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Using One Frame of Film to Review a Whole Movie

imax We live in a media-marinated society in which no problem is too large, too complex or too nuanced to be completely resolved in 60 minutes, including commercial breaks.

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Talk Radio: Slow Down the Race

Talk Radio Hey, conservative talk radio. What’s up. You know I love you, and I hate to do this, but I’ve got to provide counsel.

I know you’re frustrated with Barack Obama. You don’t understand how he was elected president. Twice. He wasn’t a war hero, an entrepreneur, or an executive of any kind, but a community organizer. (All work has dignity.)

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Racial Divide Given Protected Status


National Park Service Declares It Off-Limits To Development

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama today declared the nation’s Racial Divide a National Historic Landmark, giving it protected status against developers who might try to close it.

The move comes on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s watershed “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963, was a turning point in the civil rights movement, uniting whites and blacks together in common cause against racism.

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Is Snowden a Game Changer?

NSA Flag My probes for precedents to the Snowden NSA leaks inevitably yield references to Daniel Ellsberg’s release of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 and while there are more than a few similarities (someone within the government sharing documents that challenged the official narrative), there are some significant differences that suggest the current controversy is more significant.

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President Obama: Another Egypt Speech

President Obama PunditWire readers have already seen how President Obama’s famous Cairo speech in 2009 did not address the real issues Egypt was facing.

Now in sweltering Egypt in 2013 the deeper problems of that country are well and truly out in the open, with hundreds dead. President Obama has interrupted his vacation to put out a new and substantive statement on the deteriorating situation in Egypt. How does this one measure up?

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US/Russia Relations: Too Disappointing

President Obama and President Putin Not long ago I wrote here about the odd language of American official ‘diplomatic disappointment’ in the context of US/China relations and the Edward Snowden business.

Now President Obama has called off his scheduled bilateral meeting with President Putin in Moscow before the G20 gathering in St. Petersburg. He has publicly expressed his own ‘disappointment’ that Russia gave Snowden temporary asylum.

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“Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me”

President Obama Denise Graveline, whose The Eloquent Woman blog is one of the best resources for notable material about women and public speaking technique, has done us a favour by looking in some detail at the words of President Obama on Trayvon Martin.

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Changing the Climate Debate

Earth The next battle in America’s war on global warming is a quiet but robust debate among those who seek a larger government role, but disagree about why an earlier Obama effort failed.

This debate is worth watching because it may have implications beyond climate policy. It features a new tactic where a group of outside players attempts to write the narrative about what went wrong in an effort to impose their strategy on what happens next. Earlier failed legislative efforts typically cast a broad shadow. That’s why proposed Clinton health reforms were so frequently mentioned during the debate over Obamacare.

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