Crisis of Confidence: 2016 Wannabes and NSA Leak Latest or What I Said on MSNBC

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When Chuck Todd’s gente asked me to speak about the latest National Security Agency revelation plus how the 2016 presidential Democratic and Republican candidate field is shaping up, I immediately thought, both these stories must stoke the crisis in confidence Americans have in our government and political process. Polling supports my view. No more than three […]

Immigration Losers: GOP and “The Deportation Prez” or What I Said on MSNBC

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Washington’s groupthink has the immigration heat solely turned up on the GOP. They certainly are in the news–with some House Republican holdouts threatening to derail an overhaul to the immigration laws, Speaker John Boehner unable to tame his unruly conference, and the crazies–the Congressman Steve Kings of the world, who compare immigrants to dogs, liken DREAMers–students […]

The Math: Washington’s and Everybody Else’s or What I Said to Chuck Todd on MSNBC

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The habla in Washington for a nanosecond is the so-called latest “take down” book of this city’s political and media establishment–This Town by New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich. Maybe it’s all the years I spent working my way up in local news before I arrived in the nation’s capitol. Or the fact that as a […]

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 […]