Alana Levinson

Alana Levinson is the engagement editor at TPM. She has a master's degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where she studied digital media and narrative storytelling. Alana is the founding editor/publisher of STEVIE ZINE, an online culture magazine for and by women. Her writing has been published by Mother Jones, The Nation, Gawker and NPR, among others. Contact her at alana@talkingpointsmemo.com.

Articles by Alana

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before Congress Tuesday on Iran's nuclear threat marks a low in U.S.-Israel relations. The speech, arranged with House Speaker John Boehner (D-OH) and without any notice to the White House or State Department, was seen as an unprecedented diss of a U.S. president, as interference in domestic U.S. politics, as a stunt to boost Netanyahu's re-election prospects back home, and as a threat to the bipartisan consensus on Israel in the U.S.

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A swearing-in featuring Joe Biden is gaffe-porn, when both the Vice President’s best and worst are on full display. It’s when Biden is in his truest form—“unleashed,” as they say—and the chamber is his stage. But are these really just “aw, shucks, dad” moments, another blunder we have come to expect from Uncle Joe? Or is it…kinda creepy? And why does he get a pass from progressives?

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is internet notorious. In the wake of her dissent on the striking down of the Voting Rights Act, the 81-year-old Supreme Court Justice inspired a Tumblr called "Notorious R.B.G.," which cheekily compares her to rapper Notorious B.I.G. and generally celebrates her badass nature.

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Since Twitter launched in 2006, you could argue that every year has been that of the terrible tweet. The medium has historically brought out the dumb in a lot of people, but 2014 offered some unique gems.

From the Taliban geotagging a tweet to a newspaper accidentally posting a photo of a butt plug, check out our list of the worst tweets of 2014.

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