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Meet the Prayerful Rock Star of the Government Shutdown

A rock star has emerged clad in colorful bow ties and speaking truth to power through prayer. This is what “rocking” looks like in the uncoolest of uncool places: the Senate floor amid a government shutdown. Barry C. Black, the Senate chaplain, has become the voice of reason for a government body so inept that […]

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These Tea Party Brats Need a Backpack Leash

Tea Party Republicans, giddy over a government shutdown, look like a bunch of foolish children at the maniacal hour before bedtime when all the crazies of the day come out and, before sleepy eyes flicker, begin to run into walls and wail loudly and without reason all the while demanding ludicrous things that make no […]

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6 Things You Need To Know Right Now: Adults Say The Darnedest Things

It is with complete confidence that I assume regular readers of “The Broad Side” are fully up-to-date on the details of the Miss USA Pageant. For those newbies out there, here’s a summary: Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, made it to the final rounds of competition and landed herself in the question-and-answer portion. The inimitable NeNe Leakes, […]

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Two Very Different Takes on Working Family Flexiblity

Republican Congressman and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and others in his party have recently been promoting an idea that conservatives have long shied away from — government-mandated workplace flexibility. Republicans have made it clear for decades that the idea of flex-time and other ideas to promote flexibility should be left up to employers and […]

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Knock, Knock, Who’s There? Not Your Values, Senator.

The truth of it is this: making someone laugh at someone else’s expense fosters connection. It’s true at the playground and the water cooler and, so, it’s tragically true in the ethereal space of public discourse. A well played “zinger” has four important characteristics: it must be clever, it must be funny, it must be […]

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Can Mitt Romney Win the Latina Vote?

Why would a young elected Latina be voting for Mitt Romney? That’s probably a question many people would ask in light of Mitt Romney’s low poll numbers with the Hispanic community. And it looks like Marilinda Garcia, a Republican legislator in New Hampshire, has answered. And it involves the theme that Romney and the GOP […]

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