How Anita Sarkeesian Wants Video Games To Change

Minutes after I walked through a metal detector—and some time before she was flocked by well-wishers at the best-attended gaming lecture I've ever been to at New York University—I recently listened to the media critic Anita Sarkeesian describe eight things she'd like to see changed in video games. » 2/27/15 12:28am 2/27/15 12:28am

Barbara Mikulski Is Just the Kind of Political Badass the Senate Needed

Who is single-handedly fending off the Tea Party Huns from gutting the federal budget, standing up for needy families, and making House Speaker John Boehner look like one of the sad clown porcelain figurines your grandmother keeps in her home just to make unwanted visitors ill at ease? That would be the diminutive… » 3/21/13 2:20pm 3/21/13 2:20pm

Don't Miss Jon Stewart's Epic Takedown of the Gun Control 'Debate'

Hey, you know how our public dialogue on just about everything is so fucked-up and frustrating that sometimes you just need Jon Stewart to hold you? And demolish the FOX News doublespeak bullshit with one fell strike of his grim morning star of moderation? And pet your hair? Well, finally, addressing our post-Newtown… » 1/09/13 6:15pm 1/09/13 6:15pm

Nudity Ban in San Francisco Is Being Contested Because, Dammit, People…

If waving your genitals at casual passersby in San Francisco is on your bucket list (and, let's be real, if it isn't, how can you be sure you're heart's really beating?), then you'd better hurry up and do it before Feb. 1 rolls around and makes genital-exposing in Fog City a much more fraught endeavor. That's when an… » 12/16/12 4:30pm 12/16/12 4:30pm

Horses & Bayonets & World Peace: The Final Debate's Most Pageant-y…

Like an incredibly high stakes Miss America competition, the last Presidential debate of the 2012 election season has come and gone. And because both candidates are fighting to the death over the tiny sliver of undecided voters (really, what amounts to twelve people who own Puddle of Mudd CD's scratching their butts… » 10/23/12 11:20am 10/23/12 11:20am

Watch Elizabeth Warren Kick Some Debate Ass

Joe Biden and Paul Ryan weren't the only famous politicos to engage in a high-stakes debate this week. In Massachusetts, incumbent Senator Scott "Cosmopolitan" Brown and Elizabeth "BUT SHE DOESN'T LOOK LIKE A CHEROKEE" Warren duked it out onstage. While the race could go either way at this point, Warren won the… » 10/12/12 2:00pm 10/12/12 2:00pm

Hey, Let's Manufacture a Catfight Between Ann Romney and Michelle Obama!

Before last night's debate finally ugh'd its way into the record books, the Presidential candidates' wives greeted one another onstage. And when First Lady Michelle Obama and First Romney Ann Romney met to shake hands, camera flashes captured every pursed lip, every microexpression. The pictures of the two tell a… » 10/04/12 6:00pm 10/04/12 6:00pm

Watch Dan Savage Debate the President of the National Organization for…

Savage Love author and creator of the It Gets Better project Dan Savage recently invited Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, over to his home for dinner with him and his husband. The meal was followed by a good ol' fashioned, formal debate on gay marriage. Brown surprisingly accepted… » 8/22/12 7:15pm 8/22/12 7:15pm

Teenage Girls Have an Excellent Question: Why Hasn't There Been a…

A woman hasn't moderated a general-election presidential debate since 1992, but three teenage girls from New Jersey are hoping to change that. Last Tuesday, Emma, Sammi, and Elena stormed into the Washington headquarters of the Commission on Presidential Debates with 118,000 signatures backing up their petition for a… » 8/02/12 5:20pm 8/02/12 5:20pm

Sarah Palin Unwisely Challenges Barack Obama to a Duel of Words

Sarah Palin isn't too pleased that President Obama's campaign used footage of her in this recent fundraising video, and she's decided to fight back by challenging Barack Obama to a good old-fashioned debate. It's a curious strategy, but we have no choice to hear her out because she posted a 583-word missive about it… » 3/14/12 10:20am 3/14/12 10:20am

Lowlights From The Eight Zillionth Republican Debate

Last night, Republican presidential hopefuls got the band back together again for another debate reunion tour, and like most bands whose best albums are behind them, the old familiar songs just didn't sound the same. Chords were off. Rick Perry forgot the words. Mitt Romney experienced a hair gel malfunction… » 11/10/11 11:40am 11/10/11 11:40am

A World Where President Michele Bachmann Sounds Reasonable

Despite all the idiotic this or that questions in yesterday's Republican debate, it was all about consensus: A world of slashed government safety nets and regulation, where Rick Santorum's views on abortion and gay rights don't stand out as extreme at all. And where Bachmann, who announced her candidacy onstage, looks… » 6/14/11 10:30am 6/14/11 10:30am

Do You Think Todd Palin Will Let John McCain Fly His Plane?

John McCain's on the cover » 10/01/08 10:00am 10/01/08 10:00am this week flying a plane that is undoubtedly not Real American(TM) Todd Palin's "320-series Piper single-engine airplane" and, if Todd has his way, likely never will be. But two Unreal Americans, of and me, have a bunch to say about what it might mean to live middle-class in the unreal…