Jeff Flake Says All the Right Things in Speech Comparing Trump to Joseph Stalin 

Outgoing Republican Senator Jeff Flake gave another speech on the Senate floor today denouncing his party’s president, elaborating on the same “daily sundering of our country” he mentioned last time. A day after a similar op-ed by his colleague John McCain ran in the Washington Post, Flake defended the free press…

Iranian Director Asghar Farhadi Skips Accepting His Second Oscar to Protest Trump's Travel Ban

As he announced he would be doing in January, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi skipped this year’s Academy Awards ceremony to protest Trump’s disaster of a travel ban. Farhadi’s brilliant A Separation won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2012, and tonight his The Salesman won in that same category.

Joe Biden Gave a Very Long, Somewhat Self-Congratulatory Speech on Sexual Violence 

On Tuesday morning, Vice President Joe Biden gave a long—very long— speech about sexual violence at the United State of Women Summit in Washington, D.C. So long did Joe Biden take to rail against the abuse of power baked into our patriarchal system, in fact, that MSNBC’s Irin Carmon reported via Twitter that the rest…

Hillary Clinton Calls Trump 'Dangerously Incoherent’ in Rousing Foreign Policy Speech

In what might have been her strongest speech of the campaign, Hillary Clinton made a compelling case against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon. “I believe that the person the Republicans have nominated for President cannot do the job,” Clinton said in the foreign policy-focused speech.…

Bernie Sanders' Candidacy Is a Long Con to Make an Hourlong Speech About Democratic Socialism 

This is just a theory, but it’s also absolutely correct and pretty much inarguable: Bernie Sanders ran for president so that he could turn several hours of talking about democratic socialism into a news event. Proof: Bernie Sanders spent a little over an hour Thursday making a speech about Democratic socialism, and…

High School Commencement Speech Reminds Students That They Are Not Special, Still Manages to Be Inspiring

Here's a commencement speech by David McCullough Jr., an English teacher at a Massachusetts high school, who took the opportunity to remind his graduating seniors that they are, in fact, not at all special. "Climb the mountain not to plant your flag," he says. "But to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold…