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Calendar, Night&Day Judge Not

Judge Not

Vaughn Walker did what federal judges occasionally do: He was appointed by a Republican president (George H.W. Bush), but he’ll forever be known for at least one ruling that clearly favors a liberal mindset (declaring unconstitutional Proposition 8, which prohibits…
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Calendar, Night&Day Better Hope He's Not Under Your Bed

Better Hope He's Not Under Your Bed

Just about everyone interviewed for Stefan Forbes’ fascinating documentary about Lee Atwater — whether Democrat or Republican pols, African-American bluesmen or hardened reporters — ends anecdotes about the Republican strategist’s dirty tricks with a titter that’s either nervous or ambivalently…
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Film, FilmCap

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

Just about everyone interviewed for Stefan Forbes' fascinating documentary about Lee Atwater — whether Democrat or Republican pols, African-American bluesmen, or hardened reporters — ends anecdotes about the Republican strategist's dirty tricks with a titter that's either nervous or ambivalently…
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Music, Reviewed Magik Markers

Magik Markers

On the surface, drawing comparisons between the Motor City Five and Magik Markers seems absurd: The former are proto-punk icons from the Vietnam era; the latter are modern indie upstarts. On the other hand, the two share key strengths and…
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Music, Search and Destroy

Search and Destroy

The Black Lips are like a car bomb. You never really know how they're gonna go off, but when they do, total carnage will follow. While by no means making violent theatrics the sole focus of their performances, frontman Cole…
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News, Feature What the Left Got Wrong About Iraq

What the Left Got Wrong About Iraq

On May 15, 2003, in the early days of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, I took a trip to al-Mufwrakiyya, a village on the banks of the Tigris River two hours south of Baghdad. A U.S. military crane had just…
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News, The Apologist

Terminator or Bloviator?

Last week, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ended a high-profile summer by kicking off prime-time coverage of the Republican National Convention. His speech was a resounding success in New York -- the Bush campaign has since invited Schwarzenegger to address voters…
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News, Feature Capital Rap

Capital Rap

During the summer of 2002, Bay Area rapper Paris wrote and recorded a song called "What Would You Do?" and made it available for free downloading. The song accused President George W. Bush and Attorney General John Ashcroft of orchestrating…
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Music, OK Then OK Then

OK Then

Imagine this: It's 1992 and Bill Clinton is squaring off against George H.W. Bush for the chance to eat lunch in the White House for the next four years. At this time, Bush has recently pulled the armed forces out…
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