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Contributing Editor , The Bipartisan Press
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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Rather Than Merely Running for President, Is Nikki Haley Auditioning To Be Trump’s New No. 2?

Rather Than Merely Running for President, Is Nikki Haley Auditioning To Be Trump’s New No. 2?

Would it be really beyond the imagination that Haley is perhaps leaving a little bug in Trump's ear that he would be better served with her at his side as his 2020 running mate?
No, Mr Bloomberg, We Do Need a Wealth Tax: Too Much Income Inequality Is Bad, Even for the Rich

No, Mr Bloomberg, We Do Need a Wealth Tax: Too Much Income Inequality Is Bad, Even for the Rich

What we have now in the United States is a situation of wealth inequality which isn't just not good for society as a whole, it's not even good for the wealthy anymore, either.
Facebook Finally Does The Right Thing; This Time Twitter Lets Us Down

Facebook Finally Does The Right Thing; This Time Twitter Lets Us Down

Even if Dorsey and his Twitter colleagues don’t see the benefit just in being a good corporate citizen, there are other savvy reasons to protect the whistleblower.
What’s the Punchline: How Many Billionaires Can Run for President?

What’s the Punchline: How Many Billionaires Can Run for President?

I have no doubt that Bloomberg's heart is in the right place. But we already have one do-gooding billionaire in the Democratic primary (see Steyer, Tom). And despite all of the resources Steyer could bring to bear, he hasn't tapped into front-runner status. What would be different for Bloomberg?
Trump’s Ukraine Scandal’s Got to be Bad: AG Barr Won’t Even Cover For Him

Trump’s Ukraine Scandal’s Got to be Bad: AG Barr Won’t Even Cover For Him

The unusual Barr snub in this case likely tells us that even he can't spin Trump's way out of this.
Verdict from Election Night 2019: Trump’s Slow Smothering of GOP Continues

Verdict from Election Night 2019: Trump’s Slow Smothering of GOP Continues

As a direct result of Donald Trump, the Republican party have disappeared from the nation's suburbs and truly will be solely a regional party of rural America.
In ‘The Swamp,’ Influence Peddling Continues Unabated

In ‘The Swamp,’ Influence Peddling Continues Unabated

Influence peddling has only grown rampaciously during the Trump administration. It now appears to touch all three branches and it's a bipartisan problem.
In The Shifting Defense of Senate Republicans, We See Trump’s Guilt, Senators’ Lack of Patriotism

In The Shifting Defense of Senate Republicans, We See Trump’s Guilt, Senators’ Lack of Patriotism

That these senators, including Sen. Ted Cruz, feel compelled to shift the excuses and make up new stories in Trump's defense simply is proof of his culpability.
We Need To Face Our Other Global Environmental Catastrophe: Plastic Pollution

We Need To Face Our Other Global Environmental Catastrophe: Plastic Pollution

Much of this detritus finds itself on the world's oceans and clogs the beaches of some of the planet's most isolated--and beautiful--islands.
Trump Vs. Sessions: An Alabama Battle Royale?

Trump Vs. Sessions: An Alabama Battle Royale?

If Sessions were to regain the seat, certainly much of his agenda would track that of Trump's. But that doesn't mean Sessions would make things easy for his old boss.