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It Takes A Woman is one of the great songs from one of the great Broadway musicals of all-time Hello Dolly and women are very much at the forefront of our political lives today. Think of the most powerful women in America today: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Dr.Deborah Birx who, love her scarves or not, holds our lives in her Trump-powered hands. And think that in January 2019, the largest number of women ever elected to Congress was sworn in—87 in the house and 23 in the Senate. This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show we take a look at the power of women in the 116th Congress with veteran New York Times Capitol Hill reporter, Jennifer Steinhauer, whose new book THE FIRSTS: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE WOMEN RESHAPING CONGRESS is a must read. As always, Halli and her partner in politics, Matthew Cooper, slice and dice all things politics in this week’s conversation on the political scene. The podcast is posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and is available on all your favorite apps.


We begin with Halli and Matt. Over sixty-thousand Americans are dead from Covid-19 and the virus continues to spread. Yet Trump is pushing to open up the economy. Is he trying to kill us all? Republican governors are going along with the plan, ignoring the standards set by Trump’s own task force. Presumed Democratic Party presidential candidate, Joe Biden, is rising in the polls, and Trump is not happy with his campaign’s team. Is long-time South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s re-election bid in trouble? Where oh where is Kim Jong Un? And we’re just beginning.

It Takes a Woman

It takes a woman doesn’t begin to cut it. But one hundred years after earning the right to vote, women make up only twenty-five percent of Congress. Still, the history-making Class of ’19 includes many remarkable firsts. And Rhashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Deb Haaland, Abigail Spamburger, Ilhan Omar, Kysten Sinema and her hot pink dress and metallic heels, Katie “Yes, We have to fix this shit” Porter became household names. How are they making a difference? The story of this transitional moment has been chronicled by veteran New York Times Capitol Hill reporter, Jennifer Steinhauer, who has been following this historic transition from day one. She reports her findings in her new book THE FIRSTS: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE WOMEN RESHAPING CONGRESS, a dizzying ride into what makes a Congresswoman, and how they navigate that ride.Tune in.

It takes a woman, Nancy Pelosi, Dr. Birx, the Coronavirus, Donald Trump, Joe Biden and Election 2020, Stacey Abrams, Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida, Florida, Florida, and we’re just beginning. Tune into The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.


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Planned Parenthood CEO Gloria Feldt

The future of Planned Parenthood, the future of the Women’s Movement and Women Power in the age of President Trump are some of the subjects The Halli Casser-Jayne Show takes a look at Wednesday, March 1, 3 pm Eastern when former CEO of Planned Parenthood and visionary leader for women’s equality Gloria Feldt joins Halli at her table.

Gloria Feldt’s journey from teen mom and high school dropout from rural Texas to president and CEO of the world’s largest reproductive health and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to visionary leader for women’s equality is the stuff American dreams are made of. A woman who inspires both women and men, among Feldt’s other honors, she was named by Vanity Fair one of “America’s Top 200 Women Leaders, Legends, and Trailblazers,” Glamour’s “Woman of the Year,” a She Knows Media Inspiring Woman, and a Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st century. The author of four books, including New York Times bestseller SEND YOURSELF ROSES written with Kathleen Turner, Feldt teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership” at Arizona State University.

Both a newsmaker and a commentator, Gloria Feldt has been widely quoted and published in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Politico, The Daily Beast,, and more. She has appeared extensively on CNN, MSNBC, the Today Show, Good Morning America and The Daily Show. She is the co-Founder of Take The Lead, a women’s leadership organization which both teaches and inspires women to move forward in their careers into leadership roles.

The future of Planned Parenthood, women’s rights, on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday March 1. The podcast will be posted at 3 pm Eastern at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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In the opening of her brand, new politics show, ONE BROAD TALKING, the respected host of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show proclaims her declaration of Independence. She says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty, the pursuit of Happiness and the BLOOD SPORT OF POLITICS.” Now comes the second installment,  a show you won’t want to miss.

The author of the celebrated book A YEAR IN MY PAJAMAS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA, and the writer of the bi-weekly fun, irreverent political column INSIDE THE HOPPER, Halli has long been commentating in the way only she can on all things politics.

