Maria Santos Articles


Comstock Leans In

12:51 PM, Oct 31, 2014

Barbara Comstock, the Republican House candidate for Virginia’s diverse Tenth congressional district in the suburbs and exurbs of Washington, lost the first thing she ever ran for: a spot on her high school cheerleading team. “After that, I was like ‘I’m never doing anything again,’” she jokes.

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Strictly Ballroom

Maria Santos, bodega ballerina
May 26, 2014

Like a lot of people, I used to hate dancing in public. But unlike most people, I have professional ballroom dancers for parents. When you regularly lose your father in the grocery store only to find him practicing waltz turns down the bread aisle, a fear of public dancing is not sustainable. 

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Happy Hour Links: Wipeout

6:28 PM, May 21, 2014

Poll: Penalties drove healthcare sign-ups. 

A political concussion

Harry Reid's nonpartisan Koch-bashing. 

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Happy Hour Links: Amor Patriae

5:04 PM, May 20, 2014

America is not Amerika.

“Warning: Literature Ahead.”

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Happy Hour Links: Appreciation

5:51 PM, May 19, 2014

A thank you to the class of 2014.

Ben Sasse on Obamacare as the result of a “failed worldview.”

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Can You Spot the Differences?

Seven Alabama Republicans are hard to tell apart.
May 19, 2014

Birmingham, Ala. 
No House district in the country is more Republican than Alabama’s 6th, where the retirement of Spencer Bachus opens the seat for the first time in 22 years. The district voted 74 percent for Mitt Romney, so whoever captures a majority in the seven-way Republican primary in June—or, in the likely event no one does, whoever wins the runoff in July—can expect to be moving to Washington. 

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Happy Hour Links: Looking Back

6:31 PM, May 15, 2014

Former FDNY commissioner reflects on the 9/11 museum. 

The new millionaires

"Sara gets her gun." 

"Lazy moralism" in colleges. 

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Happy Hour Links: Make a Splash

5:19 PM, May 14, 2014

Inequality myths

A ripple or a wave

Kim Jong Il's personal poet

Democrats to flood Alaska airwaves. 

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Happy Hour Links: Desperate Times

5:46 PM, May 13, 2014

RIP, Keystone XL

Just kick the habit

Iran dubs itself victorious in Syria. 

Senate Democrats employing rare tactics

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Happy Hour Links: Strategy

8:52 PM, May 12, 2014

Tips for the war on poverty

A eulogy for Martin J. Sklar

Israel criticizes Iran nuclear deal. 

Rubio rises

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Happy Hour Links: Very Superstitious

5:58 PM, May 09, 2014

"The Real Africa." 

Boko Haram is not an anomaly

Scientism as superstition

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Happy Hour Links: Throwback

7:14 PM, May 08, 2014

Ethan Epstein on the human rights activist running for Congress. 

A self-made controversy

Republicans aren't to blame for dragging up Lewinsky. 

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Happy Hour Links: Age Is a Number

6:46 PM, May 07, 2014

Boko Haram and the problem of corruption

Correcting Joe Biden's history.  

Congress's plans to improve veteran mental health

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Happy Hour Links: Stay Tuned

7:44 PM, May 06, 2014

Why you shouldn't tune out Benghazi news. 

On Hillary's lie. 

Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn't have time for philosophy. 

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Happy Hour Links: Down Votes

6:57 PM, May 05, 2014

A taste of Gov. O'Malley's Reddit flop

Joni Ernst's new ad

Kay Hagan's dishonest attacks

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Happy Hour Links: The Right to Beer

6:31 PM, May 02, 2014

A PA union ad about how liquor privatization kills children

On Joseph Epstein

Elise Stefanik's new ad

Losing the war on cynicism

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Happy Hour Links: Fountain of Youth

7:15 PM, May 01, 2014

Beware the pomegranate

Honor flight

HHS misses their target for young enrollees. 

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Happy Hour Links: Ennui

5:46 PM, Apr 30, 2014

"France is not impressed with Thomas Piketty." 

Eich was not like Sterling.

The crime of helping charter schools.

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Happy Hour Links: Mansplaining

5:40 PM, Apr 29, 2014

Trigger warning: mansplaining and unchecked privilege. 

"A diplomatic nightmare." 

On celebrity famine fighters

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Happy Hour Links: Homogenized

5:41 PM, Apr 28, 2014

A culture of conformity

A how-to guide for Piketty reviews. 

Pence for president

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Endangered Species

The demise of the pro-life Democrat.
Apr 28, 2014

Kristen Day has just sent an email thanking a Democratic state representative in Michigan for supporting a bill banning abortion funding in Obamacare. He’s grateful for her note—she’s only the second person to thank him. “It’s a really lonely road, to be a pro-life Democrat,” she remarks.

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Happy Hour Links: Tell Me Lies

4:11 PM, Apr 25, 2014

"In defense of political lying." 

Perry backs Bush on immigration. 

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Happy Hour Links: Backtracking

7:34 PM, Apr 24, 2014

The downfall of Obama's Pay As You Earn student loan program. 

The benefits of unpaid internships. 

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Happy Hour Links: Divisions

7:26 PM, Apr 23, 2014

A case against affirmative action

Jihadists are controlling a "secretive" U.S. training camp in Libya. 

A "sweet deal" for IRS employees. 

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Happy Hour Links: Just Say No

7:02 PM, Apr 17, 2014

Don’t ban e-cigarette flavors for the children.

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Happy Hour Links: Liar Liar

6:14 PM, Apr 16, 2014

Fox poll: about six in ten voters think Obama lies about important matters some or most of the time. 

EMILY's List is raising record-breaking funds for elections. 

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Happy Hour Links: Nice Guys

6:49 PM, Apr 15, 2014

The nicest homicidal white supremacist.

Democrats’ “cynical” turn to race-baiting.

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Happy Hour Links: Conspicuous By Their Absence

5:51 PM, Apr 14, 2014

Why aren’t feminists backing Ayaan Hirsi Ali?

“Obama’s Slow-Motion Betrayal on Iran.”

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Happy Hour Links: Missed Opportunities

6:36 PM, Apr 10, 2014

What Ayaan Hirsi Ali would have said at Brandeis.

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