Taylor Marsh’s Take on the Blumenthal Benghazi E-Mails
May21

Taylor Marsh’s Take on the Blumenthal Benghazi E-Mails

While Fox News and other right wing sources have immediately jumped on Hillary Clinton after the partial release of e-mails by the New York Times dealing with the Benghazi consulate attack, one source believes the e-mails vindicate Clinton. Taylor Marsh starts a piece examining the Times’ comments on the released e-mails by saying, “The correspondence reveals that not only did Clinton share evidence of terrorist involvement in the...

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Nepal: A Brave Marine’s Photos (Updated)
May17

Nepal: A Brave Marine’s Photos (Updated)

Update: Cpl. Sara A. Medina’s Marine Corps portfolio includes more than 400 photographs covering various Marine Corps relief efforts, missions, exercises and a score of photographs on the Marine Corps support of President Obama’s trip to and visit to Australia to attend the G-20 Leaders Summit in 2014 (below). Her entire portfolio can be viewed here. The Marine Corps Times adds the following to Cpl. Medina’s background: Medina...

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The Tsunami of Gender Transition
May16

The Tsunami of Gender Transition

The Tsunami of Gender Transition Raging Moderate by Will Durst For many, it was an apocryphal moment. One which will be remembered for a lifetime. Exactly where we were and what we were doing when Bruce Jenner shocked the world by going on television to announce that he is … a Republican. And oh yeah, the transgender thing was sort of a big deal too. A Republican. Can’t wait until Bruce tries to use the bathroom at the GOP...

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Ms. Identity Politics (Guest Voice)
May11

Ms. Identity Politics (Guest Voice)

Ms. Identity Politics By Tina Dupuy Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced this week she’s running for president. She’s not the first woman ever to dive into the GOP’s Also-Ran Industrial Complex and (wink) attempt to become the (wink, wink) next president of the United States. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann won the Iowa Straw Poll last time around. So far, Carly’s the only woman this cycle vying...

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Treasure We Could Give To Others on Mother’s Day
May10

Treasure We Could Give To Others on Mother’s Day

Dear Brave Souls: SOME WAYS TO SEE MOTHER’S DAY In the United States, it is Mother’s Day. It is a time that began long ago to recognize women who are mothers. Over time, it is clear to me that the designated day is to remember those ‘mothers’ who have walked with… mothers who walked with their own and others’ children, family members, parents, village and tribal members, creature children, elders,...

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Will Character Attacks on Hillary Work?
May09

Will Character Attacks on Hillary Work?

Although Jeff Greenfield at the Daily Beast frames it more definitively –”Why Character Attacks on Hillary Won’t Work” — and gives reasons for saying so, I see it more as a question, “Will Character Attacks on Hillary Work?” Greenfield poses that if you’re Martin O’Malley, or one of the other Democrats pondering a race against Hillary Clinton, you’ve been presented with an unexpected opportunity — and a very,...

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Mother’s Day 2015 –  Who Are ‘Military Moms’?
May09

Mother’s Day 2015 – Who Are ‘Military Moms’?

When I was in the military and my wife became a Mom, I considered her to be a “military Mom.” She had to put up with separations and absences, suffer through innumerable relocations, share in the rigors and demands of military life and endure many other hardships and frustrations. But that is nothing compared to the “other” military Moms: the Moms whose sons and daughters are off to war and who worry day and night about their safety...

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Has Hillary Clinton Weathered Barrage of Bad News?
May05

Has Hillary Clinton Weathered Barrage of Bad News?

The New York Times – not a big fan of Hillary Clinton recently — reports: Hillary Rodham Clinton appears to have initially weathered a barrage of news about her use of a private email account when she was secretary of state and the practices of her family’s foundation, an indication that she is starting her second presidential bid with an unusual durability among Democratic voters. Americans now view Mrs. Clinton more...

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‘Operation Shower’: Easy to Admire, Hard to Forget
May05

‘Operation Shower’: Easy to Admire, Hard to Forget

Most of us still remember Operation “Just Cause,” the December 1989 invasion of Panama ordered by President George H. W. Bush. Of course we remember Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and we know the name given the most recent military actions against ISIL in Iraq and Syria, Operation Inherent Resolve. However, how many of us would still remember the name for...

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Another ‘Serious’ Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage
Apr27

Another ‘Serious’ Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage

I have recently started to use satire to illustrate, accentuate and exaggerate what I feel are outrageous stances on social and political issues. Often I quote my favorite satirist, Andy Borowitz, but sometimes I try my hand at it — admittedly a risky undertaking when there are so many well-known and excellent satirical publications and web sites. Since so many of our Republican politicians, pundits and activists say and do...

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Bruce Jenner to ABC News: “I’m a Woman”
Apr25

Bruce Jenner to ABC News: “I’m a Woman”

It’s one for the book: and a history making interview that’ll be played for many years to come: in an exclusive interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer on ABC’s “20/20,” legendary athlete Bruce Jenner announced: “I am a woman.” Bruce Jenner was once hailed as the greatest athlete in the world and later became a reality television star with one of the world’s most famous families. Now, the...

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The Age of Adaline (Movie Review)
Apr24

The Age of Adaline (Movie Review)

3.5/5 Adaline Bowman, played by the gorgeous and talented Blake Lively, seems to be the Platonically ideal woman — intelligent, boundlessly versed, and possessed a kind of Golden Age joie de vivre that gleams through even the most anodized of self-imposed defenses. Her face, let alone the rest of her body, appears to have never been so much as stalked by the specter of senescence. One afternoon, the library at which she works invites...

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Marijuana, Needle Exchange Programs, And Clinton’s Cultural Conservatism
Apr19

Marijuana, Needle Exchange Programs, And Clinton’s Cultural Conservatism

Following recent posts about Lincoln Chafee talking about running for the Democratic nomination I began looking to see if there are any other issues where the two have major differences besides Clinton’s support for the Iraq war, which he has been attacking Hillary Clinton on. I was pleased to see that back in 2011 Chaffee called for a reclassification of medical marijuana from a Schedule I controlled substances, which puts...

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UPDATE: A Former, and Possibly Future, First Daughter’s Role in Her Mother’s White House Bid
Apr18

UPDATE: A Former, and Possibly Future, First Daughter’s Role in Her Mother’s White House Bid

UPDATE: Interesting piece by Maureen Dowd in the Sunday New York Times, highlighting the competing forces and impulses a woman running for the highest office in the land — to date always occupied by a man — feels and has. Dowd: “The most famous woman on the planet has a confounding problem. She can’t figure out how to campaign as a woman.” Dowd reviews how, in 2008, taking advice from two men — Bill Clinton and Mark Penn —...

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RWNJ: Hillary Too ‘Profoundly Ugly’ To Be President  (Guest Voice)
Apr15

RWNJ: Hillary Too ‘Profoundly Ugly’ To Be President (Guest Voice)

The very handsome man featured here believes Hillary Clinton is too ugly to be POTUS. Don Feder of the World Congress of Families is out today with a column titled “Top Ten Reasons Why Hitlery Will Never Be President,” in which he calls the former secretary of state “a frustrated, middle-aged feminist who’s perpetually incensed.”...

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Clinton’s ‘Historical Odds’ Revisited
Apr14

Clinton’s ‘Historical Odds’ Revisited

In a post on Monday, Joe Gandelman asks whether the historical odds are one of the biggest obstacles in Hillary Clinton’s quest for the presidency. He provides some pretty strong evidence: 1. According to polls, a majority of voters believe that Clinton represents a return to the policies of the past. 2. “Since 1992, with just one exception (in 2000), the younger general-election candidate has won the general election contest.”...

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Why Hillary Is Good for Texas and Vice Versa
Apr13

Why Hillary Is Good for Texas and Vice Versa

There’s a snowball’s chance in hell that Hillary Clinton will carry “ruby red Texas” in the 2016 presidential elections — that is, unless hell freezes over, someone may add. Personally, I think that miracles are always possible, but that is not the point of this piece — or is it? One of the perks of volunteering for the Texas Democratic Party back in 1996 was to get to attend one of Hillary Clinton’s fundraising events for...

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On Her ‘Intimacy’ Day, (Relatively) Good News for Clinton
Apr12

On Her ‘Intimacy’ Day, (Relatively) Good News for Clinton

Many people are skeptical about the accuracy and reliability of polling data, their value and their merits. Harry S. Truman once said, “How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?” Nevertheless, polls are polls and a new Washington Post-ABC News poll taken in the days after Cruz announced his bid for the presidential nomination has some (relatively) encouraging news for Hillary Clinton on the day she is to announce...

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On the Eve of Hillary’s ‘Intimate’ Campaign
Apr11

On the Eve of Hillary’s ‘Intimate’ Campaign

As Hillary Rodham Clinton gets ready to make her big announcement Sunday, there has been lots of sniping from the usual sources, but also some advice and encouragement. She already has taken some advice to heart. For example, the campaign is not going to be much about the “I” in Clinton as has been in the past. There will be “Less mention of her own ambitions,” definitely no “I’m in it to win it” slogans and, hopefully, no more...

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Will Hillary Clinton’s ‘Epilogue’ be a Prologue?
Apr10

Will Hillary Clinton’s ‘Epilogue’ be a Prologue?

On Friday, Hillary Clinton published at the Huffington Post a new epilogue to her 2014 memoir, Hard Choices. In her epilogue, titled “A New Chapter” at the Post, Clinton muses at length on the “wonder,” the joys and responsibilities of being a mother and a grandmother and of sharing those with Bill. While I would not go as far as saying that her epilogue offers “her clearest articulation yet of why she wants to be president,” I would...

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