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Interview Update: Krystal Ball of MSNBC’s “The Cycle” Returns to Co-Host

Krystal Ball/MSNBC Photo from The Cycle

UPDATE: 7/29/13–Krystal returns to co-host on “The Cycle”

UPDATE 6/7/13: Krystal announced on “The Cycle” today that she gave birth to Lowell Maxwell this afternoon, weighing in at 8 lbs. 4 oz. She says she’s feeling great, that his sister Ella has met him, and that he only cried for five seconds and is a sweet, content baby. 

She added that she doesn’t feel like a superwoman working until a couple of days before the birth as it helped her psychologically to be occupied and not worrying.  Congrats to Krystal!

By Stacey Gualandi/March 18, 2013

If you’ve been watching cable news lately, you’ve probably seen Krystal Ball (@KrystalBall) giving her feisty opinions on a variety of subjects from gun control legislation to Lean-In, the controversial book by Sheryl Sandberg. As one of four co-hosts on the MSNBC show, The Cycle, she joins the others daily in a live conversation about all things popular and political.

 “I think that this is the place that I’m supposed to be right now in my life, and I’m tremendously grateful for it.”  Krystal Ball

An accomplished Jill-of-All-Trades. this CPA, at 28, ran for Congress in Virginia. She didn’t win, but she became a much sought-after pundit on top cable talk programs.

We had the opportunity to interview Krystal on The Women’s Eye Radio Showand in this excerpt she brings us up to date on her innovative television program, her role as a mom-to-be and her political recovery…  [Read more…]

Chief of Staff Pia Carusone On Working For Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Pia Carusone on the job with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona/2010

Pia Carusone on the job with Rep. Giffords in Arizona/2009

UPDATE 4/12/13: Giffords Ex-Chief of Staff Back on Team to Fight for Gun Control

UPDATE: 10/24/12–The Hill’s 25 Women to Watch

UPDATE: 12/4/11–Giffords Aide Pia Carusone Takes Command of Office

By Pamela Burke/April 7, 2011

Twitter: @piacarusone

Right now Pia Carusone has one tough and demanding job in Washington, DC, as Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ Chief of Staff. Since the Tucson tragedy in January when Giffords was critically wounded by a gunshot to the head, Pia’s office has been handling the needs of the people her boss represents in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.

Along with this, the staff has been dealing with the loss of one of their own, the steady barrage of media questions, and the public’s concern about Gabby’s condition.

“The experience has been the most difficult and emotional one that I’ve ever gone through.” Pia

An added daily pressure is the historic final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour at the end of the month commanded by Gabby’s husband, Capt. Mark Kelly.

So far Pia’s holding steady. This 30-year-old keeps a low profile and gives most of the credit to the incredible group she and Giffords work with in DC and Tucson.

Rep. Giffords, Pia, and their Washington DC staff

Rep. Giffords, Pia, and the Washington, DC staff/2010

After seeing Giffords’ remarkable day by day recovery, I was looking forward to talking to Pia about dealing with the stress of her job, holding the office together, and the strength of her courageous boss… [Read more…]

Rebecca Traister On Why “Big Girls Don’t Cry” —— The 2008 Election

Rebecca Traister Book Jacket photoRebecca Traister’s new book “Big Girls Don’t Cry” gives extraordinary insight into the presidential campaign of 2008 and an election she says that “changed everything for American women.”

This journalist and writer about politics and gender for Salon uses her coverage of the election as a jumping off point for her analysis of what happened during that history making year.

A reader emailed that she wanted Rebecca to be interviewed for this website. “Rebecca gave a lot of thought to the warp-speed with which women have transformed–and been transformed by–the political arena,” wrote my friend.

“…there is nothing wrong with wanting a woman to interrupt the history of white male presidential power. That’s actually a progressive impulse…”
Rebecca Traister

The more I read the book, the more questions I had for Rebecca about this transformative election and her non-teary title. She answered them all… [Read more…]

Laura Bush Writes From Her Heart

"Spoken From the Heart" by Laura BushThe former first lady chronicles her life in “Spoken From the Heart” with, as some critics write, candor and no meanness.

To read a review:

LA Times

An interview:

USA Today


Have you read this book? What did you think of it?