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From My Emergency Government Shutdown Bunker

Even though it sounds melodramatic, I feel like sometimes we are living life under siege. This feeling is much stronger now that the House Republicans have shut down our country’s government because they are displeased with the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare.”

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On DOMA, Prop 8, and the Voting Rights Amendment

Law and politics have always intrigued me. When I was 8, I wanted to be a lawyer and a politician. I devoured any book about politics or legal matters that I could. I loved reading about Thomas Jefferson especially. His take on American Politics in the early days was something with which I enthusiastically agreed. […]

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Oh Shut Up, Rick Warren. And I Mean That Compassionately

This past week on Facebook, lots of people changed their profile pictures to a red equality sign to show their support of overturning the absurdly named Defense of Marriage Act. (Whose marriage does it defend? Not my Christian marriage of 20+ years to my husband, I assure you.)

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An Evening with Lilly Ledbetter

The other night, I was able to attend a lecture by Lilly Ledbetter, the activist who sued her former employer, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., after she discovered that her male counterparts were making more money than she did for doing the same exact job. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it ever […]

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But Mommy, I’m Scared of Guns!

In the wake of the horrific mass murders in Connecticut last month, the NRA held what it promoted as a ground-breaking press “conference” to offer its contribution to solving gun violence.

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Why Everyone is So Fussed About “Right to Work”

Perhaps you may have noticed a district grumbling noise coming from the pro-Labor folks Michigan ways. We’ve just been made a “Right to Work” state and we are not happy about it. In case you are wondering why, I’ve rounded up a few facts here for you:

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Meet the Nominees: The Potential Candidates for the Next SCOTUS Justice

There was much sound and fury and hyperbole and misinformation this past election year. Between old white guys telling us what to do with our vaginas and redefining rape for us to hysterically misinterpreting the Affordable Care Act, this election season was exhausting. There was just so much this year and, strangely enough, an issue that usually […]

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Why Hillary Clinton (et al.) Will Never Be Brought Down By A Sex Scandal

Everyone's all a-titter about the David Petraeus sex scandal, which is delightfully juicy with multiple cheating, salacious headlines ("Cloak and Shag Her" was my favorite), and even an evil twin thrown in for fun. And Petraeus certainly has plenty of company, given the high numbers of politically powerful men who have had their careers derailed, […]

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Karma, Karl Rove, and Schadenfreude

The past several days have been really fun ones for women, Democrats, anyone moderately liberal, and fans of Nate Silver (see my gushing article earlier this week).

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A Ladyguide to Two More Newly Elected Female Senators

Good news! There are so many women in the Senate after last week’s historic election, that it takes TWO posts to introduce them! This week, meet Senators-Elect Fischer and Heitkamp.

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Much Drama About Obama: Far-Right Conservatives React to the Election

[TW for racism and hate speech.] I like to read the comments sections of conservative blogs to find out how people with very different viewpoints from my own are thinking and feeling. And after a day like last November 6, people are doing a lot of thinking and feeling.

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My Crush On Nate Silver

I was on the math team in 7th-10th grades, and I thought I’d never recover from the emotional scars, where my love of numbers wrestled with the social stigma of being interested in them.  Mind you, this was back in the dark ages – the 1970s – when being smart was not considered attractive in girls.  I […]

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A Ladyguide to Three Newly Elected Female Senators

To say that women got things done on Tuesday is an understatement. The 2012 election has yielded more women than ever before in the Senate, and all signs point to the momentum continuing. 

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How the Hell Does the Electoral College Work?

Oh, the electoral college. You’ll be hearing a LOT about it over the next few hours and days, but how the hell does it actually work? Why in the world do we have a process by which the candidate who loses the popular vote can still win? Let’s see if we can make it a […]

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Last Call For Opinionated Political Humor

With the election wrapping up (cue simultaneous sighs of relief!), I will need to channel my opinionated sense of humor into other areas.