Thomas Jefferson Street

February 2012


GOP's Sexist Mad Men Worldview Threatens Women's Health

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LAKEWOOD, COLO.—The new season of Mad Men is upon us, but my mother, a fan of PBS and quality television, still can't bring herself watch it. Mad Men brings back too many bad memories for her of a time when women were second-class citizens, belittled on a daily basis. Many Republicans, on the other ...

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birth control
women's health
2012 presidential election
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Colorado
Texas
Utah
Virginia

Forget Jobs, 2012 Is About a Culture War and War With Iran

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First there was class warfare. Then we started fighting the culture war. Now a real war is brewing with Iran. American voters just want some peace and quiet.

But there will be no respite for the voters. Worse for Americans is that most of the discussion has nothing to do with the issue they really ...

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Santorum, Rick
2012 presidential election
birth control
Iran
immigration reform
Supreme Court
politics

Rick Santorum and the GOP Only Favor Freedom From the Waist Up

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This is a big week in the clothing industry. It is Fashion Week in New York City and the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue just came out. I normally don't pay much attention to fashion but I got to thinking how former Sen. Rick Santorum's election would change the way women dress. My guess is that ...

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Republican Party
birth control
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female voters
women's health
2012 presidential election
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working women

The Real Congressional Scandal

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Dumping on Congress, always an entertaining parlor game, is now an industry unto itself, drawing in congressional "oversight" groups on the left and the right, the media, and, of course, campaigns. Much of it is legitimate; the public is rightly unhappy about the legislative branch's inability to ...

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Congress
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It's Too Early to Write Off Either Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney

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Sen. John McCain was dead—or so we were told. His campaign in 2007 had foundered; he had a staff exodus, and there was little chance he'd stay in the presidential campaign past Labor Day, let alone be a viable contender for the 2008 GOP nomination. Except that McCain did win the nomination, having ...

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2008 presidential election
2012 presidential election
Romney, Mitt
Santorum, Rick
McCain, John
Obama, Barack

On Contraception Mandate, Obama Blunders Into the Culture Wars

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Up to now, the Obama administration has been fighting for changes in public policy confined largely to the economic sphere, stimulating class envy and seeking to divide the entitlement-minded among us from those who manage to make their way in a generally free-market system.

They haven't been ...

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Obama administration
birth control
religion
health care reform
health care
politics
2012 presidential election

Why the Catholic Contraception Controversy Is a Phony Battle

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Public health and women's autonomy collided with religion last week. Elders in the Catholic Church were incensed as the regulations implementing the federal healthcare law would have required institutions affiliated with the Church (but not the Church itself) to provide health plans covering ...

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religion
health care reform
Obama administration
2012 presidential election
birth control
health care

On Women in Combat, Rick Santorum Insults Military Men

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So Rick Santorum says that he was not talking about over-emotional females when he raised objections to the idea of women in combat. Instead, he says, he was talking about how over-emotional males might behave. OK fine, so instead of insulting women, he's insulted men, and military men in ...

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Santorum, Rick
2012 presidential election
military
politics
national security terrorism and the military

Catholic Birth Control Fight About Healthcare, Not Just Religion

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Why, in the 21st century, is birth control still such an uncomfortable subject in America?

Leaders in the Catholic Church (and many others) are horrified at federal rules that will require church-affiliated institutions, like hospitals and universities, to provide coverage for contraception in their ...

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health care reform
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New Culture War Will Help Rick Santorum, Barack Obama

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It never rains but it pours. With the Planned Parenthood vs. Susan G. Komen fight followed by the Prop 8 decision invalidating California's anti-gay marriage law, and the Obama administration's determination that Catholic-affiliated institutions must provide healthcare plans that include coverage ...

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Proposition 8
LGBT rights
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Romney, Mitt
Gingrich, Newt
Obama administration
Santorum, Rick
Planned Parenthood
2012 presidential election

Rick Santorum's Colorado Win Shows Why GOP Loses Swing Voters

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LAKEWOOD, COLO.—A couple of quick takeaways from former Sen. Rick Santorum's shocker win in last night's Colorado caucuses: One, Colorado Republicans still can't get out from under their own base. They can't get a moderate to win in a primary and they can't get a social conservative to win in the ...

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Santorum, Rick
Colorado
Buck, Ken
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2012 presidential election
politics

Get Ready for Buyer's Remorse, Rick Santorum Edition

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We've had two—or is it three?—helpings of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, more iterations of former Gov. Mitt Romney than you can shake $10,000 at, so should anyone be surprised that we're getting a second dose of Rick Santorum? The former Pennsylvania senator scored a political hat trick with ...

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Romney, Mitt
2012 presidential election
politics
Santorum, Rick
Gingrich, Newt
Republican Party

Prop 8 Ruling Will Be a Political Disaster for Romney and the GOP

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The federal court ruling that nullifies the California ban on gay marriage will be a financial boon and a political disaster for the Republican Party.

Tuesday the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Proposition 8, the California ban on gay marriage, was a violation of the "equal ...

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Romney, Mitt
LGBT rights
Proposition 8
Supreme Court
2012 presidential election
marriage
politics