Asawin Suebsaeng

Asawin Suebsaeng

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Asawin Suebsaeng is a reporter at the Washington, DC, bureau of Mother Jones. He has also written for The American Prospect, the Bangkok Post, and Shoecomics.com.

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A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn., Asawin came back to DC with hopes of putting his flimsy Creative Writing major, student newspaper tenure, and interest in human rights and political chicanery to some use. He started cutting his teeth at F&M's student-run weekly, The College Reporter, serving as editor in chief. He has interned at The American Prospect, been a reporter for the Bangkok Post, and scribbled for ShoeComics.com. His favorite movie is either Apocalypse Now or Pirahna 3D, depending on the day or mood.

"Movie & An Argument" Podcast: 'Revolution' Politics, New Sitcoms & 'Boardwalk Empire'

| Fri Sep. 14, 2012 2:09 PM PDT

On this week's episode of A Movie & An Argument, With Alyssa and Swin, we discuss (scroll down for the audio player):

  • Revolution, a dystopian drama that premieres Monday, September 17 at 10 p.m. EDT on NBC. We chat about the series' (quite possibly inadvertent) tea party-style politics, i.e. a powerful black man oppressing the masses, taking away their guns, taxing them, and threatening to "reeducate" their children.
  • Some of these new network sitcoms premiering this fall.
  • Sons of Anarchy, the gritty biker drama, which entered its fifth season last Tuesday on FX.
  • Boardwalk Empire, the gangster series set in the Prohibition era, which opens its third season on Sunday, September 16 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
  • Oscar-bait movies we're looking forward to this fall and winter, like Cloud Atlas and Les Misérables.
  • And, naturally, Roger Ebert (and his autobiography from last year, which we named our very first "Movie and an Argument Book Of The Week.")

Each week, I'll be sitting down to chat with ThinkProgress critic Alyssa Rosenberg (who also does killer work at The Atlantic and Slate's "Double X"). We'll talk, argue, and laugh about the latest movies, television shows, and pop-cultural nonsense—with some politics thrown in just for the hell of it.

Alyssa describes herself as being "equally devoted to the Star Wars expanded universe and Barbara Stanwyck, to Better Off Ted and Deadwood." I (everyone calls me Swin) am a devoted lover of low-brow dark humor, Yuengling, and movies with high body counts. I hope you enjoyed this episode, and tune in during the weeks to come.

We'll be featuring guests on the program, and also taking listeners' questions, so feel free to Tweet them at me here, and we'll see if we can get to them during a show.

Thank you for listening!

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Poll: Barack Obama Would Decisively Dominate Mitt Romney in a Fistfight

| Fri Sep. 14, 2012 12:45 PM PDT

Yahoo! News and Esquire recently joined forces with pollster Gary Langer in order to survey hundreds of Americans. The questions mostly focused on voter preference, race, religion, class, personality, and values.

You know, boring things.

And then came this:The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points. (According to the crosstabs, only slightly more Democrats were surveyed.) Yahoo! NewsThe poll has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points. (According to the crosstabs, only slightly more Democrats were surveyed.) Yahoo! NewsBy a similarly wide margin, Americans surveyed in a National Geographic Channel poll in June believed that Obama would be better than Romney at repelling a large-scale alien invasion.

This is probably also a good time to revisit this James Fallows cover story:

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Christopher Walken Endorses Barack Obama

| Thu Sep. 13, 2012 1:04 PM PDT

Back in 2009, America had an economy-tanking fever, and the only prescription was more Barack Obama.

Or so says this guy:

Actor Christopher Walken thinks that President Obama deserves another term in the White House. 

"I think what [Bill] Clinton said the other night is absolutely true: Nobody could fix this in four years," he recently told Moviefone. "Obama's really done remarkably. The Dow Jones -- look at how things have come along. The auto companies are back. It's interesting that nobody gives him credit."

"How could he [fix it] when you think about what it was?" Walken went on. "I remember very clearly because I was worried about it myself. People were scared. Now they're concerned, but they're not scared. It could have really been bad. I do believe that everything is getting better now."

Game. Changer.

The man famous for serenading John Travolta, shooting Dennis Hopper in the face, and delivering a stunning rendition of "Poker Face" has officially endorsed the president.

Walken's endorsement echoes Snoop Dogg's recent, similarly Clinton-esque endorsement of Obama, albeit with significantly less swearing.

In related news, the actor who plays The Most Interesting Man In The World in Dos Equis beer ads is hosting an Obama fundraiser next Tuesday.

These are indeed things that are happening in real life.

Snoop Dogg Endorses Obama With Profanity-Laced Tirade

| Mon Sep. 10, 2012 12:34 PM PDT

Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. (more commonly known by his stage name Snoop Dogg and/or Snoop Lion) has joined the chorus of celebrities throwing their support behind President Obama. The veteran gangsta rapper offered a spirited political endorsement:

[George W. Bush] fucked up for eight years so you at least gotta give [Barack Obama] eight years. He cleaned up half the shit in four years realistically. It ain't like you gave him a clean house. Y'all gave him a house with a TV that didn't work, the toilet was stuffed up; everything was wrong with the house. [The American people] need to give Obama four more years.

If any of that sounds familiar, it's probably because Bill Clinton basically said the exact same thing at the Democratic convention last week:

No president—not me or any of my predecessors—could have repaired all the damage in just four years. But conditions are improving and if you'll renew the President's contract you will feel it...[President Obama] inherited a deeply damaged economy, put a floor under the crash, [and] began the long hard road to recovery...[W]e have to re-elect President Barack Obama!

Snoop Dogg/Lion—who insists that he is the reincarnation of Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley—has come a long way since 2008, when he accused then Sen. Obama of accepting money from the Ku Klux Klan. (Although Dogg/Lion also emphasized back then that "that muthafucker [Obama's] gonna be the president cuz McCain can't fuck with him. Hillary can't fuck with him. He's winning over white people, white ladies.")

Earlier this year, the rap icon publicly offered to start hitting the bong with Obama. He and the president have some strong, longstanding disagreements regarding the drug war. But that hasn't proved a deal breaker:

And the two go way back: Here's footage from 2008 of Barack Obama dancing to a recording of Snoop Dogg's hit single "Drop It Like It's Hot":

A 25-Word Review of "The Words," Starring Bradley Cooper

| Fri Sep. 7, 2012 11:45 AM PDT

Bradley Cooper's ever-so-slight improvement over the toweringly awful "Hit & Run," released in August.

The Words
CBS Films
97 minutes

In this movie, struggling author Bradley Cooper plagiarizes a brilliant novel and then feels bad about the consequences. I feel bad about the consequences, too.

The latest entry in the Bradley Cooper Horror Show series gets a wide release on Friday, September 7. The film is rated PG-13, for emotional and dramatic unbearability. Click here for local showtimes and tickets, if you're looking to ruin your weekend.

 

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