By Bruce Kluger


D.C.'s Self-Help Solution
As President Obama continues to seek a constructive dialogue
with his Republican foes, perhaps his next stop should be the
self-help aisle at his local bookstore.
By Bill Persky and Bruce Kluger
The Los Angeles Times, March 14, 2010

Dear Mr. Obama
Letters from children offer advice to the president.
By Bruce Kluger and David Tabatsky
The Los Angeles Times, April 23, 2009

The Glories of Kidvid
A new study claims that screen time is harmful for babies, and
one dad watches in disbelief.
By Bruce Kluger
The Los Angeles Times, August 15, 2007

Skewered by 'Dean of Mean' Bill O'Reilly—a Survivor's
Tale
Did I win my coast-to-coast face-off with the Fox News
Channel's belligerant blowhard, Bill O'Reilly? Hard to tell. The
most I got from my friends was, "You held your own," "You
looked good" and "Hey, at least you didn't cry."
By Bruce Kluger
The Los Angeles Times, February 21, 2003

America to Enron: We'd Like to Buy a Vowel
Faced with bankruptcy, the disgraced Enron Corporation has
begun auctioning off vestiges of its former empire, including
massive sculptures of its famed logo. Which makes me
wonder: Who couldn't use a giant E in their lives?
By Bruce Kluger
The Los Angeles Times, December 9, 2002

Readin', Writin', Rappin'
Harvard University's controversial professor of African
American studies, Cornel West, has recorded a new CD
featuring hip-hop ruminations on Malcolm X, the slave trade
and the "N word." Will other stirring verses soon be ringing out
in Harvard Yard?
By Bruce Kluger
The Los Angeles Times, January 13, 2002

Now, a Preview of Coming Attractions
Each year, the Academy Awards are remembered not so much
for those who walk away with Oscars, but instead for the
gaffes, controversies and spectacles that inevitably upstage
the festivities. So why should this year be any different?
By Bruce Kluger
The Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2001

Once Again, Oscars Snub African Americans
Spike Lee is right—the Academy Awards are racist.
By Bruce Kluger
The Los Angeles Times, March 21, 1999


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By Bruce Kluger and David Slavin


Making His List, Checking It Twice
Just when Barack Obama thought his toughest decisions were
behind him—his Afghanistan strategy, tackling unemployment,
what to say to Tiger Woods if he calls—now he has to draw up
a Christmas gift list. What will the current “decider” decide to
give this holiday season…to both the naughty and the nice?
By Bruce Kluger and David Slavin
The Los Angeles Times, December 23, 2009

Oh, Henry!
As America faces her most calamitous economic crisis since
the Great Depression, she seeks salvation not from some
geeky bean-counter, but from a real macho money maven.
Enter Henry Paulson: The 700-Billion-Dollar Man! (Click
here
for the more risqué Huffington Post version.)
By Bruce Kluger, David Slavin and Tim Foley
The Los Angeles Times, September 26, 2008

Religious License
South Carolina passed a law this month allowing it to become
the first state in the nation to offer its citizens specialty license
plates that carry a Christian message. Naturally, controversy
has ensure...but what about equal time?
By Bruce Kluger, David Slavin and Tim Foley
The Los Angeles Times, June 21, 2008

Anatomy of a Superdelegate
In 2008, the body politic is dealing with more than its share of
issues.
By Bruce Kluger, David Slavin and Tim Foley
The Los Angeles Times, March 29, 2008

The Bard of Avon Calling
Broadway producers have begun engaging in product
placement in their musicals and comedies. But would Madison
Avenue have the audacity to slip sly slogans into the iambic
pentameter of William Shakespeare?
By Bruce Kluger and David Slavin
The Los Angeles Times, May 9, 2005

Chat Room for the Chattering Class
Arianna Huffington's newly announced  web site will host an A-
list of celebrity bloggers, including Walter Cronkite, David
Mamet, Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton and Norman Mailer. Will
the Internet ever be the same?
By Bruce Kluger and David Slavin
The Los Angeles Times, May 2, 2005

