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Mitch McConnell: GOP Will Act To Limit Abortion If We Win The Senate

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Mitch McConnell is making promises to pro-life groups that the GOP probably won’t keep, but it’s still a politically risky move.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

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Another solid victory for the First Amendment from the Roberts Court.

Texas Law Keeping Brain Dead Woman “Alive” Because She’s Pregnant

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A brain dead woman in Texas is being kept alive while a fetus that is still not viable grows inside of her.

Texas Senate Passes Abortion Bill

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Texas has become the latest state to attempt to restrict abortion rights, and North Carolina isn’t far behind.

Texas Abortion Bill Back Before The Legislature, And It Will Pass This Time

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The Texas Legislature is putting up its controversial abortion bill again, but don’t expect things do end the way they did last week.

An Observation about Akin

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Ironically, the Congressman was trying to avoid actually taking a stand on the question of abortion in the case of rape.

Proposed Virginia Law Will Force Women To Undergo Invasive Ultrasound Examinations

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A bill likely to become law in Virginia will require all women seeking abortions to undergo an invasive ultrasound examination.

The GOP’s Bizarre Iowa Debate/Forum/Church Revival Meeting

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Did you know there was another GOP debate last night? Well, you didn’t miss much.

Mississippi ‘Personhood’ Amendment Trounced

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Mississippi voters easily defeated an amendment to the state constitution that declared life begins at conception.

Congress Investigating Planned Parenthood Abortion Compliance

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House Energy and Commerce Committee “is investigating Planned Parenthood’s federal funding, requesting lots of docs.”

Rick Perry Is A Tenth Amendment Hypocrite

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First it was same-sex marriage, now it’s a abortion. Rick Perry hasn’t met a Constitutional Amendment usurping state power he doesn’t like.

Sex Selection Abortions Lead to 160 Million ‘Missing’ Girls

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160 million girls are “missing” owing to selective abortion and cultural preferences for male children.

Not All Abortions Are Legal

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Desperate women are finding some horrific ways to terminate their pregnancies. Some are being arrested for it.

House Republicans Want to Redefine Rape

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The “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” would remove the exception for non-forcible rape.

Bob Bennett Loses in Republican Fight: Purge of the RINOs?

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In the leading edge of what is expected to be a minor wave, Utah Senator Bob Bennett was defeated in the Republican nominating process last evening. Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah has lost his bid to serve a fourth term after failing to advance past the GOP state convention. Attorney Mike Lee and […]

Health Care Reform Passes, Pigs Fly

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So, the health care reform was passed last night owing to a bizarre compromise is which Bart Stupak persuaded President Obama to issue a meaningless executive order proclaiming that the law passed by both Houses of Congress says what Stupak has spent months pointing out it doesn’t say. The basic facts, from NYT: With the […]

Taking a Straw Man to Its Logical Conclusion Leads Down a Slippery Slope

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Dan Riehl is in the cross-fire between Alan Colmes and MEDIAite over a rather bizarre argument: I’m not sure I quite understand this, given that cost is so important as a burden to taxpayers when it comes to health care. If Democrats want so badly to abort babies because of it, why are we bothering […]

Senate Health Reform Bill Secured?

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My late evening was going well. The struggling Dallas Cowboys had somehow overcome their annual December swoon and were leading the theretofore unbeaten New Orleans Saints by three touchdowns early in the fourth quarter. The Saints scored two quick touchdowns and the Cowboys’ basket case kicker Nick Folk missed a chip shot field goal but […]

Charles Johnson ‘Breaks’ From the Right

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In a move that has been coming for nearly two years, Charles Johnson has issued a manifesto explaining “Why I Parted Ways With The Right.”  For those who don’t know, Johnson is the founder and principal author of Little Green Footballs, one of the oldest and most popular blogs.  He was an elder statesman in […]

House Trades Freedom for Health Coverage, Senate’s Move

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The House passed a trillion dollar bill that will force Americans to buy health insurance, force even small businesses to provide health coverage, and require insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions.  (The last, as I have previously argued, makes it something other than “insurance.”) Lori Montgomery and Shailagh Murray for WaPo: Hours after President Obama […]

Anti-Abortion Activist Murdered

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A man carrying an anti-abortion sign was murdered this morning. A well-known anti-abortion activist was shot multiple times and killed Friday morning in front of a Michigan high school and another man was shot and killed just miles away in what police are investigating as related incidents. Michigan State Police have taken a suspect into […]

Tiller Abortion Clinic Closed Permanently

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The murder of abortion doctor George Tiller has had its desired impact, the closing of one of the few clinics in the United States willing to provide late-term abortions.  Roxana Hegeman for AP: The family of slain abortion provider George Tiller said Tuesday that his Wichita clinic will be “permanently closed,” effective immediately.  In a […]

