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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Cartoon: Women for ISIS
Apr08

Cartoon: Women for ISIS

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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The Implications of Low Fertility Rates for Developed Nations
Apr07

The Implications of Low Fertility Rates for Developed Nations

Advanced industrialized societies are slowly dying because of low fertility rates. The rates reflect the perceptions of women in these societies of how their lifestyles will be affected by having children. Fertility rates drop temporarily in times of economic hardships, wars or famines, but the current decreases in the industrialized nations have been consistent. At present, essentially no advanced society has women bearing children...

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The Rolling Stone article and the damage done (Guest Voice)
Apr07

The Rolling Stone article and the damage done (Guest Voice)

Jackie was the perfect university rape victim. She was a white, well-raised, straight-A student. She wasn’t a drinker. On the night of her rape, she “discretely spilled her spiked punch” on the fraternity-house floor, rather than drink it. She was sober. She was wearing a “tasteful red dress with a high neckline” — no flashing...

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Hillary Clinton About to Launch a No ‘I’ Campaign
Apr06

Hillary Clinton About to Launch a No ‘I’ Campaign

Several news sources are reporting that Hillary Rodham Clinton is preparing to launch her 2016 presidential campaign. While “the specific moment she jumps into the race remains a closely guarded secret,” CNN reports that the announcement is “only days away.” The associated Press believes Clinton will launch he presidential campaign sometime in the next two weeks and both news sources believe that, this time around, Clinton will place...

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Update: The ‘Battle’ for  Equal Rights in Indiana
Mar31

Update: The ‘Battle’ for Equal Rights in Indiana

Update: Philip Bump at the Washington Post (original post, below) may have been a little premature. The state of Arkansas now comes along and also decides that gays and lesbians need to “win” their rights. The New York Times: Despite intensifying criticism from business leaders both within and outside of Arkansas, the state legislature on Tuesday passed its version of a measure billed as a religious freedom law, joining Indiana in a...

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Women’s History Month: A Modern Rosie the Riveter
Mar18

Women’s History Month: A Modern Rosie the Riveter

As part of Women’s History Month, the U.S. Air Force has been recognizing women who have broken barriers, women who have had illustrious Air Force careers. In this vein, articles have appeared on Jeanne M. Holm, the first woman in the armed forces to be promoted to the rank of major general in 1973 and ‘credited as a single driving force in achieving parity for military women and making them a viable part of the mainstream...

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Women’s Rights and Roles
Mar17

Women’s Rights and Roles

2015 is the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action regarding the status of women. Though 189 governments signed the document, much remains to be done in democratic and non-democratic states to improve women’s lives. Democracy in any nation is a mirage unless all citizens have equal rights and equality of opportunity. This includes both genders as well as LGBT, racial, ethnic, and religious groups. However,...

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The First Female President
Mar13

The First Female President

The First Female President By Tina Dupuy This year marks the 20-year anniversary of Hillary Clinton’s speech at the Fourth World Conference on Women titled, “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights.” It was 1995 when then-First Lady Clinton went to Beijing and challenged the world to see women’s issues as not separate from the rest of humanity. “The progress of the last 20 years was not an accident,”...

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Christie lied to us about Planned Parenthood, but not at CPAC (Guest Editorial)
Mar02

Christie lied to us about Planned Parenthood, but not at CPAC (Guest Editorial)

It was interesting to hear Gov. Chris Christie finally admit he was flat-out lying about his reasons for vetoing funding to Planned Parenthood, as many charged at the time. It happened when he was bragging about his pro-life credentials at the annual CPAC conference attended by conservatives, a chance to woo the party’s base. “I’m...

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Can Islam and Democracy Coexist in the Same Nation?
Jan28

Can Islam and Democracy Coexist in the Same Nation?

The recent violence against those who had satirized religion and particularly Islam, perpetrated by a small group of Muslim terrorists, does not necessarily mean that Islamic ideas are incompatible with democracy. Or does it? Though a number of Muslims in France marched in solidarity with the supporters of Charlie Hebdo and denounced the attacks and murders that had occurred, many other French Muslims in interviews said that the...

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Letters of Sacrifice
Jan23

Letters of Sacrifice

As I watched Jenn stretch her arm to insert yet one more letter at the top of her eight-foot tall work of honor, respect and compassion, I could not help but to ask myself: How many more “I regret to inform you” letters will have to be opened by the trembling hands of a father, mother, husband, wife, son or daughter… For each tightly rolled letter Jennifer Hassin, a beautiful, talented young artist from Austin,...

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What is the GOP thinking?
Jan23

What is the GOP thinking?

WASHINGTON — There they go again. Given control of Congress and the chance to frame an economic agenda for the middle class, the first thing Republicans do is tie themselves in knots over … abortion and rape. I’m not kidding. In a week when President Obama used his State of the Union address to issue a progressive manifesto of bread-and-butter policy proposals, GOP leaders responded by taking up the...

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Goals Of The New Republican Congress: Repeal Obamacare Despite Success In Lowering Uninsured, Declare War On Math, Promote Pseudoscience To Restrict Abortion
Jan08

Goals Of The New Republican Congress: Repeal Obamacare Despite Success In Lowering Uninsured, Declare War On Math, Promote Pseudoscience To Restrict Abortion

While Republicans are probably on the verge of voting yet again to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and will continue to make false claims that it has been a failure, Gallup shows once again how successful the law has been. The uninsured rate has fallen to 12.9 percent, down from 17.1 percent a year ago. The open enrollment period for 2015 remains open making it likely that the uninsured will fall further, especially if there is a last...

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