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Can I Stay Out of an Estate Dispute?

nytimes.com — In order to decrease his net worth before beginning divorce proceedings, my brother invested $600,000 in an apartment in my father's name. Years later, he had our mother co-sign a business loan. When the business failed, my mother was sued for $3 million she didn't have.

Bill O'Reilly claims that he rarely uses the phrase "shut up."

slate.com — In August 2003, I ran up a ridiculous Nexis bill documenting how much Bill O'Reilly of The O'Reilly Factor loves the phrase "shut up." A couple of weeks after my column on that topic appeared, he denied having read the article to New York magazine-"I don't read Slate! ... Why would...

Bill O'Reilly wants you to shut up.

slate.com — Fox News channel talk show host Bill O'Reilly says "shut up" the way other people say "um." On his daily show, The O'Reilly Factor, he uses it as a place-holder for an idea still formulating in his brain. As a way to begin a sentence, end it, or punctuate it....

Let’s Make the Deal with Iran

politico.com — America is the safest when its leaders work together to effectively meet national security and foreign policy challenges. Yet partisan infighting threatens to upend our nation’s best chance to stem the very real Iranian nuclear threat. The latest round of negotiations has the United States and Iran mulling a nuclear agreement that would prevent...

Why the Voting Age Should be 17

politico.com — It is time to try lowering the voting age to 17 nationwide. Takoma Park, Maryland, has done it. Iowa, too, for caucuses. Scotland went down to age 16 for its recent independence referendum. Evidence suggests it will boost informed participation in our democracy over time.

Scott Walker Got Gotcha-ed

politico.com — If journalists put their video cameras on pause, set aside their reporter’s notebooks and turned their keyboards off for a moment and started looking at politics with an anthropologist’s eye instead, what would they make of the three-day media storm precipitated by a Washington Post interview with presidential aspirant Gov.

Unsolicited Advice for Lester Holt

politico.com — Are congratulations in order here? Maybe not, seeing as you’ve not replaced Brian Williams as the anchor of The NBC Nightly News, but only agreed to fill in. Any day your bosses could send in another reliever, or after Williams completes his six-month suspension, they might give him his old slot back.

Can I Ask My Neighbors to Quiet Their Baby?

nytimes.com — A couple downstairs has started letting their baby cry it out. Having no kids myself, I don't know if this is a valid parenting strategy. What I do know is that it kept me up for an hour at 2 a.m. last night and has woken me up several times this week.

The pharm-party myth refuses to die!

slate.com — I regret to inform you that this column has failed to eradicate the "pharm party" meme. Since June 2006, I've written five columns (June 15, 2006; June 19, 2006; March 25, 2008; March 26, 2008; and March 23, 2009) debunking pharm parties, and yet the press keeps on churning out...

David Carr (1956-2015)

politico.com — All the great New Yorkers were born and raised outside of the five boroughs and its environs. The city, which would otherwise suffer heat death and melt into a mud puddle if not replenished by the brilliance of the provinces, summons them every season.
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Mar 02, 2015

When John Berger won the Booker in 1972, he promised to give half the money to the Black Panther Party. bit.ly/1wNjbv1

Mar 02, 2015

I'd watch that movie MT @blakehounshell “Why would you become a slave to a vegetable?" Robertson said. "Why?" talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/pat-r…

Mar 02, 2015

"The Obama Interviews." A book nobody wants.

Mar 02, 2015

"[I]mbecilities repeated annually." --HL Mencken on the Pulitzers, 1926

Mar 02, 2015

Invitation to a magazine burning MT @mplsgilyard: Uber print mag will focus on "driving for Uber and related issues." fastcompany.com/3043087/anythi…

Mar 02, 2015

"Instead of monopolising the seat of judgment, journalism should be apologising in the dock." -Oscar Wilde bit.ly/1wERFp3

Mar 02, 2015

I had this conversation with the Wash Post's Bob Kaiser years ago! RT @AntDeRosa: @jackshafer there’s audio! heraldtimesonline.com/free_access/ed…

Mar 02, 2015

My replacement has been found MT @AntDeRosa 8-year-old calls editor shithole & jerk for pulling his favorite comics jimromenesko.com/2015/03/02/boy…

Mar 02, 2015

Invests in congressional seats, too! RT @pkafka: The New Republic has an investment fund? mashable.com/2015/03/02/new…

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