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I Never Met Gabe Zimmerman (But I Knew Him)

(2) Comments | Posted January 12, 2011 | 7:00 AM

I never met Gabe Zimmerman, but I knew him.

The 30-year-old aide to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who died in the service of his country Saturday morning is no stranger to me or anyone who has stood in his shoes.

Without having met Mr. Zimmerman, I can tell you that he...

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WTF Is an Independent Voter?

(155) Comments | Posted December 26, 2010 | 7:32 PM

Politicians, pundits and reporters often talk about the need to appeal to independent voters as if people who have the inability to articulate a clear position are capable of forming an organized group.

Voters who don't identify with either party don't have a unified platform or common point of view....

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I Love San Francisco -- But San Bruno is my Home

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 2:45 PM

Now that I live on the East Coast, when someone asks where I'm from I usually say, "San Francisco." This is primarily because I was born there and it's a place everyone knows, but it's not an accurate response. The place where I'm from means far more to me than...

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The Investment Answer - Tiny Book Will Help Turn Your Nickel Into 6 Cents

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 4:41 PM

During my two year hiatus from television writing that I spent on Capitol Hill, I met dozens of exceptionally smart people and a handful of colossally ignorant ones.

A common quality shared by the smarties, unfortunately, is that they were often difficult to understand - at least for...

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Why Does The Constitution Hate America?

(34) Comments | Posted August 10, 2010 | 5:41 PM

America, I am madder than a Tea Party patriot with a gravy stain on his flag shirt. Lately, I've heard so much about The Constitution that I decided to give it a read and what I have to report will not make you happy. It is abundantly clear...

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My Apology to Rep. Joe Wilson

(3) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 11:05 AM

I owe an apology to Congressman Joe Wilson. On this very site, I impugned his intelligence by, among other things, suggesting that in a deck of Republican playing cards, he would be the Jack of Ass. Now it appears that the man I cast as a simpleton is,...

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Abstinence-Only Congressman Can't keep It in his Pants

(5) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 1:19 PM

The easiest way to spot a closeted politician is he's the one raging against homosexuality. Likewise, one sure tip-off that a married congressman is getting some on the side is that he can't stop talking about family values.

Indiana Republican Mark Souder was forced to resign when Congress' leading advocate...

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Don't Tread on Me (But Feel Free to Tread on My Neighbor)

(17) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 12:38 PM

In an irony as delicious as the giant-sized beverage for which it is named, the Arizona Tea Party, which believes it's fascist to make people get health insurance, nonetheless supports the new law that empowers government agents to demand citizenship papers from anyone that appears to be from another country....

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I'm Sorry, America -- As a Former Congressional Staffer I Helped Break Democracy

(19) Comments | Posted April 13, 2010 | 12:59 PM

Lately, some courageous career politicians like Newt Gingrich, John Boehner and Charley Rangel have bravely come forward to reveal a startling fact about the problems that challenge our democracy -- It's not their fault!

So, it seems only right that I step up and admit that I, Mike Larsen am...

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Save Democracy -- Teach a Conservative to Read

(12) Comments | Posted April 6, 2010 | 3:17 PM

The patriotic homophobes at Jerry Falwell's law firm, The Liberty Counsel, have offered a clenched fist of friendship to those afflicted with the debilitating scourge of open-mindedness. For just $20, you can purchase a deck of "Adopt a Liberal" playing cards. Each card is festooned with an unflattering likeness of...

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Fool on the Hill No More

(22) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 8:51 AM

Today, April 1st, is the first day in two years that I can say what I want. Until yesterday, I was employed as spokesman, speechwriter and press flack for a Member of Congress. As such, whatever I said or wrote was attributed to my boss and, honestly, I don't even...

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