Presidential candidates

African-American woman candidates face special challenges

Last Wednesday, we wrote about the difficulties facing women who want to run for office. Today, for Martin Luther King Day, we will drill down to the specific challenges African-American women experience. Mary C. Curtis, writing in 2014 for The Root, an African-American news blog, observes that black women are often the backbone of political campaigns, but that the number of elected black women...

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Candidate cuisine

  My wife likes to cook, and loves The Food Network. Her tastes within that channel are very broad, but I sometimes join her for the cooking-as-a-sport shows like Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, and The Next Food Network Star – and for some of their other classic programming like Restaurant Impossible and Mystery Diners (where I learn how not to run a business!), and Diners, Drive-ins, and...

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GOP: How about some constructive ideas?

Like him or hate him, there is one think you have to admit about Sen. Ted Cruz. You know exactly where he stands. Columnist Cal Thomas (no relation) aptly described it this way: What the establishment and the left really dislike about Cruz is that he paints in bold colors. You know where he stands, whether or not you agree with his positions. There is little chance Cruz will say one thing on...

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Saving the election, Hollywood-style

Wag the Dog (New Line Cinema, 1997), 97 min. While you are mourning for summer’s end, it’s time to do another “Just for Fun” post. In October 2012, Jason Fraley, film critic at television station WTOP in Washington, D.C., created a list of what he called the 25 Greatest Movies on American Politics. Every now and then, we review a movie from this list. The last review, in...

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The following was a paid political advertisement

One of the first political television ads in the United States. Eisenhower for President in 1952. Not very sophisticated, but it was cutting-edge in those days: His opponent was Democrat Adlai Stevenson, who believed that “the idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal is the ultimate indignity to the democratic process.” But his campaign ran a TV...

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