“A writer is someone who is interested in all the arts, in politics, and of course the psychology of people. Someone passionate about everything.”
– Susan Sontag, Radio France Interview (“Regarding Susan Sontag,” from HBO)

An excerpt from the latest book by Taylor Marsh:

…It’s one thing to want a traditional relationship in the old-fashioned sense of the word. That type of traditional relationship often doesn’t make room for a woman who has her own life and career going for her, too. If you’re self-employed, you have a better chance of juggling everything, but if not, some careers are very competitive, and women have to sacrifice a lot to have them, including time with their children. It’s also not like the workplace is a friendly place for women who still have most of the responsibilities at home. This can often mean the man has to pick up the slack and be graceful while doing it. The woman still sacrifices a lot for her choice to have a marriage, children and a career, which some people describe as “having it all.” […] …The age issue is critical, because in American society it’s seen as gross to hear or have a discussion about older women and men being sexually active. There is almost a cultural lust for media reports and storylines that celebrate hot, young passion. That two people over fifty would be using erotic movies, sex toys and fashion to excite one another has been traditionally seen as unseemly. Sex once was thought to be unimportant for women over fifty, which is likely why so many men over fifty were starting second families. […]

Podcast: Book introduction audio and commentary of "The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen - Relationship Secrets from the Trenches.

Podcast: Introductory book audio reading, with commentary, from The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen – Relationship Secrets from the Trenches.

Tea Party Man, Newt Gingrich

The DNC hit Newt with a new video after the Iowa debate on Saturday.

Matt Taylor over at Joe Conason’s National Memo explains why Tea Partiers love Newt, just in case the DNC ad […]

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Gingrich: I won’t cheat anymore, promise.

Oh, that Newt. After two strikes, he’s ready to cross his heart and hope to win Iowa that he won’t ever cheat again.

From Burns & Haberman:

To Bob Vander Plaats and the Executive Board […]

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A Little Love Over to Rocky Anderson & the Justice Party

Pres. Obama’s getting a challenger from his left today when Rocky Anderson announces the creation of the Justice Party at 2:00 p.m.

No one thinks it will challenge Obama in a serious way for […]

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Pres. Obama: ‘Our war in Iraq ends this month.’

Meanwhile, interesting tidbit on Pres. Obama in South Carolina in the latest NBC News/Marist poll:

In South Carolina — a reliable Republican state in presidential contests — Obama’s approval rating stands at 44 percent, and […]

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One Reason Why Newt is Clocking Romney in the Polls

Romney team demands Newt give back money from Freddie Mac.

Gingrich schools him on how it’s done.

In the sound bite game, Romney’s an amateur compared to Gingrich.

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Steve Rattner Reveals Obama Administration’s View of Elizabeth Warrren

Going back to 2006, my opinion of Steve Rattner is on the record (cross-posted at Huffington Post at the time), because he’s part of the problem with the Democratic Party. He was a Lieberman […]

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CBS Poll: 54% Say Pres. Obama Doesn’t Deserve to be Reelected

Just 41 percent of Americans think Mr. Obama has performed his job well enough to be elected to a second term, whereas 54 percent don’t think so. The president’s overall approval rating remains in […]

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Romney’s $10,000 Bet Trends Worldwide, While Gingrich Flunks History

While Twitter and the press were giddy over Romney’s $10,000 bet-pocalypse line, the serious gaffes of the night went to “historian” Newt Gingrich, who called himself a Reagan conservative, doubling down on […]

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The Things Newt Says

A classic Newt bomb:

“I believe that the Jewish people have the right to have a state,” Gingrich said in the interview. “Remember, there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the […]

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