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The Midterms Are Over — Now What?

Now that Republicans have celebrated a strong midterm election victory, many are asking, “What’s next?” What should they be doing? Where should the focus be? How do they turn a 2014 midterm victory into a 2016 presidential victory? I have

A Few Reminders for the GOP

The midterm elections are just around the corner, but I’m already looking ahead to 2016. Why? Because the GOP has a habit of screwing up presidential elections lately. It would be awesome if that didn’t happen again. So, a few

Outraged?

During the latter part of George W. Bush’s presidency, I had liberal friends who would sit on the edge of their seats waiting to have a knee-jerk reaction to everything he said and did. And I mean everything. The man

Listen Before You Speak

I sat in on a political science class in college for a few sessions. I wanted to try something different. I was buried (quite happily) in literature, art history, and film, but figured I’d give something brand new a shot.

Joan, You Had Me at First Joke

I was ten years old the first time I paid attention to Joan Rivers. I was sitting in my grandparents’ apartment stuffing my face with pasta marinara at the kitchen table. I heard a woman’s voice on the television behind

Politicians, Are You Paying Attention?

I recently found myself at an upstate New York dinner table with a bunch of independent voters–a mom, a dad, an aunt, a grandpa, two college students, and two twenty-something cousins. The topic of conversation turned to politics and I

About That Call for Free Tampons

I didn’t weigh in on Jessica Valenti’s twitter call for subsidized tampons because, well, it was absurd. She then followed it up with a column in which she shared the following: We need to move beyond the stigma of “that

Sticks and Stones, Lois

It’s not every day that Lois Lerner calls you an asshole. I guess we got lucky today. The Hill reports: Former IRS official Lois Lerner cursed conservatives in emails released on Wednesday, leading House Republicans to intensify their push for

Annoying Politicians, Take 999,999

Politicians can be very annoying. Hillary Clinton is no exception. The Boston Globe reports the latest from Clinton at a conference in Boston: Clinton, widely discussed as a presidential front-runner in 2016, repeatedly decried what she portrayed as ideological extremism

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