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Tamara N. Holder is an on-air FOX News legal/Democratic contributor, a practicing attorney, and stand-up comedian in training. The founder of xpunged.com, Holder focuses her legal work on criminal defense, primarily on filing clemency and pardon petitions. She is also co-founder of sportscourtmedia.com. Tamara splits her time between NYC & Chicago.

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The Agony and the Ecstasy of Stand-Up Comedy

(5) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 3:28 PM

It was finally time to lose my virginity... my standup comedy virginity, that is. I dearly hoped it would be something like that other coming-of-age trauma: awkward and nerve-racking at first, but eventually satisfying and a lot of fun.

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It was a...

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Crazy or Reasonable Belief? The Latest From the Blagojevich Trial

(12) Comments | Posted June 28, 2010 | 11:36 PM

I am a Democrat. I voted for Obama as President. I want him to succeed -- if he fails, America fails.

But, the case against former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich leads me to question the intra-party political games. Did Governor Blagojevich play "Politics as Usual" -- an argument Judge...

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A Sign of Insecurity? Government Asks Judge to Make Blagojevich Shut Up

(9) Comments | Posted June 21, 2010 | 1:29 PM

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald wants former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his attorneys to shut up and stop talking to the press.

But why? Is it really because the Government fears "a real possibility of this trial becoming a circus show performed outside the courtroom?" Or is it something else?...

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The Chicago Tribune Questions My "Failure to Disclose" On Previous Blog About Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.

(9) Comments | Posted June 14, 2010 | 2:55 PM

Today, I received a call from the Chicago Tribune's writer, Ameet Sachdev.

He wanted to know why I didn't disclose my relationship to Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. on my previous blog post about Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.

In the interest of full disclosure and transparency:

1. I...

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The Blagojevich Trial Begins -- So Should The Clearing of Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s Name

(4) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 3:17 AM

Yesterday, I attended the opening statements in the public corruption case against former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his brother, Robert.

I attended for no other reason other than, since the Governor's arrest, I found this case interesting. I have blogged about and discussed the case in great detail for...

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President Obama Directs Administration To Create The "Unprecedented Commission on Transparent Internal Investigation"

(4) Comments | Posted June 5, 2010 | 1:18 AM

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release: June 5, 2010

Memorandum From White House Counsel: President Obama Directs Administration To Create The "Unprecedented Commission on Transparent Internal Investigation"

My first-ever executive action was the unprecedented Transparency and Open Government Memorandum: "My Administration is committed to creating...

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The Blagojevich Trial: The Sum of Its Parts Is Not Greater Than the Whole

(9) Comments | Posted June 3, 2010 | 2:27 AM

Rod Blagojevich goes to trial today. By now, you know who he is: the self-proclaimed "blacker than Barack Obama," former Illinois Governor, well-known for his perfectly coiffed hair, nylon jogging suits and FBI-recorded potty mouth.

The information in this case is overwhelming -- that is why I am shocked...

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Shahzad Faisal Proves We Are Still Asleep at the Wheel

(8) Comments | Posted May 4, 2010 | 3:17 AM

Yet again, American intelligence failed us. How is a man able to casually leave an explosives-filled car in Times Square? The answer is beyond me.

The only reason people in Times Square (and the passengers on the Christmas day attempted airplane bombing) were spared their lives was that both alleged...

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"Hey, Jose, You Look Mexican! Pull Over!"

(7) Comments | Posted April 25, 2010 | 11:25 PM

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Arizona can't really think its new criminal law allowing the police to stop "suspected undocumented" Mexicans is Constitutional! There's something else going on here -- this is Arizona's message to President Obama: "If you don't fix the problem, we will create our own solution."

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Continues To Rehabilitate People (And The Economy) Through His Pardon Power

(5) Comments | Posted April 3, 2010 | 6:46 PM

147 Illinoisans (and their families) have one more thing to celebrate this holiday weekend: Governor Pat Quinn's granting of their Petitions for Clemency. Yesterday, Governor Quinn decided on 407 Petitions -- granting 147 and denying the rest -- he also authorized the court to expunge two people's records who had...

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Now That We Have the "Right" To Health Care, How Will We Be Assured The "Duties" Will Be Performed?

(3) Comments | Posted March 23, 2010 | 1:28 PM

Today, President Obama extended all Americans a "right" that prisoners already possess: health care.

But, the right to health care means nothing unless the duty to provide the health care is actually performed.

Thus, we must look to prison health care to understand the concept that...

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Public Education Reform: Still Separate But Not Equal in 2010

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2010 | 1:02 AM

In 1954, Brown v. Board of Education (of Topeka) ruled that separate was not equal. The ruling allowed for the integration of students from all races and socio-economic status to receive an equal education under the same roof. But now, America's public school system is in shambles, and the poorest...

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What Bill O'Reilly Has Wrong About Farrakhan, Wright and Pfleger

(2) Comments | Posted March 6, 2010 | 6:14 PM

When you fight for the poor and the voiceless, you take a lot of hits -- not hits from the poor, but hits from those who want to minimize your work. When you seek to expose the truth of the inner city, you expose yourself to violent attacks -- not...

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Obama's Bipartisan Olive Branch: Nuclear Energy

(48) Comments | Posted February 16, 2010 | 7:15 PM

President Obama -- who ran on a platform of "change" and "transparency" -- is feeling the pressure as he wavers on fixing health care, winning the war in Afghanistan and saving the American economy. As a result, his approval ratings continue to fall and many of his supporters have voter's...

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Why the 9/11 Terror Trials Must Not Be Held in the U.S.

(19) Comments | Posted January 29, 2010 | 12:25 AM

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President Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder must listen to Congress and change their plan -- the alleged 9/11 mass-murderer terrorists must not be tried in the United States.

The latest reports speculate that President Obama has asked...

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