Ann Friedman

Ann Friedman is a columnist for New York magazine's website and for the Columbia Journalism Review. She also makes pie charts for The Hairpin and Los Angeles magazine. Her work has appeared in ELLE, Esquire, Newsweek, The Observer, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and many other outlets. She lives in Los Angeles, but travels so often the best place to find her is online at

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The Town Hall Debate: A Binder of GIFs

Why does the Republican always win the coin toss? Mitt promises a job to a soon-to-be-college-grad. Mitt says that Obama bankrupted the auto industry. Obama decides to show up this time. The candidates both love "clean" coal. Mitt makes "middle-class tax cuts" sound better than Obama does. Obama tries to parse Mitt's deficit math. Apparently, our economy is on "the road to Greece"? Obama on the way back to his stool: Mitt's "binders full of women": Every woman watching: Mitt says the time-keepers are broken. Candy shuts him down. Mitt says "every woman in America should have access to contraceptives." OMG CHINA IS SO SCARY. Mitt refers to "undocumented illegals." But Obama also says he's into deportation. Obama owns his answer about recent terrorism in Libya ... ... and Candy's fact-check backs him up. Obama calls for a comprehensive gun-control strategy. Mitt's answer to gun violence: marriage. Obama to Romney: .

The Vice-Presidential Face-Off, GIF-ified

Raddatz, right out the gate: Ryan gives props to Beau Biden. "MALARKEY!" "Let's move on to another war." :( Biden is a real-time, one-man fact-checking team. Ryan: Biden: "Mitt's a car guy" line transitions to Biden's car accident story. Biden addresses the camera directly. 47%, 47%, 47% Ryan launches into his five-point economic plan. Then Biden explains that plan's feasibility. Ryan: Biden: Ryan is anti-choice because of "reason and science." Biden demands time to speak Martha Raddatz at the end of the night:

The Debate in 17 GIFs

Obama Shouts Out to Michelle for Their Anniversary Mitt Says He Loves Coal Obama Nods. Mitt Offers Some Simplistic Platitudes. Obama Nods. Obama Name-Checks Bill Clinton. Twice. Mitt Tells Another Anecdote about a Down-on-Their-Luck Couple in Schenectady. Jim Lehrer Won't Shut Mitt Up. Obama Nods. Everyone Loves the Middle Class Mitt Claims He's Way into Regulation. Obama Smiles. Mitt Throws the Phrase "Trickle-Down" at Obama. The President Winces. Liberals Facepalm. It's Over. THANK GOD.

Running Away From "Mama Grizzly"

After the 2008 election, conservatives learned to talk about race and gender -- but not race and gender equality.

If the 2008 election was all about change, then the 2012 race promises to be a referendum on whether things have actually changed. I'm not only talking about Obama's ability to fulfill his campaign promises of a more prosperous, fairer America. I'm also referring to the fact that the last time we elected a president, the candidates who graced the national stage marked a very visible change from previous campaigns. For the first time in history, race and gender did not default to white and male. Identity took center stage. I'm not old enough to remember all that many election cycles, but I'm confident that 2008 was different. Some observers, myself included, hoped that the groundbreaking 2008 campaign would alter the political landscape forever. That the political parties could no longer win by continuing to nominate only white men. That women and people of color would be better represented in Congress and in the White House. That the various ways race and gender intersect in our...

In the Streets

Old-fashioned street demonstrations and picket lines are enjoying their most popular moment since the late 1960s.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson at a pro-union rally in Wisconsin yesterday (Flickr/Karen Hickey)
About a year and a half ago, as the Tea Party began to dominate headlines and cable-news chyrons, liberals were befuddled. This "movement" had seemingly come from nowhere. Slowly, a general-consensus explanation emerged: A few tiny conservative gatherings were trumpeted (and trumped up) by right-wing media until they had the appearance of scale. We still, however, had a hard time wrapping our heads around how big and widespread these gatherings really were. When Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin called the Tea Partiers to the National Mall this summer -- but stopped just short of calling it a Tea Party -- liberals couldn't look away. The left countered with a national gathering of its own, a demonstration organized by labor leaders just a few weeks after the Beck rally. Unions bused in members from around the country, but the turnout -- and media coverage -- was disappointing. The event was also overshadowed by a well-attended rally of a less political sort sponsored by Comedy Central hosts...