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(Mediabistro) — Some kids learn how to play basketball at the local playground. Young Donna Brazile got her first taste of winning political hardball there instead. The New Orleans native was just a fresh-faced 9-year-old when she held a city council candidate’s feet to the fire for promising to build some swings and a slide in her neighborhood.  Since that intoxicating victory, she’s sealed a place in history as the first African-American campaign manager to direct a major presidential bid when she led Al Gore’s push for the Oval Office in 2000. Recently, the Washingtonian named the veteran grassroots organizer and Democratic strategy sharpshooter — whose double-sided calling card is her sharp wit and her sharp tongue — one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the country.

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