Nicole Russell

Nicole Russell writes from Northern Virginia.

Goodbye Camelot; Hello Heaven

 

On November 22, 1963, it would seem no one else died that day but President John F. Kennedy—so well-seared into the American collective psyche is that event. Fifty years after the fact, the assassination of our Golden Boy president is so prevalent one would think it happened just 50 days ago. His death—mostly the controversy […]

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Mighty Ducks

 

What happens when the stars of a reality TV show wrap their arms around an unknown political candidate predicted to lose his race for Congress? He wins, of course. At first this may not seem unusual—who isn’t starting in at least one reality television show these days?—until you look at what happened in Louisiana’s 5th […]

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October’s Surprises

 

You know the reputation that oftentimes accompanies successful writers: Narcissistic but tormented, creative geniuses.  Many leave a legacy of work — accompanied by a litany of questions. The end of October marks the birthdays of three deceased, unique, but legendary writers, each who left behind a complex reputation — and some rules even the living […]

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The Case for (a Different Kind of) Education

 

Education, like the economy, has become the nation’s Achilles’ heel. When it comes to education, we’re like that kid sitting behind the cool kids at lunch, or the girl whose homecoming dress is just a smidge long: We want it so badly yet it’s farther away than ever. A new global report (pdf) by the Organization for […]

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Jersey Shores Up

 

New Jersey is one of those states that somehow manages to be a caricature of itself: Big money. Big attitudes. Big politicians. Big problems. As the special election for U.S. Senate looms Wednesday, local conservatives are trying to pull out an unexpected win — or at least learn some big lessons — that could signal […]

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Jersey Shores Up

 

New Jersey is one of those states that somehow manages to be a caricature of itself: Big money. Big attitudes. Big politicians. Big problems. As the special election for U.S. Senate looms Wednesday, local conservatives are trying to pull out an unexpected win — or at least learn some big lessons — that could signal […]

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The Faces of Facebook

 

When technology — or anything — becomes all the rage, it’s only en vogue thing to do is speak out against it. So for years I’ve interacted with social media sites, mostly Facebook, Twitter sparingly, determined to benefit from the good they offer, reject the bad, and move forward without becoming that curmudgeonly person who harps on […]

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The Faces of Facebook

 

When technology — or anything — becomes all the rage, it’s only en vogue thing to do is speak out against it. So for years I’ve interacted with social media sites, mostly Facebook, Twitter sparingly, determined to benefit from the good they offer, reject the bad, and move forward without becoming that curmudgeonly person who […]

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The Upside of Anger

 

Conservatives have seen better days — and the future could get worse: Taxes keep increasing; jobs decreasing. Our military’s needs are largely ignored; relationships with foreign countries fostered — but remain in disarray. Obamacare is in full swing; Congress is nearly at a halt. Yet less than half — 41% to be exact — of […]

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The Upside of Anger

 

Conservatives have seen better days — and the future could get worse: Taxes keep increasing; jobs decreasing. Our military’s needs are largely ignored; relationships with foreign countries fostered — but remain in disarray. Obamacare is in full swing; Congress is nearly at a halt. Yet less than half — 41% to be exact — of […]

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