Sonia Sotomayor: The Exception

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A memoir does just that: it is a first-hand account of your history, told through the filter of memory. We all know how memory works–events, people, relationships are edited by the person telling the story. The forthcoming book by Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will likely be no different, if the recents high profile […]

¡Quick! What’s in the Constitución: Advise and Consent OR Stick It To Him?

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Let’s look at President Obama’s nominations: Massachusetts senior Senator John Kerry to the Department of State to replace Hillary Clinton. Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, ¡Virgen Santísima!–a REPUBLICAN (!) as Secretary of Defense. John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency after the former head resigned because of a lío de faldas. (Umpteenth note to men: chasing […]

President Obama’s Missing Latino Senior Administration

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Update: U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solís resigned soon after this was published. She tweeted: ### Soon after President Obama’s re-election, rumors of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s replacement started flying. Mr. Obama settled on Massachusetts senior Senator John Kerry. Other top nominations include former Senator Chuck Hagel, a Republican, as Secretary of Defense and John […]

Inaugural Poeta

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…or I should say Inaugural Poet. What blew me away when I read about Richard Blanco‘s selection  to recite the Inaugural Poem is not that he is he son of Cuban exiles, making him an example that in America, it doesn’t matter from where you come, you can be anything. Not even that President Obama pointed […]

¿Come Together, Schmome Together?

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“We are not Democrats, we are not Republicans. We’re skeptics!,” exclaims the Facebook page of One Voice Radio, an Hispanic-focused media outlet. Latinos, after delivering re-election to this President, should be taking note as we consolidate and grow our power as an emerging voting bloc. The election is long over yet now is not the […]

The Latino List: Holiday Gifts for the Hispano/a in Your Life

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If you’re like me, I stay away from generic giftcards, trying to capture in the present the uniqueness of the receiver and infuse a little bit of my personality. Here are some ideas inspired by those on my list who have been “nice”: Social Good gifts were popular when I asked for suggestions on Facebook. […]

Viviana on the O’Reilly Factor: Viewers Have Your Say

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After I appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, my inbox flooded with mix of comments: some good points from all sides; false accusations of being a Republican AND others of being a Democrat; name-calling, i.e. “sell-out” sent by someone who created an email account thewiselatinaclub@rant.com to leave this comment (a first for The Wise Latina Club); my hair […]

Viviana Hurtado & José Díaz-Balart: 2gether + 4ever = 6cess

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OK, not really. Well, jes as it concerns the emerging political clout of Latino voters which I discussed on his Sunday public affairs show, Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart on Telemundo. Click here to watch my appearances on Univision‘s equivalent, Al Punto con Jorge Ramos. I can hear it now: “Pero chica. la elección is over.” “Ya tu sabes, It’s […]