Your Morning Cry: Gabrielle Giffords Leads the Pledge of Allegiance

Feeling stone hearted this morning, like your cold black heart can't possibly feel any more feelings? Are your eyes drier than a Kansas corn field? Here's a remedy for the drought on your face — former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords leading the DNC in the Pledge of Allegiance. » 9/07/12 11:10am 9/07/12 11:10am

Gabby Douglas Scores Perfect 10 on Challenging 'Pledge of Allegiance'…

Olympic double gold medalist and cute-as-a-button living American Girl doll Gabby Douglas led the Democratic National Convention in the Pledge of Allegiance yesterday. She did not flip onto or off of the stage, and despite the fact that NBC gymnastics analyst Elfi Schlegel speculated in a concerned, hushed voice that… » 9/06/12 12:20pm 9/06/12 12:20pm

Amber Riley's Rendition of the National Anthem Will Make You Feel All…

I like to think of myself as a fairly accomplished shouter of songs. The other week, for example, I accurately sang probably 75% of the notes to Celine Dion's The Power of Love while in the shower, and the other day I sang the part of Cabaret about goin' like Elsie without my voice cracking/glass shattering. Glee » 9/05/12 7:10pm 9/05/12 7:10pm

Soledad O'Brien Calls Tea Party Spokeswoman's Dog Whistle Racism 'Very…

If you are a dumbass, it's probably a bad idea to agree to be interviewed by Soledad O'Brien. She can smell stupid in the water from hundreds of miles away. A small drop of logical incongruity can lead to a fatal Soledad mauling. Her latest victim? Tea Party maven Amy Kremer, who made the mistake of wading into a… » 9/05/12 3:50pm 9/05/12 3:50pm

This 3-Year-Old Just Styled All Over the Democratic National Convention

Carina Victoria Castro is not one of those kids who gets shy in front of strangers and hides behind her mom, refusing to talk, or worse, lifts up her skirt to form a kind of temporary cloth wall between herself and strangers. No. The 3-year-old daughter of Julian Castro, rising Democratic party star and mayor of San… » 9/05/12 12:50pm 9/05/12 12:50pm

Wives of Presidential Candidates Are More Electable Than Actual…

Last night, First Lady Michelle Obama blew everyone's hair back at the Democratic National Convention with a speech that pundits called "history-changing," and "dominating." The First Lady didn't come out swinging, she didn't go too deeply into policy, she spoke directly to the American people and vouched for her… » 9/05/12 11:30am 9/05/12 11:30am

Democratic National Convention Accused of Discriminating Against Mothers

Thanks to the lack of liberal politicians who make outrageously horrible and nonsensical statements about rape, abortion, and the wage gap, Democrats have a pretty good lock on the women's vote. Is that why they're not too concerned about recent accusations that they're disenfranchising mothers who want to attend the… » 8/27/12 3:50pm 8/27/12 3:50pm

I Had A Dream Of A Convention With Sleep: Things I Failed To Appreciate

When I started this week, I figured that I would be tired by the end of it but still excited to be here. I had no idea I would be so bone-tired by the time Obama gave his speech that I couldn't even begin to parse my feelings on it. But there were so many people to talk to, so many parties to go to, so much… » 8/30/08 6:20pm 8/30/08 6:20pm

Jennifer Granholm Says, "Be Bold," Why Were You Put On This Planet?

One of the really amazing things about being at the Democratic convention this week was all the women (and young women) who were there — delegates, attendees, elected officials and others. It was very cool to see so many young women getting so excited and involved about politics. So when I got a chance on the very… » 8/30/08 4:10pm 8/30/08 4:10pm

Lilly Ledbetter Knows McCain's "Out Of Touch With Reality"

It's not terribly often that you get to interview a feminist icon. Well, I mean, I guess it's getting more common for me, but still, it's pretty cool. So when my colleague over at Glamocracy » 8/30/08 2:40pm 8/30/08 2:40pm asked me if I wanted to interview Lilly Ledbetter, I was like, "Hell, yeah." Don't recognize her name? If you ever have to sue…

Conventional Crap: Moebama Underwhelmed By Barack's Beautiful, Moving…

Although I am basically a walking, red-colored zombie — or, I would be if my feet didn't hurt so much that I'm not really walking as much as limping — someone's got to wrap up the week of speechifying, pandering, branding and making the kind of history that causes grown people to cry before the speech even starts and… » 8/29/08 10:00am 8/29/08 10:00am

Liveblogging Obama From Invesco Field!

It only took me three hours, a nasty sunburn, three experiences with the metal detectors, multiple conversations with various security personnel and a really, really claustrophobic elevator ride to get here, but here I am, live at Invesco Field. I'm sandwiched in next to Katha Pollitt from The Nation » 8/28/08 8:43pm 8/28/08 8:43pm and overlooking…

Conventional Crap: Wednesday Surprises And The End Of Our Patience

Look, these conventions are hard. Some of us have it harder than others, what with getting up at the crack of dawn and walking miles a day and trying to pay attention to speeches when all we really want to do is curl up in bed and die. But I can't die, yet, if only because everyone will Twitter and text me so much… » 8/28/08 11:00am 8/28/08 11:00am

Liveblogging Bill Clinton's Convention Speech

Oh, damn, I barely got to my seat in time but I am here! They closed the hall again, like that's any big deal because every speech they close the hall (except in Boston, where I swear they bribed the fire marshalls). But this is Bill Clinton, bitches! 9:25 ET: » 8/27/08 9:00pm 8/27/08 9:00pm Um, shortest speech by Bill Clinton ever? Yes, we can. …

The Politics Of Fashion: Do Clothes Have A Place In The Conversation?

Extra » 8/27/08 4:30pm 8/27/08 4:30pm just posted : "Did Hillary's Orange Pantsuit enhance her speech? The options were: -Yes. She looked like a milion bucks -No. She looked $12 million in debt. -Sigh. Why can't they focus on her, instead of her pantsuits? The fact that they'd include the third option, and yet in addition to the exigesis on the…

Conventional Crap: There Is Nothing But Hillary On Hump Day

Really, after last night, there's nothing else to talk about. There's no stupid McCain response » 8/27/08 10:00am 8/27/08 10:00am that needs to be parsed, no other headlines to read, it's just time to talk about Hillary. And so I'm lucky that I have a Clintonista with me today! is a fellow , but she's also a Denver local and the author of and the…

Liveblogging Hillary Clinton's Convention Speech

Former Virginia Governor (and current Senate candidate) Mark Warner was Hillary Clinton's lead-in tonight — how cool is it that a man was basically her warm-up act, by the way? Anyway, he's finished speaking, and we're waiting for Chelsea to start her introduction of her mother — this will be the largest crowd she's… » 8/26/08 10:15pm 8/26/08 10:15pm

Hillary's Speech May Heal Some, But Others Prefer The Wounds Stay Open

A year ago, common knowledge held that this year's DNC would be the Hillary convention, culminating in a coronation of the first female soon-to-be President. What a difference a year makes. Hillary Clinton will be speaking tonight in Denver on the 88th anniversary of women's suffrage, but as the losing candidate and… » 8/26/08 6:30pm 8/26/08 6:30pm