Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political analyst and commentator based near New York. She has provided analysis and commentary on national television for PBS, CNN, the Fox News Channel, and MSNBC, and has appeared locally on the Orange County News Channel and Cox Cable.
In addition, Carol serves as a substitute host for KABC radio in Southern California and for the nationally syndicated "Hugh Hewitt Show." She has been a guest on a variety of radio programs across the country, including nationally-syndicated shows like "Beyond the Beltway," "Dateline: Washington," and "American Scene," as well as on Southern California PUblic Radio and Pacifica Radio. A weekly columnist for CaliforniaRepublic.org, she has also contributed to the editorial pages of The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, The Orange County Register, The Sacramento Bee and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Her work has appeared online at Human Events and FrontPage Magazine, as well.
Carol’s work in politics began early. Born on February 13, 1967 and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Carol attended Princeton University, where she was Editorial Chairman of The Daily Princetonian and graduated in 1989 with a degree from The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The summer before her sophomore year, she joined the first Senate campaign for former Governor (and current U.S. Senator) Christopher “Kit” Bond (R-MO), where she spearheaded the opposition research on then-Lt. Governor Harriett Woods.
After Princeton, Carol headed off to Harvard Law School, where she served as the first female managing editor of the Harvard Law Review and graduated in 1992.
Carol then moved to Washington, D.C. to become a law clerk for Reagan appointee Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In that capacity, she assisted Judge Sentelle with matters arising from his status as chief of the three-judge panel charged with appointing prosecutors under the now-defunct Independent Counsel Act.
At the conclusion of her clerkship, Carol went to Capitol Hill. She served as legislative assistant to Senator Bond, specializing in Judiciary, Crime, Tax, Small Business and Nominations matters and handling the legal issues pertaining to oversight of the Executive Office of the President. Carol also consulted on judiciary and crime issues for the 1994 U.S. Senate campaign of John D. Ashcroft.
She subsequently returned to St. Louis in 1994, and practiced law in St. Louis at Armstrong, Teasdale LLP, as part of the firm's appellate and litigation departments. Consistent with her ongoing political interests, she also served as Spokesman for Missouri Women for Dole in 1996, and later directed Senator Bond's office in eastern Missouri. In that capacity, Carol acted as a surrogate for the senator at official events, and advised on and oversaw the implementation of assorted policy matters. She left St. Louis in 1998, upon her marriage to F. Jack Liebau - a third generation Californian.
Since moving to California, Carol has served as a policy advisor and counsel for Tom Campbell's U.S. Senate campaign in 2000. She has also enjoyed having the opportunity to travel widely throughout California to present speeches, including keynote addresses for the Golden State Republican Women Leaders' Forum; the California Federation of Republican Women's biennial conference; the San Diego County Federation of Republican Women's 76th Annual Convention; and the San Bernardino County Federation of Republican Women's Conference in 2003. Carol also assists on a variety of free-lance projects, including providing advice on the script for Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, and participates extensively in volunteer work for organizations as diverse as the Junior League of Pasadena and Soldiers’ Angels.
Carol lives in San Marino, California, with her husband, Jack, and Winston, their four-year-old West Highland white terrier.
There's a reason that the President's pick to be the new commissioner of the embattled IRS is hardly a household name.
Americans should be outraged that IRS officials linked to various scandals are collecting generous benefits, courtesy of the taxpayers.
Only a day after Bill and Hillary Clinton were said to be "livid" at comparisons between themselves and the Weiners, a recording has leaked of Monica Lewinsky's lascivious chatter with the ex-President.
It now appears that the IRS colluded with the FEC to target at least two conservative organizations.
New evidence is emerging that suggests the IRS may have harassed existing conservative non-profits, as well as new groups seeking tax-exempt status.
News reports suggest Bill & Hillary Clinton are "livid" at Huma Abedin/Anthony Weiner for comparing themselves to the presidential couple. Really?!
Given the pass that the press gives Democrats, one good argument for Republicans running the government is this: At least the press will hold them accountable.
Why won't Treasury Secretary Jack Lew just ask IRS Chief Counsel William Wilkins what he knows about the IRS targeting scandal?
Obama administration officials are considering a budget strategy that would include shutting down the government.
Perhaps no one should be surprised that in an informal test of Americans' honesty, residents of the nation's capital came in dead last.
It's ironic, but entirely foreseeable, that relations between blacks and whites have worsened during the Obama presidency.
Jack Lew and Jay Carney can try to downplay the IRS targeting scandal, but the fact that we STILL don't know who was involved highlights the administration's recalcitrance, not its innocence.
Judging from the expenses for their travel, there must be some pretty valuable commuting employees of the IRS.
Will the falling support for ObamaCare among moderate Democrats embolden the GOP to refuse to fund it?
What is the potential significance of the fact that Jeff Zients -- Obama's interim OMB director -- has been out of the country since shortly before the IRS scandal broke?
IRS General Counsel William J. Wilkins claims that he knew nothing about the IRS targeting. His claims don't pass the smell test.
Christine O'Donnell, the 2010 Republican candidate for US Senate, was told her IRS records were improperly accessed and misused -- but there are still no answers.
The "government official" who improperly accessed campaign or candidate IRS records was not an IRS employee. So who was it?
In four instances since 2006, candidate and donor IRS records have been improperly accessed.