I am currently host of MSNBC’s politics and current affairs program, The Cycle, which airs weekdays at 3 PM eastern. I am also the host of Krystal Clear, a web show airing on msnbc.com at 11:30 AM eastern every Wednesday. Both shows cover a wide variety of topics but with a particular emphasis on income equality and workers’ rights. I came to MSNBC after having run for Congress as the Democratic nominee in the First District of Virginia. I was a first time candidate and had never worked politics but felt myself pulled into politics after becoming a mother. I believe we have a sacred obligation to pass on a country that's better than we found it, that comes closer to living up to its great promise and ideals. In the campaign we lost decisively, but ran an intense, serious campaign, with some forward thinking work in social media.