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Adriana Maxwell is well-versed in all things news. This Atlanta, Georgia, resident used to freelance for both CNN International and iReport as an associate producer and is now a regular presence on iReport, where she sounds off on the hot political stories of the moment.
As she puts it in her profile biography, she's a "pundit who actually lives on a planet I like to call Earth." That definitely shows in her no-nonsense approach to political news across the spectrum. It's also why she's this week's pick for iReport Pundit of the Week.
Issues: "I've always got an eye out for when media and pundits and political analysts hammer on talking points, and never really provide facts. People have heard these talking points again and again, but sometimes they're not true, or half true. It's important that someone fact-checks what they're saying and demands they tell the truth, and stop relying on the memo that was handed to you by someone else."
How did you first get interested in politics?
"I started at a very young age. My parents were always interested in politics in the U.S., and continued to be when they immigrated here, but always had the advantage of looking at it kind of as an outsider, a third party. They always would dissect current events from a non-American point of view."
Why do you share your opinion with iReport?
"When something gets vetted, it means I've made a valid point, and my iReport makes sense and has value. It's the satisfaction of having a CNN producer say that it's good, and has been fact-checked, and it's a good story."
Who is your political or journalistic hero?
"The late Tim Russert. I've been a political junkie from birth, and I can remember watching 'Meet The Press' in the morning when I was younger. He never cut people off or got angry, he would just ask questions and let them go. And then, when they stopped for a breath, he would devastate them with a contradictory statement they had made, and put the quote right up there."
What do you think is going to be the defining issue of the 2012 election?
"The economy. It always is. If the economy goes south, President Obama will be out. But if it keeps on growing, I don't think Mitt Romney has a chance of winning. That's why all the big guns didn't run – folks like Chris Christie and Mitch Daniels. They knew that as long as the economy was moving forward, even at a slow pace, they probably wouldn't win."
What is something unique about you that people might be interested to know?
"Well, if I can get through the day without any interruptions, which is hard to do sometimes, I can usually read two or three books a day. I'm a speed-reader. I've always had it, as a child I would go to the library, pick out ten books, and by the end of the week they would all be returned."
And she put those speed-reading chops to use in 2009 when she pored her way through the more than one-thousand pages of the Affordable Care Act. She appeared in the CNN Newsroom and gave the world the skinny on what it was like going page-by-page through the bill.
Catch some of Adriana's commentary and punditry right here on iReport. If you'd like the chance to step up on the iReport soapbox and shine a light on your own political views, now's the time to join the debate.
The story of Titan Cement in Egypt - Alexandria
SOS | Company workers Alexandria Portland Cement are crying out for the disbursement of dues ..
1257 workers from the workers of the company Alexandria Portland Cement, owned and now of Greece (Titan Cement).
Sale of the company and the holding of falsehood and wrong are many and we the workers victims of a system since privatization and we went out for early retirement since 2001 and 2003 we do not get our rights stolen and the procrastination so far after many promises from the company, regardless sums
And our presence and the presence of a representative of the military's Northern Command, to discuss our demands, and sit with them, often to no avail ... With the help of Director of Egyptians who are the company for this purpose so far, and who sought to get out of workers for early retirement through threats and intimidation did not do, regardless sums, which is represented in our legitimate rights of activating the hold out collective action of workers (up to now, we get the pension of the private sector, where he is discount of monthly pay us to the pension sector) and profits and the shares of workers union shareholders of workers 10% and shares of Cement and Suez shares ASIC, which had been purchased on behalf of workers and the fellowship fund for workers has not been liquidated so far, and earnings of employees in 2002 and 2003 and 2001 has not been discharged in full and 5% share of workers in the construction of the oven fifth new was being deducted from the monthly incentive-General of the wage and annual earnings of workers and rewards private and resort Marsa Matrouh, which had been purchased from the dues of the workers and benefits the club and the Assembly of consumer associations and many which were discount of the monthly wage for us and many entitlements to us Cement Company Titan ask you to stand with us and help us to be able to recover our rights from inside the Titan Cement We call on all honest people to stand with us in front of the colonizer, which displaced 1257 Egyptian family without getting their dues and enjoy the benefits of investment in Egypt and steal the wealth of our country at the cheapest prices, such as prices, quarries and energy supported and in addition to encroachment on state property and other dust and turning Egypt into dollars and then to their country of Greece, and leave us with serious pollution and disease, and thoracic and toxins in the air of Alexandria is very bad to the Mediterranean sea .....That the air emitted from Titan Cement kill our children..Monster killer Titan Cement...
Dear honorable urge you to stand with us to return our rights ..... We urge you on behalf of the family of 1257 subject to destruction and displacement .... We appeal to every honest man reads this article to cooperate with us and that you would arrange to send our voices to all parties and all the country ...
Send to all the friends in order to know who they are Titan Cement in Egypt - Alexandria....
Introduction to you / Essam Mouawad / Phone: 002/ 01278031690 victims of the privatization of the company Alexandria Portland Cement (Titan). Egypt - Alexandria
Congrats on being Pundit of the Week!!!!
Always insightful... Congrats!! Keep up the good work!