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Author of the book, Anyone Can Grow Up: How George Bush and I Made It to the White House,Margaret Carlson is a highly sought political insider, the Washington editor of THE WEEK, and a widely read political columnist for Bloomberg News. She applies her background in law to her journalism to bring the public unique insights about what goes on in Washington.

In 1988, Carlson joined TIME magazine and served as White House correspondent and deputy Washington bureau chief. From 1994 to 2005, she wrote the “Public Eye” column for TIME magazine, becoming the first female columnist in the magazine′s history. At CNN, Carlson served as a weekly panelist on The Capital Gang for 15 yearswhile making further appearances on fellow network programs The Insider and Crossfire. Her journalism career has also included stints as managing editor at The New Republic and Washington bureau chief for Esquire magazine.

Carlson earned a law degree from George Washington University Law School and completed her undergraduate work at Penn State University. She has one daughter and lives in Washington, D.C.

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Margaret Carlson is the Washington editor of THE WEEK and a political columnist for Bloomberg News.


In 1988, Carlson joined TIME magazine and served as White House correspondent and deputy Washington bureau chief. From 1994 to 2005, she wrote the “Public Eye” column for TIME magazine, becoming the first female columnist in the magazine′s history. At CNN, Carlson appeared on Crossfire and Inside Politics and for 15 years, served as a panelist weekly on The Capital Gang. Her journalism career has also included stints as managing editor at The New Republic and Washington bureau chief for Esquire magazine. Carlson earned a law degree from George Washington University Law School and completed her undergraduate work at Penn State University. She has one daughter and lives in Washington, D.C.


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Margaret Carlson speaks on the politics of expanding Medicare for everybody on the MSNBC show Countdown with Keith Olbermann. “There was a time when insurance was a non-profit business. The police, education, those are public services,” she states. “Insurance used to be non-profit to model something like that, because health care is a public service.”

Concerning healthcare reform she points out, “If the bill goes forward with an individual mandate that says you have to buy insurance, should the government be driving 40 million new customers into the arms of a flawed system? Should ETNA just get that handed to them for a few concessions like not hanging denials on pre-existing conditions? That’s why there needs to be a public option.”


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View from the Capitol: U.S. Political Headlines
A leading political columnist, Margaret Carlson offers insightful and incisive commentary on the Washington political scene, presenting an overview of the current state of public affairs, the media and public policy. With an eye to the future, Carlson evaluates the Obama Administration, Congress and what today′s news out of Washington means for America′s future.




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View from the Capitol: U.S. Political Headlines
A leading political columnist, Margaret Carlson offers insightful and incisive commentary on the Washington political scene, presenting an overview of the current state of public affairs, the media and public policy. With an eye to the future, Carlson evaluates the Obama Administration, Congress and what today′s news out of Washington means for America′s future.

Interview


Margaret Carlson speaks on the politics of expanding Medicare for everybody on the MSNBC show Countdown with Keith Olbermann. “There was a time when insurance was a non-profit business. The police, education, those are public services,” she states. “Insurance used to be non-profit to model something like that, because health care is a public service.”

Concerning healthcare reform she points out, “If the bill goes forward with an individual mandate that says you have to buy insurance, should the government be driving 40 million new customers into the arms of a flawed system? Should ETNA just get that handed to them for a few concessions like not hanging denials on pre-existing conditions? That’s why there needs to be a public option.”