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Chris Hayes Has Arrived With ‘Up’

06.25.2012

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AROUND 11 p.m. on a Friday this past spring, Ted Leo, a singer and songwriter considered something of a legend in New York punk and indie-rock, opened a raucous late set at the Black Cat club in Washington with a curious greeting to his followers. “I know how hard it is to be here,” he joked to a crowd of about 750, a Gibson hollow-body drooping from his shoulder, “because you all have to be up at 8 a.m. tomorrow to watch ‘Up With Chris Hayes.’ ”Mr. Hayes, the host of MSNBC’s new morning weekend political talk show, was padding around his apartment in Park Slope, Brooklyn, early the next day when e-mails started popping up from excited friends who had been at the concert. He was getting used to surging ratings and frequent mentions on The Huffington Post. But a shout-out from Ted Leo? He had arrived. (New York Times) > View article

WATCH: Zach Wahls on Chelsea Lately

06.25.2012

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Zach Wahls , the author of the memoir "My Two Moms" talks to Chelsea about the moment he realized his stance on gay rights made an impact. > View article

Richard Florida: Class decides everything

06.25.2012

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Income increasingly dictates every aspect of our lives, from our politics to our health to our happiness. (Salon) > View article

Forbidden Broadway: Back Onstage, and Showing No Mercy

06.22.2012

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Hamminess, sloppiness, fatuity, inanity and, if we’re lucky, all-out insanity: such are the attributes that make a bad Broadway show so satisfying for people with a taste for turkey. In recent years mainstream New York theater certainly hasn’t been lacking in productions that embody those essential traits. And disaster cultists who train their sights on Broadway thank the New York theater for continuing to deliver such abundance. But can’t we admit now that feasting on flops and even sending up successes haven’t had quite the same tang they once did — not, to put an exact date to it, since the spring of 2009? That was when “Forbidden Broadway,” the satirical revue that had kept theater vultures sated for nigh on three decades, closed down in Manhattan, depriving New Yorkers of caricatures that had come to seem as essential as Al Hirschfeld’s drawings. Gerard Alessandrini, the show’s seemingly inexhaustible creator, said at the time that Broadway was becoming too bland even to make fun of. (New York Times) > View article

Richard Roeper: Hecklers don’t deserve rewards

06.20.2012

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Wait a minute — the heckler is suing? (Chicago Sun Times) > View article

Eleanor Clift: Democrats, Republicans Mobilize for Adverse Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare

06.20.2012

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A Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act that goes against the government could hurt Obama—or provide a political opening. Any endorsement of the law could galvanize the GOP. Eleanor Clift on how the left and right are mobilizing for warfare. (The Daily Beast) > View article

Frank Bruni: Don't Look Down

06.19.2012

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Somewhere between Nik Wallenda’s first step onto a tightrope over Niagara Falls and Greece’s most recent retreat from the brink, it hit me: teetering needlessly on the precipice of disaster wasn’t just the story of the weekend. It’s the story of our days. Cliff dwelling has become the modern way of life. We exist, without always having to, on the edge. Or, rather, on one edge after another, some of our own making, others avoidable if we could just summon the maturity, discipline and will. (New York Times) > View article

Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstien: 40th Anniversary of Watergate

06.18.2012

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Watch David Kerley interview Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal. (ABC News) > View article

Frank Bruni: An Election Half Empty

06.13.2012

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It was a statement of such unqualified certainty that Jeb Bush made it pretty much in passing, as if it required no elaboration, accommodated no dissent and was the obvious starting point from which all political discussion should flow. “We’re in decline,” he said. Boom. Just like that. Meaning America. And suggesting that other D words — dip, downturn, even depression — didn’t sufficiently reflect reality, perhaps because they connote temporary fluctuations instead of an inexorable arc. (New York Times) > View article

Niall Ferguson on How Europe Could Cost Obama the Election

06.11.2012

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Could Europe cost Barack Obama the presidency? At first sight, that seems like a crazy question. Isn’t November’s election supposed to be decided in key swing states like Florida and Ohio, not foreign countries like Greece and Spain? And don’t left-leaning Europeans love Obama and loathe Republicans? Sure. But the possibility is now very real that a double-dip recession in Europe could kill off hopes of a sustained recovery in the United States. As the president showed in his anxious press conference last Friday, he well understands the danger emanating from across the pond. Slower growth and higher unemployment can only hurt his chances in an already very tight race with Mitt Romney. (Daily Beast) > View article

Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John: Shark Tank Nominated for Critics Choice Award

06.07.2012

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Capping a successful third season, today it was announced that ABC’s Shark Tank has been nominated for a Critics’ Choice Television Award in the Best Reality Series – Competition category. (Shark Tank) > View article

Zach Wahls: Boy Scouts to Consider Allowing Gay Scouts and Leaders

06.07.2012

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The Boy Scouts confirmed today that it is considering a change of policy that lets gay scouts and leaders serve openly in local chapters. The announcement comes after activist Zach Wahls delivered 275,000 petition signatures to the group and met with its leadership. Wahls, an Eagle Scout who has two moms, was outraged that a lesbian mother had been removed as den leader for a Cub Scout troop. And he got back into his uniform and delivered the petition on her behalf last week. (Advocate) > View article

Charles Best: Are You A Social Entrepreneur? 5 Key Questions You Need to Ask

06.06.2012

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Startup Month here at Forbes is focused in its initial stages on the make-up of successful entrepreneurs. Yet what about that rapidly expanding class of driven, Type A-plus start-up mavens who track a double bottom line – those B Corp-loving, nonprofit launching, cause-oriented talents known as social entrepreneurs? What does it take to launch the next great social enterprise or recruit tens of thousands to the next important social cause? Do you have what it takes? Are you a social entrepreneur? (Forbes) > View article

WATCH: Barbara Corcoran Interviewed by The Rise

06.06.2012

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Today on The Rise To The Top: Barbara Corcoran. Barbara Corcoran. Barbara Corcoran. Yes, today’s guest is so cool that she has to be mentioned three times. Yes, Barbara turned $1,000 into a billion dollar real estate empire. Yes, she did something awesome to get on ABC’s Shark Tank. Yes, she has a unique way of investing in people and running businesses. (The Rise to the Top) > View article

Frank Bruni: Trimming a Fat City

06.04.2012

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WHILE Michelle Obama focused on carrots, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg brandished a stick. It’s what we deserve. Cry all you want about a nanny state, but as a city and a nation we’ve gorged and guzzled past the point where a gentle nudge toward roughage suffices. We need a weight watcher willing to mete out some stricter discipline. (New York Times) > View article

 

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