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Americans Trash Environment In Poll

An early-March Gallup poll asked Americans which was more important: developing energy supplies even at a further detriment to the environment or protecting the environment even at the cost of limiting energy supplies? Fifty percent of those polled favored securing energy supplies from gas, oil, and coal, the highest percentage Gallup has seen in 10…

Posted in Sustainability and Climate Change

Obama Meets Republicans, Wins Back Jon Stewart

If you haven’t yet watched President Obama’s lively and engaging Q&A during a GOP retreat last Friday, what are you waiting for? (Or you could just catch the high points, with an obviously delighted Jon Stewart, below.) Yes, political points aplenty were scored. But more importantly, Obama was modeling a type of civil discourse that,…

Posted in Trends in Music and Society

Bill Moyers On Obama’s Health-Care Problem

The esteemed journalist Bill Moyers was on “Real Time With Bill Maher” Friday night, where he elegantly laid out the frustrations progressive voters are experiencing with the Obama administration, especially with regard to health care and the war in Afghanistan. Watch his half-hour interview (split into three parts) here, here, and here. A sample of…

Posted in Health Care Reform

Arlo Guthrie, Unexpected Republican

Deborah Solomon had this interesting exchange with folksinger Arlo Guthrie in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine: Where are you politically these days? I became a registered Republican about five or six years ago because to have a successful democracy you have to have at least two parties, and one of them was failing miserably….

Posted in Trends in Music and Society

Democrats Mock GOP Dinner, Non-Showdown Ensues

If there’s one thing the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee knows how to do, it’s take advantage of the follies of their Republican rivals. Witness the Sarah Palin invite fiasco, for instance. Now sure, the Dems could have just let the headlines about infighting and egos at last night’s National Republican Congressional Committee gala fund-raising event…