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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,…

The lesser of two evils is not a winning strategy

Even though we’re being encouraged to pretend that Robert Gibbs’ bullshit about the “professional left” and cable news wasn’t an attempt to shame the netroots and especially the folks at MSNBC for their refusal to be Fox News-style sycophants, Rachel Maddow isn’t buying it. And her revenge is spending half…

The most transparent White House ever? NOT. Obama’s DOJ seeks FOIA exemption for visitor records

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press reports that the Obama administration through its Justice Department, is continuing to argue that it has the right to shield White House Visitor Logs, citing they should be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act. Now as we saw yesterday, the administration…

Pure Hillary love post

Can I say that, even though I would have been ecstatic to have her as President (certainly would have been the same level of victory as electing Obama), things are really working out on the Hillary Clinton front? She’s completely kicking ass as the Secretary of State, one of the…

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