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Liz's Top Five Sites

June, 1st 2015
As my top five cities entry probably indicates, when I travel, much of what I prioritize is visiting historical sites, especially ancient ones.
It's hard to narrow a large list of amazing places down to a top 5. But this represents my best effort. Here goes.
1. Angkor Wat
OK, this one was easy. There is nowhere more spectacular that I have been than Angkor.
Undoubtedly, if you travel there today, it will be much more touristy than it was when I visited in 2002....

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Top five street food/fast food joints

May, 30th 2015
As someone who tries to keep costs down when traveling, to free up money for more of it (or for spending on genuine, must-have luxuries while traveling), street and fast food are things I pay some attention to.
I will admit, I am also somewhat wary of certain street food in certain countries due to hygiene and disease considerations; in some cases, I've had to be, because of things like potentially being pregnant (and wanting to stay pregnant, should I have been). For that reason, while I...

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Liz's Top Five Cities

May, 27th 2015
As I do the promised travel blogging, I anticipate doing a lot of "top fives." This is partly laziness on my part, partly my thinking that this will help keep my writing semi-accessible and relevant to people. Anyway, here is the first-- my top five cities.
The top three on this list are obvious for me. The last two are less so, and in fairness, Damascus and Istanbul were also in pretty close contention. But here are some thoughts on the top five, in any event. 
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Travel blogging

May, 27th 2015
A long time ago, long before I ever got into politics professionally or indeed became a lawyer, I thought it would be cool to be a travel writer. For whatever reason, I never pursued it.
This has probably been to my financial benefit-my suspicion is that travel writers don't make much, and the competition is pretty fierce. But with that being said, having undertaken a couple of trips with my infant son has got me thinking that there are some observations about the places I've been that...

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Liz fact sheet for new Twitter followers/trolls/people making assumptions they maybe shouldn't

October, 11th 2014
Hi there. If you're reading this, you're probably a new follower of mine on Twitter. Or maybe you're a troll. Or maybe you're someone making assumptions you really shouldn't. Below will be at least one fact relevant to the point you're trying to make or the question you've asked. Happy reading!
1. You've worked for candidates who lost elections, so why should anyone listen to your views on politics?
Not a lot of people really do listen to my views on politics, relative to people...

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Some thoughts from a Scottish-American on #indyref the day/night before

September, 17th 2014
In Braveheart, the dramatized (and fictionalized) Edward I opines that the problem with Scotland is that it's full of Scots.
Ahead of tomorrow's independence referendum, ironically this seems a good description of the nature of the challenge that faces both the "Yes" and "No" campaigns. What looks from the outside like an election where really pretty much everyone should have a formed, pre-set view with few caveats, few things that might make people waver in their positions - after all,...

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Was Eric Cantor losing proof of America winning?

June, 12th 2014
Political junkies across America have spent the last 24-plus hours pinching, slapping and throwing cold water at themselves in an effort to confirm that, yes, what they think happened to Majority Leader Eric Cantor, representative of Virginia's 7th congressional district (at least for a few more months!), really did happen on Tuesday night.
Some are jubilant. Some are depressed. Some find the whole situation comedic. Some observe it with a dispassionate, academic interest and feel...

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New data on inequality and economic mobility. And what I think it may mean.

February, 5th 2014
I've long been skeptical of liberal arguments that inequality in America is out of control and needs to be addressed as the or a top economic concern facing the current generation of policymakers.
My position has largely been that economic immobility, to the extent that it exists, is a greater concern.
Ultimately, pervasive, long-term economic immobility speaks to a problem with regard to fulfillment of the American Dream. The general idea behind America is that here, anyone who is...

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Jamestown Associates, the NRSC, the SCF, and blacklisting

November, 25th 2013
Awhile back, the NYT's Jonathan Martin wrote a story about the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC's) decision not to contract with Republican direct mail/ad firm Jamestown Associates for future work, in view of the firm's existing relationship with the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF)-- the group that has had a habit of supporting strongly conservative candidates branding themselves as anti-establishment in important Senate races. The piece generated a lot of chatter among...

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Liz Cheney, Mary Cheney and family loyalty

November, 19th 2013
Matt Lewis has an interesting post up about the Liz Cheney-Mary Cheney feud over Liz Cheney's stance on legal recognition of same-sex marriages. Obviously, Liz's remarks have garnered a lot of attention over the last 48 hours (I've opined on them from several different standpoints during that time), but Matt dives into the aspect of the controversy that is perhaps the hardest to discuss because it concerns the emotional, as opposed to the philosophical or the practical, and takes a perspective...

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