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Krystal Ball
Krystal Ball is a former MSNBC host and Democratic congressional candidate. She currently writes for Glamour Magazine's political coverage at

Entries by Krystal Ball

The Progressive Case For Tim Kaine As VP

(283) Comments | Posted July 1, 2016 | 11:38 AM

Like a lot of Virginians, I've had to chuckle a bit at the way Virginia Senator Tim Kaine has been portrayed since rising to the top of Secretary Clinton's VP short list. Apparently, the gods of conventional wisdom have decided Kaine is a "boring," "safe," "centrist" pick whose "DINO" positions...

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Why Bernie Sanders Is Our Best Chance To Beat Donald Trump

(2211) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 11:05 AM

Hand-wringing over party unity misses the point. No one cares about your precious parties.

As Hillary Clinton joylessly stumbles her way to the Democratic nomination, calls have increased for Bernie Sanders to either drop out of the race altogether or, at least, to stop fighting so darn hard. We're...

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Angie's List Has a Problem with Women

(42) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 10:14 AM

Angie's List recently made news and not in a good way. The popular business referral service has apparently decided to risk the reputation of their own business by supporting Rush Limbaugh's hate radio. I can only presume that they are hoping to take advantage of Limbaugh's last distress-sale...

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Rush's Apology Is Too Little and Too Late

(40) Comments | Posted March 3, 2012 | 6:50 PM

Rush Limbaugh issued an apology today for calling Sandra Fluke a prostitute and a slut after she testified before Congress on women's health care. This "apology" occurs after three days of Limbaugh slut shaming Ms. Fluke, insulting her parents and saying that Fluke should make a pornographic movie for his...

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Boycott Rush

(643) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 9:00 AM

Last week, the House of Representatives held a hearing on access to contraception that included no women. Chairman Daryl Issa denied a Georgetown law student, Sandra Fluke, permission to speak on the absurd grounds that the hearing was about religious freedom, not birth control. After Democrats held their own hearing...

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GOP Candidates I Would Not Like to Have a Beer With

(51) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 11:26 AM

As Monday night's GOP debate drew to a close, I was left wanting. The candidates had said their piece, but one major question lingered, the question on which the world ultimately turns: Which candidate would I most like to have a beer with? Upon reviewing my notes, here are my...

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A Time for American Exceptionalism

(164) Comments | Posted May 12, 2011 | 8:56 PM

Richard Cohen wrote in the Washington Post this week that: "... the problem of the 21st century is... what I would call the culture of smugness. The emblem of this culture is the term 'American exceptionalism.' It has been adopted by the right to mean that America, alone...

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So Much for "Leading from Behind"

(2) Comments | Posted May 10, 2011 | 5:12 PM

Since Osama bin Laden's death, the president's approval ratings have ticked up by about 6%. Pundits labeled this increase the "bin Laden Bump." Many of these same pundits have been quick to dismiss the gains as transitory. After all, President Bush's approval ratings climbed a similar amount following the capture...

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@OsamabinLaden: Breaking News Then and Now

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2011 | 5:13 PM

I was running a bit late to my French class at the University of Virginia, hurrying through the rapidly emptying halls when a classmate grabbed my arm. "Something's happening," she said urgently. "A plane hit the World Trade Center. There are others still in the air." I didn't know what...

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Trump, Birthers, and the GOP Culture of Extremism

(3) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 1:45 PM

Donald Trump is a nightmare candidate for the GOP. While polling well enough to be a serious contender in Republican presidential primaries, he is completely unacceptable to the general electorate. Establishment conservatives like Charles Krauthammer, Chris Chocola, and Karl Rove may wring their hands about a...

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Thanks to S&P for Reminding Me How Much Rating Agencies Suck

(61) Comments | Posted April 21, 2011 | 11:14 AM

Between Japan, Libya, and the Donald, I had nearly forgotten just how lousy and corrupt bond rating agencies are. Thank you S&P for lowering the U.S. credit outlook from stable to negative. By doing so, you reminded me of your existence and your existence reminds me that you and your...

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President Obama's Deficit-Reducing, Hope-Increasing Speech

(35) Comments | Posted April 15, 2011 | 4:07 PM

I have been absolutely inspired by the president's deficit reduction speech. I have gone from despair over a lack of vision to a real sense of hope and I'm not alone. Over the weekend, I attended a conference with about 1,000 of my generation's top entrepreneurs. Some of the brightest...

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Is Paul Ryan Courageous?

(2) Comments | Posted April 6, 2011 | 2:14 PM

Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan released his 2012 budget proposal yesterday and apparently we are all supposed to believe that this budget is "courageous" and "gutsy". I'm sorry but I'm not impressed. This budget is mostly a less detailed rehash of his previous roadmap which...

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Nuclear Socialism

(89) Comments | Posted March 18, 2011 | 1:38 PM

Up until about a week ago, nuclear energy had been broadly embraced as our great radioactive hope for a clean energy future. In the face of a scary and uncertain situation in Japan, the president and some Congressional Republicans have urged us to stay the course on nuclear energy despite...

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Why Union?

(30) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 10:03 AM

In 2010, I was the Democratic nominee for US Congress for the 1st District of Virginia, which runs from about 20 miles South of DC to the Hampton Roads area. In the Southern part of the district, the economy is dominated by the Newport News Shipyard where our...

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Was Bush Right?

(36) Comments | Posted January 31, 2011 | 1:34 PM

Perhaps the extremism of the modern-day Tea Party dominated GOP has caused me to look back more fondly on the tenure of President George W. Bush. There's just something about arguments in favor of eliminating the Department of Education that make me hearken back to those with the decency...

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3 Political Wishes for the New Year

(7) Comments | Posted January 5, 2011 | 12:24 PM

What is 2011 going to look like in politics? Despite having a name that implies some knowledge of the future, I have no idea what 2011 will look like and the truth of the matter is, neither do you. Sure we Democrats had huge losses in November; the 112th Congress...

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The Next Glass Ceiling

(405) Comments | Posted October 11, 2010 | 9:29 AM

When I was fifteen-years-old, I watched Hillary Clinton during the difficult times she faced when her private life and President Clinton's private life became public. Nevermind that the people conducting the impeachment hearings were having multiple affairs and oozed hypocrisy. Nevermind that they wanted to know every voyeuristic detail of...

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