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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Historic Egypt Election Delivers Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi to the Presidency

**UPDATED below with White House Statement**

“There is no such thing called an Islamic democracy. There is democracy only. … The people are the source of authority,” he said. Asked about the role of women, […]

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TM.com, The Hillary Effect and 2012 Context

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

I think a lot about context. Analysis of a particular incident can be helpful. But without context, without some idea of what’s gone before; […]

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Anne-Marie Slaughter Doesn’t Want Her Dream Job Anymore

OH, SWEET EGO. So, the first Director of Public Policy Planning at State Department would rather be at home. Oh, to have so much, then decide it’s just not enough. What it […]

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Saudis Look to Funding Free Syrian Army

UK GUARDIAN reports:

Saudi officials are preparing to pay the salaries of the Free Syria Army as a means of encouraging mass defections from the military and increasing pressure on the Assad regime, the Guardian […]

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Queer Talk: Gay Pride and Slander

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

I’ve written a bit about June 2012 and Pride earlier (see here ), but wanted to take another quick look, via a couple of articles […]

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New Low on Romney Coverage

Politico, the unofficial web-branch of MSNBC, and whose staff spends more time on MSNBC than Chris Matthews, has a so-called reporter named Joseph Williams who all but called Mitt Romney a racist on Martin […]

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BUYING THE PRESIDENCY: Romney as Reagan, Obama as the “Soviet Union”

FROM BUZZFEED, Team Romney’s diabolical plan to buy the presidency.

Mitt Romney has adopted what top Republicans describe as a Cold War strategy to defeat President Barack Obama: To spend him into oblivion.

As Ronald Reagan’s […]

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Romney Expects Allies to Downplay Good Economic News

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign asked Florida Governor Rick Scott to tone down his statements heralding improvements in the state’s economy because they clash with the presumptive Republican nominee’s message that the nation is suffering […]

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23 Democrats Voted Against Gillibrand’s Food Stamp Rescue Legislation

Congress has grown increasingly concerned about spending for the food stamp program. Some 26 million Americans received the aid in 2007, while more than 44 million received it last year, at a cost of […]

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