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Beth Broderick

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When Tweets Attack! Justin Bieber Fans Wage an All Out Assault on an Innocent and Unsuspecting Charity

(464) Comments | Posted November 4, 2012 | 2:23 PM

Seth Maxwell, the charismatic 24 year old founder and director of the Thirst Project did not know what to make of it. The savage tweets were rolling in at a rate of 20 per minute occluding all other activity on their twitter feed. Charming sentiments like: "@ThirstProject LMFAO No one...

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Hell Just Froze Over!: Why Even Many Texas Conservatives Turned on Ted Cruz and Endorsed... the Democrat

(165) Comments | Posted October 28, 2012 | 9:30 PM

Some of the staffers expressed surprise when wave after wave of endorsements came into the Paul Sadler Senate campaign offices. Paul Sadler was not surprised and while he is far too polite to say "I told you so," he is also not amused. Texas Democrats have sent 20 million dollars...

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Horse Race or Horse Puckey? The Facts Tell Us Where to Place Our Bets

(132) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 1:14 AM

In spite of the media's desperate attempt to convince you otherwise and thereby maintain the breathless "horse race" that they hope will keep your eyeballs glued to the TV and your computer tuned to the latest polls... Obama is well ahead in many ways that no one is discussing and...

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Brave vs. Crazy -- Deep in the Heart of Texas, The Battle Continues

(84) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 6:29 PM

The Texas Senate race is off to a bracing start. After Ted Cruz, backed by the party of tea, gave the Perry supported Dewhurst a drubbing at the polls... heads turned and eyes rolled. Pundits on the right began pontificating about the fading influence of the old guard Republicans and...

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To Think or Not to Think -- A Tale of Two Platforms

(89) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 3:15 PM

To think or not to think. This is quite literally the question in question, when comparing the 2012 Texas party platforms. One party in particular has stated in its guidelines that thinking is not to be encouraged, lest it interfere with the "fixed ideas" a child may have here in...

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With a Paint Brush and a Prayer

(17) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 1:14 PM

The call came out on a Thursday afternoon: A young woman's voice informing me that they need volunteers over the weekend to clean the new Obama campaign headquarters. Not much notice, but we are Democrats in Texas after all, so forty eight hours is not bad. It is technically in...

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Welcome to the Future: The "People's" Super PAC+ Looks Ahead

(3) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 5:12 PM

This is the time of year when the sound of a phone ringing can fill me with dread. This points to cowardice on my part to be sure. Would that I could summon the courage to navigate the 5 to 10 calls a day from candidates and organizations seeking my...

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Seeing Red in Texas

(221) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 6:43 PM

"There is a tumor. It's about the size of a small grapefruit" The doctor explained. "I think we need to take this very seriously. Your health has been compromised for a long time."

Thus began the conversation that lead to a full hysterectomy at the age of 42. It...

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It Happened One Christmas

(96) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 5:11 PM

It was five days before Christmas. I had recently relocated to Los Angeles from New York and was having trouble engaging the Holiday spirit. There was no Rockefeller Center with it's giant tree to marvel at. No fifth avenue crush of shoppers and revelers to knock up against. No bourbon...

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Fly Away: A Movie and the Story of a Sisterhood Behind the Scenes

(3) Comments | Posted July 9, 2011 | 3:51 PM

Janet Grillo and I are both believers in the sisterhood. There are actually a great number of women in Hollywood who have each other's backs, but you would be hard-pressed to see evidence of this in the media. We are bombarded with images of women behaving badly toward one another:...

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Obama and the Age of Unreason

(898) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 9:16 PM

I cannot imagine a worse job than being President of these Untied States in these most trying of times. President Barack Obama has been under siege from every side for the entirety of his time in office. The poor guy just cannot do anything right. Passing health care legislation, wrestling...

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Plutocracy

(91) Comments | Posted October 20, 2010 | 7:51 PM

There is money flowing and flowing and flowing into our national dialogue. Our airwaves are crammed with negative ads financed by the big guys. Wealthy corporations and fat cats are swelling the coffers of the Rovian right. So it's all over for democracy right? The Democrats don't stand a chance...

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Larry 1984

(6) Comments | Posted December 1, 2009 | 3:55 PM

You are 22 years old and have lived in New York City for almost a year now. They say it takes that long to begin to feel that you are a part of the place. You wanted to come here at 18, but your Midwestern parents insisted you finish college...

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The Betrayed

(17) Comments | Posted June 26, 2009 | 10:34 PM

The headlines are abuzz with the gleeful news that yet another man has betrayed yet another woman. Governor Sanford let loose with a 20-minute statement that was as selfish and self-pitying as any I have heard, well on the nightly news that is. I have unfortunately heard it before and...

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I Did It Anyway

(49) Comments | Posted January 26, 2009 | 11:23 PM

It has been 6 days since our 44th president took the oath of office and my feet are still cold. I was one of the 2 million folks who braved the elements to attend this historic occasion. I have been to a Presidential Inauguration before, so I knew full well...

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Cavemen in Cashmere

(29) Comments | Posted December 10, 2008 | 9:35 PM

Sexism. Corporate malfeasance. Ageism. Wage inequality. These are all issues at the forefront of the progressive battlefield. Hollywood leaders as well as the rank and file have given a great deal of their time and money to defeat these abuses in the corporate world. It is ironic that these very...

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Poor... It's The New Rich

(19) Comments | Posted November 27, 2008 | 12:21 AM

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to take stock of the stockless. To check in with the realities of a crippled economy and how we are coping with this big ole reality check.

I have talked to friends from all over the country...

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Election Night

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2008 | 4:55 PM

I kneel before you America
To ask for your hand
You have taught me to pray
For X-ray vision and for all our souls

Months now waking in the dark
Fearful that the new day will not dawn
Waiting for your return

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When Do We Vote?

(74) Comments | Posted October 21, 2008 | 8:00 PM

"When do we vote?" Elizabeth "Libba" Grant must have asked this a dozen times over the past few weeks. She had been transferred to Palliative care and she knew better than anyone that the end was near. At eighty-one years of age she figured this was only fair, but she...

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The Grand Old Old Old Old Party

(48) Comments | Posted October 5, 2008 | 8:09 PM

It's definitely new and might be rightly characterized as modern to see Sarah Palin on the Republican ticket, but that is where any relationship to this century ends. Except for her questionable taste in wardrobe her entire being is representative of days gone by. I cannot for the life...

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