Finito If You’ve Been Unemployed 6 Months+ ? On MSNBC

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I don’t have to read the data to know the answer. I just listen to person after person tell me one story after another: Viviana, I have an Ivy League degree under my belt. Once I switched from electrical engineering to public service, I haven’t been able to get a job. I’m trying to stop […]

State of the Union: Immigration Executive Authority

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The White House communicated at the beginning of the year that it would be the year of executive action. President Obama would use the privilege of executive authority to circumvent Congress to give a shot to the arm of our anemic economic recovery. Indeed, since he was elected in 2008, many a Republican such as Senate […]

VIDEO: 3 Things Chris Christie Must Do To Survive “Bridgegate” on MSNBC

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What does America like more than a fall from grace? Redemption. If New Jersey Governor Chris Christie didn’t break the law, then he can be on the road to recovery from Bridgegate, a scandal that threatens his ability to govern and his presidential ambitions. At issue is hours-long congestion leading to the George Washington bridge […]

VIDEO: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: Revival of the Progressive Agenda? on MSNBC

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For my first roundtable discussion of 2014, the topic was the first test of New York City‘s shiny new Mayor Bill de Blasio who was inaugurated two days before a blizzard. Like the Big Apple‘s top executive, I, too, had some luck, touching down after my Christmas break as the first heavy snowflakes fell. Unlike […]

¡TWLC Wishes You a Happy New Year!

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Whatever your tradition, the close of the year is an opportunity to renew our Faith, nurtured by gratitude for health, sustenance, family, friends… …and love. The Wise Latina Club is nearly three years old. We’ve changed and grown. We’ve tried new things. Sometimes we jumped and made it across the abyss. Other times, like Wile […]

Selected to the Women’s Media Center’s Progressive Women’s Voices Class of 2013

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“You’ve come a long way, baby,” goes the popular slogan to sell Virginia Slim cigarettes. #WomenRule is the female-centered conference and essays focus of Politico–a favorite information hub of the Washington, DC set. Indeed, as Helen Ruddy croons, I am Woman. Hear me Roar: Unless it’s the media.  Although women make up 51% of our nation, men […]

VIDEO: On CNN for the First Time: Is Best Man Holiday a “Race-based” Film?

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In 1998, I stepped into the Washington bureau of CNN. I was an intern. Back in the day, interns didn’t sue employers for not getting paid but instead were grateful for the opportunity to do more than answer phones, check the fax machine, and get cafecito. I did that for one week and asked my supervisor […]

To Save Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Advocates Must Volunteer at Old Folks Homes

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Our 24/7 Twitter-powered media culture covers politics like a horse race–scoreboards and all–and easily assigns blame. With comprehensive immigration reform, shining a harsh spotlight on Republicans is justified because they have been unable to reign in the fringe–despite hemorrhaging the Latino vote in 2012 and autopsy reports which conclude outreach to new voters such as minorities is beneficial […]