Americans Broadly Support Abortion Coverage in Health Reform

by Cara July 9, 2009

You my have heard — or you may not, as it seems to be getting little mainstream media coverage — that health care reform is in trouble. With Republicans and blue-dog Democrats sensing that some sort of of government coverage is likely to be successfully created this time around, they’re shifting tactics somewhat from attempting [...]

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Senate Passes Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

by Cara January 23, 2009

Great news! Yesterday, the Senate passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The new Democratic-led U.S. Senate flexed its expanded muscle on Thursday by overwhelmingly passing a bill to reverse a 2007 Supreme Court decision that made it tougher to sue for pay discrimination. Approved 61-36, the measure is similar to one that Senate Republicans [...]

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by Cara January 21, 2009

I have absolutely nothing to add to the abundant commentary that has been made so far about Barack Obama’s inauguration.  All that can be said has been. It was a hugely historic moment that I feel privileged to have seen.  But it’s not the end of our problems, economic, racial or otherwise.  And so on. [...]

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What is the Future of Abstinence-Only Sex Education?

by Cara January 19, 2009

I’ve written quite a bit lately — either directly or more indirectly — about abstinence-only education and the dangerous, detrimental effects it has on youth and their ability to protect themselves from STDs and unplanned pregnancy.  Study after study shows that abstinence-only education doesn’t work.  Studies also show that countries that use an honest, comprehensive [...]

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Condescending to Michelle Obama

by Cara November 18, 2008

The other night, Steve Kroft interviewed Barack and Michelle Obama on 60 minutes.  He asked the two of them about their “personal transition” to the White House. Right towards the very end of the segment, this question really jumped out at me as being particularly condescending: Kroft: I know you’ve said that your first priority [...]

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Obama Is Funny

by Cara November 14, 2008

Newsweek has been running a “Secrets of the Campaign” series. The magazine was allowed extra access to the campaigns in exchange for the promise that they would not report on what they learned and witnessed until after the election. I’m fairly uncomfortable with the concept, even if a large majority of the information has thus far [...]

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Vote Obama! (Or: What Do I Have to Live for Now?)

by Cara November 13, 2008

Obama Win Causes Obsessive Supporters To Realize How Empty Their Lives Are h/t Sudy Tweet

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Yoko Ono on Barack Obama

by Cara November 10, 2008

This morning, Yoko Ono — who previously refused to take a stance on the election, saying that she preferred grassroots organizing — posted an open letter showing that she too has gotten caught up in the Obama craze.  She gets the catchphrase wrong, but I think the sentiment still holds true, certainly enough to get [...]

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Spitzer Will Not Be Charged

by Cara November 7, 2008

Former Governor Eliot Spitzer will not be charged in connection with his involvement as a customer with a prostitution ring. I’m shocked.  Aren’t you shocked? “After a thorough investigation, this office has uncovered no evidence of misuse of public or campaign funds,” U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia said in a statement. The attorney’s office also said [...]

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The Good, The Bad, and The Downright Ugly

by Cara November 5, 2008

The Good President Obama.  Of course. The Democrats now have 56 seats in the Senate. Four seats are still undecided, according to CNN, but it looks like they’re all going to go Republican.  Our best shot to pick up one last seat is Al Franken in Minnesota — who, with supposedly 100% of the vote [...]

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