1996: Guyhood … The Early Years (Part II)

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The last full viewing of the AIDS Quilt is among the many events within the second half of 1996–your childhood.

What Americans Could Achieve if We Banded Together Like We Did to Deport Justin Bieber

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Too often we assume our politicians know or care what we care about. “We the People” have spoken. Can we get a redo?

Michelle Obama Dunks With Lebron James and Eats Apples With Miami Heat

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Pretty good, huh ? Michelle Obama asks Miami Heat players, while eating an apple at the White House.

The Conspiracy Theorists Among Us

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Shows like Scandal and House of Cards make for interesting entertainment, but they tell us little about how politics actually works.

Explaining Reparations to the Anti-Tax Crowd

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Tommy Raskin looks at two different ways to make reparations to oppressed people — either directly or indirectly. Which would you choose?

Surprise! Kid President Shows Up for a White House April Fool’s Joke (Video)

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“It looks like you were expecting someone else.”

A Critical Need for A Narrative About National Peace

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Anup Samanta explains how lacking a “narrative about national peace” leads to complacency.

Will Mali Become the United States Next War Zone?

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The White House notified Congress today that the President has sent US military personnel to Niger.

General John Allen Cleared of Wrongdoing in Tampa Socialite Case

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The Pentagon’s inspector general has found nothing to point to conduct unbecoming an officer in Gen. Allen’s email communications with a Tampa socialite.

North Korea Has “New Generation of Powerful Rocket”

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These new mobile missiles have caught the attention of Washington and intelligence agencies in the West, and they are worried.

Why Are Some People Calling For Piers Morgan to Be Deported?

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Petitions both for and against deporting the controversial talk show host are raising questions about who the U.S. Constitution applies to.

“The Clock is Dick-Dick-Dicking”

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Merv Kaufman reviews Thomas Mallon’s novel “Watergate.”

Returned Badges, Presidential Opposition: Backlash to the Boy Scouts’ Anti-Gay Policies

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The Boy Scouts continues its policy of banning openly gay scouts, leaders and even the children of gay parents.

The Hair Touch Heard ‘Round the World

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Amie Lee explains how the photo of President Obama being patted on the head by a little boy evoked deep feelings about the way strangers have always wanted to touch her bi-racial children’s hair.

Fashion Foul: The Sports Guy Goes Tieless to Meet President Obama

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Jamie Reidy pens an open letter to America’s most influential sports columnist, Bill Simmons, in the wake of his recent interview with President Obama.

Obama Appoints Kevin McCallister

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“Several unnamed White House officials have confirmed that President Obama has appointed fellow Chicagoan, Kevin McCallister, as Special Consultant to the Secret Service’s detail.” By Katharine Gingrich