Author Archive for Amanda Hess

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* Wonkette live-blogged Barack Obama's television infomercial last night on "poverty and murder." All you need to know:
8:22 — Nevermind, the mother wasn’t the fourth Poor in his story. It’s Joe Biden.
8:22 — No — it’s Claire McCaskill.
8:22 — No — It’s Barack Obama. He is the fourth Poor in his own story.
8:23 — [...]

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* The Washington Post on the search for a Fairfax police officer who went missing in the waters of Pohick Bay on Tuesday. Second Lieutenant Francis J. Stecco "had volunteered to play the role of a "victim" during a training session for a helicopter water rescue, though he was not a member of the dive [...]

Man Madness: Introducing the Manliest Workplace in D.C. Tournament

The American workplace’s storied glass ceiling is in pretty bad shape. Female workers are on the fast track to conquering the upper echelons of all sectors of industry, including the nation’s highest office. But what about that unsung other half of our nation’s workforce: men? In 2008, what workplaces may truly call themselves manly?
In [...]

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* Miss the debate? Don't head to the live blogs: Head to the live blog of the live blogs.
* G.W. student blog The Colonialist has a couple photos of Dick Cheney being released from G.W. Hospital. He waves.
* Dear China: Wish we could give you some advice on this whole fledgling democracy thing. Regrets, The [...]

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The Campaign Runneth Over

Debate over (and live-blog too), I have one message for the "undecided voters" of America:
Are you serious? Make up your fucking minds! I can't stand another month of this nonsense. If you haven't picked a candidate yet, you're just being difficult. I bet half of you are just playing hard to get in the hopes [...]

LIVE BLOG: Town Hall Debate

8:50 PM ... Alright, bitches: It's on. We'll be live-blogging the Joe Six Pack event of the presidential debate season—the town hall—for the next hour and a half. Thanks for tuning in.
8:57 PM ... Booooring
8:59 PM ... These are the country's undecided voters: Judge them.
9:00 PM ... Oh, you unconstrained home viewers. Brokaw smirks for [...]

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* Headline of Politico's VP debate preview makes me giggle. Plus: We watch for the crashes:
With all their potential for pitfalls and insta-classic moments, the pair has made the build up to the showdown, to take place here Thursday night at Washington University, feel more like a NASCAR race than a serious political forum: the [...]

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* In case you missed her: Washington Post's Howard Kurtz on Palin's Katie Couric interview. "Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in her third interview since joining the Republican presidential ticket, licked her finger and stuck it in the air, saying that Sen. Barack Obama might wait and "see what way the political wind's blowing" on the [...]

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* In 2003, Slate's Jack Shafer counted how many times Bill O'Reilly had used the phrase "shut up" on his show. Now, he counts the many ways that O'Reilly claims he rarely uses the phrase "shut up"—and recaps O'Reilly's best shut up moments:
Remember how you wistfully recalled your father telling you to shut up when [...]

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* Seven years later, a Pentagon memorial is unveiled. [Via Washington Post]
* The Examiner asks if we're safer than we were in 2001.
* Via Politico: Republican foreign policy experts don't have much to say on Palin; Obama and McCain call a 9/11 "truce"

* In alterna-9/11 news, Busboys and Poets kicks off the "9/11 Truth Film [...]

No Spin Pwned

Last Thursday, Barack Obama appeared for the first time on Bill O'Reilly's "The O'Reilly Factor." The Fox program uses a nice bit of that Rotational-Movement-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named to package the interview:
"'Factor' Exclusive," reads the online teaser. "Obama in No Spin Zone for first time." The video splash also identifies the spot as a "Factor Exclusive."
Wouldn't it have [...]

Help Off Our Backs Get On Its Feet

Local feminist magazine Off Our Backs needs D.C.'s support. But first, D.C. needs to know what it is.
The quarterly news journal, which has been churning out feminist copy from the heart of Adams Morgan since 1970, bills itself as "the longest surviving feminist newspaper in the United States." But if you've never heard of [...]

Convention HD Update: Inspecting McCain

Last week, I reported on Obama's radiant,  mesmerizing, slightly spittled High Definition look as he accepted the Democratic nomination for president. In the post, I reasoned that if even the 47-year-old NILF came off as less-than-perfect in HD, the 72-year-old McCain had an even tougher beauty contest in front of him. (Earlier, Slate's Timothy Noah [...]

Ralph Nader Could Use Ten Bucks

Ralph Nader's campaign is looking to collect $100,000 by the end of the day to fund something called "Nader Media," which will allow supporters to continue to document Nader's run for office. Currently, the campaign has collected just under $90,000, leaving ten grand left to raise. According to a press release from "The Nader [...]