Now Just Picture 'Em Singing in the Shower...
Amchair musicologists across the nation went into overdrive
when the media revealed the contents of the presidential iPod.
If only they knew what those
other famous newsmakers were
listening to.
By Bruce Kluger and David Slavin
The Los Angeles Times, April 14, 2005

I want my, um...TV?
With one out of five voters longing for a return to "values,"
television executives are busy revamping their prime-time
lineups. And why shouldn't they be? After all, the moral state of
the nation at stake.
By Bruce Kluger and David Slavin
The Los Angeles Times, November 19, 2004

Pass Me One of Those Bipartisan Burgers, Pal
Faced with growing acrimony beneath the Capitol dome,
Senate minority leader Tom Daschle has proposed the only  
détente guaranteed to mend the rift between the parties. Why,
a company barbecue, of course...
By Bruce Kluger and David Slavin
The Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2004

A Potter of Gold for Those Who Think Big
With the big-screen release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of
Azkaban
, media entrepreneurs across the country will once
again try to co-opt the Potter craze, hoping to siphon off riches
of their own. Which outlet will come up with the most lucrative
way to latch on to Pottermania? Let the games begin.
By Bruce Kluger and David Slavin
The Los Angeles Times, June 2, 2004

Whoever Dies With the Most Fabulous Prizes Wins
Welcome back, viewers! Our contestant, George, from
Crawford, Texas, is about to choose from three spectacular
grand prizes. Ready, George?
Let's Make a War!
By Bruce Kluger and David Slavin
The Los Angeles Times, January 17, 2003

Robert Blake: A Good Guy/Bad Guy Awaits the Role of a
Lifetime
As docket watchers breathlessly await the opening gavel to the
Robert Blake murder trial, Hollywood handicappers may  want
to look at the veteran actor's resume for clues to his
innocence...or guilt.
By Bruce Kluger and David Slavin
The Los Angeles Times, April 26, 2002

Coming Soon to a Screen Near You...
White House advisor Karl Rove flew to Beverly Hills to explore
ways in which the entertainment industry can help promote the
American war effort. Don't touch that dial.
By Bruce Kluger and David Slavin
The Los Angeles Times, November 19, 2001

The Comeback Kid Meets Cat in the Hat
"My team was America, red, white and bluish.
A black, a Latino (and one who was Jewish!)..."
By Bruce Kluger and David Slavin
The Los Angeles Times, August 12, 2001

Pro-Choice Push-Ups Fight Fox Flab for CNN
As former Time magazine managing editor, Walter Isaacson,
takes the reins at CNN, what kind of liberal-minded, show-biz-
oriented programming does should we expect? Stay tuned.
By Bruce Kluger and David Slavin
The Los Angeles Times, July 12, 2001

Get Them Rewrite—Please
If a cantankerous tyrant like Saddam Hussein can (allegedly)
produce a romance novel, what other best-selling books could
have flowed from the inkwells of history's most famous—and
infamous—leaders?
By Bruce Kluger and David Slavin
The Los Angeles Times, June 25, 2001

Cuff Celebs to Make 'Chains' Rattle
UPN's new prime time reality show, Chains of Love, features
ordinary singles who are handcuffed to members of the
opposite sex, then monitored for titillating developments in
their relationship. The possibilities are endless.
By Bruce Kluger and David Slavin
The Los Angeles Times, May 11, 2001

Colin, Condi—Need Help? Ask the Celebs
Actor Kevin Costner met with Cuban leader Fidel Castro for
hours, discussing, among other topics, Costner's recent film,
13 Days, which retells the story of the 1963 Cuban Missile
Crisis. Could this be just the beginning?
By Bruce Kluger and David Slavin
The Los Angeles Times, April 16, 2001