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Mitch Daniels Says No

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Politicians and pundits won’t have Mitch Daniels’ name to kick around anymore when it comes to conservative presidential nominees, but don’t worry—he got one last dig in before he made that announcement, by effectively de-funding Planned Parenthood…

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Justin Bieber’s America

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: The leaked portions of a Rolling Stone Interview with Justin Bieber in which he discusses politics and healthcare has only confirmed what I’ve suspected for a long time now—when it comes to magazine interviews, we’ve got everything backwards.

JESSICA BADER: Molly makes a valid point about the media fixation with what famous people think about issues outside of their area of expertise. That being said, I was more than a little bothered by the criticism of Rolling Stone for asking a teenage celebrity for his opinion on hot-button political issues. Continue reading

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Tim Tebow Ad

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: The already-infamous ‘Tim Tebow Anti-Abortion’ Superbowl ad hasn’t even aired yet, but it’s already stirred up plenty of controversy.

JEFF MORROW: The Tebow ad sounds like a rare piece of abortion-related advocacy that earnestly tries to persuade. For a pro-life ad, that’s pretty pro-choice. Continue reading

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On Health Care and Compromising

JESSICA BADER: There has been a lot about the healthcare reform debate, especially in the Senate, that has frustrated me to no end – the objections by conservative Democrats to even a weakened public option, the immense leverage that a single Senator can have over the entire process, the way that filibusters have gone from a rarity to the norm, the way that opponents of abortion rights have used the debate to impose further restrictions on access to a legal medical procedure – but in the end, I cannot condemn the tactics used by those who have shaped the legislation in ways contrary to what I would like. My basic philosophy of political negotiation is to take what you can get, but up until the take-it-or-leave-it moment fight like hell to narrow the gap between the world as it is and the world as you’d like it to be. That seems to me to be exactly what Ben Nelson did.

HOWARD MEGDAL: It’s never made much sense to me that people find it difficult to sell the idea that elections matter. But clearly, the re-election of Joe Lieberman in 2006 may well have cost Americans an incalculable amount of money, since Ned Lamont was certain to be for a public option. More concretely, Lieberman instead of Lamont has clearly resulted in the inability of those 55-64 to buy into Medicare. These most vulnerable in the health care system were set adrift by Joe Lieberman. Continue reading

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