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In the New Congress, It’s Time for Common Ground on Abortion

December 21st, 2006

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It is nearly time for a new year, and with it, a new Congress, with a new majority and a new opportunity on the hot-button cultural issue of our times—abortion. The Ryan-DeLauro common ground abortion bill introduced this year, which underscores the importance of reducing abortions (while leaving the right to have an abortion in tact), gets it right. Below find some of the many reasons that the Ryan-DeLauro Bill should be a priority for the new Democratic leadership.

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Civil Unions in New Jersey: The Turnpike to Progress

December 15th, 2006

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Last night, the New Jersey Legislature voted to allow civil unions between same-sex couples. That’s a real step forward for gays and lesbians in that state, and it should be both noted and applauded. Read the rest of this entry »

Lou Dobbs for President? Maybe Not.

December 8th, 2006

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It has recently become fashionable among progressives to claim the resurgence of economic populism.

The principal evidence cited by neo-populist progressives (aside from Lou Dobbs’ rising ratings) is the anti-trade, anti-corporate platform that some winning Senate and House candidates included in their campaigns. These populist stances, neo-populists argue, were what propelled these particular candidates to victory, along with growing public unease about the economy. Read the rest of this entry »

Mum’s the Word

December 7th, 2006

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Well, as if November wasn’t bad enough for social conservatives, December has really gotten off to a bad start. Mary Cheney is pregnant.

You remember Mary. She scolded John Kerry for acknowledging her sexual orientation during a presidential debate. Then she wrote a book that no one bought about her happy life as a gay daughter of the most backward thinking vice president since Johnson – that’s Andrew Johnson. Now she’s having a baby with her partner Heather Poe. When will it end? Read the rest of this entry »

The Iraq Study Group and George Bush’s War

December 6th, 2006

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Washington held its breath today as the Iraq Study Group released its hotly anticipated report. And the Baker-Hamilton wise man shuffle (plus honorary wise man Sandra Day O’Connor – she was the one in pink, in case you weren’t sure) did not disappoint: the study is well written, decisive in its advice, full of reassuring moderation, and it sounds entirely plausible. With any luck, it will actually be adopted. With a lot of luck, it will actually work. Read the rest of this entry »

Another Missed Opportunity on Abortion

December 6th, 2006

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As they prepare to clear out of their big majority offices and into somewhat smaller digs, the conservatives who run Congress are taking one last shot on abortion. Unfortunately, they are missing the real target.

H.R. 6099, the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act, is on the House of Representative’ calendar for a vote today. Read the rest of this entry »