Taylor Marsh is a political writer, author and cultural voyeur who lives in the Beltway area of Washington D.C. She is a former Broadway performer and beauty queen who was the Relationship Consultant for LA WEEKLY, then the nation’s top alternative newsweekly. Marsh marks her 20th year in new-media in 2016. Author of The Hillary Effect and The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen, Taylor turns to fiction for the first time with Below the Beltway.

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Kofi Annan Quits Syria

CHARLIE ROSE had a conversation with Mark Lyall Grant, UK Ambassador to the United Nations on Syria, this week that is important (but not embeddable).

The opening for Syria to eventually go the way […]

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News Desk: Sudan and South Sudan Reach ‘Reasonable Understanding’ on Oil Payments

Sudan has struck a deal with South Sudan over oil payments in a dispute that brought to the two countries to the brink of war. A spokesman from Sudan said a “reasonable understanding” had […]

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Birthday Cake War

RNC SENDS a birthday message to Pres. Obama.

The DNC responds.

Fun war games that have no consequences, except inside the campaigns, as the rest of us watch the warfare.

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Swimming Phenom Missy Franklin Shatters World Record at London Olympics

“THE FUTURE IS NOW” is what’s being said about Missy Franklin’s place in Team USA swimming. With Michael Phelps saying he’s competed in his last Olympics, people are already looking to Franklin. […]

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Michael Moore on Pres. Obama (It’s not an endorsement)

“I wouldn’t say I support him. I would say I will vote for him.” – Michael Moore [Washington CBSLocal]

THESE TYPES of comments, like what Susan Sarandon said as well, are actually helpful.

If […]

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Queer Talk: Chick-Fil-A-ing

Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer.

The amount of attention being given the Chick-fil-A story is not really surprising, but is instructive. It’s an example of one of humankind’s […]

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Jobs Report Weak, But It Can’t Save Republicans from Romney

The main news in this report is a marked upswing in the rate of payroll job growth. The 163,000 rate shown in this report is likely to close to the economy’s underlying growth rate […]

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Mitt Romney Calls Out Reid and the White House

CHALLENGING THE SENATE majority leader and the sitting President has got to be good for Mr. Romney’s base. The press loves it. But all I see is men acting out and not […]

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Top Story: Gabby Douglas, Gymnastic Gold

WHAT ELSE CAN be said about this remarkable competitor? She’s one of an elite group of African American gymnasts ever to compete in the Olympics and the first to win the gold in gymnastics all-around. Yet people are actually, unbelievably sniping about her hair.

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