweight title in 1965 by stopping Willie...
In 1800, Thomas Jefferson endured a presidential campaign in which supporters of his opponent, President John Adams, labored mightily to convince the public that the then-vice president was an atheistic coward hell-bent on ripping Bibles from the homes of...
Tags: Islam, Elections, Sarah Palin, Democratic Party, Gaming
We tend to lionize or demonize our presidents. It would be tough to find many Abraham Lincoln detractors -- or, for that matter, many Warren G. Harding fans. But even our greatest heroes occasionally failed, and the worst presidents could boast of some...
Political speech at retail shopping centers suffers from a brand-comparison weakness. Shoppers in a mall are accustomed to a dizzying range of choices: 31 flavors of ice cream, dozens of makes of digital cameras, scores of detergents. In American...
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