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Dustjacket for Paul Ryan's upcoming book.

Caught in the act: FEC to hobble sales of new Paul Ryan book

Caught in the act: FEC to hobble sales of new Paul Ryan book

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2014 – Think the IRS is the only politicized Federal agency trying to silence Republican voices? Think again. Democrats on the Federal Election Commission (FEC)—comprised of three Republicans and three Democrats—managed to get a fourth vote Wednesday in favor of imposing some restrictions on Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisconsin) publisher regarding the

The Flash. Warner Bros. PR image for new fall series on The CW.

Flash: Comic-Con to air Scarlet Speedster’s new TV pilot episode

SAN DIEGO, July 23, 2014 – Tonight is designated as Preview Night at Comic-Con 2014, which is being held at the San Diego Convention Center. Word is that the hottest preview might just be the pilot episode for the CW’s new televised series, “The Flash,” now scheduled to premiere this fall beginning Tuesday, October 7,

Founders Dinner at Stull Residence by Susana Bates

Napa Valley Festival del Sole: A celebration of art and wine

SONOMA, CALIFORNIA, July 18, 2014 – Napa Valley’s Festival del Sole is in full swing, right in the middle of a ten-day celebration of art, music, dance, wellness, cuisine and, of course, wine. Festival del Sole is truly a celebration of life, and the wine country lifestyle meeting the big city arts scene.   Napa

George Clooney in Three Kings / Warner Bros. Pictures

Sadly, George Clooney Druze conversion story could have serious consequences

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 9, 2014 — The story that George Clooney might be forced to convert to the Druze faith in order to marry his Druze fiancée at first seemed to have a humorous focus. It was big news several months ago when one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors announced that he had found his “perfect 10”

Carly Fiorina "War on Women" on CNN

Carly Fiorina demolishes phony ‘War on Women’ meme on CNN

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2014 – Back in the day, the networks’ Sunday morning political talk shows were a fairly reliable source of useful political news. More recently, staffed by partisan hosts and festooned with lefty catchphrases and Democrat talking points, they’ve become a major dead zone in what’s already a vast wasteland to begin with.

Screenshot from PBS splash screen.

‘A Capitol Fourth’: Spectacular fireworks tonight on PBS

WASHINGTON, July 4, 2014 – Pull up a chair in front of your HD flatscreen at 8 p.m. EDT tonight to catch the National Symphony Orchestra and top entertainers along with the spectacular annual fireworks extravaganza that’s part and parcel of each year’s 4th of July celebration in the Nation’s Capital. Locally, the 90-minute program

50 Cent (center) with Val Kilmer (L) at the 2009 AMAs, CC-2.0 via Wikipedia.

Social Media in the hip-hop industry

TULSA, Okla., July 4th, 2014 — 50 Cent made a guest appearance on the New York City radio morning show The Breakfast Club, where he discussed a number of  topics. One verbal riff in particular was loaded with business relevance, as 50 Cent opined on the power of social media in the hip-hop industry. The artist claimed that social media

Screenshot of new Sebelius music software packaging. (From the Avid Sebelius web site.)

Music and Technology: Review of Sibelius 7.5

WASHINGTON, July 4, 2014 – The Finnish Composer Jean Sibelius was unable to complete his eighth symphony before he died, just short of his 92nd birthday. The Avid music notation software named after him long seemed destined to have concluded its existence at a seventh effort. That is, until the company recently released Sibelius 7.5.