Obamas, Netflix Board Member Susan Rice Silent Amid ‘Cuties’ Firestorm

Neither Barack and Michelle Obama nor their former National Security Adviser Susan Rice have weighed in on the firestorm surrounding Cuties, a French coming-of-age drama that is the subject of widespread criticism for its blatant sexualization of pre-pubescent children. ...

The Lie at the Heart of Melania’s Speech

In order to fill the White House Rose Garden for Melania Trump’s Tuesday night speech, COVID-19 safety procedures were ignored. Attendees did not social distance and did not mask, and not all were tested beforehand.The speech violated historic conventions about how the White House should ...

The Books Briefing: The Legacy of a Political Speech

Political speeches make up a strange genre of writing. This year’s Democratic National Convention has showcased their breadth, featuring Barack Obama’s fearful warning, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s self-aggrandizing remarks, a disjointed keynote from 17 “rising stars,” and Michelle Obama’s forceful call to action.Speeches such ...

DNC Ratings for 2nd Night Plummet 48% from 2016

The second evening of the virtual Democrat National Convention (DNC) suffered a sharp television ratings drop from four years ago, according to Nielsen. ...

Biden’s Holiday From History

This year’s Democratic convention is heavy on biography, light on history. Speaker after speaker has told the story of Joe Biden’s personal life: his working-class roots, his family tragedies, his resilience. The message is that Biden cares about ordinary Americans because he sees their struggles ...

Michelle Obama Suggests Trump Trying to Cheat in 2020 Election

During the Democrat National Convention (DNC) on Monday evening, former first lady Michelle Obama suggested that President Trump is trying to cheat in the 2020 presidential election against Democrat nominee Joe Biden.  ...

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