Reality Check: Joe Cool Dominating

Don’t Look Now—Barack Obama Is Beating Second-Term Jinx

            So far, this has been an immutable fact of the American presidency: Second terms are a disaster. Bad. Filled with impeachments and quitting and unconstitutional shenanigans. Queer luck. Doomed circumstance; economically, militarily, personally. The list is long, and in my lifetime (born …

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Reality Check: White Guy Writing About #BlackLivesMatter

I’m Caucasian.

To double-down, I’m male.

Just to make it completely unfair, I am heterosexual, and for a time a while ago I was Christian, but for all intents and purposes I do not practice any weird or scary or overtly dismissed religion.

I have a family. I own property.…

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Reality Check: A New Twist On Weekly Shooting

Former TV Newsman Kills TV News People On TV

            This is the beauty and horror of living as long as I have; you tend to see it all. Well, you think you see it all and then this past Wednesday happens. Former disgruntled local news guy, 41-year-old Vester Flanagan aka …

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Reality Check: Media, Money & Donald Trump

All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values.

– Marshall McLuhan

 

Winning!

– Charlie Sheen

 

            The current issue of Time magazine features an extreme close-up of real estate mogul turned presidential candidate, Donald Trump, whose squint-eyed, pursed-lip Mussolini-like pomp has recently taken on a kind …

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Reality Check: Planned Parenthood & Made-Up Shit

I want to make clear from the outset that I honestly could not care less if Planned Parenthood is defunded or shut down or whatever this wacky Congress would like to do. Have at it. I also think that whoever was caught on camera being blithe about sensitive issues should …

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Reality Check: Readers’ Responses

I think you bit off more metaphoric morsels than you can chew this time, Campion. (FLAGS ARE BULLSHIT—Issue: 7/1/15) Of course a flag, like all symbols, have only empiric value. This is the point of a symbol. However, once as a society we accept this value, anything attached to that …

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Reality Check: Uber Versus NYC

This was bound to happen here. It has happened elsewhere. The grassroots ingenuity of transport services, more specifically Uber and to a lesser extent Lyft, offer a convenient alternative to mass transit and traditional cab services. In the case of Uber, which thanks to my friend Dan Bern I personally …

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Reality Check: The Iran Deal And The Secret War On ISIS

Let me be the first journalist or pundit or columnist or politician or radio host or prime minister to admit I have not read the entire Iran deal. I am sure a 150-page stream of international-law gobbledygook is a fine summer jaunt, but I’ll stick to Simon Critchley’s The Book

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Reality Check: Readers’ Responses

JC,

This is when you are at your best, dissecting the political groundswell, finding nuggets in the shift in debates. (ELIZABETH WARREN UNLEASHED – Issue: 5/27/15) Elizabeth Warren is just like you said a kind of outlier for the Democratic Party, but one that is as pertinent to the left …

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Reality Check: Equality…Of Course

Let it be so marked that on June 26, 2015, 239 years after declaring the right to be free and sovereign to pursue life’s ambitions under the law, and not some theocratic monarchy, that we have once again embraced our truest nature as a nation; that we must never deny …

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