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Mary Lyon is a veteran broadcaster ad five-time Golden Mike Award winner, who has anchored, reported, and written for the Associated Press Radio Network, NBC Radio "The Source," and many Los Angeles-area stations including KRTH-FM/AM, KLOS-FM, KFWB-AM, and KTLA-TV, and occasional media analyst for ABC Radio News.  She began her career as a liberal activist with the Student Coalition for Humphrey/Muskie in 1968, and helped spearhead a regional campaign, "The Power 18," to win the right to vote for 18-year-olds. She remains an advocate for liberal causes, responsibility and accountability in media, environmental education and support of the arts for children, and green living. In addition to OpEdNews, Mary writes for, World News Trust, and's "We! The People" webzine. Mary is also a parenting expert, having written and illustrated the book "The Frazzled Working Woman's Practical Guide to Motherhood."

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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 30, 2008
I Helped Pay for That, Too, Senator McCain The half-hour Obama video brings out the worst in John McCain, as he leaps to suspect the worst in many of us.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 31, 2008
The "Bush Effect" - Hopefully for a Third and LAST Time The spinners are out in furious force to rewrite George W. Bush's White House history. But all you have to do is think back, and make a list, to know the full, real, and bitter truth.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The Meaning of the Spector Switch There's a lot more behind the leap Arlen Spector just took across party lines. And that leap spans a lot more than just the proverbial center aisle.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 4, 2009
Freedom Isn't Free - We Still Aren't Free of Sarah Palin For Sarah Palin, saying "good-bye" means never having to say you're really leaving.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 5, 2007
The Giver of Pain and Delight The original "Star Trek" series had an episode called "Spock's Brain" - that boasts an exquisitely descriptive line that's stuck in my brain for decades. The episode explored one of those male-versus-female societal structures in which the men, savage, near-Troglodyte types, spoke of the dominant opposite sex as "the givers of pain and delight." One of those hapless men, lo these many years later, is Rudy Giuliani.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 27, 2008
Whose Opening Advantage? The first presidential debate draws little blood. But everybody came away with something - especially Barack Obama
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 3, 2008
Advantage Biden Boy meets girl at the Vice Presidential debate. But while the guy was a gentleman, the gal was no lady.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Mahmoud and Me The controversial visit of Iran's president shines a glaring light on an overriding crisis of trust - and what we simply have to find a way to get beyond.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 9, 2007
The Meaning of America I think maybe it's time to start asking the following question: What have we come to? Who do we think we are as Americans, here and now, in early November, 2007? We've got a year before we collectively express ourselves via the ballot box. So who are we, anymore?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 10, 2009
What Still Ails America Dr. Obama has made an emergency House (and Senate) call. But will it be enough to lift health care reform off the critical list?
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 27, 2007
"And You're Okay with This?" There simply MUST come a time when even Congress says Dick Cheney has gone too far.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 28, 2007
Why we MUST Impeach - A Second Look The courage of Dennis Kucinich should hit all of us, especially our Congress, directly in the conscience. IMPEACHMENT isn't just an option. It's an urgent necessity.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 11, 2007
ALL These People Scare Me The climate of fear and loathing in this country has become like a door -- that now, at long last, is swinging both ways.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 19, 2007
It Just Takes ONE I was seriously thinking of writing this column about a crisis of conscience: somebody – anybody – tell me why I should bother being a Democrat anymore. The past several weeks have been almost literally hair-tearing. Our hesitancy about the confirmation of Michael Mukasey as Attorney General was recently validated when he stonewalled efforts to investigate the deliberate destruction of CIA torture tapes...
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 23, 2007
Am I Laughing or Crying? Barrump-bump! The only cutting edges present at the 2007 White House Correspondents Association dinner were with the forks and spoons at each place setting. Sadly enough, the association itself remains a group of disgracefully dull blades.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Everything But the Plastic Turkey Bush's latest surprise visit to Iraq, like the handful of others before it, was hardly a reflection of the truth over there. But do you think most of America will catch on?
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I STILL Stand with Cindy Cindy Sheehan's anguish should be our own. But her withdrawal from the anti-war frontlines should not be.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 25, 2009
A Tale of Two Speeches Nothing could be more glaring than to compare President Obama's speech with Governor Jindal's Republican response. It's no wonder America has cast its lot with the Dems.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Three Little Words Being big enough and honest enough to admit you made a mistake has become a presidential act. Why can't the Republicans try it for themselves?
