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1 10, 2009

Why Did it Take Three Decades to Arrest Roman Polanski?

By | October 1st, 2009|Uncategorized|4 Comments

It's been a while since director Roman Polanski was a major topic of conversation.  Whenever he has a project -- especially when he won the Best Director Oscar for the movie The Pianist -- there's a lot of discussion about why authorities have never been able to bring him back to the U.S. to face [...]

6 07, 2009

Mothers of Intention Summer Reading List

By | July 6th, 2009|Mothers of Intention|4 Comments

Well, the Fourth of July fireworks are over and summer is in full swing! So it's time for this year's Mothers of Intention summer reading list! While we often think about something a little lighter for those days by the pool or at the beach, here are a few suggestions I'd like to make to [...]

5 07, 2009

Is Paris Hilton Still Available for a Cabinet Post?

By | July 5th, 2009|Uncategorized|1 Comment

As we're coming up on the long holiday weekend, the PunditMom family is heading out to sunny California to visit family. While we're away, I thought it would be fun to revisit a couple of posts from the heat of the presidential campaign last year.Remember when Paris Hilton decided to run for president? I still [...]

4 07, 2009

PunditMom Photo Saturday — A Peek at the Trip We’ve Been Waiting For

By | July 4th, 2009|Moms & Politics|4 Comments

I've been waiting for this trip for a long time. We've been informally planning it since PunditGirl was a baby and now the wheels are in motion. More importantly, the airline tickets have been obtained with the frequent flier miles we've been hoarding since we stepped off the plane with our PunditBaby in January 2001. [...]

1 07, 2009

Sorry for the Brief Delay

By | July 1st, 2009|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Sorry I didn't have a chance to write about the health care stuff I had planned for today. Between errands and getting an exciting last minute call from CNN with Rick Sanchez to talk about Jenny Sanford (!), with Rick Sanchez I ran out of time.But if you'd like something to read, I have a [...]

30 06, 2009

Has Anything Changed When it Comes to Media Coverage of Adoption?

By | June 30th, 2009|Adoption|6 Comments

Last year at this time, I got all riled up about an article in Vanity Fair and its cover article on Angelina Jolie. As PunditGirl continues to work through the questions in her curious little head about the permanence of adoption and the questions that people sometimes ask her about our family, I was reminded [...]

29 06, 2009

Jenny Sanford — The Political Spouse Role Model for My Daughter

By | June 29th, 2009|Moms & Politics|12 Comments

Personally, I couldn't care less about the personal "antics" of so many politicians these days. It's not really important to my life how people like South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford characterizes "adventure travel."What does bother me a lot, though, is the money shot we so often see of the wives of philandering politicians -- standing [...]

23 06, 2009

Another Reason to Love Social Media

By | June 23rd, 2009|Uncategorized|5 Comments

I was all set to write about the health care hearings that are happening on Capitol Hill today, and I promise I will get to that soon.But today I really need to talk about the deadly crash of two Metro cars on the Red Line in Washington, D.C. and the outpouring of concern and caring [...]

19 06, 2009

Letterman vs. Palin — More Media Sexism or Just Tasteless Humor?

By | June 19th, 2009|Uncategorized|11 Comments

I'm not the only one who thinks that David Letterman owes us all an apology. But it seems like there are only a few of us.It's probably no secret to some of you that one of my hot button topics lately has been the free ride the media often get when sexism tries to disguise [...]

18 06, 2009

Where in the World is PunditMom?

By | June 18th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

No, not on a round the world jaunt a la Matt Lauer!I'm hanging out over at my friend Linda Lowen's place -- About.com on Women's Issues -- where we are pondering the White House Council on Women & Girls and whether it's going to do us any good.What do you think -- will this task [...]

17 06, 2009

Greed Trumps Regulation Every Time

By | June 17th, 2009|Uncategorized|5 Comments

My friend David at It's Not a Lecture tipped me off last night that President Obama was going to announce new financial regulatory efforts to help prevent the Wall Street shenanigans that have put us in our current economy and to better protect American consumers.As someone who spent a bunch of years at the Securities [...]

16 06, 2009

I’m Not Ready for This Yet!

By | June 16th, 2009|Moms & Politics|2 Comments

As mom to nine-year-old PunditGirl, my mind is generally focused on what's going on with the world of pre-teens. Rarely do my thoughts turn to how I'll feel when she decides it might be time for her to have a family. At the moment, I'm happily in denial about having to face the prospect that [...]

25 12, 2008

What Will PunditGirl Be Up to in the New Year?

By | December 25th, 2008|Moms & Politics|2 Comments

Awfully hard to tell from that look. But I have a feeling it will be fun, no matter what!Think she'll have some pundit things to say? Maybe not, but if the hat is any clue, at least I'm in for some tasty cookies!Photo by PunditMom

16 12, 2008

What Made Caroline Kennedy Change Her Mind?

By | December 16th, 2008|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

I've been rolling the idea of Caroline Kennedy as a New York Senator around in my head going back and forth between, "Why not?" and "Why her?"Other than the fact that her last name is Kennedy (well, actually it's Schlossberg), why would she be a good senator?On the qualification thing, that's always subjective. She has [...]

15 12, 2008

I Guess I Have a Valid Point

By | December 15th, 2008|Moms & Politics|1 Comment

Two months ago, I was wondering here and at The Huffington Post what would have happened if a really smart woman on the economic and securities front had been listened to and hadn't been railroaded by "the guys." Today, I saw this at The Daily Beast .... Hmmm. Seem familiar??Even though I worked at the [...]

12 12, 2008

Who’s More Worried About the Economy — Barack Obama or You?

