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For the People: Bush-Era Protest Songs and the Promise of Web 2.0

Remember when Bright Eyes' "When the President Talks to God" and TV on the Radio's "Dry Drunk Emperor" protested George W. Bush? And when the Internet was full of promise for the best of humankind?

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Pussy Riot, Paul Ryan, and Protest Music in 2012 America

With a high-stakes presidential election around the corner, many people have wondered what's happened to protest music in America. From Pussy Riot to Paul Ryan, taking stock might not be as simple as it was a few decades ago.

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When Politicians Hit Wrong Notes

From Reagan in the '80s to Limbaugh in 2012, Republicans have an uncanny knack for linking themselves to musicians who don’t support them. Just ask Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and John Mellencamp.

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Your Brain in the Voting Booth

President Obama may not be everything people’s brains deceived them into thinking he was, but he’s who he said he would be all along.

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Killing Osama bin Laden and David Mamet's Special Ops Drama, 'The Unit'

Viewing the world through a haze of vaguely remembered TV shows, tough-guy dialogue and TV jingles, the news about Osama bin Laden’s death quickly turned thoughts to The Unit, the TV series created by once-great writer David Mamet.

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The Librarians and Barbarians of Laura Bush's Memoir

Laura Bush largely avoided the public slanderings that Nancy Reagan endured and that, to a lesser extent, Michelle Obama is now enduring, even though George W. Bush himself was perhaps the most excoriated President in recent American history. The reasons have something to do with Laura Bush's literary sensibility.

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The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege ... And How We Can Be Safe Again by Tom Ridge

Determinedly apolitical, refreshingly willing to shoulder responsibility, folksy, even charming, Ridge is the good soldier dangerously close to living by blind faith in his superior officers.

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Will Ferrell: You're Welcome, America. A Final Night with George W. Bush

You can't help but think that Ferrell would've wanted to go out on a high note with his Bush impression, instead of just giving us what is essentially an easy go-round of his greatest hits.

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Winning the Presidency 2008 by William J. Crotty

The details of the recent presidential election will soon fade, and you'll want to have this recap and analysis to reflect on.

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Crawford

Crawford entertains and informs, exposing the crass stagecraft of the Western White House.

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W.

The readymade caricature George Bush is as much a reflection of his moment as he is an occasion for Oliver Stone's latest stab at revisionist history.

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Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (FOX Attacks Special Edition)

This is America these days: you’re either with something, or you’re against it, and never the twain shall meet. Just try democracy under those conditions.

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The Dark Side by Jane Mayer

As Mayer recounts in her history of what followed 9/11, Cheney was ready for this scenario because he'd been "secretly practicing for doomsday."

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Mission Accomplished by Khalil Bendib

Political cartooning in America is in terrible trouble.

Michael Antman
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Cheney: The Untold Story of Americas Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President

Hayes rejects the view of Cheney as a master puppeteer who manipulates the president and pulls policy strings through loyalists planted throughout the executive branch.

Craig Gilbert
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Rory Kennedy Reveals the Ghosts of Abu Ghraib

Kennedy's film provides a history of the Abu Ghraib scandal and places the events that took place there within the context of the Bush administration's attempt to redefine torture.

Bruce Dancis
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With God on Our Side: George W. Bush and the Rise of the Religious Right in America

A well-studied and unbiased report on the powerful union of politics and conservative religion.

Kate Williams
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Full Frame 3: The Bad, the Ugly, the Cute and the Delicious

Subversive behavior is encouraged, girl-watching is indulged, Hunter S. Thompson gets some respect, and the pig-out at the wrap-up Awards Barbeque begins.

Kevin Greer, Jyllian Gunther, and Isaac Miller
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Death of a President (2006)

Death of a President highlights the ways that news and commercial images shape public perception.

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Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties (2004)

A film that sheds light on discrimination and energetically calls for a re-evaluation of U.S. priorities.

Dan Devine
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Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election (2003)

Under these conditions, the film suggests, another Florida is not only likely, but probable.

Jennifer D. Wesley
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Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

If Fahrenheit 9/11 is occasionally glib or unfocused, it is always angry and unafraid, and that makes it quite unlike the typically complacent news media and official bodies it targets.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Outfoxed (2004)

Outfoxed makes the case that Fox News is the video component of the Republican National Committee.

Terry Sawyer
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Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

Bush's own behavior and speech are, of course, easy targets, as Moore repeatedly shows him fidgeting and misspeaking.

Cynthia Fuchs

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