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Does 'The Founder' Have a Valid Beef with Ray Kroc?

Rogers Cadenhead: I love biopics. I completely believe them when I'm watching, then spend the next few days scouring the web for how much nonsense I accepted as fact. After hearing that The Founder was on Netflix, last night I watched...Show More Summary

Outdoor retailers stand up for public lands in the face of Trump administration rollbacks

Despite operating for more than 40 years and pulling in millions in annual revenue, Patagonia, one of the country’s largest outdoor retailers, has never run a television advertisement. Never, not once — until now. Just days before Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke was set to release his final recommendation of which of the 21 […]

One of Trump’s most trusted spiritual advisers says resisting him is an affront to God

One of President Donald Trump’s most trusted religious confidantes used ominous religious language to defend him this week, drawing on Christian nationalism to argue that resisting Trump equates resisting “the hand of God.” During a panel interview on the Jim Bakker show this Monday, pastor Paula White gave several full-throated defenses of the president. White, […]

Trump Recycles Nixon’s “Peace With Honor”

I couldn’t bring myself to watch Trump’s speech last night. I probably wasn’t the only one. But I read some reviews and a transcript. Most people are dismissing this speech as Trump’s attempt to change the subject. One argument for this is that Trump made a big bleeping deal about a new course in Afghanistan, […]

Bonnie Tyler Sang 'Total Eclipse' During Eclipse

It was an idea almost too good to be true: Bonnie Tyler singing "Total Eclipse of the Heart" during the first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. in 99 years -- on a cruise ship. But somehow, Royal Caribbean International pulled it off, largely because they thought of it first. Show More Summary

The Boy Scouts’ slow crawl into the 21st century

Thirty seven years after being kicked out of scouting for being “homosexual” during his freshman year of college, Tim Curran still gets choked up remembering his 17-year-old legal battle to get the Boy Scouts of America to permit LGBTQ youths and leaders. “At the time I filed the suit, I would have imagined things would change […]

With nothing worth touting on either end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the GOP blood bath is coming

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell committed a sin Monday, admitting that Donald Trump has been scamming Americans about so-called "fake" news. "Most news is not fake," McConnell told the Louisville Chamber of Commerce. Whoa—them's fightin' words. Show More Summary

For Dick Gregory, being funny and being an activist went hand in hand

I never had the chance to meet Dick Gregory, the stand-up comedian who became a ’60s-era civil rights activist, but I’ve felt his presence all around me. Gregory died Saturday in Washington, D.C. at age 84. Gregory lived not too far from my home in northwest Washington and I often saw him moving about the […]

Trump's willing supremacists

In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this week, Republicans were shocked—SHOCKED—to find that President Trump was providing air cover for neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Declaring “there can be no moral ambiguity,” House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted, “White supremacy is repulsive. Show More Summary

Pantone Names New Shade of Purple for Prince

The Pantone Color Institute has announced a new shade of purple in honor of Prince. The new hue has been dubbed Love Symbol #2, after the singer's logo and custom-made Yamaha purple piano. Throughout Prince's career, he became indelibly associated with the color, from his album and 1984 film, Purple Rain, to his wardrobe.... Show More Summary

White supremacist rally fizzles, overtaken by massive anti-racism march

Organizers of a self-described “free speech” rally in Boston Saturday were expecting to see a big turnout, with attendees from the same white supremacist groups that marched on Charlottesville last weekend. Massachusetts members of the Ku Klux Klan had announced their plans to participate. But turnout on the white supremacist side was incredibly small. They […]

Fans of LGBTQ-positive ‘Take My Wife’ urge platforms to save the show

After the streaming service that hosted the LGBTQ-positive show Take My Wife announced it would shut down, fans have been urging other platforms to take the show. Earlier in the month, Seeso, Comcast and NBC Universal’s streaming service, announced it would shut down later this year. For days, #TakeMyWife has been trending on Twitter. The […]

Phoenix Mayor Wants Trump to Stay Away

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton urged President Trump to delay a campaign-style rally set for the city next week, expressing fear that his appearance would "enflame emotions" while "our nation is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville."...Show More Summary

This week in statehouse action: racist is as racist does edition

Campaign Action Mama always told me life was like a box of Confederate sympathizers. (No, of course she didn’t. My mother’s advice was generally excellent, judiciously dispensed, and never cliché-based.) The horrific violence perpetrated...Show More Summary

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