Monika Bauerlein

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Since taking the helm at Mother Jones in 2006, Monika and her co-editor, Clara Jeffery, have won two National Magazine Awards, launched a nine-person Washington bureau, relaunched the website, given birth, and forgotten what it’s like to sleep.

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Monika Bauerlein is co-editor of Mother Jones, where, together with Clara Jeffery, she spearheaded an era of editorial growth and innovation, marked by two National Magazine Awards for general excellence, the addition of a seven-person Washington Bureau, and an overhaul of the organization’s digital strategy that tripled MotherJones.com's traffic. Previously she was Mother Jones' investigative editor, focusing on long-form projects marrying in-depth reportage, document sleuthing, and narrative appeal. She has also worked as an alternative-weekly editor (at Minneapolis/St. Paul’s City Pages), a correspondent for US and European publications in Washington, D.C. and at the United Nations, an AP stringer, corporate trainer, translator, sausage slinger and fishing-line packager. She lives in Oakland.

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Kindergarten Landslide

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 2:46 AM EST

My five-year-old came home with an "I Voted" sticker on Monday and informed me that he'd cast his ballot for the guy he's insisted for weeks on calling "OhRock Obama." Turns out that he was part of the "Every Kid Votes" program, in which some 800,000 kids in all 50 states (what company president Ed Rickers calls a "significant sampling") made their choice, with OhRock prevailing 59 percent to 41 percent.

Just sayin'.

Bush: "This Sucker Could Go Down"

| Fri Sep. 26, 2008 12:59 AM EDT

Some things have to be read in the Gray Lady to be believed.

And by "this sucker," Mr. President, you mean... the economy? The country? The last smidgen of a remnant of a chance that someone who's been under a rock these past eight years might not consider this the Worst. Administration. Ever? But really, it's a measure of how cracked the world seems right now that I'm almost prepared to believe that the president has a point on this one. It sure would be a first.

Maybe It's Not Sexist, But Let's Leave It Alone Anyway

| Thu Sep. 4, 2008 3:43 PM EDT

I don't disagree with Stephanie often, but I guess there's always a first time, and I really don't think it's any of our business how long Sarah Palin chose to take off after giving birth. Who knows what the circumstances were? Whether she was able to bring the baby to the office? What other reasons there might have been for why she felt compelled to do what she did? Can't we hold more than one idea in our heads at the same time: Disagree with Palin's choices in politics (including the ironic choice to deny women a choice... but I digress), without taking issue with her decisions as a person? Can't we fight for every woman's and every man's right to family leave (and flex time, and job-sharing, and the whole work-life agenda that dropped out of the national discourse sometime in the 80s thanks in large part to GOP culture warriors--but I digress again) without worrying that one very prominent working mother's choices will undercut our whole argument? (If our argument is that weak, we have other problems.) For an example of how to do all this better, let's see how France's Minister of Justice works it out--as a single mom, no less.

Oh, and while we're at it: When Emily Bazelon and Dahlia Lithwick wonder, in their otherwise excellent Slate piece: "Is it passing judgment to observe that for most mothers, a pregnant teenager is a sign of parenting gone awry?" all I can say is, um, my first assumption would be birth control gone awry. I know it's not going to happen, but I really, really wish we'd just focus on stuff like Palin's global-warming denialism.

Peggy Noonan's Chutzpah

| Thu Sep. 4, 2008 2:07 PM EDT

I know I'm late to the party on this one, but in all the excitement about Peggy Noonan's off-mic dissing (which she has now clarified--uh-huh), did anyone point out the pot-calling-kettle factor? This is the woman whose speeches helped make Ronald Reagan snickering about "political bullshit about narratives." Then again, it was kind of Chutzpah Night in St. Paul. Could you believe Rudy "Small Town Boy" Giuliani?

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