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HHS takes final steps toward near-universal contraception coverage

Reproductive rights groups are applauding the latest announcement by the Obama administration of proposed policies aimed at providing contraceptive coverage to women employed by religious organizations. NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood, the Guttmacher institute and other organizations have enthusiastically greeted the news that under the provisions of the Affordable Care…

ACLU: Obama’s extra-judicial killings raise ‘profound legal and moral questions’

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is strongly objecting to a speech given Monday by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at Northwestern University’s law school, during which he offered a public acknowledgement that the Obama Administration believes it has the right to kill U.S. citizens anywhere in the world without…

Obama administration to offer legal justification for targeted killings of Americans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday plans to outline how U.S. laws empower the government to kill Americans overseas who engage in terrorism against their home country, a source familiar with the matter said, months after a drone strike killed a U.S.-born cleric who plotted attacks from Yemen.…

Female Republican Senators go rogue, back Obama on contraceptives

Two female Republican members of the U.S. Senate, Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, have broken rank with their party and come out in favor of a new rule issued by the Obama Administration that requires private health insurers to fully pay for the cost of contraception products.…

Conservatives unconvinced by Obama’s birth control compromise

In the wake of the Obama Administration’s announcement that it would accommodate religious employers’ objections to providing birth control coverage by exempting them from paying for it, conservatives at CPAC and elsewhere pronounced themselves entirely unswayed by the Administration’s efforts. “Nothing’s free,” said John Marlin of Human Life International, an…

Thank Scalia For Your Birth Control Coverage (Seriously)

If you’ve been listening to cable news for the past few days, two things immediately leap out at you. The first is that there are a lot of pundits who are willing to speak for lay Catholics’ simmering sense of outrage at the Obama Administration’s decision to mandate contraceptive coverage…

Obama administration to make drug companies disclose money paid to doctors

The Obama administration plans to establish new rules requiring pharmaceutical companies to disclose the payments they make to doctors, according to the New York Times. The new rules are being issued under the new health care law and will make pharmaceutical companies report money they have given to doctors for…

Hippie-punching

Atrios and Digby both commented on Cass Sunstein engaging in a light bout of hippie-punching in order to justify the Obama administration once again caving to Republicans, this time on environmental regulations that would have created jobs. Both cleaning up the environment and creating jobs are things that Republicans oppose—the…

Because woah

Obviously, the big stunning news that wasn’t really expected but is totally welcome today is the Obama administration announcing that they believe the Defense of Marriage Act—signed by the last Democratic President, Bill Clinton—is unconstitutional, and therefore they’re not going to enforce it any more. Attorney General Eric Holder said…

Obama administration explains that they give in if you even look at them funny

Update: Now they’re denying it. One of the ways the Republicans were able to regain power—besides the most important tactic, the traditional suppressed voter turnout at the midterms—was to be completely uncompromising. In fact, they were so uncompromising that it was ridiculous. If a liberal said the sky was blue,…

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