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 10, 2007
Yet Another Bridge Too Far The bridge disaster in Minneapolis should finally make us face the bridge we really have to repair. There is another bridge that needs crossing. And it's that unmentionable bridge, that fearsome Bridge-That-Must-Not-Be-Named, The Bridge WAY Too Far, especially for America's loyal, patriotic CONservatives. They fear to tread that way even more than they shrink from accountability.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 16, 2007
What Paris Means Is justice blind - or merely blonde? If it can happen to Paris Hilton, it should happen to Scooter Libby and his GOP scofflaw friends, also.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 4, 2007
The Stain on McCain John McCain's foolish, ill-advised, misguided loyalty to George W. Bush has put him on a "Straight-Talk Express" straight to Hell.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 18, 2008
The Benediction of Big Al Al Gore has now endorsed Barack Obama. If that's the best we can get, I'll take it.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The G in GOP Stands for Ghoul Didn't somebody somewhere awhile back talk about fear itself as being the only thing we had to fear? What happened???
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 7, 2007
Undebatably Yours When is just about any Democrat acceptable? When they're up against just about any Republican.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I Dreamed I Had a Bull's-Eye on My Back Actions, and reactions, have consequences. The UUC shootings in Tennessee prove that anti-liberal extremists can be prodded - by propaganda - into murder.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 8, 2007
Undebatably Yours, Revisited If the Democrats can cave, so can I So much for leaving the GOP debaters on "ignore"...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Talking a Tragedy to Death In the aftermath of a national nightmare, sometimes the only solace available can be found around the watercooler.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Scooter and the Tipping Points The latest outrage over Scooter Libby MAY have been the "last straw." But whose? Ours, Congress,' or Bush's?
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Rush to Judgment (I Hope) One of the nation's leading chickenhawks may have started a war he can't win.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Gore's Not the Only One Who Won Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize is a great victory for him, and a great validation for the millions who always believed in him.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 25, 2008
Tears and Bookends The Democratic National Convention opens with cheers and tears, and a welcome new look at Michelle Obama.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 9, 2007
The Chastening The lunatics are leaving the White House asylum. And as they go, they leave all blame, acceptance of responsibility, or true contrition to somebody else.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 22, 2007
"Texas Poled 'Em" There's only one way to play the game with George W. Bush and Alberto Gonzales and friends. And that is to refuse to play in the first place.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Leave 'Em Wanting Moore It takes a rumpled but wide-awake media outsider to teach a lesson that the well-coifed, best-dressed media insiders chose to sleep through.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Why Alberto Gonzales Did a "Good" Job George W. Bush has occasional accidents of honesty. The latest lapse occurred with his assessment of the legacy of Alberto Gonzales.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 31, 2007
When "Brownie" Meets "Jeffie" As a retired journalist, let me just say – I've gotta hand it to these people. As my late mother would have said, "they have more nerve than the guy who ate the first oyster." "They" in this case are our friends at the "new-and-improved" FEMA.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Things We Saved in the Fire Democratic backbone these days resembles the smoldering wreckage on so many Southern California hillsides. Except in one case.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 7, 2007
The Bridge Too Far The Minneapolis bridge isn't the only bridge that's broken. The bridge we have to build, as Americans, is that which links tax revenue to serving the greater public good.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The Spoiled Sports See how they run - with their ball, straight back home. The separate decisions by Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott and ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert to bail out early from Capitol Hill has left me with visions of hot kitchens dancing in my head. Too hot, apparently, for either of these gents. Why am I not surprised?
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 18, 2007
A Very Vitter Pill The Perils of the Pecadillo, or how the DC Madam's latest goat endangered his Senate career, his reputation, his partisan pals, and his Significant Other Woman.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Shock Treatment Whether dissent is put down through cold shoulder or hot electric jabs, the frustration remains the same. Many of us are STILL not being heard.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 14, 2007
All Roads Still Lead to Rove "Bush's Brain" REALLY saying sayonara? I wouldn't bet the house (or the White House) on it.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 23, 2007
Who's the Turkey Now? I knew this would happen. On this week when most of America sits down to a bounteous turkey dinner, some chickens have started coming home to roost. And the taste is tender and juicy indeed. Months ago, mid-gossip, I wrote on one of my favorite progressive political blog/chat sites that I thought we should all be keeping our eyes peeled for the "I Didn't Do It" books.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 8, 2007
St. Patrick and the Snakes My reaction to the "fibby libby" verdicts, AND to the reactions from others. The ultimate conclusion to this trial will only be satisfactory if the many questions left unanswered by Patrick Fitzgerald's efforts are finally addressed.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 17, 2007
Torturing Alberto Perhaps with the week he's been having, Alberto Gonzales feels like the guy with the hood and the wires attached to his fingers. And no wonder.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Something Wicked This Way Came September 11th 2007 has only added insult to the injury of six years ago, as the reputation of yet another general becomes the latest casualty in the "War on Terror."

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