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Bryce Harper, POTUS

So New Jersey’s gate-mouth Governor is going to keynote the GOP convention?  So the President gets caught giving his wife a smooch at a basketball game?  So for the 400th consecutive day, Mitt Romney refuses to release his tax returns?  Who cares?  We’ve got baseball! (More)

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My 7/4 USA Birthday Wishes

I wish we could switch to “America the Beautiful” as our National Anthem and that  fireworks were allowed only in South Carolina.  I wish people would stop saying “this economy, this country, this President” and go back to saying “OUR economy, OUR country and OUR President” (dudes, we have only one of each, and they all belong to all of us).  I wish the media would restore the 4th estate’s parenthetical prism, i.e., “Rep. Issa, who in the 1970s was twice arrested for auto theft, today accused Attorney General Eric Holder of lying to Congress.”  I wish Jerry Sandusky would just shut up.  I wish for Eric Cantor a case of hives. (More)

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My addiction and rehab confession

To those of you who’ve suffered because I haven’t filed any commentaries for the past few weeks, my sincere apologies.  I’ve been involved in treatment for an addiction involving unacceptable behavior with more than two dozen women and men over the last four decades, for which I take full responsibility.  As a part of my therapy, I’m required to reveal the details to as many friends and colleagues as possible, so with the permission and forgiveness of my family, here is my story. (More)

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February 15, 2011

Tips for the Egyptian Junta

Yo, Generals!  If you want to head off the Moslem Brotherhood and at the same time ease the rolling tide of rebellion by industrial workers, police officers, ambulance drivers, reporters, academics and Allah knows who else, then here’s a gargantuan tip: issue a new “Emergency Order” establishing a decent minimum wage, providing healthcare for all, and guaranteeing the right of workers to join unions. (More)

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February 6, 2011

Snowtime Code of Conduct

After enduring two winters of uncontrolled snow behavior, I am herewith proposing the following Code of Conduct for all District of Columbia residents. 

 *  4-wheel drive vehicles: Seeing two parking spaces, one iced in, one cleared, take cleared space.

 *  If your dog poops in the snow, do not pick it up until the snow is fully melted.

 *  Avert eye contact with older people and/or women who are trying to dig out their cars. (More)

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August 17, 2009

The Health Care “Debate”

My friend Merrill Goozner, a long-time Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune Reporter, now publishes a terrific blog called “GoozNews,” which really digs into health care in our country.  This week, he posted three incisive articles:  “The Return of the C-Ops (and the demise of the public option);  “Land of the Fee”; and, “The Faustian Bargain With Big Pharma.”  I urge you to visit him at

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August 10, 2009

Bebe’s Back and Blogging

Note: This is a cross-post from my friend, Bebe Bahnsen, who has just started blogging through her website, Bebe’s Place: Musings of a Southern Writer  Bebe’s a living miracle who suffered half a life of depression before discovering it was a brain tumor and having it successfully removed.

My Brother and Julian Bond

I’m not sure these two special men have ever met, but each of them recently received an honor worth noting. First, my brother, Ralph Nelson, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Camera Operators. “From whom?” you ask.  You see, camera operators’ work every time you watch a movie and you see my brother’s stills every time you see ads for many, many movies, including Frost/Nixon, The Green Mile and Batman Forever, to name just a few. (More)

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May 17, 2009

Just Don’t Ask CBO to Score It

“The White House is signaling that it will back health care reform legislation that does not contain stringent cost containment measures.”
Cross posted from
By Merrill Goozner

I, too, join in praising the medical-industrial complex’s pledge to hold down costs. Today’s White House announcement — already carried in every major paper and telegraphed to New York Times columnist Paul Krugman with a personal phone call on Saturday — greatly increases the likelihood that some kind of health care reform bill will pass this year.

The groups that will gather around the president today include the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association, the Advanced Medical Technology Association (devices), the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Service Employees International Union (which represents more health sector workers than any other labor organization). Their pledge: holding health care spending to a growth rate that’s 1.5 percentage points less than the projected trend, which would save $2 trillion over ten years. (More)

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May 13, 2009

$25 Theatre Tickets In NYC?

Old Gus Bevona would have been turning over in his grave, only he ain’t dead yet. There we were, rocking out to Motown sounds in the auditorium he’d built as a tribute to himself and using it instead to honor a young Indian woman who’s organized 11,900 New York City cab drivers, and a businessman who thinks we should deny pension and health care benefits to members of Congress until they guarantee all of us the same. The Hitsville show was emceed by Paul Butler and delivered exquisitely by musicians Ivan Bodley, James Dower, and Joe Goretti, and vocalists Bobby Harden, Michael James Leslie, Sherryl Marshall and Alice Tan Ridely (got to give credits in this business). But the real superstars of the evening were Bhairavi Desai, Tom Mackell, Jr. and Working Theater, an organization with a mission to produce plays for and about working people and charge $25 a pop for admission. (More)

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November 23, 2007

Demon in Her BrainBebe Bahnsen’s Back

My friend the writer-feminist-political activist Bebe Bahnsen, AKA Bebe Smith, is having a breakthrough year. She discovered, near death, that her ten year struggle with depression, suicide and institutionalization was being caused by a brain tumor that had been misdiagnosed by her doctors. The tumor was successfully removed and she’s recovering at an amazing pace. Now she’s had parts of her story – Demon in My Brain – published in My Turn at

So this Thanksgiving, we all have something to be extremely thankful for: the return to life of one of the smartest, most dedicated, and, pardon my latent sexism, most beautiful champions of women’s rights and human rights this world has ever known. Welcome back, Bebe!

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