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 […]

“Immigration Bill, I Hardly Knew Ya” I Say on Current TV

Immigrant participating in 'Time is Now' rally for immigration reform on April 6, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I actually didn’t say this but this thought contains a legitimate question: the immigration bill survived nearly intact as it passed the judiciary committee on its way to a full Senate vote as early as next week. But what will it look like if it gets to President Obama’s desk for signature? In the Senate, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions used […]

“…and the Immigration Bill will…” Then I Got Cut off by the Prez on Sirius XM’s Politics Powered by Twitter

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I have been covering the immigration debate since 2006 when I was a local reporter in Providence, Rhode Island. Thousands flooded public squares and plazas at rallies nationwide, especially Latinos who appeared to come out of nowhere, organized by powerful Spanish language radio DJs. “Wow there are so MANY. Where did ‘they’ come from?” Answer: “They came from YOUR homes where […]

Immigration Bill Reality Show: The Collective One

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If you’re a news junkie/policy nerd like me, watching the live stream of the Senate Judiciary Committee mark up the immigration bill was our American Idol or The Voice. The star was not chairman Patrick Leahy. It wasn’t upstart Texas Senator and Tea Party darling Ted Cruz who set Twitter on fire with his draconian amendment to not allow–never […]