Abortion: Drawing the Line

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Ross Douthat, examining the controversy over late-term abortions that was brought back into the public spotlight with the murder of Dr. George Tiller, observes: The argument for unregulated abortion rests on the idea that where there are exceptions, there cannot be a rule. Because rape and incest can lead to pregnancy, because abortion can save […]

A Tale of Two Murders

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DrewM. passes on Michelle Malkin‘s post and column noting that the murder of abortion doctor George Tiller by a white “Christian” got scads more media commentary and more intense presidential attention than did the murder of Private William Long and maiming and attempted murder of Private Quinton Ezeagwula by a black “Muslim.” It’s a fair […]

Military Recruiting Shootings

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One soldier was killed and another seriously injured in a shooting at an Army-Navy Recruiting Center in west Little Rock, Arkansas.  Thankfully, the second’s injuries are not considered life-threatening.  Contrary to earlier reports, both victims were “just out of basic training,” participating in the “Hometown Recruiting Assistance” program, and not Army Recruiters.  An arrest has […]

Was Tiller Murder ‘Terrorism’?

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For the second time in less than a week, Andrew Sullivan has handed out one of his positive awards to someone for whom a different and negative award was named.   This time, Michelle Malkin gets an Yglesias Award for calling the murder of George Tiller “terrorism.”   (For those who don’t keep up with such things, […]

Abortion Doctor George Tiller Murdered at Church

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There’s a lot to unpack in this sentence: Late-term abortion doctor George Tiller, a prominent advocate for abortion rights wounded by a protester more than a decade ago, was shot and killed Sunday at a church in Wichita where he was serving as an usher and his wife was in the choir, his attorney said. […]

Obama Declares Gitmo Detainees ‘Fetuses’

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Scott Ott‘s latest parody news story: In an effort to shut down the U.S. Naval Detention Center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, thereby restoring America’s moral standing in the world, President Barack Obama today declared some 240 enemy combatants held at Gitmo to be ‘human fetuses’. In an executive order, the president said, “Since I ordered […]

Torture and Sex: Moral Relativism or Morally Unrelated?

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Kevin Drum observes, When the subject has anything to do with sex, the right in America is the party of moral absolutes.  We know what’s right, we know what’s wrong, and even if there’s a price to pay we can’t shirk our responsibility to set a proper example and do the right thing. But when […]

The Pope Picks Our Ambassadors Now?

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I glossed over yesterday’s news that the Vatican blocked Caroline Kennedy’s appointment as U.S. ambassador for a variety of reasons.  Regular commenter Tlaloc emailed me, though, making a good point: [T]he Vatican refuses to accept any ambassador who is not explicitly pro-life including anti-ESC research (such as Doug Kmiec).  Various voices on the right have […]

The Right Lost the Culture War

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“Has the Right surrendered in the culture war?” asks Washington Examiner political editor Chris Stirewalt.  The piece is illustrated with the photo and caption at right and begins: As some 240 million American Christians observe the most sacred week of their religious calendar, the nation reached a pivot point on faith and values. Demonstrating the […]

Pragmatic Conservatism?

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Andrew Sullivan has a powerful piece on the state of American conservatism, especially its alliance with the Republican Party.  Two key excerpts from a very long piece: In contemporary America, the right is now in an almost parodic state of ideology. There isn’t just a rigid set of beliefs, indifferent to any time or place […]

What’s a Liberal, Anyway?

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Andrew Sullivan is bemused to find himself on Forbes‘ list of “The 25 Most Influential Liberals In The U.S. Media” since he considers himself a conservative.  He posts a reader email that muses on this fact: Did you notice how many people on the list were seemingly chosen not for their writing or their politics, […]

Obama Picks Warren, Angers Gays

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President-Elect Barack Obama has made the most controversial move thus far in his transition, naming far right televangelist Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration.  While this initially struck me as a brilliant move on his part, winning points with Evangelical Christians with little downside, the announcement has sparked outrage in the gay […]

GOP’s G-O-D Problem

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Kathleen Parker is getting quite a response to her WaPo piece “Giving Up on God.” As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit. Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D. I’m bathing in holy water as I type. To be more specific, the […]

Fixing the GOP Redux

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Stacy McCain has a tongue-in-cheek rebuttal to my post on the Republican Party’s future in which he notes that Sarah Palin graduated college, some non-Southern states voted for McCain, and than some non-rednecks agree with Palin on some issues. James doesn’t want the Republican Party identified with redneck opponents of illegal immigration (like that illiterate […]

Republican Party’s Future

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My Palin Derangement Syndrome post got a number of thoughtful responses, especially for a weekend post. My fellow Jacksonville State alumnus Stacy McCain, a Palin fan, thinks the internal debate on her role in last week’s defeat and her future as a Republican Party standard bearer is one we should have.  He objects strenuously, though, […]

Americans Are Liberal!

