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Megan Carpentier was the Executive Editor at The Raw Story. Previously, she was an Associate Editor at Talking Points Memo; the Editor of News and Politics at Air America; an editor at; and an Associate Editor at Wonkette. Her work has appeared most recently on The Guardian's Comment is free, and Bitch. Her work has also appeared in RH Reality Check, the Women's Media Center, On The Issues Magazine, Jezebel, The Gloss and the Washington Independent. She has also written for the Washington Post, Foreign Policy’s “Madame Secretary” blog, Ms., Radar Magazine, Us Weekly, Glamour’s “Glamocracy” blog, and the Daily Beast.

Prior to writing about politics, she spent 7 years working in government relations. She has a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University.

Entries by Megan Carpentier

What Your Search History Says About You (And How to Shut It Up)

(76) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 9:25 AM

With this week's revelation that the NSA secretly hacked into the data centers that power Google and Yahoo users' emails and documents (allowing them to check out users' files at will and without warrants), one is forced to wonder if Americans are aware of exactly how much personal information...

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How Operation Bristol Hurt Dancing With the Stars -- And Could Hurt Sarah Palin

(297) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 10:41 AM

When Bristol Palin first took the dance floor in the premiere episode of Season 11 of Dancing with the Stars, few expected the teen-mom-turned-abstinence-advocate to perform particularly well. But in the first few weeks, she proved her critics wrong, turning in decent dances even...

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When You're Better Off Alone

(16) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 8:00 AM

This post is part of the "Modern Male Brains & the Young, Powerful Women Who Love Them" series compiled by Dr. Louann Brizendine, neuroscientist and author of the recent book, The Male Brain. The series explores how the next generation of women relates to love while balancing...

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A Feminist's U-Turn: A Torrid Tale of Disappointment and Discovery

(16) Comments | Posted May 14, 2010 | 6:28 PM

When my parents instilled in me the belief that I could do anything a boy could do, I'm not sure they really knew what they were going to get. They probably pictured me playing baseball (I turned to ballet) and taking calculus (I chose car repair), but what they got...

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Dancing With The Stars Played The 'Mom Card'

(28) Comments | Posted April 22, 2010 | 5:56 PM

There is one reason, and one reason alone, that Kate Gosselin survived to dance her resoundingly terrible fox trot this week: she's a mom. Actually, it's probably more fair to say that she's a Professional Mom, in that her "stardom" is based, utterly, on having made the apparently radical choice...

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Americans Choose Reality Television Over Patriotism on Dancing With The Stars

(8) Comments | Posted April 7, 2010 | 3:20 PM

Tom intoned in the opening of this week's results show, "For one, it will end happily ever after, but for one, it will just end!" And, with that, they went straight to the results!

Aiden & Edyta are safe, as are Erin & Maks. Erin exclaimed, "Thank God!"


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Politics Takes the Stage Alongside Kate Gosselin in "Dancing With The Stars"

(3) Comments | Posted April 6, 2010 | 1:54 PM

Len called it the night of the "Greatest Stories Ever Danced," but between Kate Gosselin's new hair, Pam's white corset, Chelsie's Cleopatra wig, and Edyta's mermaid-meets-stripper outfit, it looked more like Slut-o-ween came early this year. Luckily, Niecy Nash and Louis Van Amstel classed it up by using their dance...

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Why No One Can Hate Kate Gosselin as Much as She Hates Herself

(133) Comments | Posted March 30, 2010 | 5:01 PM

Watching Kate Gosselin's desperately "happy" smiles, her increasing levels of personal discomfort and, finally, her rehearsal fit-turned-crying-jag on Monday night's Dancing With The Stars made me realize one sad thing. No matter how many tummy-tucks, tooth veneers or hair extensions she gets to meet some external standard of beauty, she'll...

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Democracy, Now Brought To You By Coke And Pepsi

(34) Comments | Posted January 21, 2010 | 6:03 PM

The newly-activist Supreme Court ruled today in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations in the United States have an absolute right to free speech that includes the right to run multi-million dollar advertising campaigns for or against candidates, just as Mark Green predicted after oral arguments last December....

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Is The Military Fudging Civilian Casualities To Avoid Pentagon Oversight?

(21) Comments | Posted December 11, 2009 | 12:38 AM

On Monday, the anonymous blogger Security Crank noticed something interesting: all the U.S. and NATO airstrikes in Afghanistan seemingly kill exactly 30 people every time. How can that be?

Security Crank documented no less than 12 occasions in which news reports, relying on field commanders' estimates, noted that exactly...

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Stupak Fails in Senate, But Pro-Choice Activists Can't Quit Yet

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2009 | 3:02 PM

Senate Democrats today turned back efforts by anti-abortion activists to insert language into the health care bill that would have significantly restricted women's access to abortion services if they relied on any form of federal subsidy for their health insurance. The amendment, introduced by Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson -- a...

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What Does 30,000 Troops Really Buy Us?

(7) Comments | Posted December 2, 2009 | 1:15 PM

In the eight years since the United States began bombing Afghanistan in retaliation for the attacks of 9/11 perpetrated by Osama bin Laden -- who had been given safe harbor by the Talibani leaders of the country -- more than 1,500 men and women of the coalition forces, mostly American,...

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Roman Polanski, And The Making Of A Legend

(211) Comments | Posted October 6, 2009 | 11:12 AM

In 1977, Roman Polanski offered to take pictures of a 13-year-old girl for French Vogue. He then gave her champagne and drugs, insisted she remove her clothes, and raped her. He has been carefully tending to his alternative mythology of that night ever since.

The victim's grand jury testimony is...

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Did Obama's Speech Set Stage For Death Of Change?

(3) Comments | Posted September 11, 2009 | 12:00 PM

Wednesday, Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress to lay out a more specific vision for health care reform, spur compromise and shore up support within his own party for meaningful legislation.

But if the booing, heckling, legislation-waving conservatives -- let alone their pre-canned statements of opposition -- are...

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Anti-Choice Groups Raking in Dough by Promoting Civil Rights of Zygotes

(12) Comments | Posted August 18, 2009 | 4:30 PM


If the anti-choice movement has its way, the moment one sperm eats its way through an egg's outer shell would be the last moment in human development that wouldn't be covered by the Constitution. Unsurprisingly, it's a rather lucrative racket.

Wendy Norris...

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Air America's Ad Blacklisters Throwing Money At Right Wing Talk

(36) Comments | Posted August 13, 2009 | 9:53 AM

Three years ago, a group of corporate advertisers informed ABC that they didn't want their commercials run during Air America programming. Media Matters reports that those companies will run ads during conservative shows.

In 2009, General Electric, Farmer's Insurance and Office Depot have financially supported Glenn Beck's racism and...

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