By | December 12th, 2008|Moms & Politics|3 Comments

Up until the last couple of days, I was sure that the economy and its sad, sad shape occupied the top spot on Barack Obama's worry list as President-elect. That pesky Illinois Governor seems to have knocked Obama off-message and off-stride, but I'm hoping he'll get his attention back to where it needs to be [...]

11 12, 2008

No Wonder My Eight-Year-Old Worries About Whether She’s Fat

By | December 11th, 2008|Moms & Politics|12 Comments

Ladies, the marketing world knows that many of us start to fret about putting on a few pounds over the holidays. Even if I think about it in my head, I bite my tongue so that soon-to-be nine-year-old PunditGirl doesn't get it into her brain, already full of worries, that if mommy is concerned about [...]

8 12, 2008

PunditMom’s Monday Quick Hits

By | December 8th, 2008|Moms & Politics|2 Comments

It's hard to get going on some Monday mornings -- getting the kids off to school is sometimes tough after the weekend. Plus, since we're only a couple of weeks from the holidays, it's hard to shake that 'I'll-never-be-ready' sense of dread.So as a little distraction, here are a few other things to think about:The [...]

13 11, 2008

Hangin’ with the MOMocrats!

By | November 13th, 2008|Moms & Politics|5 Comments

Looking for me? I'm over at MOMocrats today with some thoughts on the Big Three automakers.Can you say 'stupid and shortsighted?'Yeah, I said it -- stupidity and shortsightedness. What else can you say about companies who have put their collective heads in the sand and ignored the demand of consumers for smaller, more fuel efficient [...]

12 11, 2008

The Post Where PunditMom Defends Sarah Palin

By | November 12th, 2008|Moms & Politics|24 Comments

No, I did not suffer a severe head injury or have a GOP epiphany since yesterday. My progressive bona fides are very much intact, thanks (I am the Goddess of All Things Liberal, after all!).But as I was thinking about all the appearances Sarah Palin has had in the media since the Republicans' defeat last [...]

11 11, 2008

Sarah Palin Revisionist History?

By | November 11th, 2008|Uncategorized|8 Comments

I suppose it's only natural that people try to revise the part of their histories that doesn't fit with their self view. So I guess Sarah Palin is no exception. But it's important to be careful how far one goes with reinvention or revisionism, 'cause ya' know -- these tapes are going to be around [...]

11 11, 2008

Is Michelle Obama Ready for All the Parenting Advice?

By | November 11th, 2008|Uncategorized|2 Comments

The Obamas were pretty successful through the presidential campaign keeping one kind of criticism at bay-- whether Michelle was home enough as a mom and who was caring for the kids. The few times that Sasha and Malia Obama were permitted to be on the public stage, they presented like lovely, well-adjusted little girls.But criticizing [...]

9 11, 2008

PunditMom Two Years Ago — And the First Woman President Will Be …??

By | November 9th, 2008|Uncategorized|8 Comments

Two years ago, I wasn't sure that Hillary Clinton would be elected the first woman President of the United States in 2008. Turns out my sense about the common wisdom at the time was right. But now, I'm wondering what slot in the new Barack Obama administration is available for the woman I WAS thinking [...]

31 10, 2008

A Little Fall Zen

By | October 31st, 2008|Moms & Politics|0 Comments

Because I need some right about now.Photo by PunditMom.

28 10, 2008

Where Oh Where Has My Pundit Mojo Gone?

By | October 28th, 2008|Uncategorized|15 Comments

T minus seven days to go until the election of the century. You'd think I'd be all riled up with plenty of pundity goodness, but I feel strangely empty when it comes to my inner wonk.There's plenty on my mind -- voter suppression, voting machine reliability, the difference in early voting vs. what those yet [...]

25 10, 2008

PunditMom One Year Ago — What’s Happened with the MOTHERS Act?

By | October 25th, 2008|Uncategorized|4 Comments

A year ago, many moms were blogging in support of the MOTHERS Act in Congress, a bill to fund more mental health care for mothers related to postpartum deprsssion. I know we're all focused on our budgets, the election and, if you're me, wondering why if the price of oil is down to about $60 [...]

25 10, 2008

PunditMom One Year Ago — What's Happened with the MOTHERS Act?

By | October 25th, 2008|Uncategorized|4 Comments

A year ago, many moms were blogging in support of the MOTHERS Act in Congress, a bill to fund more mental health care for mothers related to postpartum deprsssion. I know we're all focused on our budgets, the election and, if you're me, wondering why if the price of oil is down to about $60 [...]

8 10, 2008

I Know Sarah Palin. She’s Tracy Flick and So Much More

By | October 8th, 2008|Moms & Politics|20 Comments

Well, I don't really know Sarah Palin personally, although, I have been to Alaska twice.But over the course of my life, I've met plenty of Sarah Palins. I bet you have, too.When I see Palin, I see the flirty high school cheerleader who had no interest in publishing or photography, but was compelled to beat [...]

8 10, 2008

I Know Sarah Palin. She's Tracy Flick and So Much More

By | October 8th, 2008|Moms & Politics|20 Comments

Well, I don't really know Sarah Palin personally, although, I have been to Alaska twice.But over the course of my life, I've met plenty of Sarah Palins. I bet you have, too.When I see Palin, I see the flirty high school cheerleader who had no interest in publishing or photography, but was compelled to beat [...]

19 09, 2008

Talking With Our Daughters About Sarah Palin

By | September 19th, 2008|Republicans|24 Comments

I was chatting with a news reporter from another country who lives in our general neighborhood yesterday about the the Sarah Palin phenomenon -- why she's getting so much coverage, can you compare her to Hillary Clinton, (NO!) and whether working moms would support Palin.We were heading off to pick up children when she casually [...]