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Syndicated columnist Molly Ivins last came to NOW to talk with fellow Texan Bill Moyers about the war of parties that was taking place in the Texas State Legislature. She returns to talk with David Brancaccio about the filibuster battle in the U.S. Congress which she has compared to the battles in her home state. Ivins says, "It's a joke that the right wing claims it is against 'judicial activists.' What they want are judicial activists who agree with them. These people don't want to govern, they want to rule."

Read Ivins' column on the issue: "Ground zero: protections of the minority."

Molly Ivins

Molly Ivins is a nationally-syndicated political columnist, whose special focus is the foibles of both state and national government. Ivins is from Houston, Texas, graduated from Smith College in 1966, from Columbia University’s School of Journalism and studied for a year at the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris.

Her first newspaper job was as the Complaint Department of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. She went on to the MINNEAPOLIS TRIBUNE and was the first woman police reporter in that city.

Ivins returned to Texas as co-editor of the TEXAS OBSERVER, a sprightly, muck-raking publication devoted to coverage of Texas politics and of social issues. In 1976, Ivins joined the NEW YORK TIMES, first as a political reporter in New York City and Albany. She was then named the TIMES' Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief, chiefly because there was no one else in the bureau.

In 1982, she returned to Texas as a columnist for the late DALLAS TIMES-HERALD. After its much-lamented demise, she spent the next nine years with the FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. She became an independent journalist in 2001 and also in that year won the William Allen White Award from the University of Kansas, the Smith Medal from Smith College and was elected to the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was the 2003 recipient of the Ivan Allen, Jr. Prize for Progress and Service.

Her freelance work has appeared in ESQUIRE, HARPER’S, ATLANTIC, THE NATION, THE PROGRESSIVE, TV GUIDE, and many other publications. She is also known for her essays on the NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER and National Public Radio, as well as four best-selling books, the most recent being, SHRUB; THE SHORT BUT HAPPY POLITICAL LIFE OF GEORGE W. BUSH. Ivins has known President Bush since both were in high school.

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