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Janet has had a long career in journalism, covering at various points entertainment, science and technology and politics. She spent 20 years covering Capitol Hill, the federal agencies and the White House.She even spent brief periods working for the federal government.Although she has her personal political beliefs, Janet's of an age to remember when people in Washington were able to work on a bipartisan basis, even when they, too, had strongly held political beliefs.
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AOC Appeals to the Dictionary to Claim Her Appearance at the Met Gala Is Not Ironic

AOC Appeals to the Dictionary to Claim Her Appearance at the Met Gala Is Not Ironic

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is pushing back against criticism of her decision to attend the Met Gala this week wearing a white dress with the words "Tax The Rich" emblazoned in red.
Fmr Senator On GOP Opposing Vaccine Mandate: Are We Going to Go Back to the Days of Children Dying … of Chicken Pox?

Fmr Senator On GOP Opposing Vaccine Mandate: Are We Going to Go Back to the Days of Children Dying … of Chicken Pox?

The virulence with which Republicans -- including a number of Republican state governors around the country -- are opposing the vaccine mandate which President Biden is implementing has at least one former Democratic senator from Missouri frightened for the future of the health of American children.
VP Harris: ‘Unity Is Imperative in America’

VP Harris: ‘Unity Is Imperative in America’

Vice President Kamala Harris beseeched Americans to regain the unity that they found in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Vaccine Expert: We Must Mandate Vaccines for Anyone Entering a School over 12 Years Old

Vaccine Expert: We Must Mandate Vaccines for Anyone Entering a School over 12 Years Old

The new vaccine mandates and enforcement actions President Biden announced Thursday in an address from the White House should help in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, but even more likely is needed, according to a prominent vaccinologist.
Attorney: Dems Need to Fix a ‘Radical’ Supreme Court Beholden to ‘Very Right Wing Idealogues’

Attorney: Dems Need to Fix a ‘Radical’ Supreme Court Beholden to ‘Very Right Wing Idealogues’

The new Texas abortion ban which took effect last week -- after the US Supreme Court took a pass on an emergency appeal of the law -- has reawakened the debate about President Biden and congressional Democrats taking action to reform the high court after Donald Trump and his Republican allies spent four years tilting it to the hard right.
Speaker Pelosi’s Legislation Against Texas Abortion Ban Will Prove Useless

Speaker Pelosi’s Legislation Against Texas Abortion Ban Will Prove Useless

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's pledge to pass federal legislation to reverse the new Texas abortion ban might be entirely well-meaning, but it's also a completely empty promise.
Sen. Murphy: We Probably Should Have Started Evacuation Earlier

Sen. Murphy: We Probably Should Have Started Evacuation Earlier

A key Democratic senator who has been one of the most stalwart defenders of President Biden's handling of the events in Afghanistan is willing to acknowledge that the one thing that the US government could have done differently is perhaps begin the evacuations of US and Afghan citizens sooner.
‘Classic Race-Baiting’: Texas ER Doc Blasts Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick for Blaming Unvaccinated Black Americans for COVID Surge

‘Classic Race-Baiting’: Texas ER Doc Blasts Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick for Blaming Unvaccinated Black Americans for COVID Surge

Those who have been anti-vaccine are now increasingly looking to point the finger of unvaccination elsewhere, in the face of mounting new cases of the illness and its Delta variant. And they are often pointing towards Black Americans. Now an ER doctor is calling out one such individual, her state's Republican lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick, of Texas.
Democrats And Republicans Amp Up Criticism of Biden Over Afghanistan

Democrats And Republicans Amp Up Criticism of Biden Over Afghanistan

Chalk this up as President Biden's latest accomplishment in bipartisanship: both Democrats and Republicans are racheting up criticism of the actions he's taking in Afghanistan.
Questions About Further Future Shots Growing Louder

Questions About Further Future Shots Growing Louder

As cases of COVID-19 are once again on the rise, several new questions and issues have begun to emerge about vaccinations -- including the need for a third, booster shot for most Americans.