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Daniel Wattenberg

Articles by Daniel Wattenberg

Poet Maya Angelou, at home in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Armstrong Williams. (Photo: Armstrong Williams Productions, LLC)

Maya Angelou: Donald Sterling controversy shows racial progress

Maya Angelou has cited the Donald Sterling controversy as a confirmation of American racial progress: "Do you realize that this man has been banned? With all of his money and all of his history and the white skin which covers his whole body." Published May 20, 2014

Double-Oscar winner Kevin Spacey at a rehearsal before delivering the keynote speech to the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh television festival on Thursday. (AP Photo/ David Cheskin/PA)

Kevin Spacey, supply-sider

Kvetching, always kvetching about liberal domination of Hollywood. But take a closer look for once. It’s a more ideologically diverse community than you might suppose. Take Kevin Spacey, star of “House of Cards.” Published August 23, 2013

The restored space shuttle Galileo from the 1960's television show Star Trek is unveiled at Space Center Houston Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Spaceflight in the age of Obama: Star Trek’s Galileo shuttlecraft unveiled

It may not fully make up for President Obama’s gutting of America’s manned spaceflight program, but for now it will have to do. Star Trek’s Galileo, the fiberglass shuttlecraft featured on the “The Galileo Seven” episode of the classic ’60s sci-fi series, was officially unveiled Wednesday at the Space Center Houston, where it will remain on permanent display. Published July 31, 2013

The recording artists Beyonce (from left) and Jay-Z join Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, and the Rev. Al Sharpton at the Justice for Trayvon vigil in New York on Saturday, July 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Noerdlinger Media, Rachel Noerdlinger)

Jay-Z: Stand your ground against profiling; against home invasion … not so much

In a recent interview with a rap blogger, hip hop icon Jay Z endorsed Trayvon Martin’s battery of George Zimmerman as legitimate self-defense against racial profiling and surveillance by the neighborhood watch volunteer — while in the same interview scoffing at the right to use a firearm to defend against a home invasion/robbery. Published July 26, 2013

Filmmaker Michael Moore (Associated Press) **FILE**

Stung by Newtown parents, Michael Moore denies urging release of crime scene photos, blames Fox News

In a March blog post Michael Moore urged the release of crime scene photos depicting the shattered, perforated bodies of the schoolchildren slaughtered last December in Newtown. Confronting the eye-opening gore, he argued, was a moral imperative — expiation for America’s tacit moral complicity in mass shootings and a goad to brisk and decisive action expanding gun control and driving a stake through the heart of the NRA. On Tuesday, amid rising solidarity with victims' parents trying to prevent release of the graphic images, Mr. Moore flatly denied having advocated their tactical dissemination — and blamed any misconceptions to the contrary on a Fox News reporter. Published June 4, 2013

Demonstrators protest in front of the Barbie Dream House in Berlin Thursday, May 16, 2013. (AP Photo/dpa, Jens Kalaene)

Burn, Barbie, burn!

Topless German feminists on Thursday crucified and burned Barbie in a protest outside the Barbie Dreamhouse in Berlin. Published May 16, 2013

** FILE ** "Hardball" host Chris Matthews bear hugs the Rev. Al Sharpton (left) at the at the Washington Hilton Hotel on April 27, 2013. (Associated Press)

Chris Matthews ♥ Ronald Reagan!?

Wait. Did I just hear what I thought I heard? Did Chris Matthews just applaud Ronald Reagan for busting a union and winning the Cold War? Published May 15, 2013

Led Zeppelin — from left, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and Jason Bonham (son of original drummer, the late John Bonham) at the"'Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day" premiere in New York last year. According to a report, former President Clinton asked the band to reunite last year for the Superstorm Sandy benefit concert, but they turned him down. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision/AP, file)

Whole lotta nothin’: Bill Clinton failed to broker Led Zeppelin reunion

For all his legendary powers of persuasion, Bill Clinton never could quite sweet-talk Yasser Arafat and Ehud Barak into closing the deal on a final status peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority back in 2000. Looks like he whiffed again with Jimmy Page and and Robert Plant. Published May 6, 2013