Pew: Obama Gains on the Issues

Matt Yglesias offers these Pew poll results as a rejoinder to those of us who think a win for Obama isn’t a mandate for his policies. Says Matt, “The voters felt they had a choice between a liberal and a conservative, and felt they preferred the liberal and his policy agenda.” Well . . . […]

McCain More Trusted on Economy, Losing

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A new Rasmussen poll finds that voters trust John McCain more than Barack Obama on taxes (47%to 45%) and on “economic issues” more generally (48% to 47%).  These numbers are, of course, within the margin of error.  They do, however, represent a reversal of a trend and may indicate that the “Joe the Plumber” and […]

Obama Plunges in Newsweek Poll!

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Newsweek has released a new poll and is excited by the huge change: “Glow Fading? The latest NEWSWEEK Poll shows Barack Obama leading John McCain by only 3 points. What a difference a few weeks can make.” This is quite amusing in that pretty much everyone agreed that the June 20th Newsweek poll was an […]

Supreme Court as a Voting Issue

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Dahlia Lithwick takes to the pages of FireDogLake to explain why, in her view, liberals are much less excited about the Supreme Court than conservatives: My own impression, having covered the past two presidential elections is that most liberals simply don’t vote with the composition of the Supreme Court in mind at all, or that […]

Jesse Helms’ Foreign Policy Legacy

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Christopher Hitchens joins the legions dancing on Jesse Helms’ grave.   Rather than piling on about the racism of a Southern politician whose career began sixty-odd years ago, he instead focuses on Helms’ foreign policy: His chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was a period of national embarrassment and, sometimes, disgrace. The Helms-Burton Act of […]

McCain Veepstakes: A Woman?

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David Paul Kuhn argues that John McCain should strongly consider choosing a woman as his vice presidential running mate in order to woo angry Hillary Clinton supporters. That premise strikes me as absurd, in that no Republican woman is going to be a suitable substitute for Clinton in the minds of her supporters. Still, reaching […]

Ireland Rejects Treaty of Lisbon

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It’s received precious little notice here in the States but Irish voters have rejected the Treaty of Lisbon, the EU’s latest move towards reform and greater consolidation of power in Brussels: DUBLIN, Ireland – Ireland’s voters have rejected the European Union reform treaty, a blueprint for modernizing the 27-nation bloc that cannot become law without […]

Going to War with the Ideology You Have

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Kevin Drum, responding to Jonah Goldberg‘s argument that George Packer‘s “The Fall of Conservatism” erroneously conflates conservatism with the Republican Party, retorts: No political ideology lives in isolation. We judge communism by how Mao and Stalin implemented it, we judge 60s-era liberalism by how LBJ and the Democratic Party implemented it, and we judge social […]

McCain’s Vice Presidential Candidates

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John McCain is vetting potential vice presidential candidates over the holiday weekend, Adam Nagourney reports for the NYT. Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts and a one-time rival for the Republican nomination, have all accepted invitations to visit with Mr. McCain at his […]

Payback Time for Clinton

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The sense that Hillary Clinton’s nomination was inevitable gave her a huge advantage coming into this campaign, making it very risky for big Democratic donors not to pony up and for superdelegates to endorse her opponent. Now that her eventual loss seems certain, though, the long knives are coming out, Susan Milligan reports. [T]he reality […]

Sweetie-gate

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Barack Obama has a “bad habit” of addressing “all kinds of people” as “Sweetie” in casual conversation, although he’s trying to quit. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama has apologized to WXYZ reporter Peggy Agar for calling her “sweetie” during a campaign stop Wednesday in Sterling Heights. Obama apologized in a voicemail he left on […]

Still The Least Dangerous Branch

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Anna Quindlen argues that Supreme Court appointments are the most important choices presidents make. Congress chips away at legislation, then sends some lowest-common-denominator version to the White House, to be signed or vetoed or later redesigned by the next president to take up temporary residence in Washington. But the work of the high court has […]

Prostitution as a Capital Crime in the Capitol

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Megan McArdle is “physically sick” that the DC Madam has committed suicide, driven to do so by a state using its resources to hound a woman engaging in consensual commerce rather than tracking down violent criminals. James Poulos wonders why he should care that a lawbreaker has killed herself. Emotionally, I’m much closer to James […]

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