Week 3 NFL Picks, With #PumaWoman Cara Delevingne

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It’s not everyday that an ad campaign captures my attention. But Puma’s latest is not your run of the mill corporate project. The just-launched #PumaWoman campaign took Cara Delevingne, told her to #DoYou, and then sat back to let the magic happen. Here is the launch video for what has been described as a “strong, at …

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Top Five Oliver Stone Flicks

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Over at the Washington Post I have a rather lengthy interview with Matt Zoller Seitz about his new book, The Oliver Stone Experience. Part one is here, part two is here. Please go read it!

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Shrill, Angry, Poorly Dressed Woman Wonders Why She Isn’t Running Away With 2016 Election


It’s a real mystery why the wide-eyed hectoring pol who feels entitled to the presidency that people don’t trust or like is not running away with this thing!

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John Kerry Wishes Media Wouldn’t Cover Bad News (Continued)

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It was only three weeks ago that the secretary of state committed a perfect Washington gaffe, complaining that media coverage of terrorism is making life difficult for him and the administration he serves: “Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn’t cover it quite as much. People wouldn’t know what’s going on.”

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NFL Week 2 Picks, With Kate Upton

Kate Upton to the rescue / Barry Wetcher

The past four months have been tough. In early May, the Washington Free Beacon learned that Kate Upton was engaged to Justin Verlander. We declared it an American tragedy, and tried to move on. “If you truly love something, you have to know when to let it go,” I was told. Over the summer, The Free Beacon had no Kate Upton. …

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Never, Ever, Ever Talk Around (or to) Journalists

She's probably a journalist. Don't talk to her / AP

In D.C. you spend a lot of time around journalists. When you spend a lot of time around journalists, you pick up annoying habits—like, say, uttering “Well, off the record—” before even the most banal of statements. “Well, off the record, I hear it’s going to be 87 degrees tomorrow. Don’t quote me on that.” “Well, off the record, I think the ‘skins are going to struggle this year. But, you know, don’t publish that or anything.”

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Hillary Clinton, #TCOT Warrior

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Ever since her speech on the alt-right, Hillary Clinton has been making no bones about her support for Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, John McCain, and other conservative luminaries. Her newfound sympathies have been on full display in her tweets.

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Trump Is Right About Paid Maternity Leave


Seriously, folks. For a long time I have thought nothing too bone-headed for the Republicans, the party of the 47 percent who, with one or two exceptions, ran this year on “lower taxes” and “entrepreneurship,” slogans not very much beloved of the unemployed or those lucky enough to be enjoying stagnant wages, higher costs of living, …

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Second Look at Kate Upton for President?

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One thing you want in a president is someone who loves the Constitution—and someone who has a hale and hearty constitution. Our president has to travel the world on behalf of the United States, going from the tropical climes of Southeast Asia to the frosty steppes of Russia. You want someone who isn’t going to wilt in the face of pressure, someone who can handle whatever the weather throws her way.

In other words, you don’t want someone who melts in the mid-70s.

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Why ‘Basket of Deplorables’ May Help Clinton

'The basket is huge, folks. HUGE!' / AP

Hillary Clinton is a bad politician in the sense that she has trouble getting people to support her. See, for instance, when she lost what should have been a very easily won presidential primary to a half-term senator or when she had trouble closing out an ancient white socialist who had captured the hearts and minds of the youth wing of the youth party. People don’t like her and they don’t trust her and she hasn’t really done anything to help herself in the “likability” or “trust” departments. She is what she is.

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NFL Week 1 Picks, Obviously With Pictures

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Last year, the Washington Free Beacon completed a five-month-long study into whether betting on football teams based on how hot their fans are is a viable money-making strategy. The results were staggering. Week after week the wins piled in. It was like that scene in 21, the decent movie about the MIT Blackjack Team where they make a …

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The Ten Best Cigarettes in the World

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It isn’t, actually. But the other day—was it Wednesday?—I saw people tweeting about National Beer Lovers’ Day, another one of those fake marketing holidays. There were Coors Light ads all over the Internet, which was nice, I guess. Tobacco companies never get to do things like this. Outside the pages of a handful of enlightened magazines, …

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In Which Gary Johnson Disqualifies Himself for the Presidency

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As someone who thinks this election basically boils down to the two evil sides of Richard Nixon duking it out for the nuclear suitcase, I’ll admit to having been Johnson-curious* for a bit.

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Nobody, Including Me, Knows Anything and Everybody Should Stop

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Does anyone care that a mountain climbing enthusiast and self-professed “entrepreneur in the cannabis space” doesn’t know the name of one of the world’s great cities? For about 15 minutes this morning I pretended that I did care. I was lying to myself.

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