Why is the US Supreme Court afraid of TV Cameras?

05 April 2012 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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The United States Supreme Court - the highest court in the land - one of the most powerful institutions in the world, is afraid of something most of us would relish: Being on television. The United States Supreme Court recently completed hearings on the question of whether the nation’s healthcare law--unaffectionately referred to as Obamacare--is constitutional. This is clearly one of the most important Supreme Court decisions since the Court’s ruling concerning the 2000 presidential…

Which Republican Presidential Candidate would Win "The Hunger Games?"

04 April 2012 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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I know there are clearly more pressing issues in the country and the world than this question, but after seeing "The Hunger Games" last night, I could not help but wonder: If the four remaining Republican Presidential candidates were contestants in "The Hunger Games," who would win? From an electoral point of view, it appears that Mitt Romney will soon lock up the GOP nomination. As of the writing of the article, Mitt Romney is…

Why Candidates' Gaffe-a-thon is Good for Us

28 March 2012 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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(CNN) -- This last week has been chock full of gaffes by our presidential candidates -- a veritable gaffe-a-thon, a gaffe-a-palooza. President Obama and the Republican presidential candidates almost seem to be trying to one-up each other's blunders. This "March Madness" started off slowly enough last Monday with a small one by Rick Santorum: "I don't care what the unemployment rate is going to be. It doesn't matter to me." But then, just days later, the…

Tim Tebow's Guide to becoming a New Yorker

26 March 2012 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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Dear Tim: Welcome to New York City! I’m sure you will be reading that statement in newspapers across New York City over the next few days. Little tip: You might want to hang on to a few of those articles, because if you make a few bad plays, those same newspapers will be calling for you to be disemboweled – or worse. But don’t take this personally, this is what New Yorkers do-we’re an impatient,…

Stop the War on Comedy

20 March 2012 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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(CNN) -- First, there was the war on drugs. Then came the war on terrorism. Followed by the war on Christmas, women and religion. We seem to love waging wars. And now a new war has broken out: the war on comedy. This war started just a week ago by those defending Rush Limbaugh's infamous attack on Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law school student who simply offered an opinion Limbaugh didn't like. So, Limbaugh being…

The Victims Of The Shooting In Afghanistan Are Not Just Statistics

19 March 2012 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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We all know the name of Sergeant Robert Bales--the US soldier accused of killing sixteen civilians in Afghanistan. We know he's 38 years old and married with two children. We've heard him described as "happy-go-lucky," and as a former high school football player who volunteered his time with special needs children. We know he enlisted shortly after 9/11 and was injured twice in his earlier tours of duty in Iraq, with one injury resulting in…
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