I am the National Correspondent for Air America radio and a contributing editor for Playboy. I am also an occasional contributor to The Daily Beast. I host "The Inside Story" on Air America every week. I am available to blog for money. My beat is "politics," with a focus on the wonk ant farm that is Washington, D.C., the only city in the world run almost entirely by nerds. (Of which I consider myself one -- the nerd part, not the running-the-city part.) I'm best known for rapid-fire would-be wittery -- real-time mocking of White House briefings, Senate hearings, breaking news -- and you can find that most handily on my Twitter feed. I also liveblog big events for Air America wherever they will have me and appear with not-quite-satisfactory regularity on The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. For some reason I was allowed into and received a good seat assignment at the first Presidential news conference of the Obama administration, despite my bloggery disinclination to wear pants. I also have the bloggery disinclination to stick completely to one subject and so while I write mainly about politics, I also chime in on teh cute (are you part of the Socks Army? JOIN TODAY!), unintended double entendres, crafty/designy culture, and Battlestar Galactica. (Like I said: nerd.)
In 2008, I covered the McCain campaign for Time, Radar, and, ultimately, you, raising thousands of dollars from total strangers so that you could continue being amused by my not entirely straightforward political reporting. I continue to try to be worthy of your generosity.
Previous to working at Time, I was the founding editor of Wonkette.com -- and I have nothing to do with it now. I'm the author of Dog Days, a novel, and live in DC with my husband, Chris Lehmann -- an editor at CQ Weekly and BookForum -- and two cats and two dogs. I cut my internet teeth as an editor at Suck.com, wrote a column about television for FeedMag.com and knew early on that Inside.com was doomed, but I like to think my presence there was a coincidence.