The cast of Fast Five, the latest film in the Fast and the Furious franchise.
April 28, 2011 Wesley Morris, film critic for the Boston Globe, recently wrote that the movies in the Fast and the Furious franchise promote progressive, multicultural ideals. Fast Five, the fifth installment of the franchise, races to theaters this Friday.
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April 28, 2011 On Wednesday, President Obama released his "long-form" birth certificate in response to continued skepticism in some quarters about his place of birth. Michele Norris talks to David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker magazine. Remnick writes that those who harp on Obama's birth seek to "arouse a fear of the Other."
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April 28, 2011 Wednesday, President Obama released his long-form birth certificate and called the conspiracy theories "silliness." As the president predicted, some skeptics aren't satisfied, and question the latest document's authenticity.
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Howard Bragman has worked as a publicist for more than 30 years. He is the author of Where's My Fifteen Minutes?
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April 28, 2011 Growing up gay in the Midwest, Howard Bragman knew he didn't fit in. But today he's made a name for himself as the go-to publicist for celebrities coming out of the closet — they call him the "gay guru."
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President Obama speaks Wednesday to reporters about the controversy over his birth certificate.
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April 27, 2011 The president released his birth certificate to quell persistent rumors he was not born in this country. In doing so, he said that for too long the nation has been distracted from weighty matters by "sideshows and carnival barkers."
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April 27, 2011 Today, President Obama released the long-form of his birth certificate proving he is a U.S. citizen. Questions over the president's citizenship have provided fuel for his critics giving rise to the so-called birther movement. Recently, a doctored photo raised questions about President Obama's citizenship. It also drew fire as being racist. Host Michel Martin speaks with Stephen Hess, author of American Political Cartoons, 1754-2010: The Evolution of a National Identity and Mike Luckovich, editorial cartoonist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution about the history of politically incorrect cartoons, and about whether cartoons depicting President Obama are under particular scrutiny because he is African American.
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April 27, 2011 Katie Couric announced Tuesday that she is leaving her job as an anchor at CBS Evening News, but commentator Eric Deggans argues that this doesn't mean the end of the evening newscast — in fact, the big three networks are still going strong. They just need a little push in the right direction.
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April 26, 2011 We've known she was going to go for several weeks.Now, Katie Couric has confirmed — to People magazine — that "I have decided to step down from the CBS Evening News."
April 23, 2011 Headlines this week screamed about rising gas prices — as they have many times before. In the past 15 years, Dick Polman, national political writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, estimates he's covered spiking gas prices a dozen times. The story, he tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer, almost always has the same narrative arc.
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April 23, 2011 Best-selling author Greg Mortenson has been defending himself against accusations that his homegrown charity may have misspent public donations. A recent article and 60 Minutes story allege the author of Three Cups of Tea used those donations to help hawk his books. While the accusations have not been proven, the shock waves are already hitting his charity, and the non-profit world in general.
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Director Tyler Perry speaks onstage in New York City. Perry's work has come under criticism by veteran filmmaker Spike Lee.
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April 21, 2011 Tyler Perry has had enough of criticisms of his work, particularly from director Spike Lee. Perry's response to Lee's latest lambasting continues the debate over Tyler Perry, his films and characters — and if they encourage harmful African-American stereotypes. Michele Norris speaks with Toure, host of Fuse's On the Record and author of the forthcoming book Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?, and Goldie Taylor, contributor to MSNBC and theGriot.com.
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April 21, 2011 On April 5, Clare Gillis, a freelance reporter, was detained along with two other Western journalists by Libyan government forces near Brega in eastern Libya. Gillis was last seen in a Tripoli detention center two weeks ago. Michele Norris talks with Robert and Jane Gillis, Clare's parents, who have been publicly calling for their daughter's release.
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April 20, 2011 Tim Hetherington, co-director of the documentary <em>Restrepo</em>, and Chris Hondros, a photographer for Getty Images, were killed in the besieged city of Misrata. The circumstances surrounding their deaths were unclear. Doctors said two other photographers were treated for shrapnel wounds.
President Obama and WFAA-TV's Brad Watson.
April 20, 2011 There's been a lot of chatter about the president's advice to a reporter that he should "let me finish my answers." And about the reporter's interruptions. But a viewing of the complete interview may have you wondering what the fuss is about.
The Obama administration often uses social media like Twitter Facebook to announce public statements on subjects ranging from the federal budget to grocery lists.
April 20, 2011 Between Sarah Palin's half-million Twitter followers and President Obama holding a town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters on Wednesday, there's no denying that new media will have a huge impact on the 2012 presidential election — and not necessarily in the ways you would expect.
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