Ted Cruz is the Miley Cyrus of the Senate

11 October 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah October 11, 2013 (The Daily Beast) Ted Cruz desperately needs help. He has an addiction. And alarmingly it’s to the one of the most powerful and destructive drugs out there: fame. Cruz’s addiction has lead him to do the unthinkable. No, not shutting down the government, but the more amazing feat of becoming the Miley Cyrus of politics. In fact, he’s been making Miley look like a camera-shy recluse. What’s next for…

Everyday Evil: The Sentencing of Ariel Castro

06 August 2013 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. August 6, 2013  For most people, hearing the words Ariel Castro uttered at his sentencing evoked horror, disbelief and confusion – for me, it was just another day at the office.  The pure evil that is Castro exists everywhere but only those of us in the criminal justice and mental health fields get the up close and personal privilege of witnessing it on a daily basis.  When the sentencing began with…

Anthony Weiner and Other Democrats in Sex Scandals Don’t Mention God

25 July 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah July 25, 2013 (The Daily Beast) Not only is there a stark political divide between Democratic and Republican politicians on policy issues but also on sex scandals. What’s the difference, you ask? Simple: God. No, I’m not saying Republican politicians claim that God told them to do it. Apparently, God only tells Republicans to run for president, not to cheat on their wives—at least not yet.   But when politicians get caught in…

Jason Patric Gives Sperm Its Day in Court

23 July 2013 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. July 23, 2013 Hollywood star Jason Patric is leading the fight to give sperm donors’ increased parental rights. Perhaps, if he just did it the old-fashioned way he wouldn’t have emerged as the trailblazer of sperm; nor would he be claiming to be the parent he already is in life, but not in law. Jason Patric is in a heated custody battle with ex-girlfriend Danielle Schreiber over their son Gus, 3, who…

Edward Snowden, want my advice?

07 July 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah July 5, 2013 (CNN) -- Edward Snowden, you need help! And I'm here for you. I enjoy offering people suggestions -- which you may even be aware of if you read my e-mails when you were working at the NSA. I don't know where you thought you'd end up after disclosing classified documents detailing our government's surveillance program, but I doubt you thought you'd be roaming the halls of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport checking…

Monday Morning Quarterbacking the Supreme Court

01 July 2013 Written by Seema Iyer
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 By Seema Iyer, Esq. July 1, 2013 DOMA lost. Love won. Holy matrimony – it’s been one hell of a Supreme Court post-season! The last month has certainly felt like a January. Every week with playoff games (decision days) that left us with some crushing defeats (Shelby v. Holder), hollow victories (Fisher v. University of TX), an out of pocket play that rewrote history (Hollingsworth v. Perry) and the mother of all games between the…

Can We Forgive Paula Deen?

29 June 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah June 29, 2013 (CNN) -- Once a racist, always a racist? Will bigots always be bigots? Or can people truly evolve over time for the better? And if they do, should we applaud their metamorphosis and welcome them back? The easy answer -- as we are seeing with Paula Deen -- is to quickly label the person a racist for past insensitive remarks and cast her out to the fringes of society. But…

Silence is the New Guilty

20 June 2013 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. June 20, 2013 This week the Supreme Court ruled that anything you DON’T say WILL be held against you.  Wait………What???  Haven’t we been hearing “You have the right to remain silent” blah, blah, blah, from the days of Starsky & Hutch and in every single incarnation of Law & Order since? That right to remain silent, and every other right, that has become the fabric of cops and robbers vernacular refers…

Bigger threat: Edward Snowden or NSA? CNN Podcast "The Big Three"

17 June 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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(CNN) -- What do you think of Edward Snowden? By leaking classified documents to the media and revealing that the National Security Agency has been monitoring our phone and Internet usage, is he a traitor or a hero? Could he simply be a narcissist looking to get famous? Or do you not care about either him or the NSA surveillance programs? Chris Cuomo, co-host of the new CNN morning show, "New Day," joined us to…

‘Rumsfeld’s Rules’ Review: Good Rules, Shame He Didn’t Follow Them

19 May 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah May 19, 2013 (The Daily Beast) The Donald is back with a new book. Not Donald Trump, but the original cantankerous, ill-tempered Donald, who possibly has uttered the expression “You’re fired” with more glee than Trump. I’m speaking of Donald Rumsfeld—the man who served in several positions in the federal government, the most recent his “star turn” as secretary of defense under President George W. Bush. Rumsfeld new book is titled Rumsfeld’s Rules, and…

I'm Muslim, and I hate terrorism

25 April 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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(CNN) -- I'm an American-Muslim and I despise Islamic terrorists. In fact, despise is not even a strong enough word to convey my true feelings about those who kill innocent people in the name of Islam. I hate them with every fiber of my being. I'm not going to tell you, "Islam is a religion of peace." Nor will I tell you that Islam is a religion of violence. What I will say is that…

Are You a Bigot if You Oppose Same Sex Marriage?

03 April 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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(CNN) -- If someone today argued for laws to legally bar interracial marriage that person would universally be labeled a bigot. But in 1967 when the U.S. Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia struck down state laws prohibiting interracial marriage, 73% of Americans still supported them. Did that mean that more than 70% of Americans at that time were bigots? No. But there certainly came a time that you were one if you continued advocating…

How Obama has weaponized wit

28 March 2013 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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(CNN) -- Barack Obama would make a great stand-up comic, not because he's the funniest president ever but because he uses jokes the same way many of us comedians do: As a weapon. Traditionally, the (intentionally) funny lines by our presidents have had one thing in common: They were self-deprecating. Sure, some presidents have used jokes to take jabs at their opponents, but not to the extent of Obama. During his tenure, he has increasingly…
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