- ‘I Am Alive’ app gains popularity in terror-ravaged Lebanon
- Gun giveaways gain popularity among Republican candidates
- S.C. hospital worker slapped with $525 federal fine for refilling $0.89 soda
- Teen from ‘Jihad Jane’ plot becomes youngest ever to serve time on U.S. terror charges
- Iranian woman forgives son’s killer at the gallows
- Nebraska principal sorry for ‘don’t tattle’ flier
- Illinois readies to spend $100M for Obama museum in Chicago
- John Edwards back in court — this time as a lawyer for Va. boy’s malpractice case
- Covered California reports more than 200K in overtime Obamacare sign-ups
- Thanks, Chuck: Hagel says U.S. sending Ukraine sleeping mats, helmets
Tim Robbins explains his campaign contributions to Republicans, tea party stalwarts
Is actor a closet moderate?
“As crazy and twisted as some of the more radical Republicans are, and the more they take over the party, I say ‘Go ahead,’ ” Mr. Robbins said. “Because those Republicans who want what we want, to better the nation, will come over to where we are. It’s very difficult for someone with pride to come over to your side if you vilify them.”
Mr. Robbins took aim at growing left-right polarization, as if he was determined to reinvent himself as a “no-labels” centrist.
“The sooner we realize we have something in common, that we can talk to these people and have a laugh, the sooner we’ll be able to make a change,” he said. “What we have now is a divisiveness with different sides represented by different [TV] networks at each other’s throats. And what do we get? High ratings and a divided public. A divided public means that we won’t be united behind simple issues like ‘We want clean air’ or ‘We want clean water.’ As long as you’re keeping those people divided, they’re not going to get enough force and power to change things. So I’m always looking for common ground.”
“That is a long way to go to deny something,” Mr. Maron replied, laughing.
“I’m not denying it at all,” said Mr. Robbins, before injecting another note of ambiguity: “But you know that movie ‘The Manchurian Candidate …’ “
“Maybe don’t use the word ‘evil,’ but can we use the word ‘wrong’?” to describe Republicans, Mr. Maron pressed, humorously.
“I’m very hopeful right now,” Mr. Robbins concluded, sticking — sort of — to his guns.
TWT Video Picks
By Joy Overbeck
Redemption by government is futile
- Joe Biden's first Instagram pic mocked as shill for sunglass ad
- Inside China: Marine's comment on islands draws sharp Chinese response
- Jews being told to register in Ukraine: John Kerry
- Obama taunts GOP, takes nationally televised victory lap on Obamacare
- BOLTON: A 'three-state solution' for Middle East peace
- Army goes to war with National Guard, seizes Apache attack helicopters
- Chavez seizes Cargill factory
- 'Culture of intimidation' seen in Nevada ranch standoff
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- IRS emails reveal discussion with Justice about suing nonprofits for election activities
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.