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Requiem for a welterweight

You’re Joe Louis, aged thirty-seven, a main-event heavyweight. You were the greatest champion of your time. But you’re trapped by the fight racket which you conquered." <i>— Jimmy Cannon</i><p>After eight frustrating years, four controversial fights, 42 contentiously scored rounds, with over 500 punches …

Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Leader and Rock Pioneer, Dead at 71

Lou Reed, a massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, died today on Long Island. The cause of …

University Of Texas Conservative Students Hold Affirmative Action Bake Sale

A group of conservative students at the University of Texas at Austin held a bake sale on campus last week, charging different prices for brownies based on the customer's race. The group said it wanted to show why affirmative action is a terrible policy.<p>The affirmative action bake sale, held Sept. …

Here Is the Short GOP Quote That Perfectly Defines the Shutdown

Forty-eight hours into the negotiations, one Republican stalwart's official position is that he has no idea what he's negotiating for.<p>The government shutdown debate used to be about something specific: Linking the government's funding to Obamacare's defunding. Now it's about something else. But …

Everybody hates Ted Cruz: The most unpopular man in Congress!

<b>(AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>Has anyone horrified congressional colleagues, and united left and right, faster than the junior Texas senator?<p>Joan Walsh<p>September 20, 2013 1:00pm (UTC)<p>The wheels are coming off the clown car that is the modern Republican Party. House and Senate GOP leaders are sniping at …

Congresswoman Uses Steak, Vodka, And Caviar To Hammer Republicans On Food Stamp Cuts

"They received almost $200 for a single meal only for themselves. Yet, for them the idea of helping fellow Americans spend less than $5 a day makes their skin crawl."<p>Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier decided to make an unconventional pitch on the House of Representatives floor Thursday to defend food …

10 reasons millennials are screwed | Salon.com

So it isn’t surprising that there are members of the baby boomer generation and Gen X who have a hard time figuring out what makes Millennials, aka Generation Y, tick. People in their 40s, 50s and 60s not understanding people in their 20s is as old as time itself. But if there is one claim about …

The South killed the safety net

<b>(kraphix via Shutterstock/akindo via iStock/Salon)</b><p>Europeans came to this country for a better life. It hasn’t always meant helping the less fortunate<p>Sasha Abramsky<p>September 7, 2013 12:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives<p>The South’s aversion both to …

Watch this: Official 'Street Fighter' documentary celebrates 25 years of the quintessential fighting game

Technically, 2012 marked the 25th anniversary of Street Fighter, the classic Capcom fighting game franchise that's made a comeback over the past few years. This weekend, however, Capcom has made "I Am Street Fighter," a 72-minute documentary film, available to stream free on YouTube. Originally …

Ted Cruz’s ironic birther predicament

<b>(Benjamin Wheelock/Salon/AP/Justin Hayworth)</b><p>If birthers wanted to go after Ted Cruz’s citizenship, here are the many questions they could ask<p>Steven Lubet<p>August 22, 2013 4:17pm (UTC)<p>Connoisseurs of irony must be having a fine time watching Sen. Ted Cruz deal with inquiries about his U.S. …

Chomsky: The U.S. behaves nothing like a democracy

<b>(AP/Nader Daoud)</b><p>The MIT professor lays out how the majority of U.S. policies are opposed to what wide swaths of the public want<p>Noam Chomsky<p>August 17, 2013 12:30pm (UTC)<p>The following is a transcript of a recent speech delivered Noam Chomsky in Bonn, Germany, at DW Global Media Forum, Bonn, Germany. …

Right-wing push poll accidentally finds Obamacare popular

<b>(AP/Charles Dharapak)</b><p>Heritage’s new poll oversamples Republicans and asks misleading questions — but finds most want to keep Obamacare<p>Alex Seitz-Wald<p>August 14, 2013 8:02pm (UTC)<p>Heritage Action, the activist wing of the conservative Heritage Foundation, is out with a new poll today that's getting …