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29 01, 2009

SpinCycle Thursday — There’s a New POTUS in Town & He Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Coat!

By | January 29th, 2009|Moms & Politics|5 Comments

So, the ice is sort of melting here, and so is my brain (!), but, as always, there's lots of good stuff going on to read about:Can you tweet your Congressman or Senators?The more I learn about Timothy Geithner, the less I like him.I agree with Barack Obama on how wimpy the people are in [...]

28 01, 2009

The ‘One Step Forward, Two Steps Back’ Dance for Women

By | January 28th, 2009|Equal Pay|32 Comments

I'm not trying to be a party pooper. Borrowing one of PunditGirl's new favorite words -- I'm "ecstatic" that the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is going to get signed into law by President Barack Obama. It's a wonderful step forward in women's battle for fair pay and gives us an important tool to get [...]

28 01, 2009

PunditMom’s SpinCycle Wednesday Ice & Snow Edition

By | January 28th, 2009|Equal Pay|1 Comment

Good icy Wednesday morning! We're iced in here at Chez PunditMom -- no school, but that's OK as PunditGirl is trying to devour Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. But that doesn't mean that politics stops on a snow/ice day.President Obama is scheduled to sign the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law [...]

27 01, 2009

Spin Cycle Tuesday — Blagojevich Takes on The View & More!

By | January 27th, 2009|Equal Pay|2 Comments

Blago gets really brave and takes on the ladies of The View.There's a huge leap forward today for women around the world -- President Obama repealed the global gag rule, which prohibited foreign aid from the US to countries that provided or even mentioned abortion in connection with family planning services.Is it possible for hope [...]

25 01, 2009

PunditMom’s Spin Cycle Monday — Amendments, Sexism and the Year of the Ox

By | January 25th, 2009|Moms & Politics|3 Comments

Does the Constitution need another amendment? Russ Feingold thinks so. Maybe you do too, if you live in New York or Illinois.Lots of people, including myself, wondered if Caroline Kennedy had the experience to be New York Senator. Cokie Roberts made a good point on Sunday about that standard not being applied to Michael Bloomberg [...]

25 01, 2009

PunditMom’s Spin Cycle Sunday — OH NO! I Agree with Campbell Brown!

By | January 25th, 2009|Uncategorized|6 Comments

What do you think --- does she have a point about President Brarack Obama and transparency?After I posted the list of Senators who voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay legislation -- those who voted against it were all Republican men and all women Senators, regardless of party, voted for it -- suggested that this [...]

22 01, 2009

Here’s to You, Lilly Ledbetter!

By | January 22nd, 2009|Equal Pay|3 Comments

The Senate has voted in favor of the Lilly Ledbetter equal pay bill by a vote of 61 to 36!YAY!!!!!President Obama, do you have a few minutes to sign that into law this evening?

22 01, 2009

Spin Cycle Thursday — Caroline Kennedy, Michelle Obama and Katie Couric Walk Into a Bar

By | January 22nd, 2009|Moms & Politics|5 Comments

OK, not really, but those names just seem to suggest that there would be a good story if those three power women did get together.As for Caroline Kennedy, she's officially withdrawn her name from consideration for Hillary Clinton's Senate seat, citing "personal reasons." Whatever they are, I hope the media doesn't turn her withdrawl into [...]

21 01, 2009

PunditMom’s Spin Cycle — Post-Inaugural My Head is Still Spinning Edition!

By | January 21st, 2009|Moms & Politics|4 Comments

Well, it's done! George Bush is back in Texas where he belongs (sorry to my friends in Texas) and the new Obama administration is in full swing. As I spend part of the day catching up on the work I neglected the past few days, here are some things I think you'll enjoy:Grammy Robinson is [...]

20 01, 2009

It’s a New Day!

By | January 20th, 2009|Moms & Politics|4 Comments

Photo from MSNBC

19 01, 2009

I’m Saving Myself for Hillary Clinton

By | January 19th, 2009|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

Many people I know are flabbergasted that I am not partaking of any of the official inaugural activities, even though I live pretty close, as the crow flies, to the inaugural parade route and swearing in ceremony for Barack Obama.I know families who are going to venture down to the Mall just to be able [...]

16 01, 2009

President Bush Farewell Tour: Don’t Let the Screen Door Hit You on the Way Out

By | January 16th, 2009|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

It's been a very long farewell tour for outgoing President George W. Bush. I've gotten the feeling that he's been phoning it in for a while, but then I decided that's not such a bad thing, given his dismal record in the last eight years.He's had his final news conference, where it became clear that [...]

15 01, 2009

Do Feminists Need a Male Superhero?

By | January 15th, 2009|Moms & Politics|7 Comments

Is Ms. Magazine trying to make a valid point or just stir up controversy to sell more magazines?I've been thinking about this a lot before launching into this piece because I wanted to put my finger on exactly why I had a gut negative reaction to this cover. I don't have a philosophical objection to [...]

14 01, 2009

What’s the Difference Between Tim Geithner, Kimba Wood and Zoe Baird?

By | January 14th, 2009|Moms & Politics|12 Comments

I know that asking you to access the brain cells that remember who Kimba Wood and Zoe Baird are might be a bit of a challenge. Their names haven't really been in the news for about 15 years. And, heck, sometimes I can't even find the brain cells to remember where I put the car [...]

12 01, 2009

What’s Obama Thinking About the Economy?