Throughout her professional career, Halli has worn many hats: reporter and photographer; actress and documentary producer; radio personality; author, editor and publisher. Her many accomplishments include writing and producing the six-hour rockumentary on The Doors as well as collaborating with Doors drummer John Densmore on his autobiography Riders on the Storm. She is the author and photographer of STILL LIFE: IMAGES OF ANTIETAM.

As a foreign correspondent during the 1980s, Halli showed her fearlessness when she reported in the danger zones of war-torn Central America. Her frankness and feistiness have been expressed via her opinions and commentary on The Halli Casser-Jayne blog.

As for fun and entertaining, Halli has hosted and interviewed a wide variety of distinguished guests from New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah to Newsweek’s political director Matthew Cooper, social critic and political activist Naomi Wolf,  legendary comic, writer, producer Carl Reiner,  and three time Academy Award nominee actress Diane Ladd on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. She will continue to host The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast posting new shows, Wednesdays, 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

For more information on One Broad Talking and The Halli Casser-Jayne Show visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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Today begins confirmation hearings for President Obama’s nomination to head defense, former Senator Chuck Hagel. Before I make my case against Hagel’s confirmation, let me say that most likely Hagel will be confirmed. First, the general consensus is that a president is entitled to select his cabinet, the advisers that he will work with most intimately. Second, and this is WRONG, the Senate is a Good Ol’ Boy’s Club and they tend to stand with their own. Third, even Democrats, i.e. the disgusting Jewish Sen. Chuck Schumer, surely as aware of anyone of Hagel’s out-of-the-box views on Israel and Iran, will vote for Hagel. Schumer recently traded his vote against Hagel for running the president’s inauguration against his birthright homeland and his religion and what is morally right.

Hagel has made outrageous statements about Israel. In the last weeks he has tried to reframe those statements by writing a new stanza to his old song. It changes nothing. Everyday some outrageous soundbite of his surfaces, about Israel, about how we handle Iran, about how we approach war (on this he is mostly right). But saying that we should be careful about going to war is a no-brainer, isn’t it?

Hagel’s nomination says as much about President Obama’s position on how the U.S. deals with it’s only true ally and its longtime ally in the Middle East, Israel, as it does about Obama’s feelings for a people, the people who call themselves Palestinians who have been offered land for peace far too many times without appropriate concessions on their part and turned such offers down.  Most importantly is the reality that  their leaders refuse to acknowledge the Jewish State .

A word about anti-Semitism: Too many pundits these days are hiding behind their wrongly perceived intransigence of Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and Israel. Equally, they have suddenly taken the position that it is the intransigent people who call themselves Palestinians who are the victims, when, in fact, the Palestinian’s wounds are self-inflicted. Israel is the Jewish state. It is therefore impossible to separate Judaism from Israel. What powers Israel is Judaism and Jewish morality.  By the same token, its Arab neighbors difficulty with Israel’s existence is not at all about land, but about the reality that the land is Jewish land. Therefore, when people like Chuck Hagel make statements deriding Israel, those statements cannot be considered anything but fueled by an inherent anti-Semitism.

Of course, most anti-Semites never think they are. Anti-Semitism is insipid, which is why it has lived as long as it has. I fully believe that Hagel and for that matter, President Obama do not see their positions or their feelings as inherently anti-Semitic. In the president’s case, I hesitate to call him an anti-Semite. Rather he is simply WRONG on Israel and foreign policy. Hagel’s words, on the other hand, tell an entirely different story.

World War II and the Holocaust seems centuries away. “We must never forget” has been replaced by “that was then, this is now,”  which is not what most practicing Jews believe. American Jews tend to fit into two categories. Those who can’t and won’t forget, and those who feel that the only way forward is to forget, moreover, to be bigger than their past and in the extreme, to embrace the enemy. Peter Beinart and the morons behind J Street fit into this category. Yes, Jews can be wrong.

Chuck Hagel is the wrong man for the job, if for no other reason than he and his statements and feelings towards the Jewish State do not mesh with the majority of American Jews.  His lack of understanding on the significance of keeping Iran nuclear free, though not unimportant, pales in the context of his insipid anti-Semitism.


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