What Just Happened? Is The Public Option Dead?

I'm still not entirely sure what happened last night between Senate majority leader Harry Reid and a group of 10 Democratic Senators. We know they talked health care reform. We know they reached a "deal" between moderate and liberal Democrats. We know the President is happy. But other than that, it's all speculation and punditry with a few details leaking out here and there. ...more

It was never really clear to me how viable the public option was in the first ...more

Climate Change: Fighting Hunger

We live in a changing world.We live in an uncertain world.We live in a HUNGRY world. Helping people help themselves. Turning Hunger into Hope. Because the future is now.To find out more: http://www.wfp.org/climate-change  ...more

Judicial Confirmations Lag Under Obama Administration

Last week, Jacquelyn Nguyen became the first Vietnamese-American judge to be confirmed by the US Senate for the Federal judiciary. That's a salutatory achievement to be sure, but it was made all the more remarkable by the fact that Nguyen is only the 11th of Pres. Obama's judicial nominees to win Senate confirmation....more

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Stopping the Stupid - Er, I Mean Stupak - Amendment

Sometimes you don't need to be psychic to see the future. Back in July, I wrote about why I couldn't support health care reform unless it included the full spectrum of reproductive rights, including abortion. ...more

 

Stupak/Nelson/Whatever is horrible but not a surprise. American lawmakers ...more

Is Huckabee History?

You know, I've written those words more times than I care to think about. Its not like this is the very first time anyone has ever penned the obituary for the Mike Huckabee's political career, nor is this the last time someone will ever comment on how this situation or that discovery is threatening to drop him off the face of the planet, only to have him rebound spectacularly.I mean, I'm not that lucky. He will haunt me forever. Because, of course, I love him that much....more

Three Gift Ideas to Change the World

Every year, the international community spends more on gifts during the holiday season than is needed to end hunger for a year. Many of the gifts bought are soon forgotten—raise your hand if you’ve never received socks, candles, or bath salts in your Christmas stocking! Well, here are three ideas for anyone searching of original gifts ideas that will also help feed the world’s hungry! 1. Gift of Hope (gift.wfp.org)...more

I Am Not Un-American

I've been hearing a lot about the erosion of family in this country lately and how it's due to all the "changes" our nation has gone through in the last few decades. When this subject of erosion arises it is typically followed with the reasons being gay marriage, pro-choice or women working more. I'm sorry but I fail to see how two men or women getting married and possibly starting a family to be an erosion of any sorts....more

Sarah Palin on Oprah: I Prefer The Makeover Shows, I Think

Count me underwhelmed by Sarah Palin, or, to be specific, the person Sarah Palin has become. Or, to be even more specific, the person Sarah Palin became to be interviewed on Oprah about her book yesterday morning. ...more

Whenever anyone addresses exactly what you've said, you guys fall into the same formation ...more

Public Funding For Abortion Or A Good Game Plan?

When I  received this assignment, I thought it would be easy to take a clear position on the issue of whether I believed the Stupak Amendment to the House health care bill was worthwhile or even necessary. As I thought further, it became less clear to me, as someone who believes in the foundations of small government and individual liberty upon which this country was built, and given the reality of the time in which we live, it became more difficult for me to make a definitive statement. ...more

Here's my question (which has never been answered) - what's the difference between a ...more

The Democrats’ Dilemma: Their Own Trojan Horse Kicks Free

House Democrats broke into a paroxysm of self-congratulation for passing a health reform bill. By embracing the Stupak-Pitts amendment, however, they entered the women’s hall of shame. They had promised no more limitations based on preexisting conditions. But House leadership allowed a codicil: Except if you are a woman.   ...more