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Telenovela Outreach to Latinos: The GOP’s Future?

Businesswoman Clara Del Villar wants to help the GOP. A Dominican-American, Del Villar has watched conservatives and libertarians repeatedly fail to connect with Latinos. She believes it’s time for a more creative approach. Toward that end, Del Villar has filmed 12 Webisodes of “Familia Con Fuego,” or “Family With Fire,” a new pro-free-market telenovela about … Continue reading

“Family with Fire”: The Free-Market Telenovela

The morning after Election Day is too often painful. The night before, Latino voters were tantalizingly within reach. Yet, in the morning’s light, Republican politicos are heartbroken, having failed to woo that coveted demographic. Dominican-American Clara Del Villar, herself a conservative, has a better idea: The GOP should engage Hispanics where they already are, namely … Continue reading

The Strange Things Strangers Say To Pregnant Women

With this pregnancy, as with my first, I’ve found that there is no need to wonder what strangers are thinking. They regularly share their thoughts unprompted, those thoughts are often rather strange, and they are typically about three things: size, gender, and timing. 1. My Size. When I was about 6 months pregnant, I attended … Continue reading

Robin Thicke’s Odd Public Apology to His Estranged Wife

Apologizing isn’t easy. Apologizing publicly is even harder. So what inspired singer Robin Thicke to publicly attempt reconciliation with his estranged wife, actress Paula Patton? According to Us Weekly, the couple’s February split was Patton’s call alone. So while it’s true that Patton told Vanity Fair in May that “’there’s a deep love there—always was, … Continue reading

Innovative Partnerships Fuel Policy Reform

Generating broad support for free-market policy reforms means state think tanks must reach persuadable voters outside their typical audiences. In the spirit of this year’s Annual Meeting theme, Dare to Disrupt, several think tanks have begun engaging non-traditional partners to advance their policy goals. SPN partnered with journalist Melissa Langsam Braunstein to share the stories of—and lessons … Continue reading

Don’t Date Your Daddy

Dear 20-something Single Ladies, I used to be one of you, so I totally sympathize with your dating frustrations. As a Washingtonian, I know about dating older men. It’s so common that our city has an unofficial 10-Year Rule before funny looks ensue. I’m also aware that smart and accomplished women often gravitate toward older … Continue reading

The Raunchy, Religious Tween Comic

Oy, the scandal! When even religious Americans embrace the worst aspects of our secular culture, is it time to declare culture war defeat? Josh Orlian, a (not so) nice Jewish boy from my home county of Westchester, New York, recently auditioned for America’s Got Talent with a racy comedy routine. The Internet’s calling him “naughty,” … Continue reading

Why Do We Selectively Hate Hollywood Moms?

Why do journalists and fans react so differently to various actresses’ comments about motherhood? Recent feedback to four stars offers a study in contrasts: Hayden Panettiere versus Kirsten Dunst, and Emma Thompson versus Felicity Huffman. Take Hayden Panettiere, for starters. The 24-year-old Nashville star foreshadowed her recent pregnancy news in a May 2013 Glamour magazine … Continue reading

10 Ways the Second Pregnancy is Different Than the First

Pregnancy is a great divide. My mothering life bears little resemblance to my pre-pregnancy life. But my second go-round is reshaping my thoughts about pregnancy. Being pregnant while parenting a toddler is so much harder. Now wiser, I offer 10 of my own second pregnancy lessons: 1. Hello, Exhaustion. When I was pregnant with Lila … Continue reading

Justin Timberlake, Zionist

I never understood people’s obsession with Justin Timberlake. Sure, he’s a good dancer, and some of his songs are catchy, but what’s so impressive? Last week, he changed my mind, though. I was smitten by Timberlake’s Instagram photo of his praying at the Kotel, or Western Wall, in Jerusalem. Clearly I’m not the only one … Continue reading

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