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Sarah Palin: Ax Arts Funding

Part of 'frivolous things' government shouldn't be supporting, she says

(Newser) - Don't expect any big boost in funding for the arts if Sarah Palin ever becomes president. In fact, don't expect any arts funding at all. "NPR, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, all those kind of frivolous things that government shouldn't be in the business... More »

NEA Official Resigns: Another Glenn Beck Victory?

(Newser) - The NEA's spokesman has resigned, and the Huffington Post chalks it up as another victory for Glenn Beck. The NEA official, Yosi Sergant, raised the Fox host's ire by participating in an August conference call in which the group sought artists to participate in a national program called United We... More »

Broadway Producer to Head NEA

Rocco Landesman likely to shake up sleepy arts endowment

(Newser) - The White House has nominated Rocco Landesman, a Broadway producer behind hits such as Angels in America and The Producers, as the new chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, reports the New York Times. His appointment came as a surprise to many in the art world and may... More »

NEA Official to Eat Book if Ohio Island Doesn't Read It

(Newser) - Though the National Endowment for the Arts is encouraging communities to get together and devour the same book, literature director David Kipen has gone a bit further with tiny Kelleys Island, Ohio, the Sandusky Register reports. If the island’s 128 inhabitants don’t all read To Kill a Mockingbird,... More »

'Venal' Phil Gramm No Big Loss to McCain Camp

'Nation of whiners' quote simply the latest in a long string of bad moves

(Newser) - "Nation of whiners” adviser Phil Gramm was simply an "accident waiting to happen" for the McCain campaign, writes Max Blumenthal in Huffington Post. Blumenthal runs down the “reactionary, venal and destructive” senator’s foibles—which run from enabling Enron to investing in porn. Gramm “left a... More »

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