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It shows how hapless and shallow Democrats are that they show so little electoral joy in a principled challenge to GOP rule. Instead we get tactical theatrics about whatever comes down the pike: gas prices or Foley.

NARAL ProChoice America wants its sisters in Connecticut to support Joe Lieberman. Are they out of their minds?

If we really want to understand the Muslim world, we should start by
acknowledging that today's "fascists" were yesterday's freedom fighters.

"Islamo-fascism" looks like an analytic term, but it's really an emotional one, intended to get us to think less and fear more.

The only thing more absurd than the wedding gift the British government just gave Katha Pollitt is the fact that our government denies gays such benefits.

Antifeminists engage in moral discourse while feminists tend to speak in the language of personal choice. But what happens when choice is a bad idea--for yourself, other women or society?

To honor Andrew Hill's passing, we are reposting an article about his life's achievements originally posted in July, 2006.

In South Dakota, prochoicers are fighting back with a bipartisan
initiative challenging the abortion ban and a grassroots effort
that has put progressive Native American women on the ballot.

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt's journey toward stillness has been halted
by the roar and rawness of his latest piece.

Betty Friedan lived a big life and wrote a big book that helped change our world, in every way, for the better.

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The veteran rocker is giving Europe “a masterclass in focused protest rock that puts younger artists to shame.”

July 1, 2015

One of the most powerful tools white power groups use to spread their ideology to young people is music.

June 23, 2015

Today's Altercation features interesting and relatively obscure cover songs.

June 18, 2015

Sometimes the best things are the least appreciated.

June 1, 2015

In this week’s Altercation Eric honors artists and writers whose careers have stood the test of time.

May 5, 2015

This week's Altercation includes reviews of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's tributes to music icons and the darkly comedic Broadway hit Hand To God.

April 23, 2015

The best live shows, audiobooks and Eric's funeral playlist: it's all inside today's Altercation.

April 14, 2015

Eric responds to his critics and reviews the best shows of the week in today's Altercation.

March 25, 2015

"Everybody thought everybody was fooling everybody. And both of us were probably right to a certain extent, everybody was fooling each of us."

March 19, 2015

The best TV shows, albums and concerts: it's all inside today's Altercation.

March 12, 2015