Apr 13, 2007 4:48pm

Imus and Hip-Hop

I’m no expert about rap or hip-hop–far from it. Loved Public Enemy as a young man, still have Missy Elliott’s "The Rain" on the iPod. But aside from the purchase of Kanye West’s "The College Dropout" a couple of years ago–on a friend’s recommendation that… Read More »

Apr 12, 2007 7:49am

Don’t Feel Too Sorry for the Dukies

Mike Nifong, the North Carolina prosecutor who pursued a case of rape and kidnapping against three Duke University lacrosse players, has been found to have been reckless and deceitful in the discharge of his duties according to the state’s attorney general. He abused the power… Read More »

Mar 25, 2007 3:34pm

Sen. McCain: The Preview

We spent the day with Sen. John McCain as he campaigned in New Hampshire today. We’ll have a full report on Nightline on Monday, but the Senator had some interesting thoughts to share: ON FUNDRAISING: Sen. McCain admitted that he would fall short of fundraising… Read More »

By Matt Stuart

Feb 22, 2007 2:27pm

Why is Hollywood So Liberal?

I’m out in L.A. doing an Oscar story. Yesterday, I spent some time with the young actor Ryan Gosling, who’s the dark-horse contender for the Best Actor award this year, up against some stiff competition–Forrest Whitaker, Peter O’Toole, Leonardo DiCaprio, etc. (in fact, Gosling’s such… Read More »

Feb 19, 2007 10:40am

I Stand Corrected

I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to all of you who pointed out significant factual errors in the posting, “Is Giuliani ‘White’ Enough?”, including: The Republican Party has nominated a Catholic for national office–William Miller in 1964; the Republicans nominated Senator Charles Curtis of… Read More »

Feb 16, 2007 4:15pm

Is Giuliani “White” Enough?

There’s a lot of talk these days about Senator Barack Obama’s racial identity: "Is Obama black enough?" The question has become a kind of shorthand for a national discussion of the Illinois senator’s mixed-race, international background and what it might mean for him as a… Read More »

Feb 15, 2007 7:46pm

Reparations for GTMO?

Should the government of the United States pay reparations to those men who were falsely imprisoned for years at the American detention facility at Guantanamo Bay? It’s a serious question. This week, President Bush signed an executive order providing for trial by military commission of three… Read More »

Feb 8, 2007 7:48pm

Pelosi’s plane

"We’re Article One." That’s what former Speaker of the House Jim Wright liked to say. Wright was talking about the place of Congress in the Constitution: It comes first in the document, right after the preamble. Jim Wright, who was not a bashful man, believed… Read More »

Feb 7, 2007 6:40pm

Hate Speech: A response

Thanks to all who have weighed in on the issue of John Edwards’ "blogmaster" Amanda Marcotte. All voices and views are welcome here. The whole point of "Pushback" is to provoke a discussion, to take a look at the news and start talking about it…. Read More »

Feb 6, 2007 5:36pm

Does John Edwards Condone Hate Speech?

A bit of a tempest is brewing over the strident and profanity-laced writings of John Edwards’ official campaign "blogmaster," Amanda Marcotte. She joined the Edwards campaign last week, and she’s already gotten a lot of attention.At issue are Marcotte’s comments on her own blog, Pandagon… Read More »