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The O’Reilly Factor: A Remembrance

By Mark Naison Now that Bill O’Reilly is off the air, I think it is time I provide an account of my appearance on The O’Reilly Factor, since the tape of the episode I appeared on is nowhere to be …
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A Prayer to Deliver Us from Mediocre White Men

By Carolyn Wysinger Originally posted on The Knocturnal Project: http://tinyurl.com/n63vmwq Dear Mother Father Everything God, Please Deliver us from mediocre White men. Normally, I would believe that to be a powerful en...
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Bernie Wrightson: The North Dark Star of Youth Goes Dim

By Allen Callaci I didn’t pass high school freshman pre-algebra because of Bernie Wrightson.  Instead of studying logarithms I turned my adolescent attentions to the dark lines and inky shadows of Wrightson’s drawings co...
US Labor Secretary Tom Perez speaks as President Barack Obama listens during a town hall meeting at the Summit on Worker Voice at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 7, 2015.     AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

My Out-of-Bounds Email to Tom Perez

By Jonathan Miller  His response when I cracked wise shows why he’s the right pick at the right time for the left. The story of the email scandal that never was might be the best illustration of the character and &hellip...
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My Love Letter to Immigrant Working-Class New York

By Mark Naison I may live in Artisanal Park Slope, but I feel most at home in immigrant working-class New York. A child of the 1950s, I grew up in  in Lower Crown Heights, sometimes known as “Pigtown,” inhabi...
Washington, D.C., June 23, 2009 -- President Barack Obama meets with actress and JDRF International Chairman Mary Tyler Moore, Alan J. Lewis, PhD, President and CEO of JDRF, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, and more than 150 children and teenagers with type 1 diabetes from across the U.S. as part of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Children's Congress.  JDRF's Children's Congress, the largest grassroots advocacy event held in support of research for type 1 diabetes, includes delegates from 4 to 16 years old visiting with the President at the White House, a Town Hall panel of athletes and celebrities impacted by diabetes, and a hearing on Wednesday before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.  The Senate hearing will include testimony from Ms. Moore, Mr. Leonard, Nick Jonas of the Grammy nominated multi platinum group The Jonas Brothers, Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and four children with type 1 diabetes.

Mary Tyler Moore: An American Treasure

By Courtney Peters “You know what? You’ve got spunk.” Lou tells Mary. Mary sheepishly shrugs her shoulders, smiles and says, “Well…” thinking Lou has just complimented her. “I HATE SPUNK!” Lou growls. In that moment, Mar...