Category Archives: Politics

When Business Writes History

I expected another benign array of American dates, names and artifacts when the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History opened its new Innovation Wing last week. Zippier display cases, sure. A greater emphasis on interactive materials, well, that’s just what the times demand to wrest kids from staring at their phones. But a wholesale change in [...]

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Azar Nafisi on the U.S.-Iran Deal

I had the author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran” on the line. Azar Nafisi was about to receive the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate in the Humanities and Public Service from the Smithsonian Associates and Creative Foundation. So I felt I had to ask her about the recent announcement that the U.S. and Iran had reached [...]

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John Oliver Meets Ed Snowden

As the Comedy Central news/comedy division remains in transition, “Last Week with John Oliver” has turned into a solid work of weekly political satire. In addition to a comedy staff, he’s hired investigative reporters to put out longer-form reports and rants that shift tones heavily between hard-hitting facts and silly asides (usually through bringing in [...]

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Tuesday TV: Actual Voting and Its Results

They’ve been telling you the results for weeks now (instead of informing voters on who they might choose), so it’s natural that Midterm Election Coverage begins two hours before any polls close on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC. Al Jazeera America and Bloomberg and PBS wait until 7 p.m., at least; with Fox Business weighing [...]

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‘The Roosevelts’ Begins on Public TV

If the vivid subjects of “The Roosevelts” (PBS, 8 and 10 p.m., check local listings) dominated the White House for 19 of the first 45 years of the 20th century, they dominate the whole of public television this week, with Ken Burns latest historical opus, a 14-hour, seven day miniseries that will repeat its two [...]

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Demi Lovato’s Other Dragon

Demi Lovato begins her 28-city arena tour Saturday in Baltimore, but she looked a little more nervous facing 1,700 advocates in a hotel ballroom as part of the National Alliance for Mental Illness annual convention Thursday in Washington. Lovato, 22, the pop star who we’ve watched grow up alongside such fearsome figures as Barney the [...]

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Also on Friday: Late Night Watergate

Among the specials marking the 40th anniversary of the resignation of Richard Nixon, you might have heard that it took a long while for Watergate as a crime to make any traction. As difficult as it was for the Washington Post’s investigations to be picked up by other newspapers, it was even less likely to [...]

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Talking War and Peace with McCaffrey

I’ve come to expect unusual encounters at press tour, but I wasn’t even in my seat long before someone came walking up to my seat with retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey, with whom I would talk war, peace and Plato. A four star-general whose military term in the Army spanned 1964-1996, and is also a familiar [...]

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‘Freedom Summer’ Relived Tonight

Just as the Freedom Riders Civil Rights effort in 1961 was followed by the 50th anniversary “Freedom Riders” documentary by Stanley Nelson, so has the 1964 Freedom Summer campaign to get voting rights for disenfranchised African-Americans in Mississippi chronicled in “Freedom Summer,” Nelson’s striking new film, making its debut tonight on “American Experience” (PBS, 9 p.m., [...]

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The Veep of My Street

For the annual Hobart Street Porch Fest this weekend in D.C., I did some research on the guy for whom the block was named nearly 100 years ago and found out a lot about one of the more obscure names in American history. Despite the distinctly Democratic slant of our famous Hobart Street Pledge, the [...]

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