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Joanne Bamberger is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and political/media analyst. She is the founder of the political blog, PunditMom, the Editor-in-Chief of The Broad Side, and is a contributor at POLITICO's Arena. A self-described "recovering attorney" and long-time broadcast journalist, Joanne's political commentary has been featured on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, XM Radio POTUS, BBC Radio,, USA Today, and others. Joanne speaks frequently at conferences about the growing political influence of women online, including Netroots Nation, EMILY's List, Activism + Media + Policy Summit, BlogHer, Campaign Tech Conference, and others.

Her Amazon best-selling book is Mothers of Intention: How Women & Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America

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Our Love/Hate Relationship With Hillary Clinton Will Never End

(89) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 9:43 AM

Our country has a very complicated relationship with Hillary Clinton.

Some people love her for her fearless advocacy work around the world with women and girls. Some people hate her because they think she's a wicked political opportunist. Some are confused, teetering on the fence for wanting a woman...

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Paul Ryan Is the Unlikely New Face of Work/Life Balance

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 6:57 PM

If you've been trying to stay away from news because there's too much of the The Donald or you already have Hillary Clinton overload or because Joe Biden Watch 2015 went on too long, then you may have missed perhaps the most shocking and and, possibly, the most important news...

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Three Surprising Things I Learned Writing a Book About Hillary Clinton

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 1:00 AM

The first Democratic presidential debate for the 2016 election is almost upon us and cable news coverage has been parsing and pontificating and engaging in the usual punditry, especially on these questions -- exactly how will Hillary Clinton do in the debate and what can she say to start convincing...

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Hillary Clinton's Inner 'Val the Bartender' is Her Key to the White House

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 12:52 PM

"Val the Bartender" is a wise, wise woman. She's so savvy, in fact, that she should be Hillary Clinton's new confidante who whispers in her ear when she isn't sure about issues that could dog her in a campaign, like the timing on announcing her opposition to the Keystone XL...

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6 Reasons Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" Should Be Hillary Clinton's Campaign Theme Song

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 3:29 PM

Hillary Clinton spent tons of time campaigning for many 2014 mid-term candidates -- did 18 states signal her affection for the 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling? No doubt she heard a variety of campaign songs chosen by those candidates to inspire the crowds that turned out at...

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MSNBC's Annual Replay of 9/11 Events in Real Time: Important Reminder or Tragedy Porn?

(122) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 10:53 AM

On every anniversary of 9/11 since 2006, MSNBC replays that day's horrific events in real time.

Starting at shortly before 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, you hear the reports of the first plane crashing into one of the World Trade Center towers, with...

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Saying Hillary Clinton Should Ditch Bill is Really Asking Once Again -- "Why Does She Stay?"

(18) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 6:50 AM

As Hillary Clinton is at the beginning of her second campaign for president, her husband Bill -- "42" in White House parlance -- appropriately has been laying low, presumably to let her gain the traction she needs to be her own candidate.

But a recent article in The New Republic...

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Betty Draper Is Finally Likable -- There's Just One Problem With That

(5) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 7:14 PM

She wasn't the perfect mom. Maybe she was the anti-mom. But I loved Betty Draper for all her contradictions and imperfections. And she doesn't deserve her fate.

If you're a longtime fan of Betty Draper, raise your hand! No takers? OK, I admit Betty has a lot of flaws. A...

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10 Reasons We Need a Feminist 'Ghostbusters'

(119) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 9:36 AM

As a general rule, I hate Hollywood remakes. There is such a dearth of originality in Hollywood, that I cringe whenever I hear that someone is going to take an old idea, that was fabulous the first time around, and update it or, sometimes just copy it, to make a...

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Janay Palmer Rice: An Abuse Victim Taking the Blame

(6) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 1:50 PM

When the domestic abuse story of Ray Rice and Janay Palmer first surfaced this summer, someone on the Baltimore Ravens' Twitter feed decided it was a good idea to suggest that maybe Janay, Rice's then-fiancee and now his wife,...

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Jill Abramson in Her Own Words: Women 'Get Autopsied in Ways Men Don't'

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 10:06 AM

Jill Abramson, the first woman executive editor of the New York Times, has been unceremoniously fired for reasons that are still unclear. Some say that after just a few years the publisher was unhappy with how she was performing her job, especially as the Times, like all other...

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Sheryl Sandberg Embraced 'the Bossy': Shouldn't Our Girls?

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 11:20 AM

Sheryl Sandberg hates "bossy." She hates it so much, that she's launched a new campaign, endorsed by Beyonce, Jane Lynch and many others, to convince the world that things would be better for our daughters if only people just stopped calling girls with leadership potential "bossy."

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Can Our Kids Truly Understand Philip Seymour Hoffman's Fate?

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 8:57 AM

My daughter's eighth grade science class was just finishing up a unit on drug abuse when I learned the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death from an apparent heroin overdose.

Each student was given a drug to write about, which required research on how those drugs are abused and the...

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Steubenville Indictments: Beginning of the End of Rape Cover-up Culture?

(22) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 3:18 PM

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine might just be the nation's newest champion when it comes to changing the culture of protecting schools and student athletes at the expense of sexual assault victims.

Last week DeWine announced four more grand jury indictments against school officials, including the Steubenville City Schools Superintendent...

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Judge Debra Nelson: They Loved Her for the Zimmerman Trial Until They Hated Her

(108) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 6:20 PM

When Debra Nelson, the Florida state court judge in the trial of George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin, was named as the replacement for the first judge that Zimmerman's defense team had removed, she was...

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Kamala Harris and the Minefields of Political Attractiveness

(28) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 3:10 PM

It's time to make a pact. From now on, if you are in a professional setting and you are thinking in your head, "Now that is one attractive man/woman/person/employee/colleague/business associate, etc." this is what you must do from this day forward --

Keep. It. To. Yourself.

This is especially important...

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Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer: 'Lean In' and Get Your Butt to the Office!

(14) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 5:54 PM

Lean in! Take charge! No fear!

Out with flex-time! In with face time!

These are the messages two of the highest-profile working mothers in America are sending to the rest of us. If Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's Chief Operating Officer, and Marissa Mayer, Yahoo!'s Chief Executive Officer, have their way,...

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Hillary Clinton Benghazi Hearing: Now With a Heaping Dose of Sexism!

(198) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 4:33 PM

I don't know why I'm still surprised by the sexism that continues to exist at media outlets today, especially when it comes to anything Hillary Clinton does or says. Even with analysts and talking heads proclaiming that she is the frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and...

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TIME's Person of the Year: Why Not Malala?

(6) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 4:53 PM

President Barack Obama is TIME Magazine's Person of the Year. Again.

I don't have anything against the president receiving the honor, but as I read the explanation for that choice, it occurred to me that if those on the panel choosing the honoree were...

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Fiscal Cliff? What Fiscal Cliff?

(32) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 8:25 AM

Mayday! Mayday! Watch out! There is a "fiscal cliff!" We're headed straight for it! It will be the ruin of all America!

Just as soon as the 2012 presidential election was over, media outlets had a huge vacuum to fill and nothing to fill it with, at least...

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