Taylor Marsh is a political writer, author and cultural voyeur who lives in the Beltway area of Washington D.C. She is a former Broadway performer and beauty queen who was the Relationship Consultant for LA WEEKLY, then the nation’s top alternative newsweekly. Marsh marks her 20th year in new-media in 2016. Author of The Hillary Effect and The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen, Taylor turns to fiction for the first time with Below the Beltway.

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Data Cookies Flag and Track Our Political Preferences

We all know we’re marked and flagged and tracked on the web. Visit a site about, for example, hiking, and very soon you’ll see ads about, say, hiking boots pop up on other sites. […]

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Queer Talk: Log Cabin Republicans Clarify a ‘Qualified’ Endorsement of Romney **UPDATED**

In an earlier post today I noted that the long in coming Log Cabin Republican endorsement of Romney was clearly not made easily, only two weeks before election day. I wondered about the headline […]

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Back to the Bain Attack

According to Priorities, the ad is part of a multi-million dollar television and online ad campaign slated to air in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin, key battleground states. [The Hill]

“BUSINESSMAN” […]

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Obama’s “Horses and Bayonets” Top Trending Topic from Debate

THE PHRASE now joins “Big Bird” and “binders of women.”

The “horses and bayonets” line soon became the debate’s viral catchphrase, following “big bird,” “marlarkey” and “binders full of women” as the pull-out refrain that […]

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Obama’s Post Debate Pitch: “I Don’t Want To Lose This Election

IT’S THE pitch Rush Limbaugh just read over the airwaves.

But there’s an old rule in competition. Never let them see you sweat.

Mitt Romney may have been the one spritzing last night, but today it’s […]

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Winning the Debate, Losing the Media War

LET THE SPIN begin. What I warned was going to happen yesterday is in full bloom, because try as Obama might last night, Mitt Romney’s debate strategy assured he could slither away from being […]

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Top Story — In Stunning Reversal Romney Flips on Afghanistan: “Bring Our Troops Out by the End of 2014” [Video]

“You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We […]

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The Headline that Nails Romney’s Advantage, Obama’s Problem

THE REASON Obama’s debate win last night matters less is written in the Huffington Post headline.

No real debate about drones.

No real debate about Middle East policy.

You like Israel? I do too and I’ll […]

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Obama Releases “Determination” Ad

THE MESSAGE is “we’re not there yet.”

Will “progress” be enough to wrestle a race away from Romney, who has successfully carved a path close enough to the president, yet different on economics, […]

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