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Fallout From the Filibuster Rule Change

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Capitol Hill, November 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.<p>Senate majority leader Harry Reid and 51 of his Democratic …

The Legacy of John F. Kennedy

Historians tend to rate JFK as a good president, not a great one. But Americans consistently give him the highest approval rating of any president since Franklin D. Roosevelt. Why?<p>Among the many monuments to John F. Kennedy, perhaps the most striking is the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, in the …

Greed destroyed us all: George W. Bush and the real story of the Great Recession

Faulty monetary policy and insufficient regulation helped — but old-fashioned avarice really tanked the economy<p>If financial crises came with their own nicknames, the subprime meltdown surely would have earned the sobriquet “worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.” That mantra has been …

Senate Gets A Dose Of Scolding With Its Morning Prayer

It's easy to tune out when the Senate goes through its morning rituals. The president pro tem calls the chamber to order; there's the Pledge of Allegiance. One morning could sound like any other.<p>Except for the past two weeks. Barry C. Black, the Senate chaplain, has been using his morning prayers …

Creative Ideas

Your favorite civil rights stories

For the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, America Tonight teamed up with Longreads.com to select the best long-form reporting and writing about civil rights.<p>We asked you to reflect on your favorite stories -- whether historical texts, stories from the archives, or newer reporting and …

Best Books of the Month: February 2013

Here are the noteworthy titles that have been racing up our most popular charts this month.<p>(showing 1-6 of 6)<p>The Love Song of Jonny Valentine <br>Teddy …

Raising A Reader

For Raising A Reader, literacy starts at home. The nonprofit works with children up to age eight to foster healthy reading habits outside of school. …

Djimon Hounsou talks Guardians Of The Galaxy

<b>Djimon Hounsou was out promoting his new movie Baggage Claim this weekend, which naturally meant that all he talked about was his role in the</b> …

Ronald Reagan biographers attack his portrayal in The Butler

Authors of books on the late president have protested over scenes critical of Reagan's approach to apartheid and race<p>Two biographers of Ronald Reagan have taken issue with Lee Daniels' film The Butler, claiming it presents a misleading impression of the former president's views on race …

Exclusive car-crash fight scene from 2 Guns: watch now

<i>2 Guns</i> <b>is hitting UK cinemas imminently, and we’ve gotten hold of an exclusive action clip from the film.</b><p>Stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg rev …

The Butler serves up top spot at the US box office

Five things we learned about the US box office this weekend, including Weinstein's Oscar push and Ashton Kutcher and Harrison Ford's respective abilities to open a movie<p>• Lee Daniels' The Butler – first-look review • Tom Shone on The Butler: 'It's cameo roulette' • News: Reagan biographers take …

TRAILER: Blue Caprice, about the Beltway snipers

After the jump, we’ve got the trailer for Sundance darling <i>Blue Caprice</i>, an Alexandre Moors film about the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks starring Isaiah Washington and Tequan Richmond. It’s a film for anyone who’s ever wondered what Joey Lauren Adams has been up to recently, which I’m sure is at least …

Forest Whitaker On Putting In 20 Hour Days on ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler,’ Working Opposite Oprah, and His Thoughts on Trayvon Martin

Forest Whitaker On Putting In 20 Hour Days on 'Lee Daniels' The Butler,' Working Opposite Oprah, and His Thoughts on Trayvon Martin<p>As Cecil Gaines, …

Oprah Winfrey On Working With Lee Daniels On ‘The Butler’: ‘If he had his way, I would have been naked, saying the f-word many times over.’

Oprah Winfrey On Working With Lee Daniels On 'The Butler': 'If he had his way, I would have been naked, saying the f-word many times over.'<p>After a …

The Art of Lighting Dark Skin for Film and HD

Every shade and hue offers its own unique challenges and glorious opportunities for the Cinematographer to create art. Anyone with a basic knowledge …

Samuel L. Jackson On His Relationship with Captain America in Sequel

No, “The Butler” is not “Forrest Gump”

Lee Daniels’ film is conservative at heart, but that doesn’t make it the same as the overwhelmingly white “Gump”<p>"Lee Daniels' The Butler" is a serviceable film with inspired moments. And as noted by many critics, the stunt-casting of the various presidents Forest Whitaker's version of longtime …

'Lee Daniels' The Butler': Controversy Erupts Over Added Security at Movie Theater

The Weinstein Co.<p>Just when it seemed like "Lee Daniels' The Butler" was moving away from controversy, it comes roaring back.<p>For several weeks last month "Lee Daniels' The Butler" was embroiled in a costly and ultimately pointless legal battle with Warner Bros. over its original title, "The Butler," …

Oscar predictions 2014: Fruitvale Station

Continuing our daily series that looks ahead to the key movies of the 2014 awards season. Next up: Fruitvale Station<p>• Interview with Fruitvale's director • First look review: Fruitvale Station • Fruitvale released in US to controversy<p>This year's …<p>It was the Sundance hit that went to Cannes. It …

'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete' Trailer: Brooklyn Kids On the Run – /Film

There comes a moment in every person’s life when they realize that life just isn’t fair, and there’s fuck-all they can do about it but survive the …

5 myths about terrorism (including that it works)

No, it doesn’t<p>Because terrorism educes such strong emotions, it has led to at least five myths. The first began in September 2001, when President George W. Bush announced that “we will rid the world of the evildoers” and that they hate us for our “our freedoms.” This sentiment embodies what Florida …

How low can you get: the minimum wage scam

Wonder why benefit spending is rising? Simple: corporations get away with crappy wages, so government has to make up the rest<p>You'd think the exceptionally low minimum-wage – $7.25 an hour – would be the shame of a country like the United States that prides itself on its economic leadership. Half of …

The Surveillance State Is Corrosive: The Case of Pamela Jones

A beloved web denizen shuts down her site, Groklaw, because the NSA creeps her out.<p>Last week, tech entrepreneur Ladar Levison shuttered his email company, an act so painful he compared it to killing a pet, rather than comply with a secret government order he found immoral. He wasn't allowed to say …

State lawmaker launches investigation into “crisis pregnancy centers”

Stephen Skinner of West Virginia has sent letters of inquiry to 37 anti-choice centers in his state<p>While reproductive rights opponents in states across the country continue to scrutinize the safe operations of abortion clinics, one state lawmaker in West Virginia has turned the tables and launched …

Latest wave of draconian anti-choice laws are dying off in court

Courts across the country are blocking sweeping abortion restrictions from going into effect<p>State lawmakers have gotten quite good at passing sweeping anti-abortion restrictions with little regard for women's health or the United States Constitution, but these same lawmakers have suffered an …

Book Ushers In The Obama Impeachment Movement

Impeachment book sales are booming, says Klein. It's not just overpasses anymore.<p>A new book making the case for the impeachment of President Barack Obama is flying off the shelves, its author said, as the president's reelection fails to entirely damp down the deep loathing of him on parts of the …