Immigration Bill: My Story, Their Story, Our Story

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The U.S. Senate returned to work left unfinished in 2007, passing an immigration bill that heads to the House where opposition is formidable. Looking past his colleagues to potential 2016 voters, Senator Marco Rubio pulled on heartstrings when he stated that “their” story–that of the immigrants in this country illegally–is his–and our–story. Yes and no. His parents immigrated […]

What Paula Deen and Eva Longoria’s Devious Maids Taught Me About DOMA, the Voting Rights Act, and Affirmative Action or What I Said on NPR

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Yeesh. Who would think that Paula Deen who butters even her Melba Toast and Hollywood star Eva Longoria, the Executive Producer of Lifetime‘s Devious Maids could teach me a thing or two about this week’s historic Supreme Court decisions? SCOTUS deemed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, allowing for same-sex couples to marry and enjoy the […]

Immigration Bill and Paul Abdul circa 1989: 2 Steps Forward, 2 Steps Back. On MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Show

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MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts has now asked me several times about the likelihood of the immigration overhaul bill passing. Indeed, the Senate has green lighted putting border security on steroids to please conservatives in exchange for their support it. I *SIGH*… Why? Because every time a breakthrough appears to move what could be the most significant piece […]

Latina Pay: If I Get Paid 55 Cents on the Dollar, Can I Pay $55 of my $100 Grocery Bill? On MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Show

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You’ve Come a Loooonnng way, Baby is many kinds of wrong. Selling ciggies by preying on women‘s wealth and career building aspirations is not cool. Nor is the fact that today, women still make less than men. As we write in Career/Money: 8 Alpha Female Salary Negotiation Tips, women make 77 cents on the dollar although it’s […]

UPDATE: Re-published in HuffPo Politics! Who The Supreme Court Protects with the Voting Rights Decisions

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Before November’s election, I travelled the country, in part with the non-partisan voter mobilization non-profit Project Vote, meeting Latino voters, including Hispanic evangelicals in a West Cleveland neighborhood that doesn’t normally see outsiders unless a crime has been committed. I walked blocks where Puerto Ricans have settled in Orlando. I also went to Phoenix, Arizona where for the […]

What The GOP Can Learn from Bullets Over Broadway When It Comes to Women’s Bodies: MSNBC Video

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Every few months, a GOP male lawmaker says something crazy about women’s bodies, specifically pregnancy and rape. Not quite at the level of Missouri Congressman Todd Aiken who last year suggested that women possessed magical powers that could “shut down pregnancy,” Arizona Representative Trent Franks suggested that pregnancy from rape is rare, a justification for […]

Immigration Debate: Señor Kaine Goes to Washington

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I couldn’t believe my ears. Senator Tim Kaine spoke in español on the Senate floor in support of the bill that proposes to overhaul our immigration system. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (and his alter ego @ElBloombito) isn’t the only politician who can “speaky the spanish.” The junior Senator from Virginia received high snaps […]

¡Ven Acá Chuck Todd! OR When I Was on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd to Talk Obama National Security Team Shake Up

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Before I was a guest on The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd, I sort of “met” the host–not at the journalist watering hole Off the Record… …not in the White House briefing room… …not at a charity fundraiser. I met him at the dog park. ¿Qué qué? Indeed it was my surprise to hear his […]