By | January 12th, 2009|Uncategorized|1 Comment

No need to wonder anymore. Here's the letter Barack Obama sent, through Larry Summers, to Congress earlier today:Dear Madam Speaker, Leader Boehner, Leader Reid, and Leader McConnell:As the President-elect recently stated, ''we start 2009 in the midst of a crisis unlike any other we have seen in our lifetime." He strongly believes that while the [...]

12 01, 2009

PunditMom’s Monday Spin Cycle!

By | January 12th, 2009|Moms & Politics|9 Comments

Now that we're all back in to the New Year, its time to start keeping track again of the tasty political tidbits of the day ...Will Barack Obama be the Equivocator in Chief?Apparently it's OK to hide jewels and heirlooms if you're a fraud mastermind, and you still don't have to go to jail!President Lame [...]

5 01, 2009

First Day of School Neighborhood Tips for the Obamas

By | January 5th, 2009|Moms & Politics|2 Comments

Dear Michelle & Barack,You must be so excited about Malia and Sasha having their first day of school at Sidwell Friends. Aside from it being a prestigious school, the lower and upper school campuses are really lovely. No, PunditGirl isn't a Sidwell student, but she's attended summer camp there, so I know the lay of [...]

1 01, 2009

2009 — One Year Closer ??

By | January 1st, 2009|Making Our Political Voices Heard|6 Comments

So, here we are. I was just getting used to writing 2008 on my checks, and now it's 2009. Usually, I'd be sitting here getting ready to watch at least a little bit of the Tournament of Roses parade, a family tradition from way back, but I seem to be stuck in neutral.I'm having a [...]

21 12, 2008

Rick Warren is NOT Change We Can Believe In

By | December 21st, 2008|Democrats|14 Comments

Rick Warren has gotten more than his share of attention over the last week since Barack Obama announced that he would give the invocation at the inauguration. Not surprisingly, this has spurred a lot of conversation about whether Obama is just trying to be inclusive of those who opposed him in the election or whether [...]

19 12, 2008

Green Obama

By | December 19th, 2008|Moms & Politics|5 Comments

As President Bush announced yet another bail-out, this time for American automakers, it's hard to remember that there are other important problems that will need some serious attention when the administration takes over in January.One of those is a real energy plan. Energy and the environment aren't getting the most play in the media right [...]

17 12, 2008

PunditMom’s Wednesday Quick Hits — SEC vs. Congress

By | December 17th, 2008|Moms & Politics|1 Comment

As if the financial world hasn't already been rocked to its core, now we are dealing with a $50 billion Ponzi scheme. Conveniently, Congress is pointing the finger at the SEC staff and SEC big-wigs are calling for an internal investigation. I hate to break it to them, but Congress members and SEC Commissioners only [...]

16 12, 2008

PunditMom’s Tuesday Quick Hits

By | December 16th, 2008|Moms & Politics|1 Comment

As you probably guessed, things are slowing down a bit here at PunditMom blog. Between election fatigue, the December holidays and other things going on, it'll be a little slow here through the New Year. But while we're re-grouping, here are a few reads worth your time today:Why do things need to change in 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 [...]

12 12, 2008

Friday’s Hits, Quickly!

By | December 12th, 2008|Moms & Politics|0 Comments

So there are 13 days left until Christmas, but Chanukah and the birthday of a certain PunditGril come before that, so that's much organizing to be done here at Chez PunditMom.While I'm running around, here are a few news stories to talk about. I'm especially ticked about the story on fair pay ... you know [...]

11 12, 2008

Thursday’s Quick Hits, a la PunditMom

By | December 11th, 2008|Moms & Politics|1 Comment

It is getting much too close to the holiday season with way too little holiday "cheer" accomplished. But you know I can't turn my head away from some of the news ...Love your NPR station and all those great programs you don't get anywhere else? Well, you probably won't be hearing some of them anymore. [...]

9 12, 2008

Would Senator Caroline Kennedy be a Fairy Tale Come True?

By | December 9th, 2008|Moms & Politics|4 Comments

Hillary Clinton hasn't officially given up her Senate seat yet, but the list of Senate-wannabes grows every day.New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Hillary's hubs and former President Bill Clinton. NOW and The Feminist Majority have endorsed Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, a longtime advocate for issues such as fair pay for women, family planning, family [...]

9 12, 2008

Politics & Greed Never Cease to Amaze Me — What’s a Senate Seat Worth??

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

Sure, Chicago politics has had a bad rap for a long time, but the name of the first Mayor Richard Daley might get invoked less in light of this news -- Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been taken into federal custody on charges that he was trying to sell or take favors in exchange for [...]

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 [...]

7 12, 2008

Going into Debt for Obama?

By | December 7th, 2008|Economy|8 Comments

Barack Obama seems to be working overtime to come up with a plan to keep our economy from completely going in the tank.He's given speeches talking about how it's not going to be easy and that we'll all need to make sacrifices to put our collective finances back on track -- if that's possible after [...]

6 12, 2008

PunditMom’s ‘Time to Get the Tree’ Quick Hits!

By | December 6th, 2008|Moms & Politics|4 Comments

If we're going to get the Christmas tree, this weekend seems to be the time, thought Mr. PunditMom isn't so excited about schlepping it into the house. While we're out doing that, here are a few things to ponder as we inch closer to our respective holidays:You want to lose a few pounds before the [...]